Lydia Beaton, Race Against Dementia

Lydia Beaton, Race Against Dementia

Lydia Beaton

Lydia Beaton – Race Against Dementia

Lydia is the Chief Operating Officer at Race Against Dementia and leads their research programmes. Before Race Against Dementia, Lydia led Sir James Dyson’s philanthropic programme, focusing on STEM education and medical research to help deliver charitable projects tackling the global shortage of engineers and the promotion of design engineering education. Lydia led programmes including the Dyson engineering boxes for schools, major university gifts, student bursaries, and the international James Dyson Award, a design competition running in 22 countries. Lydia’s personal career highlight to date is establishing the Dyson Institute, an alternative university education for school leavers to obtain an engineering degree whilst working at Dyson.



Founded by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, after his wife Helen’s frontotemporal dementia diagnosis, Race Against Dementia funds early-career researchers to accelerate progress towards a cure for dementia.

With over 55 million people affected globally and someone diagnosed every three seconds, Race Against Dementia is taking immediate action to drive significant breakthroughs and develop leaders in the field.