New Alzheimer's Society Chair to galvanise momentum in tackling dementia

Published 21 March 2016

Alzheimer's Society is delighted to announce Stephen Hill as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Stephen will take up office at the charity's AGM in September, and succeeds Ann Beasley, who has been Interim Chair since Dame Gill Morgan stepped down last year.

Stephen joins Alzheimer's Society at a critical point in time - with dementia remaining the greatest health and social care challenge facing society today, the charity seeks to build on its success in pushing dementia up the agenda.     

Stephen, a Cambridge graduate, began his long and eminent career in business consultancy, moving on to work for BCG, Guinness and Pearson.  He has been involved in the digital transformation of several major companies, including spending six years as Chief Executive of the Financial Times Group, where he launched  In 2003 he became CEO of the internet start-up, Betfair, now one of the world's largest internet companies. Since 2006 he has run his own investment and property development companies, and been a senior adviser to a private equity fund.

Since leaving mainstream corporate life, Stephen has sought out roles where he has felt he can make the best contribution to changing lives for the better. He is currently Chair of Action on Hearing Loss and has sat on their Board for the last seven years, dedicating a substantial amount of time to improve the accessibility of TV and media services for those who have hearing and sight disability.  He also led the organisation in a major successful initiative to stimulate investment in biomedical research.

Paul Breckell, Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss, said:  

'I am delighted that following Stephen's experience of chairing Action on Hearing Loss he is moving on to Chair another major charity.  Over his eight years on the Board, including the past three as Chair, he has overseen a period of rapid growth in our community based services, a doubling of our biomedical research programme, and a continued commitment to support people confronting deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus to live the lives they choose.'

Speaking about his appointment, Stephen commented:

'I have been an admirer of the Alzheimer Society's work for some time. The organisation has done a tremendous job in raising the profile of dementia in this country, encouraging the development of treatments and providing outstanding care for those who experience this debilitating condition, as well as much-needed support for their families. I am looking forward very much to working with the Board, staff and volunteers to continue this important mission.'

Stephen has experienced the effects of dementia in his own family and is determined to help take forward Alzheimer's Society's mission to ensure everyone affected by dementia receives the best care, advice and support, while continuing to drive greater investment in and prioritisation of dementia research.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society, said:

'Thanks to the excellent leadership of Ann Beasley, Stephen will join Alzheimer's Society in September at an exciting time. We will be embarking on the next phase in tackling the discrimination and neglect that has left people affected by dementia alone and often in despair. I look forward to benefiting from his great experience at Action on Hearing Loss as well as the insight from his personal experience of dementia in his family.'

In addition to his positions as Director of IG Group, Applerigg and AZTEC, Stephen was appointed to the Board of OFCOM in 2014 by the Secretary of State Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and previously to the Board of Channel 4 (2006-2012).

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