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Strategic Leadership Team

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive

Jeremy Hughes joined Alzheimer's Society in November 2010. He has led the charity in producing a five year strategy 'Delivering on Dementia 2012-17' and in 2011-12 the Society's income exceeded £70m for the first time. Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with Angela Rippon as part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia.

Jeremy was previously Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer where he was instrumental in providing visionary leadership, galvanising the charity's research platform and its authority on campaigning and policy. Before that Jeremy was Head of External Affairs at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

His career in health and social care charities includes leadership posts at the  British Red Cross, Leonard Cheshire, Muscular Dystrophy and NCH Action for Children.

Jeremy is currently a Trustee of Sightsavers and Chair of National Voices, the umbrella health and social care charity.

Matthew Sellen FCCA, Director of Corporate Resources

Matthew Sellen

Matthew joined Alzheimer's Society in July 2006 as Head of Finance, prior to which he had held a number of senior positions in finance and IT in the corporate sector.

In December 2007 he assumed the position of Director of Corporate Resources, taking on responsibility for IT, facilities and compliance, whilst retaining his remit for overseeing the financial wellbeing of the Society.

Alison Cook, Director of External Affairs

Alison Cook

Alison Cook is Director of External Affairs at Alzheimer's Society, overseeing the Society's work on media, marketing, policy and public affairs, and high-profile supporters. Alison's last role was as director at leading consultancy MHP Health Mandate where she successfully led on research and strategy policy and communications advice and support to businesses, universities, charities and membership organisations. Previously, Alison spent 12 years as broadcast journalist for the BBC, specialising in health and science before moving to the Department of Health as Head of Policy Communications.

Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations 

Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations

Kathryn joined the Alzheimer's Society in September 2012 as Director of Operations. Kathryn's management and leadership responsibilities cover all of the Societies operational services through the Operational Leadership Team, which incorporates the local services in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and the Universal services through the Knowledge team.

Kathryn has worked in social care since 1989, including work within the private sector, a Health trust, four different local authorities, and the Commission for Social Care Inspection (predecessor to the CQC). She has also taught various social work courses for Leeds University and the Open University.

Most recently Kathryn worked for Scope where she was the Director of Services, including the role of Responsible Individual for all of Scope's children's services registered with OFSTED, the services in Wales registered with CCISW, and the nominated individual for all of the adults services registered with CQC.

Kathryn is also a school governor for a primary school in Leeds and is a trustee for Disability Advice Bradford.

Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development

Dr Doug Brown

Doug joined the Society in January 2013. He has a background in research completing a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge and then spent three years as a post doctoral fellow at the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research in London.

Doug then moved out of the lab and into the office to work at the Multiple Sclerosis Society where he led the biomedical research programme ensuring that they funded high quality research that was important to people affected by MS.

Doug's role at the Society is to work with colleagues to build on the successes of our research programme to date and help take it to the next level to enable our vision of a world without dementia.

Doug is also a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Brett Terry, Director of People and Organisational Development

Brett Terry

Brett joined the Society on the 4 January 2010. He has previously held senior operational and strategic HR positions at Amnesty International, Cancer Research UK and, most recently, Breakthrough Breast Cancer where his HR department won the 2009 Charity Times 'HR Team of the Year' award.

His passion lies in understanding people at work and he is particularly interested in the opportunities and challenges presented by multi-generational workforces. 

Outside of work Brett is a keen wildlife photographer and he contributes, on occasion, to a number of wildlife photographic magazines.

Jon Bodenham, Interim Director of Fundraising

Jon Bodenham

Jon joined Alzheimer’s Society in October 2013.  Since 2008 he has worked as an Interim Director of Fundraising or Consultant at Diabetes UK, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Royal Voluntary Service and HFT, the disability charity.

His specialisms include individual giving, which he represented for the Institute of Fundraising on their Convention Board 2010-13, legacies, data segmentation and donor development and product innovation. At Diabetes UK he stepped in as Operations Manager for 13 months, gaining an insight into influencing healthcare, developing new services and dramatically growing volunteering.

Jon’s first role in the charity sector was with PDSA as Director of Marketing and Income Generation with substantial growth coming from product and channel innovation and investment in brand. Before joining the sector he worked in financial services and grocery brand marketing.