David Cameron has been appointed president of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the charity has announced.
The former Prime Minister has replaced Lady Onslow and has taken up the unsalaried ambassadorial position with immediate effect, the charity said.
Cameron put in place several initiatives to tackle dementia while he was Prime Minister, including launching the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia in 2012 and helping to launch Alzheimer’s Research UK’s £100m Defeat Dementia fundraising campaign in 2014.
It is Cameron’s second official role since resigning as Prime Minister and as an MP: he became chairman of a group of National Citizen Service patrons last year. Cameron set up the NCS in 2011 as part of his big society agenda.
In a statement about his newest role, Cameron said: "Tackling dementia was a major focus while I was Prime Minister and, although improvements in attention and research innovation have been rapid, it remains one of our greatest health challenges.
"So I’m delighted to take up the presidency of Alzheimer’s Research UK, an ambitious charity driving medical research to fight this devastating condition. As well as being a world-leading research organisation, the charity is also fighting the misconceptions of dementia that persist in society. Dementia is not inevitable and research is our greatest weapon against it."
Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: "As a world leader, Mr Cameron has done more than any other to put dementia on the global agenda, driving an ambition shared by all G7 nations to find a disease-modifying treatment by 2025.
"His support of our work will help us continue our positive growth and further bolster our research efforts, through which we will end the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia."