Our spokespeople

With expertise in research, fundraising, policy and more, our staff and key spokespeople are dedicated to defeating dementia.

Hilary Evans

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive

Hilary is Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, which is a charity working at a global level towards a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. The organisation’s aim is to raise awareness of the diseases that cause dementia, to increase dementia research funding and improve the environment for dementia scientists in the UK and internationally. Alzheimer’s Research UK is at the forefront of challenging people’s perceptions of dementia, finding innovative ways of communicating and creating new platforms to engage the public in a united fight to defeat dementia.

Hilary joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2013 to drive forward the organisation’s profile and influence, working closely with the G8 and the World Dementia Council as part of a global commitment to find treatments by 2025. As part of this program, Hilary is pioneering new ways of supporting research, including setting up the Dementia Drug Discovery Institutes, the Global Clinical Trials Fund and the Global Dementia Discovery Fund. Hilary has a strong background in the charity sector, having previously worked for Age UK and Age Concern, and started her career as an advisor to the UK government. Hilary has also worked in policy roles for pharmaceutical companies, advising on patient advocacy and market access issues.

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Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer

David Reynolds is the Chief Scientific Officer of Alzheimer’s Research UK, which is UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. Previously David worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 18 years at Merck Sharp & Dohme, Lundbeck and latterly Pfizer, where he was the Cambridge Neuroscience & Pain research site head. He has held a variety of R&D leadership roles with responsibilities ranging from exploratory biology, through drug discovery, early clinical development and business development in multiple disease areas, but with a focus on neuroscience and pain.

David’s external work included representing Pfizer at EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Association) for Europe’s Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and coordinating Pfizer’s participation in over 30 projects. He has served as a member of the Medical Research Council’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Board and on the Scientific Advisory Board of a pain-focussed biotech. David holds a BA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Neuropharmacology both from the University of Cambridge.

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson, Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications

Ian joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in September 2013 and is responsible for leading our fundraising, marketing and communications activities. In order to defeat dementia it is critical that Alzheimer’s Research UK continues to build awareness and understanding of the key issues at hand, and to raise the funding needed to drive forward our research programme.

Alzheimer’s Research UK receives no government funding for our research and therefore we are reliant on the generosity of the general public to help meet our vision of a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

Prior to this appointment, 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.

Dr Matthew Norton

Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy and Strategy

Dr Matthew Norton joined Alzheimer’s Research UK as Head of Policy and Public Affairs in 2013 and leads on policy development and stakeholder engagement. He has a PhD in Social Policy and experience of supporting the design and running of bio-medical and clinical research for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Matthew has also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and prior to joining Alzheimer’s Research UK worked in policy and research for Age UK.

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Timothy Parry, Director of Communications & Brand

Tim has overseen the growth of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s communications, establishing its press office in 2008. The charity is now the leading voice on dementia science in the UK media thanks to its award-winning team. Tim’s role is responsible for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s media, health information and science communications functions, as well as its digital and social media work and branding. Tim has 13 years’ experience in PR and corporate communications across the public, corporate and voluntary sectors.

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Dr Rosa Sancho, Head of Research

Rosa joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2012. As Head of Research, she is responsible for the implementation and delivery of ARUK’s research strategy through our research programmes and partnerships.

Prior to this, Rosa was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and a PhD student at The School of Pharmacy, University College London. Rosa’s research focused on the molecular mechanisms that underlie neurodegenerative diseases.

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Peter Halewood, Head of Philanthropy

Peter joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in January 2014 and heads up the charity’s work with major donors and charitable trusts. His team of dedicated fundraisers are responsible for raising £30m over the duration of our Defeat Dementia campaign.

Peter has over 11 years’ experience in philanthropy and joined Alzheimer’s Research UK having established a new Major Donor Department at The Salvation Army. Prior to this, he worked for both Cancer Research UK and World Vision UK.

Helen Bester

Helen Bester, Head of HR and Premises

Helen joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2008. She Heads up the HR and Facilities team managing all aspects of people and performance, operational services, as well as overseeing organisational governance. Prior to joining Alzheimer’s Research UK Helen worked in a number of various operations roles in the corporate sector.

Jo Faires

Jo Faires, Head of Fundraising Operations

Jo joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in April 2014. As Head of Fundraising Operations, she manages a team of experts from project management to data specialists, who support the fundraising activities of the whole organisation. Jo is also responsible for business planning within the fundraising department, playing a key role in the development and monitoring of a strategy for transformational income growth.

After beginning her career in the corporate sector, Jo joins us from Cancer Research UK where she worked in a number of roles, establishing a new Operational function within the Corporate Partnerships team and providing Senior Project Management support to the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ Campaign.

Carolyne Coupel

Carolyne Coupel, Head of Supporter Marketing

Carolyne joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2014. Her team are responsible for generating 50% of the charities income through ambitious direct marketing programmes across cash, regular giving, legacy and in memoriam giving. She also manages the Supporter Care function, aiming to delight supporters at every touch point.

Carolyne has been Head of Individual Giving at both The Children’s Society and The National Autistic Society. Prior to her time in the charity sector, Carolyne was Head of Marketing at Telewest Broadband.