Meet our Senior Leadership team

Our Senior Leadership team is responsible for the day-to-day running of Dementia UK.

Hilda Hayo, Chief Executive says,

As well as being Dementia UK’s Chief Executive, I am also the Chief Admiral Nurse and a practicing Admiral Nurse too, specialising in young onset dementia. I am so excited to be leading the charity through such a time of positive change.

The dedication, passion and commitment that our staff display every day, fills me with such pride.

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

Chief Executive, Hilda Hayo

Hilda has been the Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive Officer for Dementia UK since 2013. A dual registered nurse she has over 39 years’ experience developing and leading dementia specialist teams and services throughout the NHS.

During this time, Hilda has held senior positions in clinical services, hospital management and higher education. She held Principal Lecturer posts at both London South Bank University and University of Northampton, specialising in older people’s mental health, dementia and community care. She is a visiting fellow of dementia studies at the University of Northampton.

Hilda is particularly proud of setting up a nurse-led Younger People with Dementia service in Northamptonshire and still retains a small clinical caseload of families living with the effects of young onset dementia. Her doctorate focused on how and why social connectedness changes in families living with the effects of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia.

She has recently published a book, along with two other colleagues, on young onset dementia, identifying how to deliver better and more appropriate support and care for individuals with the diagnosis and their families.

Martin Bishop. Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, Martin Bishop

Martin joined Dementia UK in August 2014. Prior to that that he was at RNID, and in a 25 year plus career he has also worked for the NSPCC, Marie Curie and the British Red Cross.

Martin is responsible for raising donations for the charity, including those given in memory, and through challenge events, community activities, companies, charitable trusts and gifts in Wills. Dementia UK relies on these voluntary donations to fund its work supporting families living with dementia.

The other part of Martin’s responsibility is the charity’s marketing and communications – helping to raise awareness of and engagement with Dementia UK and Admiral Nurses.

Paul Edwards

Director of Clinical Services, Paul Edwards

Paul joined Dementia UK in March 2018. Prior to joining the charity Paul had over 20 years’ experience working in health and social care.

Paul is a nurse who specialises in dementia care and has worked across the NHS, academia and the independent sector. He is responsible for the development, governance and growth of clinical services.

Paul’s team helps ensure that the latest, evidenced approaches are embedded into the practice of our Admiral Nurses and that services are run to provide safe and effective care and support to people with dementia and their families.

Paul’s focus is on ensuring that there are robust governance processes in place to continually develop services and practice; and that new Admiral Nurses services are developed and supported clinically. Paul’s team also promotes awareness of Dementia UK and it services to commissioners, clinicians and policy leaders across health and social care.

Niall Larkin

Director of Operations, Niall Larkin

Niall Larkin joined Dementia UK in April 2014 and is responsible for the operations of the organisation. Niall leads on developing best practice within the organisation, this involves human resource, governance, finance, risk and database and team management. Niall is committed to the development of all staff and managers within Dementia UK.

Niall has over 19 years’ of experience in the charity sector, having previously worked as the Deputy CEO and Operations Manager at Hammersmith and Fulham Mind where he led on the implementation of policy, procedure and strategy and service management.

Meet our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees guides the direction and management of the charity. They work closely with staff and meet regularly throughout the year to review strategies and policies for all areas of the organisation

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Meet our Honorary President

Our Honorary President, Jane Jason OBE, is the founder trustee of Dementia UK

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Meet our Celebrity Ambassadors

We work with a number of celebrities to help us raise awareness of our Admiral Nurses and help families face dementia. Meet our celebrity supporters

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