Robin, Countess of Onslow - President
Lady Onslow has been our President since we formed as the Alzheimer’s Research Trust in 1992. Her enthusiasm and dedication as an ambassador for research have inspired others to join us in defeating dementia, including the late Baroness Thatcher who became a Patron. Under Lady Onslow’s leadership presidency we have grown from a small charity to nationally recognised research experts.
Prof Gustav Born FRS
Prof Born is Research Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute and Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology. Prof Born has provided enduring support since he became a Patron in 1998.
In January 2011 Prof Born hosted a lunch for Alzheimer’s Research UK supporters after a tour of Dr Damian Crowther’s project lab at the University of Cambridge.
Lindsay Duncan CBE
Lindsay is an award-winning actress. She has always been hugely supportive in helping to raise awareness of our vital work.
In May 2009, Lindsay gave a very moving talk as an introduction to a scientific debate on Alzheimer’s at The Royal Institution.
Sir Richard Eyre
As Director of the film Iris, about the life of author Iris Murdoch who developed Alzheimer’s, Sir Richard has made a huge contribution to increasing public understanding of the disease. He has also spoken eloquently about his mother’s deterioration with the illness on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Sir Richard became a Patron in 2001.
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE
Baroness Susan Greenfield, a professor at Oxford University, is one of Britain’s foremost neuroscientists. As an award-winning science communicator she has spoken about the science of the brain and Alzheimer’s. Her research is focused on brain physiology, with a particular interest in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
The Rt Hon. Baroness Jay of Paddington PC
Baroness Jay was born into politics, as the daughter of former Prime Minister James Callaghan, and, following a successful career as a BBC journalist, returned to her roots by becoming a life peer in 1992. She addressed Alzheimer’s Research UK’s annual scientific Network Conference in Southampton in 2010. A tireless health campaigner, she founded the National Aids Trust in 1987 and raised awareness in the House of Lords of key Alzheimer’s issues.
Jan’s enthusiasm on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK is tremendous. As a former Chair and Trustee, she continues to increase awareness of the need for more dementia research and to raise funds for our charity.
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Perry has been a Patron since the launch of our charity. She has regularly attended Alzheimer’s Research UK fundraising events and has raised awareness in the House of Lords of key Alzheimer’s issues.
Sir Terry Pratchett OBE
Alzheimer’s Research UK was saddened to hear of the death of Sir Terry Pratchett on 12 March. In December 2007 he announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Terry’s bravery and frankness about his condition was invaluable in boosting public discussion of the disease. Terry campaigned tirelessly for an increase in research funding and donated $1 million to Alzheimer’s Research UK in March 2008.
Hilary Evans said: “The loss of Sir Terry Pratchett will have a profound effect on both literature and the 850,000 people who live with dementia.”
Sir Cliff Richard OBE
Sir Cliff became a Patron in 2002. Not only has he has helped us to raise over £100,000 by fronting numerous nationwide fundraising campaigns, he is also a generous donor to Alzheimer’s Research UK. In 2010 Sir Cliff generously donated all the download royalties from his Christmas single to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. By speaking publicly about his mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, Sir Cliff is significantly boosting our efforts to raise awareness of this devastating disease.
The Rt Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG Hon FRSE PC
Former Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson is a long-standing Patron of Alzheimer’s Research UK. He has been instrumental in raising funds for vital dementia research.
June Spencer OBE
June’s voice is well known among fans of BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, as one of the cast in the very first episode. Since 2005, June has helped us with major national fundraising campaigns and has spoken at a number of Alzheimer’s Research UK events. June’s husband, developed vascular dementia before he died in 1996. June recently recorded a message as part of our Christmas Appeal.
Dr Thomas Stuttaford OBE
As medical correspondent for The Times Dr Stuttaford has offered fantastic support to Alzheimer’s Research UK. He has written a number of informative articles raising the profile of dementia.
Malcolm Walker CBE
Malcolm Walker is founder and Chief Executive of Iceland Foods. He is an entrepreneur and enthusiastic adventurer who has scaled Everest and attempted to reach the South Pole in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Malcolm’s personal commitment to supporting early-onset dementia research inspired his colleagues at Iceland Foods to raise a staggering £1.2m for Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2011; in 2012 he pledged to follow this with a further £1m.