Leadership Team

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive

Jeremy Hughes joined Alzheimer’s Society in November 2010. He is leading the charity in its five year strategy, ‘Delivering on Dementia 2012-17’, managing an annual budget in excess of £90m. Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with top broadcaster Angela Rippon for the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.

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 was the chair of National Voices 2009-14. He is currently the Co-chair of the UK Dementia Action Alliance and chair of the Global Alzheimer’s and Dementias Action Alliance.

Jeremy was awarded the CBE for services to older people in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015.

Jeremy is married with two children and lives in London and Dorset. Jeremy’s hobbies are walking, gardening and house renovation.

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.

David Fowler, Director of Corporate resources 

David joined the Alzheimer's Society in July 2013 as Head of Finance, prior to which he had held senior financial positions at British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

In July 2015 he assumed the position of Director of Strategic Planning and Resources, taking on responsibility for project management, facilities, planning and performance, whilst retaining his remit for overseeing the financial wellbeing of the Society.  He is particularly interested in how organisations work and how they can improve efficiency.