Our Senior Management Team
Our Senior Management 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 Admiral Nurses display every day, fills me with such pride.
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 38 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.
Director of Fundraising and Communications, Martin Bishop
Martin joined Dementia UK in August 2014, prior to that he was at Action on Hearing Loss and in a 20 year plus career he has also worked for Marie Curie and the NSPCC amongst other charities. Martin is responsible for raising donations for the charity, including those given in memory, by individuals and through events, community activities, companies and charitable trusts. Dementia UK relies on these voluntary donations to fund its work supporting families living with dementia.
Martin’s key fundraising aims are to increase voluntary income, so that the charity can ensure everyone who needs access to expert advice and support from an Admiral Nurse is able to get it; and to ensure that all of our supporters have an outstanding experience.
The other part of Martin’s responsibility is the charity’s communications – helping to raise awareness of and engagement with Dementia UK, Admiral Nurses and how we support families facing dementia.
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 help assure 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.
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, database and team management. Niall is committed to the development of all staff and managers within Dementia UK.
Niall has over 14 years’ of experience in the charity sector, having previously worked as the Deputy CEO and Operations Manager at Hammersmith & Fulham Mind where he led on the implementation of policy, procedure and strategy and service management.