Alzheimer's Society Spokespeople List
Media interviews are available with Alzheimer's Society staff working across the charity.
Comment on health and social care, campaigns work, practical advice for people with dementia and their carers, fundraising and scientific research can be organised by contacting the press office.
There are also charity spokespeople based throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for regional media requests.
Alzheimer's Society works with many high profile and celebrity supporters who are part of our vice-presidents, patrons and ambassadors programme. To organise an interview with one of our spokespeople contact our media team by phone or email.
Kate Lee, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society
Kate joined Alzheimer’s Society as their Chief Executive in March 2020. Prior to this role, she was CEO at children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent for four years, during which time she rebranded the organisation, setting new values and building a culture of total team working. She successfully lobbied Government to fund the funerals of all children under the age of 18 and founded the Children and Young People’s Cancer Coalition.
She was previously CEO of Myton Hospice, a large Adult Palliative Care Charity in Coventry and Warwickshire, where she worked with many individuals with dementia and their families. Before that Kate spent 16 years at British Red Cross leading UK service delivery, before becoming Director of UK and International Strategy and Deputy CEO in 2005.
Kate’s a proud Yorkshire woman and now lives in Coventry; she loves gardening and tea.
Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing
Director of Research and Influencing and part of our Executive Leadership Team, Fiona plays a pivotal role in our vision to create a world without dementia. She has overall responsibility for our Research and Influencing strategy; leading our world-class research programme and our work to strengthen our position as the national charity leader on dementia health, social care policy and societal change.
Fiona is committed to ensuring that we reach every person who has a dementia diagnosis and wants our help. She wants to change the conversation on dementia, mainstream the rights of people affected by dementia and drive the research agenda, working tirelessly to improve care and find a cure.
Previously, Fiona was Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England, providing leadership for the 50,000 healthcare science professionals and expert advice on science, innovation, and diagnostics. A passionate advocate for women in health, Fiona led the establishment of the first Women in Science and Engineering fellowship programme in the NHS.
Public Affairs and Campaigns
James White, Head of National Influencing
James White joined Alzheimer’s Society in November 2020, having previously worked as Head of Advocacy and Campaigns for Stroke Association, and Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
During his time at Alzheimer’s Society, James has helped to oversee the launch of the Cure the Care System campaign, played a strategic leadership role in the Society’s aspiration to transform the landscape of dementia and ensure all those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, and helped to champion and maintain the prominent position of dementia on the public and political agenda.