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

Senior team, Alzheimer's Research UK

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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Ian Wilson

Deputy Chief Executive
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 is 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.
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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 Rosa Sancho

Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK

Rosa joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2012 and has helped us establish a range of dementia research initiatives, funding partnerships and to develop a research impact strategy.

Rosa has a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London and research experience in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neurone diseases.

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Timothy Parry

Director of Communications, Engagement and 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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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.

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Prof Jonathan Schott

Chief Medical Officer

Prof Jonathan (Jon) Schott joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in November 2019, as our new Chief Medical Officer.

The Chief Medical Officer is an important new role for Alzheimer’s Research UK, providing the organisation with clinical expertise and advice to help drive forward our research priorities, as well as being an important Ambassador for dementia research.

Jon brings a wealth of clinical knowledge to this role.

He is Professor of Neurology at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL where he leads on a number of clinical research projects, with one being Insight 46 – a major Alzheimer’s Research UK funded neuroimaging study of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development British 1946 Birth Cohort. He has published over 240 papers in the field of dementia and ageing.

Jon is also an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square where he runs a busy cognitive disorders service with a particular emphasis on young onset and unusual dementias.

We are delighted to have Jon on the team.

Senior team, Alzheimer's Research UK

Samantha Benham-Hermetz

Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Sam was appointed in 2019 to lead the policy and public affairs function at Alzheimer’s Research UK. Her role is to develop Alzheimer’s Research UK’s political strategy and wider influencing to ensure that research breakthroughs reach people affected by dementia.

Her team covers policy, campaigning and government and parliamentary engagement. She is co-Chair of the Charity Medicines Access Coalition and sits on the Dementia Programme Board.

Sam decided to join Alzheimer’s Research UK because she believes through medical research we will be able to bring about life changing treatments for people affected by dementia. Sam brings 15 years campaigns experience in the voluntary sector, having held leadership roles at Alzheimer’s Society, Breast Cancer Now and Rethink Mental Illness.

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Alison Kelly

Director of HR

Alison joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2017 and is responsible for the HR and Volunteer Management Team.

Alison leads on all people-based activities from an organisational development, employee engagement and cultural change perspective. Alison ensures effective solutions are developed and implemented which add value and contribute to the strategic and operational needs across all areas including resourcing, learning and development, reward and benefits, employee relations and volunteer stewardship.

Prior to joining Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alison has worked in a variety of sectors where she developed her career within the HR profession. 

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