Nick Gale – Co-Founder & Director
As the primary carer for his father who is living with dementia Nick turned to his knowledge of home automation to design a system to improve both his father’s quality of life and to offer him the reassurance that he was safe. Having been disappointed with the currently available assistive technology systems, Nick took the same approach that his business offers in providing integrated systems and quickly recognised that a home automation platform was the ideal way to deliver this.
Nick started working in the theatre and entertainment technical industry having had a keen interest in lighting in school. He worked for Hawthorn for over a decade and managed their installation division as well as lighting many conferences and corporate events/parties. In 2000 he became the UK sales manager of New Zealand based lighting manufacturer Selecon and the next 4 years grew their business substantially in the UK.
In 2004 Nick became interested in the home automation market that was still very niche but growing strongly and Design Innovation Ltd was born. Offering fully integrated home automation and audio visual systems to home owners, developers and builders Design Innovation’s approach was different to the market at that time which was very heavily AV focused.
Still maintaining his theatre routes Nick is a trustee of the Lace Market Theatre Trust and regularly lights shows at the theatre. He met Bendigo’s fellow co-founder with his involvement as lighting designer for musicworks world premiere of the musical ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’.
John Osborne – Co-Founder & Director
As someone who has spent over 35 years as a provider of health and social care in both the public and private sectors, including creating and running his own domiciliary care business, John believes passionately that high quality care is a right and not a privilege. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case in reality.
As a musician John has always been aware of the power of music, the fact that it is central to our experience of the world around us, a primary source of the way we experience, understand and interpret the world in which we live. It is one of the core experiences that define us, unite us and enrich us.
As a carer for his father who had dementia John discovered at first hand the real struggles faced by carers and families who are, for the most part, left to their own devises to deal with the impact that dementia has on the whole family, not just the person with dementia.
As a result of these experiences he developed a toolkit to improve the quality of life for people with dementia through the use of personalised music. The ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ won the Innovation in Care Award in the 2012 Great British Care Awards. This was followed by further toolkits and training for carers, people at end of life and with autism.
It was whilst working on a theatre project that Nick and John first made contact. Nick was aware of the work John had done with music and dementia and they soon saw the synergies that could be achieved through combining their respective knowledge and skill sets and Bendigo was born.