Up and Coming: Hilary Evans of Alzheimer's Research UK

Evans, 36, was formerly the dementia research charity's director of external affairs and was appointed chief executive in June

Hilary Evans
Hilary Evans

What was your big break? I moved from the corporate sector to Age Concern 10 years ago as public affairs manager. It was a fantastic organisation to join and gave me many big opportunities to work across every element of policy and get to know the sector.

Is it an advantage to be promoted to chief executive internally? I think it's a huge advantage because I already know the organisation inside out. We have got a big job to do so this maintains momentum and brings stability to the senior team.

What drives you? I'm passionate about what I do and my motivation is to improve the lives of people in later life. I want to beat this disease, not just help people to live with it.

Do you have advice for ambitious young people in the sector? It's a fantastic place and there are enormous opportunities for people to take. Nothing can replace hard work and working to the best of your ability. But the sector can be challenging and leaders need to be tough and resilient. Above all, if you enjoy what you do then it shines through.

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