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Our Trustees

Alzheimer's Society's 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

Dame Gill MorganDame Gill Morgan DBE (Chair)

Appointed to the Board: October 2013

Gill's career in healthcare began as a doctor working in hospitals and general practice before moving into management. As Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Assembly government between May 2008 and August 2012 she held responsibility for the 20 areas of devolved policy.

Prior to this she was Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation for six years, following six years as Chief Executive of the North & East Devon Health Authority.

Gill is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. While working in healthcare, she served on a large number of national committees and working groups.

Gill was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2004. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by The City University, London in May 2006.

Ann Beasley CBE
Ann Beasley CBE (Vice Chair)

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 GrosvenorJohn Grosvenor (Honorary treasurer)

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.


Tom HavertyTom Haverty

Appointed to the Board: September 2011 (prev. Co-opted)

Tom Haverty MSc lives in Armagh. He is currently a Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, and as such is involved in strategic planning, networking, monitoring, policy development, and some media work.

Before his retirement he lived in Londonderry and was employed by the Western Health and Social Services Board holding the posts of District Social Services Officer for Derry, Limavady and Strabane District and Service Planner. He worked as a social worker in London in both childcare and mental health services where he gained experience in working with the West Indian and other ethnic minority groups. He is currently a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Northern Ireland and was formerly a member of the Advisory Committee on Travellers and the Central Personal Social Service Advisory Committee.

Tom previously served as a co-opted member of the Board.

Robin Jacoby

Professor Robin Jacoby

Re-elected to the Board: October 2012

Robin Jacoby is a retired professor of old age psychiatry caring for people with dementia since 1976. He has related to many hundreds of patients and caregivers. He was a consultant at the Bethlem and Maudsley hospitals before moving to Oxford in 1994. There, he held no outpatient clinic but saw patients with dementia only in their own homes, giving him a much deeper understanding of what the condition entails.

Robin carried out many studies in dementia and received research grants from Alzheimer's Society. His group in Oxford was one of the first to identify the possible harm from antipsychotic drugs in dementia, and in collaboration with Professor Clive Ballard he took this further, publishing important papers that were positively received by caregivers, Alzheimer's Society and the media.

For the last ten years or so Robin has been chairman of an international charity, the Global Initiative on Psychiatry, concerned with human rights and psychiatric services in countries of the former Soviet Bloc, and latterly in Africa and Asia.

Alan Wells OBE

Re-elected to the Board: October 2012

Alan's mother and Spanish mother-in-law have had dementia. Yet when his mother started to develop dementia, he found it difficult to get any information until he found out about Alzheimer's Society.

Alan is particularly keen to ensure that people who are not well educated can get good information about dementia. Alan has considerable experience of campaigning as the founder director and Chief Executive of the Basic Skills Agency. He led the campaign for adult literacy from the 1970s until the government developed a national strategy to address the issue in 2000.

He was awarded an OBE in 1994 for services to adult literacy. In September 2007 he became Chair of Trustees of a Alan Wells OBElong established international charity, Education Action. [Formerly World University Service]. Education Action works in former war torn countries, mainly in Africa and with refugees from war living in the UK. However, because of the serious financial crisis facing Education Action, Alan agreed to become the Interim Chief Executive and has successfully turned around the charity.

Alan is actively involved in health issues as a Non-Executive Director of Waltham Forest Primary Care Trust and leads on end of life care.

Alan is a member of the Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Pippa Gough

Pippa Gough

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 marginalized 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.

Ian SherriffIan 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.

Richard Ford

Elected to the Board: October 2012

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.  

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.

Sarah Weir OBESarah 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.  

Bernard Herdan CBBernard 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.

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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