Hilary Evans

Hilary Evans

Chief Executive

Hilary Evans is the Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Hilary joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2013 and has overseen significant growth in income in recent years, which has significantly enhanced the organisation’s ability to fund groundbreaking innovative 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.

She holds an honorary doctorate in medicine from The University of Exeter, is a Trustee of AMRC and a Member of the World Dementia Council.

Hilary was appointed in March 2023 to co-chair the UK government’s national dementia initiative, The Dame Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission, which aims to draw lessons from the Covid vaccine taskforce to accelerate dementia research.

Emma Whitcombe

Emma Whitcombe

Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Emma is Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing. She joined the Alzheimer's Research UK team in 2023.

Alongside having overall responsibility for our fundraising and marketing team, Emma deputies for Hilary, and leads on our organisation transformation programme as we grow.

Emma brings more than twenty years' experience in leadership roles across the charity sector. She has worked for charities spanning health, disability and international development, establishing highly-successful engagement and income generation teams and campaigns. Before joining ARUK she worked as a consultant, and prior to this, led the marketing and fundraising team at the MS Society.

Emma holds a PhD in cognition from the University of Birmingham and has worked as a care assistant supporting people living with dementia. 

Samantha Benham-Hermetz

Samantha Benham-Hermetz

Executive Director of Policy & Communications

Sam leads the Policy and Communications directorate at Alzheimer’s Research UK.

She joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2019, and leads on political strategy, communications and engagement. Her teams cover policy, public affairs, communications, information services and public engagement.

Sam sits on the Government’s Dementia Programme Board, and the Join Dementia Research Partnership Board. Her role involves advocating for greater focus and resource for people affected by dementia.

Carolyne Coupel

Carolyne Coupel

Director of Marketing, Data & Insight

Carolyne leads the charity's Data and CRM, Direct Marketing, Insight and Development and Legacy and In Memory fundraising functions.

The Marketing, Data and Insight team inspire long term support and maximise opportunity, engagement and income by putting the supporter at the heart of everything they do. The team are responsible for generating over 50% of the charity's income as well as driving significant strategic projects like the implementation of a new CRM system and overseeing a cross charity supporter engagement programme.

With over 15 years sector experience, 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 held a number of roles in the telecoms and media sector – most recently as Head of Telephony Marketing at Telewest Broadband (now Virgin Media).

Philip Dunn

Philip Dunn

Executive Director of Finance & Operations

Philip joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 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 IT. 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 and he also is a Director of the Railway Housing Association in which he is the Chair of the Audit & Risk committee.

Peter Halewood

Peter Halewood

Director of Philanthropy

Peter joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2014 and has overseen the significant growth of our work with individual philanthropists, trusts and foundations.

He leads on our fundraising for our EDoN Initiative and other strategic priorities such as our Drug Discovery Alliance and the UK Dementia Research Institute, as well as spearheading our international fundraising.

Peter has 19 years’ experience in philanthropy and joined Alzheimer’s Research UK having established a new Major Donor function at The Salvation Army. Prior to this, he worked for both Cancer Research UK and World Vision UK.

Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly

Director of HR

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

She 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, and employee relations.

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

Susan Kohlhaas

Susan Kohlhaas

Executive Director of Research & Partnerships

Susan Kohlhaas is the Executive Director of Research and Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Susan oversees the charity’s research strategy and programme, including strategic initiatives like our Drug Discovery Institutes, our work with the UK Dementia Research Institute and our Dementia Consortium.   

She has a PhD in cancer biology from the University of Leicester and completed postdoctoral work in the field of immunology at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.

Susan’s previous roles in the charitable sector include senior roles at the MS Society and the National Cancer Research Institute.

Nina Ziaullah

Nina Ziaullah

Director of Strategy & Governance

Nina Ziaullah is the Director of Strategy and Governance at Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Nina leads the Chief Executive’s Office, with responsibility for Strategy, Governance, Internal Communications and Executive Support. She also leads the charity’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion programme.

The Chief Executive’s Office work across all teams to help Alzheimer’s Research UK to deliver its mission to accelerate progress towards a cure. They also support our senior volunteers, including Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Board of Trustees, our President, the Rt Hon David Cameron, and Vice-President, David Mayhew.

Nina joined the charity in 2017, with a background working in the public and voluntary sector, including leadership roles at the Electoral Commission and the Dementia Revolution, a partnership project between Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Nina supported her grandfather following his dementia diagnosis and is hugely motivated in the power of research to change lives.

Sheona Scales

Sheona Scales

Director of Research

Sheona Scales is the Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Sheona oversees the charity’s research programme, including its response mode funding, strategic initiatives like our Drug Discovery Institutes, and our approach to clinical research in dementia.  

She has a PhD in Developmental Neuroscience from Kings College London and completed postdoctoral work at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research and the Francis Crick Institute, London.

Before Sheona came to the organisation, she was at Cancer Research UK where she held numerous roles including Head of Research for the Cancer Grand Challenges initiative and Head of Experimental Cancer Medicines Centres (ECMC) programme and Paediatric Research Lead.

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