Honorary fellows

Honorary Fellows and Honorary Research Fellows are people who have made an exceptional contribution to our work, offering dedication and support that have been vital in helping us grow.

Honorary fellows

Joseph Pollock

Alzheimer’s Research UK would not be here without Joseph Pollock. As founding Chair, he has been fundamental to the success of our charity and has made a major contribution to the increasing progress being made by UK dementia research. A Patron since 2002, Joe generously raises funds and increases awareness of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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John Short

John Short, one of our founding Trustees, was named an Honorary Fellow in 2009, in recognition of his long-standing relationship with us and his support for our work. He was Deputy Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Trustee Board from 1995 to 2007. We have benefited enormously over the years from his valuable advice.

Honorary fellows

Martin Weale

Martin Weale, one of our founding Trustees, was named an Honorary Fellow in 2009, in recognition of the considerable commitment and guidance he has offered. He was the Treasurer of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Trustee Board from 1995 to 2008.

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Frank Abramson

Frank Abramson became an Honorary Fellow in September 2010, in recognition of his significant contribution on our Board of Trustees. Frank’s distinguished career in marketing helped oversee an important phase of our growth.

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Roy Leighton

Chair of the Financial Services Skills Partnership and Deputy Chairman of the Justice Sector Skills Council, Roy became a Trustee in 2001 and also sits on the Finance and Audit sub-committees. He became an Honorary Research Fellow in July 2014.

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Dick Bell

As a former Chair of the Trustees, Dick has provided us with his financial expertise from his career in banking, as well as his personal knowledge of dementia. Both of Dick’s parents had dementia so he knows only too well the devastation it causes. In 2003, he raised a tremendous £40,000 for us by walking the length of the South West Coast Path, which he repeated in 2012, raising a similar amount for the charity.

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Adrian Watney

Adrian Watney was made an Honorary Fellow in 2013 after chairing Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2012. During his time as Chairman, Adrian oversaw the charity’s growth from £2.3m per annum to £9.1m per annum allowing us to invest £33.1m in research over the period.

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Stephen Barry

Stephen Barry became a trustee in 1998 and was made an Honorary Fellow in 2013. Stephen was an enthusiastic ambassador and supporter of the charity and regarded our growth as key to attacking the problem of dementia.

Honorary fellows

Prof Peter Lantos

Prof Peter Lantos is a Scientific Trustee and Emeritus Professor of Neuropathology at Kings College London. Peter sat as a scientific observer on our Grants Review Board for over a decade, bringing vital scientific experience to the charity. He was made an Honorary Research Fellow in 2014.

Prof Simon Lovestone

Prof Simon Lovestone

Former Chair of our Grants Review Board Professor Simon Lovestone is Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. His enormous scientific contribution to Alzheimer’s Research UK led to him being named an Honorary Research Fellow in 2013.

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Prof A R Lieberman

Prof Bob Lieberman has offered scientific expertise to our Board of Trustees for several years. As Professor of Anatomy at University College London, he is a former member of our Grants Review Board. His enormous contribution, on both a scientific and personal level, led to him being named an Honorary Research Fellow in 2009.

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Prof A David Smith

Prof David Smith was the founding Chair of our Grants Review Board in its current form, and was instrumental in recruiting leading experts to it, as well as playing a vital role in setting up our Research Network. His outstanding contribution to dementia research and his help in nurturing Alzheimer’s Research UK have been invaluable.

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Countess of Onslow

Lady Onslow was President of Alzheimer’s Research UK for twenty-five years, from our formation in 1992 until January 2017. Although having stepped down as President, Lady Onslow remains a committed and valued Ambassador for the charity. Her dedication to dementia research over the years has inspired many others to join us in defeating dementia, including the late Baroness Thatcher who became a Patron. Under Lady Onslow’s leadership we grew from a small charity to nationally recognised research experts.