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/CEO for Dementia UK since 2013. She has over 35 years’ experience developing and leading dementia specialist teams and services throughout the NHS. Prior to joining Dementia UK, she was Director of Nursing, Quality and Professional Development at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
In addition Hilda was Principal Lecturer at London South Bank University and the University of Northampton, specialising in older people’s mental health and community care. Hilda still retains a small clinical caseload of younger people living with dementia and specialises in families living with the effects of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia, which is the topic of her doctoral studies.
Director of Clinical Services, Kay Atkinson
Kay joined Dementia UK in February 2017 as Director of Clinical Services. Kay works closely with the Chief Executive to support the strategic development of Admiral Nursing, providing professional leadership, advice and assurance to clinical teams – ensuring there is effective compliance and governance systems in place to deliver excellent standards and person centred care to those living with dementia – and support for families.
Prior to joining Dementia UK, Kay worked for Macmillan Cancer Services working with partner organisations in the Midlands to improve cancer services. Kay has 35 years experience starting her career in the NHS as a Nurse, working across a range of NHS organisations, Local Authority and national voluntary sector health and social care organisations.
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 Dementia UK, Admiral Nurses and how we support families. To this end the charity launched a new look and website in November 2015. The main focus now is ensuring Dementia UK’s website continues to be helpful for visitors and that we have a strong media and social media presence.
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.