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Dementia UK spokespeople

We are the only national charity caring for the entire family of someone with dementia, through our specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. Our CEO is an Admiral Nurse, with nearly 40 years’ experience specialising in dementia care, and our senior management team is comprised of clinicians and academics with extensive knowledge of the health and social care landscape.

We can provide comment on:

  • Symptoms, causes and different types of dementia
  • The impact of dementia on family, friends and wider society
  • The critical importance of appropriate post-diagnostic care
  • The wider health and social care landscape and what more needs to be done to tackle one of the biggest health issues of our time

Our spokespeople specialise in the following subjects:

Hilda Hayo, Dementia UK's CEO and Head Admiral Nurse

Dr Hilda Hayo, CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse

Hilda has nearly 40 years’ experience developing and leading dementia specialist teams and services throughout the NHS.

  • Young onset dementia
  • Advice on helping carers to cope
  • The NHS and dementia care
Paul Edwards, Dementia UK's Director of Clinical Services

Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services

Paul has specialised in dementia in the NHS, academia and the independent sector for over 20 years.

  • The national need for joined-up health and social care provision
  • Nursing leadership, education and management
  • Technology in dementia care
  • New and existing Admiral Nurse services
  • Workforce wellbeing and carers
  • Services and quality improvement
Dr Karen Harrison-Dening, Head of Research and Publications

Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research and Publications

Karen has over 40 years’ experience in nursing, with over 30 of those being in dementia care.

  • New dementia research
  • Advance care planning
Rachel Thompson - Dementia UK

Rachel Thompson, Consultant Admiral Nurse for Lewy body dementia

Rachel worked as a nurse for 25 years within the NHS, before becoming Dementia Project Lead at the Royal College of Nursing, and then joining Dementia UK.

  • Dementia care within hospital settings
  • Best practice for dementia specialists
  • Education in dementia
  • Life story work
Admiral Nurse Paulette Winchester Joseph

Paulette Winchester-Joseph, Deputy Clinical Lead at the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

Paulette worked in the community as an Admiral Nurse Team Leader in Dagenham and Barking before joining the Helpline.

The complex issues facing family carers including:

  • Symptoms
  • Changing behaviour in dementia
  • Financial difficulties
Zena Aldridge

Zena Aldridge, Admiral Nurse Research Fellow

Zena began her career as a mental health nurse, then became the first Admiral Nurse in Norfolk in 2013, moving onto become the area’s Lead Admiral Nurse Consultant. She is currently an Admiral Nurse Research Fellow with Dementia UK as well as undertaking PhD studies at De Montfort University.

  • Needs of people with dementia their families and carers in care homes
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • How relationships can change within a family, post-diagnosis
  • Dementia, sexuality and intimacy
  • Dementia training and education
Martin Bishop, Director of Fundraising & Communications

Martin Bishop, Director of Fundraising and Communications

Martin has worked across the charity sector for over 25 years.

  • Fundraising and communications activity at Dementia UK
Emily Oliver, Consultant Admiral Nurse

Emily Oliver, Consultant Admiral Nurse

Emily is a Consultant Admiral Nurse who ensures through her clinical expertise that Admiral Nurses have the best access to training and development. Emily’s passion is care for older people and people with dementia in hospital and she has recently completed her PhD exploring this topic.

  • Older person’s/dementia care in hospitals
  • Nurse training and education

Victoria Lyons, Senior Consultant Admiral Nurse

Vic has worked as a nurse in the dementia field for 20 years. She first stepped into an Admiral Nurse role in 2002, becoming a full time Admiral Nurse two years later.

  • Learning disabilities
  • Harder to reach groups
  • Health care leadership and Nursing leadership

Regional spokespeople

There are also a number of regional Admiral Nurse teams and spokespeople who can speak about the impact they’re making in their communities.

Please get in touch with or 020 8036 5383