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Our Trustees

The Alzheimer's Society Board of Trustees are the most senior governance group in the organisation, with overall accountability for the Society's strategic direction, the stewardship of our resources and the activities we undertake in the pursuit of our charitable objectives. They are all volunteers, who contribute a huge amount of time and wide-ranging expertise to the Society.

Trustees serve for a term of three years, and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Full information about the role and responsibilities of our Board of Trustees is available in the Articles of Association.


Honorary Officers

Ann Beasley CBE (Chair on an interim basis) 

Ann Beasley CBE

Re-elected to the Board: October 2012

Ann was appointed as Director General Finance for the Ministry of Justice in February 2010. She has worked in the public sector for 30 years, with a career spanning periods in HM Customs and Excise, Civil Aviation Authority and the Metropolitan Police. Ann joined HM Prison Service in 2002 and took up the role of Finance Director in 2003.

During her time at HMPS, Ann initiated and led the Phoenix Programme, a major change programme to modernise finance, procurement and HR procedures, based around a Shared Service Centre operation located in Wales.

Her current responsibilities within the Ministry of Justice include leading budget negotiations on behalf of the department with HM Treasury, other strategic finance matters, provision of IT, procurement services and audit function. She is also Senior Responsible Owner for the Shared Services Programme which aims to deliver shared services across the remainder of the Ministry.

In December 2008, after three and a half years of private study, Ann successfully qualified as an accountant and was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

In the 2010 New Year Honours, Ann was awarded the CBE.

Ann is a member of the Nominations and Appointments Committee and Finance and Audit Committee.


John Grosvenor (Honorary Treasurer)

John Grosvenor

Appointed to the Board: October 2012
(prev. elected)

John Grosvenor is a Chartered Accountant who has had a wide-ranging international career in the professional services sector, recently retiring from a senior partner position at PricewaterhouseCoopers. John worked in a number of roles in London, the Netherlands, New York and in Asia, he has worked for a variety of major clients and performed several management roles in PricewaterhouseCoopers, including head of Global Finance.

During John's time in Asia he was a regular public speaker and made appearances as a financial expert on Singapore television. John brings a wealth of experience to the Society, in particular extensive experience in presenting financial data to audit committees. He is community focused and wishes to give something back. He believes his skills, experience and background will be valuable to the Board of Trustees.

John is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Investment Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Pippa Gough (Vice Chair)

Re-elected to the Board: October 2013""

Dementia has touched Pippa's life both personally and professionally. Her father lives with vascular dementia and she has a long career in clinical nursing, midwifery, health visiting, national nursing policy and campaigning for quality patient care. This experience has provided her with significant exposure to the devastating ravages this condition can have on individuals, family, community and wider society.

As Director of Policy at the Royal College of Nursing, Pippa spearheaded a political lobby for effective resourcing to provide humane, person-centred, timely and effective nursing care for people in residential and nursing homes - including those with dementia.

Later, as Senior Fellow at the Kings Fund, she led programmes of leadership development for clinicians and managers where the challenges of getting the state, the professions, and the public to recognise the way people with dementia can find themselves marginalised from appropriate care was often central to discussion.

She went on to work with the Health Foundation, where she commissioned programmes of leadership for quality improvement in health care and led the project on Board development for safety and quality with a number of NHS trusts.

Pippa now acts as a consultant in organisational, team and personal development within the field of health and health care services.

Pippa is a member of the Remuneration Committee.



Joy Allen CDir

Joy Allen CDir

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Joy is a Chartered Director and Managing Director of Leading Governance Ltd. She has been a specialist in governance training and board development since 2000, following 12 years as a charity CEO, and she is currently course leader for 'Role of the Director & the Board' for the Institute of Directors in London.

Joy is a Business Studies graduate with Masters level qualifications in both leadership and coaching. Joy has been chair of the board of Simon Community NI, a charity addressing homelessness, and of VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care). She was a Non-Executive Director of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, one of the largest Trusts in the UK, and has also been a board member of the former Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust and the Fostering Network (UK) Ltd.

As a former carer for her late parents, both of whom had dementia, Joy has experienced the effects of dementia first hand. She ran a series of creative healing weekends for former carers of people with dementia (with funding from After Dementia Millennium Awards).


Richard Ford

Re-elected to the Board: October 2014

Richard has a passion for helping people with mental health problems improve their lives, and believes that excellent care has to be made the norm for those living with dementia.

For over 30 years Richard has worked in senior clinical, research and leadership roles towards this end.

A qualified mental health nurse, Richard has now served for over six years as an executive on the board of the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. In this role he is one of the leaders ensuring Sussex provides excellent services for people affected by dementia. His previous career experience includes board level positions at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the National Institute for Mental Health in England. He has also worked as Senior Policy Adviser at the Department of Health.

Richard is a member of the Investment Committee.  


Bernard Herdan CB

Bernard Herdan

Appointed to the Board: October 2013

Bernard started his career as an engineer in the aerospace sector.  He worked initially for British Aerospace and then for 12 years at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands where he rose to become Programme Manager for Broadcast Satellites. Back in the UK he spent six years in the private sector working as a consultant and then Managing Director of a technology licensing firm before being appointed Commercial Director at the Met Office, the start of a 21 year career in the public sector.

Bernard was subsequently appointed Chief Executive at the Driving Standards Agency, UK Passport Service, Criminal Records Bureau, Security Industry Authority and finally National Fraud Authority.

Since 2011 he has pursued a portfolio career with a range of positions including Non-Executive Director at the Ministry of Defence and the Disclosure and Barring Service, Member (and now Chair) of disciplinary tribunal panels at the General Medical Council and Bar Council, Advisor to City of London Police on fraud strategy and Trustee of several charities including Victim Support and the Fostering Network. Bernard is also Chairman of SEDCU, a charity he has founded with his wife to support the education of disadvantaged children in Uganda.

Bernard has a close relative who is living with dementia, and this first-hand insight into the reality of the impact of dementia and how this can be mitigated to an extent by appropriate care, has inspired him to get involved with the work of Alzheimer's Society.

Bernard was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2007 New Years Honours and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire in 2009.


Jenny Owen CBE

Jenny Owen CBE

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Jenny brings 36 years' experience of social care in local authorities, central government and regulation. This includes eight years as Director of Adult Social Care and Deputy Chief Executive of Essex County Council and 12 years as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health. She brings extensive experience of commissioning and providing adult social care and working in partnership with health and voluntary sector organisations both nationally and locally.

Jenny is personally and professionally committed to working with people with dementia and campaigning for improved services. She worked closely with Alzheimer's Society during the development of the Government's Dementia Strategy, co-chairing the National Dementia Strategy in 2009.

An experienced Non-Executive Director, Jenny is also on the Board of Housing and Care 21 Housing Association and Vice-Chair of the Royal Free London FT Hospital. She is a member of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), having been president in 2010.


Sir Chris Powell

Appointed to the Board: August 2012

Sir Chris Powell has had a long and distinguished career in the advertising world and is known for many of the UK's most distinctive advertising campaigns. Chris has also had a number of non-executive positions including as Chair of NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and Chair of IPPR (The Institute of Public Policy Research); the British Council's Creative Industries Advisory Panel; the Ealing Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority; and Vice Chair of the Public Diplomacy Board. 

Chris is currently Chair of Riverside Studios arts and media centre and Dr Foster, the healthcare public information provider. He is a member of the Advisory Board at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a number of Non-Executive Director roles including at Renew and ParcelGenie.com.


Sue Redmond

Sue Redmond

Elected to the Board: October 2014

Caring for someone with dementia has changed everything for Sue's family and, having received real support from Alzheimer's Society in Liverpool, she hopes to be able to influence the care and support people can get in the future.

Sue has worked in health and social care for nearly 40 years, the last eight as Director of Adult Services in various local authorities and her passion is to work with people who need and want support. She believes that we have a long way to go, but there are amazing people living with dementia and amazing people offering support - Sue hopes that as a trustee she can add her expertise and experience to make a difference.

During her time as Corporate Director at Wiltshire Council, Sue developed and led on an innovative approach to delivering outcome-based homecare. She is an experienced and qualified social worker and commissioner, having spent some time in planning and development for a number of authorities.


Dr Emyr Roberts

Dr Emyr Roberts

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Emyr is Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, the largest Sponsored Body in Wales, and is responsible for integrating and developing a wide range of services and policies to improve environmental outcomes.

He began his career at the National Farmers' Union and then spent 21 years fulfilling a variety of roles in the Welsh Government, including health, economic development, social justice, public service delivery and education. Having also been Head of Finance and Compliance at the Welsh Government, Emyr has an excellent understanding of governance and how it can be used to improve the performance of an organisation.

Emyr is a Welsh-speaker and has a broad knowledge of public services in Wales, including the role of local authorities and the NHS. He is a fellow of Aberystwyth University and was previously a member of Cardiff Community Housing Association, Newport Regeneration Company and Merthyr Tydfil Youth Offending Panel.


Manish Shah

Manish Shah

Appointed to the Board: October 2014

Manish is a senior managing director in corporate finance at FTI Consulting LLP in London. Previously, he was a senior corporate finance partner at Deloitte LLP based in London. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate and private equity transactions across a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare, leisure, and business services.

He led the Society's charity partnership with Deloitte and has been working closely with the Society since 2012, providing pro bono services and offering key strategic input and assistance.  Manish is also a Trustee on the board of Alzheimer's Brain Bank UK.

Manish is an FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) with Distinction from Manchester Business School.


Ian Sherriff

Ian Sherriff

Re-elected to the Board: October 2013

Ian is committed to campaigning and working with individuals with dementia, carers, statutory health and social care agencies, Members of Parliament, staff and volunteers in delivering the vision, mission, values and principles of Alzheimer's Society to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

Ian is a member of the Prime Minister's Dementia Friendly Communities Challenge Group and the Strategic Clinical Network for Dementia South West England and chair of the Prime Minister's start and finish group for Rural Dementia. He is a founder member of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance and the Yealm Dementia Friendly Parishes programme and has also chaired the South West Dementia Alliance, the South West Area Forum for Alzheimer's Society and the Plymouth branch of Alzheimer's Society.

Ian brings twenty years' experience, knowledge and understanding of strategic management and delivery of social care in local government. Currently Ian is chair of the Plymouth University Dementia Group. His research to date includes 'Early Diagnosis of Dementia in Plymouth', Dementia Quality Mark for Residential Care, Social Return on Investment for Voluntary and Private Dementia Care and the Silver Dreams research programme.  Ian and two members of this team presented their work at the Alzheimer's International Conference in 2012. Ian is currently exploring Dementia Friendly research opportunities with the city of Fujinomiya in Japan.

Ian is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.


Sarah Weir OBE

Sarah Weir

Appointed to the Board: September 2013

Sarah Weir is Chief Executive of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as a private home and showcase for his extraordinary collection of decorative arts, the Manor was gifted in 1957 to the National Trust but remains under the stewardship of Lord Rothschild and his family.

Previously Sarah was Chief Executive of The Legacy List, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park charity (set up to encourage creative connections between people and the park, with a focus on arts and culture, education and skills); Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for Olympic Delivery Authority; Executive Director, Arts Council England; London and Executive Director of the Almeida Theatre.

Sarah started her career in the Lloyd's insurance market. She worked for Aldgate Group Brokers, where she rose from office junior to non-marine managing director during a 15 year career and was the first female Managing Director in Lloyd's. Following a move from business into the arts she then worked at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Arts & Business and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Sarah is a Fellow of Birkbeck College and has an OBE for services to the arts, and is a Trustee of Bristol Old Vic Theatre. 

Alzheimer's Society vice-presidents, patrons and ambassadors programme

The Vice-Presidents, Patrons and Ambassadors programme was launched by the Alzheimer's Society at the House of Lords on Thursday 15 March 2007, with more than 30 influential people from the worlds of business, politics, science and the arts.


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