Vice-Presidents and Patrons

Our Vice-Presidents, Patrons and Ambassadors programme unites key supporters in the fields of business, the arts, science, politics, the media, sport and those living with dementia, who are able to use their skills to ultimately beat dementia. 

Royal Patron

HRH Princess Alexandra

Princess Alexandra has been our royal patron since 1990. She hosts our annual People Awards ceremony at St James's Palace, to celebrate the contribution of our staff and volunteers.


Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

David Blunkett is a Labour MP for the Sheffield Brightside constituency. He has been a long time supporter of Alzheimer's Society, particularly the local Alzheimer's Society in Sheffield.

Baroness Browning

Baroness Browning is Minister for crime prevention and antisocial behaviour reduction. A former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, she was MP for Tiverton and Honiton for 18 years, before in 2010 being raised to the peerage as Baroness Browning of Whimple in the County of Devon. During her political career, she has been concerned with a range of issues including autism and dementia.

Professor Jim Edwardson

Professor Edwardson was the founding Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health and is the founding chair of Years Ahead - the North East Regional Forum of Ageing and Health founded in January 2005. Since retirement, he continues to work part-time for the IAH in the field of public engagement.

Dr Nori Graham

Dr Graham is Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Emeritus Consultant in the Psychiatry of Old Age at the Royal Free Hospital and Mental Health Consultant to a nursing home in London. She is a former chairman of Alzheimer's Society and honorary Vice-President of Alzheimer's Disease International.

Sir John Gordon Hannam

Sir John Gordon Hannam is a former MP for Exeter and one-time co-chair of the All Party Disablement Group.

Dr Anne Hunter OBE

Dr Anne Hunter (now retired) was an Assistant Neurologist based in Haslemere and was a founder member of Alzheimer's Society in 1979.

Dr Christine Kirk

Dr Kirk is a former senior psychiatrist and has been a leading volunteer with Alzheimer's Society since 1979.

Baroness Murphy

Baroness Murphy is a former professor of old age psychiatry at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals United Medical Schools. In 2004, she was made a life peer, taking interest in mental health and ageing issues.

Anne Robinson

Broadcaster and journalist, Anne Robinson has a long association with Alzheimer's Society since contacting the charity when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Prof Martin Rossor

Martin Rossor is the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research, Professor Emeritus, and Principal Research Associate at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. He works as a consultant neurologist at St Mary's Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. When he was appointed as the Chairman of the Division of Neurology in 2002, after becoming Professor of Clinical Neurology, he established a specialist cognitive disorders clinic, which acts as a tertiary referral service for young onset and rare dementias.

Professor Gordon Wilcock

Professor Wilcock has been involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) research since the late seventies. Prof Wilcock now works in dementia care research at Oxford University. He has a long established relationship with the Society and is a member of its Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.


Professor David J Brooks

Professor Brooks is Hartnett Professor of Neurology in the Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London. He is a leading figure in the field of dementia research, having published over 350 peer reviewed journal articles. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science, UK. He is a member of the Society's Biomedical Grant Advisory Board. 

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench is a much-loved actor. Her role as Iris Murdoch in the film Iris (2001) won critical acclaim for her moving portrayal of the writer's journey into dementia.

Britt Ekland

Actress Britt Ekland has spoken of her experiences caring for her mother who had dementia and died in 1994. Her film credits include Get Carter and the cult classic The Wicker Man.

Prof Steven Rose

Prof Rose is a neurobiologist and widely published author on the biological processes involved in memory formation and treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Professor Rose is an Emeritus Professor and Director of Brain and Behaviour Research Group at the Open University.