With expertise in research, fundraising, policy and more, our staff are dedicated to defeating dementia.
Rebecca became Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK in June 1997.
During her time leading Alzheimer’s Research UK, the charity has funded over £44 million of pioneering research – including initial funding for the GWAS study led by Prof Julie Williams – one of Time magazine’s most important findings of 2009 – as well as innovative work on genetics, brain imaging, treatment development and clinical research .
Rebecca is a passionate advocate for dementia research. In 2008 she met with then Prime Minister Gordon Brown alongside Sir Terry Pratchett, a watershed moment in raising the profile of dementia research. In 2010, the Dementia 2010 report was released highlighting the impact of dementia on the UK economy and lack of investment in dementia science. Rebecca now sits on the Research Champions Group of the PM Challenge, following on from the work of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Dementia Research.
Eric joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2012 and has responsibility for high-level external representation of our charity as well as driving forward our research strategy. Eric has extensive dementia research experience gained from working in the pharmaceutical industry, holding senior positions in Neuroscience drug discovery research groups (most recently Chief Scientific Officer at Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Belgium), focusing on finding therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease. He has interacted widely with leading academic groups in the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as working with public funding agencies such as the MRC.
Hilary joined Alzheimer's Research UK in 2013 and is responsible for all external communications, policy and strategy development. She works to help increase dementia research funding and improve the environment for dementia scientists in the UK and internationally, recognising the need for the UK dementia research field to make firm its position as a world research leader. Hilary has previously worked at Age UK and Age Concern England.
Ian was appointed Director of Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK in September 2013. Ian is responsible for securing the long term income for the UK's leading dementia research charity to ultimately help achieve its vision of a world free from dementia. Prior, Ian was the Head of Campaigns at Cancer Research UK with the responsibility for delivering funding towards a number of multi-million pound projects within the organisation. Ian joined Cancer Research UK in 2007 from the Royal Society of Arts where he worked alongside Government, Trusts & Foundations, and the RSA’s Fellowship to raise funding towards the Society’s various programmes.
Simon joined Alzheimer's Research UK in January 2009, where he is responsible for administering our grants programme . As Head of Research he follows new developments in dementia research. Simon is a regular media spokesperson on research matters.
Simon has extensive experience as a researcher and has worked in industry. He studied biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin and obtained his PhD from Cambridge University.
Miranda joined Alzheimer's Research UK in 2010, moving from the corporate arena.
Miranda conveys her own passion for the importance of dementia research, engaging companies and individuals to partner with us, joining our imaginative and inspiring fundraising community of people and businesses committed to defeating dementia.