Our leadership team
See the list of roles and incumbents within Alzheimer's Society Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
- Kate Lee, Chief Executive
- Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing
- Robert Butler, Director of Finance and Corporate Resources
- Alex Hyde-Smith, Director of Fundraising
- Chris Gottlieb, Director of Marketing and Communications
- Corinne Mills, Director of People and Organisational Development
Kate Lee, Chief Executive
Having had first-hand experience of the devastation that a dementia diagnosis can have on a family along with the amazing professionalism, warmth and understanding the Alzheimer’s Society team of committed volunteers and staff bring to that heartbreak, growing the impact of this organisation is truly a dream job for me.
Kate joined Alzheimer’s Society in March 2020, following a voluntary sector career that spans nearly 30 years – including CEO roles at both Myton Hospice, and Young Lives Vs Cancer (CLIC Sargent), where she won Charity Times CEO of the Year.
Since joining she has driven transformational change in both culture and strategy; introducing new values, restructuring expenditure, and developing organisation-wide focus on the impact Alzheimer’s Society delivers to people affected by dementia.
Kate is driven by leading by example. A keen supporter of partnership working, she founded both the Young People’s Cancer Coalition and the One Dementia Voice Group.
She has led sector-wide initiatives to improve the openness of charitable reporting, producing award-winning trustee accountability reports that publicly discuss the successes, but also the failings, of the charities she has led.
Kate is also on the Board of World Child Cancer and an Ambassador for Championing Social Care.
My career has been underpinned by taking the best of research and science through policy into practise. There is no doubt that dementia is the biggest health and societal challenge we face and if we all put our strength behind it, we will make a difference.
Fiona joined Alzheimer’s Society in January 2019. She plays a pivotal role in the Society’s vision to create a world without dementia: leading our world-class research programme and striving to strengthen our position as the national charity leader on dementia health and social care policy.
A Consultant Clinical Biochemist by background, Fiona has worked in multi-professional teams for two decades at a range of large hospitals, including the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Edinburgh) and Kings College Hospital (London) – with a focus on providing high quality, innovative services.
Prior to joining the Society, Fiona was the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England. Here, she provided leadership for 50,000 healthcare science professionals, and expert advice to the health system on science, innovation, and diagnostics – most notably in establishing the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics programme and the system wide Action Plan on Hearing Loss.
Fiona is a passionate advocate for women in health and led the establishment of the first Women in Science and Engineering fellowship programme in the NHS.
She has also joined the board of Kent and Medway Health and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust as a Non-Executive Director.
My career has been spent helping organisations deliver value for money and to operate effectively. I’m tremendously proud to contribute to the great work that Alzheimer’s Society is doing, and I’m inspired every day by the generosity of our supporters who make this all possible.
Robert leads the Finance and Corporate Resources directorate, enabling our people to deliver impact for people affected by dementia, through the provision of efficient systems, processes, and advice by our Finance and Compliance, Technology, and Infrastructure teams.
Before joining the Society, Robert was Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Save the Children UK. Here, he led a Finance change programme to transform the finance team, key finance systems and processes.
Earlier in his career, Robert spent 20 years in the commercial sector, primarily at Thomson Reuters. This included several years based overseas in Switzerland, Asia, and the USA.
He worked in commercial and operational finance leadership roles supporting senior management teams often in complex, challenging environments and during periods of significant change. Whilst at Thomson Reuters, Robert supported several transformation programmes, impacting Finance and other business teams.
I joined the Society because I believe this is the generation that is going to make the most significant breakthroughs and progress on improving the lives of people affected by dementia.
Alex joined Alzheimer's Society in June 2019. The focus of his role is to ensure both fundraising and our supporters are at the heart of the organisation.
Alex started his working life in market research for one of the UK’s largest research agencies, moving then into direct-response marketing. Here, he worked with corporate and charity clients, including The Princes Trust, Save the Children and FilmFour.
The interest and respect Alex developed for the art and science of direct response prompted a move into the charity sector (they were far-nicer clients!), where he later joined Marie Curie.
Alex worked here for 9 years - latterly as the Director of Fundraising. Here, he learned the true power of collaboration and influencing across diverse stakeholder groups within large complex organisations.
Now, he leads a dedicated, unified team across a strong portfolio of fundraising activities, with a clear ‘one team, one target’ strategy.
I have worked in marketing for nearly 30 years on some of the world’s most famous brands. For deeply personal reasons, this is some of the most important work in my career to date. It is a privilege to be working on one of the biggest challenges that we as a society face.
Chris joined the Society in July 2019. He has led marketing and communications teams at London and Partners, Oxfam, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the BBC and Tui UK amongst others. Campaigns he has led have been industry recognised as best in class by Brand Republic, Drum, City Nation Place, World Media, BAFTA, Promax and Benchmark .
He was delighted when the 2019 Dementia Action Week #CureTheCareSystem campaign also won Gold at the prestigious international Shark advertising awards. Chris Gottlieb has a BA in English and French from Southampton University and is an alumni of London Business School's Senior Executive Programme.
Chris lives in Surrey with his wife Elly, sons Ollie and Josh and Tibetan dog Lola. When not working Chris can be found as the least flexible person in a yoga class, trying to play tennis like a 20 year old and travelling around Surrey playing competitive table tennis .
“I strongly believe a diverse, skilled, engaged and empowered workforce of volunteers and employees is fundamental to delivering the vital support the Society wants to provide for people with dementia. We want everyone who shares our vision to play a role.”
Corinne has been leading the work to support, develop, enable and engage Alzheimer’s Society's employees and volunteers for four years.
With a career spanning more than 20 years working with organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Ofsted and RNIB, she has achieved outstanding results in organisational development, employee relations, employee engagement and organisational transformation.
Corinne's achievements were recognised in industry and functional awards including for the Best HR Strategy in Line with Business, and Excellence in Recruitment Innovation. She is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).
During her time at the Society, Corinne has introduced a leadership coaching programme, apprenticeship programme, new pay and grading framework. She is leading her team to deliver an extensive culture development programme to enable all our employees and volunteers to thrive and deliver their best to support people affected by dementia.
Corinne has personal experience of dementia, with her grandad having Alzheimer’s disease, which further fuels her determination to make a difference. She lives in Hertfordshire with her three children and is a keen rugby supporter, active volunteer and fundraiser and has recently enjoyed the challenge of triathlons.
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