After 17 years of working for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Chief Executive, Rebecca Wood is stepping down to seek a new challenge.
Rebecca became Chief Executive of the charity in June 1997. Under her leadership, Alzheimer’s Research UK has funded over £53m of pioneering dementia research – including initial funding for the GWAS study led by Prof Julie Williams – one of Time magazine’s most important findings of 2009 – as well as innovative work on genetics, brain imaging, treatment development and clinical research.
David Mayhew, chair of the trustees, said:
“We thank Rebecca for her enormous contribution to Alzheimer’s Research UK over the years. During her tenure, we have seen a transformation in public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. She has overseen a year on year income increase and research investment for the charity and transformed the organisation into the fast-moving and ideas-driven charity it is today. Rebecca has established a set of plans and a new structure with a strong senior management team who will keep the organisation going forward while we look for the right person to lead the charity in its next exciting phase to defeat dementia. We wish Rebecca all the best for her next exciting role.”
Rebecca Wood said:
“I have hugely enjoyed my time at Alzheimer’s Research UK and am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved so far for such an important cause. The great board, staff and supporters will I know drive on our innovative plans and I look forward to watching them getting ever closer to a world free from dementia.”