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 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 ARUK supporters after a tour of Dr Damian Crowther’s project lab at the University of Cambridge.
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.
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.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Sir David Frost - a wonderful patron of Alzheimer’s Research UK and supporter of dementia research. Sir David became a Patron in 1995 and generously donated both his time and money to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
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.
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 ARUK’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 has been a Patron since the launch of our charity. She has regularly attended ARUK fundraising events and has raised awareness in the House of Lords of key Alzheimer’s issues.
Terry Pratchett is the best-selling author of the Discworld series. In December 2007 he announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Terry’s bravery and frankness about his condition has been invaluable in boosting public discussion of the disease. Terry has campaigned tirelessly for an increase in research funding and donated $1 million to Alzheimer’s Research UK in March 2008.
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.
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’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 ARUK events. June's husband, developed vascular dementia before he died in 1996.
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.
Alzheimer's Research UK was sad to learn of the death of Baroness Thatcher in April 2013. Lady Thatcher became our Patron in May 2001. She helped Alzheimer’s Research UK to gain national awareness of the need for more dementia research. Baroness Thatcher also spoke on our behalf and helped to raise much-needed money for our charity. As a friend of Alzheimer's Research UK, she will be missed.
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.