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Dementia UK spokespeople

Dementia UK is the specialist dementia nurse charity. We are the only national charity caring for the entire family of someone with dementia through our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses. Our CEO is the Chief Admiral Nurse, with 40 years’ experience 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 45 years’ experience in nursing, most of those being in dementia care in a variety of settings and contexts. She gained her PhD at University College London in 2014.

  • Palliative & end-of-life care in dementia
  • Advance care planning
  • Decision making
  • Under-served populations in dementia
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
Martin Bishop, Director of Fundraising & Communications

Martin Bishop, Director of Fundraising and Engagement

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

  • Fundraising and communications activity at Dementia UK
Admiral Nurse, Vic Lyons

Victoria Lyons, Senior Consultant Admiral Nurse

Vic has worked as a nurse in the dementia field for over 20 years. She first stepped into an Admiral Nurse role in 2002, becoming a full-time Admiral Nurse two years later. She is currently leading our clinical digital development and leading the development of our dementia at work proposition. Vic also hosts our monthly Twitter Spaces.

  • Learning disabilities
  • Digital development
  • Dementia at work and working carers
  • 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

Family stories

We have a growing number of families affected by dementia. They can talk to media about the support they’ve received from our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses and/or their experiences of the condition. Please see a selection of the family stories here.