Our senior team

With expertise in research, fundraising, policy and more, our staff and key spokespeople are dedicated to making breakthroughs possible.

Hilary Evans

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive

Hilary Evans is Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK. As Chief Executive Hilary has led the transformation of the charity to one of the leading medical research charities in the UK – seeing the charity more than triple its income in three years and therefore significantly enhanced the organisations ability to fund groundbreaking new projects.

Before joining Alzheimer’s Research UK Hilary led the campaigning work at Age UK, improving the lives of people in later life both in the UK and internationally.

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Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer

David Reynolds is the Chief Scientific Officer of Alzheimer’s Research UK, which is the UK’s leading research charity aiming to make dementia a thing of the past. 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 has coordinated Pfizer’s participation in over 30 Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) projects. He has served as a member of the Medical Research Council’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Board and is a scientific advisor for a neuroscience biotech. His is also a Trustee for the UK Dementia Research Institute. 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 overcome 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.

Philip Dunn

Philip Dunn, Executive Director of Finance and Operations

Philip joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in January 2017 and is responsible for the delivery of effective corporate support and governance. He oversees the Corporate Services Directorate, which covers Finance, HR, Governance, Facilities and Information Service functions. It is vital that we deliver effective and efficient support functions as well as driving good governance and compliance across the Charity, to underpin core activities taking place in other Directorates.

Philip has a strong background in financial and commercial roles across a variety of Industry sectors. In the last 10 years Philip’s time has been spent working at Johnson Matthey, Sopra Steria and CarilllionAmey.

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Dr Carol Routledge, Director of Research

Dr Carol Routledge is the Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK where she currently drives the research agenda. Carol moved to the charity in 2017 from the Dementia Discovery Fund, where she was a Venture Partner with a key focus on identifying and developing novel disease-modifying mechanisms for the treatment of all types of dementia, sourcing opportunities from academic research groups and small companies. She has had a successful career with a number of UK and US based major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, with leadership roles in drug acquisition and translational medicine strategies, with a focus on neuroscience. A combination of preclinical and clinical experience gives her the advantage of being able to apply a strong scientific rationale and innovative experimental approaches to clinical development. Carol has a PhD in neuropharmacology from Queens Medical School in Nottingham.

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.

Carolyne Coupel

Carolyne Coupel, Director of Marketing, Data and Insight

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.

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Lucy Squance, Director of Supporter-led Fundraising

Since starting Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2016, Lucy has built a successful department enabling supporters to fundraise through leveraging their own talents and passions. Her team includes; Sporting Events, Regional Corporate, Community Fundraising and the Central Fundraising Team.

With previous commercial marketing and PR roles, Lucy started her fundraising career at Cancer Research UK in 2004. She then worked as an interim manager and freelance consultant in the sector specialising in troubleshooting fundraising processes, developing robust fundraising strategies and establishing high performing teams.