Our leadership team
Alzheimer's Society Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
Kate Lee, Chief Executive
I've 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 bring to that heartbreak. So growing the impact of this organisation is truly a dream job for me.
Kate joined Alzheimer’s Society as Chief Executive in March 2020, and is dedicated to providing help and hope to people affected by dementia to face some of the most frightening times of their lives.
With a track record in transformational change, Kate has overseen the launch of a new strategy, values and culture development programme.
Over the pandemic period, she ensured continuing support and advice for people with dementia, influenced fundamental changes to the health and social care system, and brought increased financial stability and an inclusive, collaborative environment to the organisation.
Prior to this role, Kate was CEO at children’s cancer charity Young Lives vs Cancer for four years. During this time, she rebranded the organisation and grew income from £20m to £30m, including overseeing the Morrison's Partnership. 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. Prior to this, she 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 is passionate about the UK voluntary sector and has won awards for her drive to increase transparency – publicly challenging misleading methods of reporting which distract from impact.
She is currently a Trustee of World Child Cancer and advisor to Coppafeel! following nine years as a founding trustee. She has won and been highly commended as the Charity Times and Third Sector CEO of the year.
Kate is a proud Yorkshire woman and currently lives in Coventry with her two teenage children and dog Luna; she loves gardening and tea.
Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing
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.
Marcus Campbell, Chief Technology Officer
Marcus leads our Technology directorate, supporting the organisation to be at forefront of technological advancement and ensuring that we have the data to drive further impact where it matters most. Marcus joined the Alzheimer’s Society in March 2024.
Prior to joining Marcus was Chief Technology Officer at Hermes Logistics Technologies where he led their air cargo technology, delivery and their engineering teams based in UK, Israel, and India.
Over a 20-year career, Marcus brings a wealth of experience and a stellar record of driving change and innovation across a range of sectors, including retail, insurance, and charity, where he was Senior Head of Technology for the Prince’s Trust.
I’m passionate about the power of technology to support colleagues to thrive in their roles and to unlock meaningful and lasting change through our Help and Hope strategy for those living with dementia.
Alex Hyde-Smith, Director of Income and Engagement
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 Prince's 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.
Corinne Mills, Director of People
“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.
“Alzheimer’s Society puts people like my mother at the heart of everything we do, empowering people with dementia not just to shape, but to lead the change we want to create in our world”
Dara joined Alzheimer’s Society in April 2022 as Director of Operations and is determined to transform the support and advice available to people affected by dementia. She believes magic can be created by bringing together great people, with an unrelenting focus on impact and co-designing services with people affected by dementia.
Dara is responsible for all the services delivered across the three nations. This includes information, advice and support services delivered online, our Dementia Support Line and dementia support services in local areas. Her team is also responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of our services, service improvement and business development.
Dara was raised and educated in Ireland, graduating from University College Dublin. She qualified as a social worker at the University of North London and continues to be a registered social worker. Dara has post graduate qualifications in health and social care leadership and social work practice teaching, and she is an alumni of the Windsor Leadership Programme.
Dara has over 30 years' experience of leading and managing health and social care services in both statutory and charity settings. She was Youth Impact Director at the Children’s Society where she secured £5m in National Lottery Funding, delivering the groundbreaking, and award-winning, Disrupting Child Exploitation Programme. During her time at the Children’s Society, contracted income increased by £3m and more children than ever benefitted from direct services.
Previously, Dara was Director of Services at Young Lives vs Cancer, where she worked with NHS hospital partners to introduce a children’s cancer nurse keyworker scheme across all 19 Principal Treatment Centre's in the UK and led the building of 3 new Homes from Home for families to stay whilst their children were undergoing inpatient treatment. Dara oversaw the development of social care services for young people with cancer.