Our voluntary Board of Trustees meets five times per year, with executive staff present.

David Mayhew CBE

David Mayhew CBE

Chairman

David has been Chair of Alzheimer’s Research UK since 2012 and during that time has overseen a huge transformation at the charity, helping to drive forward our ambitious strategy.

David was the former Chairman of J.P. Morgan Cazenove and is now Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan’s global investment bank. Besides excellence in his field, David also brings a strong personal commitment to driving forward Alzheimer’s Research UK to support new breakthroughs in dementia research. He was appointed by the Prime Minister as the Dementia Envoy for the UK in 2016 where he played a wide role in in supporting the delivery of the Government’s 2020 Challenge on Dementia.

David says: "Dementia is one of society's greatest challenges and one that affects so many of us personally. I am proud to lead this pioneering charity and am determined to do whatever I can to support and enable future breakthroughs that I hope will significantly change the outcomes for future generations.”

Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper

Deputy Chairman

Mike has been a Trustee since 2014 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2016, bringing a wealth of experience from his many years working in the advertising industry. He sits on both the Nominations and Governance Sub Committee and the Investment Sub Committee at ARUK.

Mike started out at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1984 and has worked at Omnicom Group for the last 25 years, where he has held a variety of roles.

He became CEO of PHD Worldwide in 2007, a position he held for 12 years. Today PHD is one of the world’s fastest growing and most awarded media agencies. In 2019 Mike was appointed Group CEO of Omnicom Media Group across EMEA and Asia Pacific in 2019 and early in 2022 he became vice Chairman of Omnicom Europe.

Mike says: “Dementia has touched my family like many others. I am extremely passionate about creating hope for sufferers both current and future.”

 Nick Antill

Nick Antill

Nick is our Treasurer and was appointed as a Trustee in 2015.

After beginning his career in the oil industry, Nick spent many years in the City of London where he was employed as an equity investment analyst specialising in valuing assets and companies in the oil and gas sector. He now works as a consultant both to the energy and to the investment industries, and as a financial trainer.

Nick chairs the Investment Sub Committee of the Board and works closely with the Executive Director of Finance and Operations. He is also a member of the Board of EDoN, the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases initiative, representing the interests of ARUK in promoting the success of that initiative.

Nick says: “Research into the causes and prevention of dementias is essential if we are to alleviate or cure these terrible conditions. My background is in finance, and I felt that I could best help Alzheimer’s Research UK with its strategic financial control and with its investment asset allocation. Both are proving to be hugely interesting and rewarding.”

 Giles Dennison

Giles Dennison

Giles joined the Board of Trustees in April 2017. He was formerly a Partner and head of the Corporate Group at the law firm Simmons & Simmons and is currently a Partner and head of the Technology M&A Group at Eversheds Sutherland, the international commercial law firm. 

Giles sits on the Audit and Risk Sub Committee and the Legacy Sub Committee of the board, bringing valuable legal expertise.  He is also a member of the Board of EDoN, the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases initiative, representing the interests of ARUK in promoting the success of that initiative.

Giles says: “Dementia touches the lives of so many of us, and yet until recently lagged significantly behind many other medical conditions in terms of public understanding and support, so I became a trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK in the hope that I could play some small part in changing that situation and by so doing help in the search for an end to the devastating impact of dementia."

 Dr Rupert Evenett

Dr Rupert Evenett

Dr Rupert Evenett is the chair of the Audit and Risk Sub Committee, which has oversight of all areas of financial audit, risk and compliance. He joined as a Trustee in 2014 and brings vast experience from investment and finance roles in the private and public sectors, as well as social investment and wide board experience in the charity and educational sectors. He is also a chartered accountant.

He plays a key role at Alzheimer’s Research UK working with different departments, to ensure there is strong oversight of all areas of risk and compliance. 

Rupert says: “Science and research have achieved so much in health that they are formidable creators of hope. I can’t think of a better contribution to human wellbeing than supporting their fight against dementia”.

 Prof Rob Howard

Prof Rob Howard

Rob is one of our Scientific Trustees and joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in May 2018. He brings valuable expertise from his role as Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at University College London and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Trust. Rob has over 30 years of experience of working clinically with people with dementia and in applied research to find and evaluate better treatments. This insight is an enormous help to our research and policy teams.  

Rob says: “Both my grandfather, Jack, and my step-father, Harold, suffered with Alzheimer’s disease and in both cases the experience for our family was protracted, sad and painful. Our failure to translate the astonishing advances that I have seen in Neuroscience during my working lifetime into treatments that can have meaningful impact on the lives of the people with dementia and their families that I work with just shows what a pivotal point we have reached in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. This is what drives me and my colleagues in our research and is why I wanted to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in their mission to see life-changing treatments in the next decade”.

 Dr Ruth McKernan CBE

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE

Ruth joined as a Trustee in 2018 and is one of our Scientific Trustees. As a neuroscientist with more than 25 years of research experience in the pharmaceutical industry, she brings valuable expertise to the Board particularly around our drug discovery work. Her previous roles include Senior Vice President at Pfizer and Head of the Merck Neuroscience Research Centre. She also spent three years as CEO of InnovateUK, the Government’s Innovation agency helping to create new businesses and drive economic growth. She is a Venture Partner with the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) and has co-founded four dementia-focused biotech companies in the last 3 years. She was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to business, innovation and skills.

Ruth says: ‘"I am joining Alzheimer’s Research UK because we all know someone who has suffered from the disease. I just want to bring what I have to help".

 Caroline van den Brul MBE

Caroline van den Brul MBE

Caroline became a supporter of the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK during the time her husband and mother were both living with Alzheimer’s disease; she became a Trustee in 2017. She had a distinguished 30-year career with the BBC as a programme maker (credits include Horizon, Tomorrow’s World Hospital Watch and the Ri Christmas Lectures) and as the creativity leader for the implementation of an ambitious culture-change programme.  Currently she coaches scientists in communication skills.  

Caroline is Chair of our Inspire Fund Review Committee and also sits on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Caroline says: "Many previously deadly diseases are no longer life limiting, or even significantly life-changing. Alzheimer’s disease is not one of them - yet.  I want that to change. It is too late for my mother and my husband who both faded and then died with Alzheimer’s but it is not too late for some of those they loved.  I am a Trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK because of them, and because I believe the only way to make Alzheimer’s a treatable condition is to fund the essential research.” 

 Shirley Cramer CBE

Shirley Cramer CBE

Shirley became a Trustee in 2014, after having been Interim Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2012 for six months. She sits on our Nominations and Governance Committee and our Scientific Advisory Board, playing a key role in driving Alzheimer’s Research UK strategy and excellence. She is formerly Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health and is an experienced voluntary sector leader in both the UK and the USA. She is a Commissioner of  the UK Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and Chair of the Rare Dementia Support Advisory Board at University College London.

Shirley says: "When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, I began to realise that dementia research was way behind other diseases like cancer. I felt there needed to be more of an urgency to prioritise dementia research, which is why I’m passionate about what Alzheimer’s Research UK does. I know there will be solutions in the future, such as new treatments and earlier diagnosis, and I’m really proud to be a part of it."

 Christopher Carter

Christopher Carter

Christopher became a Trustee in 2015 and brings a wealth of expertise from the financial sector. He sits on the Investment Committee and also works closely with the philanthropy team around potential opportunities.

Since 2012 he has been a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley and prior to that served in a number of capacities for the company, including Vice Chairman – Institutional Securities, Head of Global Capital Markets and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.  He joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 from CQS, a hedge fund group, where he served as Chairman. He previously spent 19 years at Credit Suisse in a wide range of senior investment banking and executive positions. Christopher is Chaiman of Artorius Wealth Management Limited.

Chris says “I was attracted to the opportunity of an association with Alzheimer’s Research UK because of family and friends who have been afflicted with dementia.  I want to help in any small way I can to advance the fight against dementia through the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Amanda Farnsworth

Amanda Farnsworth

Amanda became a Trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2021. She sits on the Audit and Risk Sub Committee.

She has held some of the most high-profile leadership roles in the BBC including Editor of the TV One and Six O Clock News, Deputy Editor, Newsnight and Bureau Chief in Washington DC.

As Project Executive London 2012 she was involved in developing some of the BBC’s key external partnerships around the London 2012 Olympics including with The London Organising Committee and the London Mayor’s office. She sat on the BBC’s 2012 Steering Group, helping to formulate the BBC's vision, editorial strategy and plans to cover all the major 2012 events including the Olympic Torch Relay, the Cultural Olympiad and the Olympic Games. 

Amanda’s last job at the BBC was as Head of Visual and Data Journalism bringing together journalists, designers and developers to produce high impact, highly visual and personalised news across all domestic and global outlets on TV, social media and the web.

Amanda has extensive board experience in the charitable sector and is currently a Trustee at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, having spent six years on the board of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. She was also a board member of the Global Editors Network and on the Advisory Board for a major piece of work on inequality at the Nuffield Foundation. She also chairs a volunteer-led group called Newcomers and Visiting Scholars at Cambridge University.

Amanda says “My family has been touched by dementia as have so many in this country and the world. Both my parents donated their brains to Alzheimer’s research and I too wanted to contribute to the cause of finding treatments and ultimately a cure for Dementia. I’m extremely proud to have become a Trustee at Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

 

Divya Chadha Manek OBE

Divya Chadha Manek OBE

Divya became a Trustee of Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2021. She sits on the Nominations and Governance Sub Committee.

Divya is currently Senior VP, Clinical Development at Eyebio, an opthalmology biotech company. In this role, Divya is responsible for the company’s clinical development strategy and execution.

Prior to this, Divya held various roles at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) having joined in 2007 most recently serving as the Clinical Research Network’s Director of Business Development and Marketing, leading a team responsible for increasing investment into UK health and social care research from both non-commercial and commercial research sponsors.

In 2020, Divya was seconded to the UK Vaccines Taskforce (VTF) which was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to lead the UK’s search for a safe and effective vaccine. She was responsible for supporting global pharmaceutical companies to rapidly generate the evidence required for marketing authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines and played a pivotal role in conceptualising and developing the NHS Vaccine Research Registry. 

Divya holds a degree in Psychology, Royal Holloway and following this, was awarded an India academic scholarship to study a Masters of Clinical Research at University of Birmingham.  

Divya says:

“One of the greatest challenges we face as society is Dementia. Having started my career in clinical research, recruiting people with dementia and their families into studies, I have had first-hand experience of the devastation dementia causes families. Research is the way to fight this challenge. I am passionate about getting new treatments faster to patients through innovative research. ARUK is at the forefront of supporting innovative research and advancing science in dementia- I want to bring my skills and expertise to help”