Our Team

  • Alastair Irvine

    Alastair Irvine

    Trustee

    Alastair is  Chairman of Trustees. He has 30 years’ experience in financial services both as a stockbroker and investment manager

  • Richard Greenhalgh

    Richard Greenhalgh

    Trustee

    Richard is a marketing specialist and COO of an internet-based lifestyle and financial planning company. 

  • Roderick Shaw

    Roderick Shaw

    Trustee

    Rod is a highly experienced Senior Manager including 10 years’ experience of building and running a multi-million pound international charity.

  • Anna Freeman

    Anna Freeman

    Trustee

    Anna has worked within direct marketing for over 20 years. Her career started with American Express and then Readers Digest. 

  • Mitchell Wolfe

    Mitchell Wolfe

    Trustee

    Mitchell is our Treasurer. He has extensive experience in the business world, holding a number of senior finance roles and as Managing Director of a manufacturing company.

  • Ali Griffiths

    Ali Griffiths

    Trustee

    Ali Griffiths joined the board as a Trustee in July 2014. She is an interim marketing director and a corporate brand and communications expert.

  • Stephen Gazard

    Stephen Gazard

    Trustee

    An entrepreneur by background, Stephen has been primarily involved in the financial services arena. He started as an adviser with Prudential before launching, growing and leading a number of national and network advisory businesses.  

  • Steve

    Steve Dayman, Executive founder

    Staff

    My little boy Spencer contracted meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in 1982 and died. Since then, I have dedicated much of my life to the meningitis cause in Spencer’s memory. I am really proud of the progress that has been made to-date. 


  • Professor Simon Kroll

    Professor Simon Kroll, Honorary Medical Director and Vice-Chair

    Professional expert

    Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Diseases at Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, he is involved in research into the molecular basis of the virulence of meningitis and pathogens, and in new vaccine strategies to prevent meningitis and septicaemia. 

  • Xilian-Bai

    Dr Xilian Bai

    Professional expert

    Xilian graduated in medicine from China Medical University before specialising in paediatric/neonatal intensive care and paediatric infectious diseases.

  • David Dockrell

    Professor David Dockrell

    Professional expert

    Professor David Dockrell is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Consultant in the Department of Communicable Diseases at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

  • Darryl Hill

    Dr Darryl Hill

    Professional expert

    Darryl obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Swansea in 1993 and graduated with a PhD in 1997. Following a postdoctoral position in the University of Swansea, he moved to the University of Bristol in 1998, where he currently works as a senior lecturer in microbiology in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  • Johnjoe McFadden

    Professor Johnjoe McFadden

    Professional expert

    Professor Johnjoe McFadden is Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences, University of Surrey

  • Tim Mitchell

    Professor Tim Mitchell

    Professional expert

    Tim obtained his BSc and PhD in microbiology from the University of Birmingham. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellowship to work at Erasmus University (Rotterdam) before returning to the UK to take up a post-doctoral position at University of Leicester. He was then awarded a Royal Society University Fellowship.  

  • Simon Nadel

    Dr Simon Nadel

    Professional expert

    Simon has been a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at St. Mary's Hospital and Imperial College London since 1994. He also trained in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

  • Ed Kaczmarski

    Dr Ed Kaczmarski

    Professional expert

    Ed trained at King's College and St George’s Hospital Medical School London, obtaining his medical qualifications in 1978. He had clinical training posts in internal medicine, clinical haematology and infectious diseases before commencing microbiology training in Manchester.

  • Fiona Yelland

    Fiona Y

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Fiona. I had Meningitis when I was 15, on the 4th of October 2011; it was just a normal school day. However, that was about to change.

  • Kiera W

    Kiera

    Young ambassador

    Hello, my name is Kiera. Many years before I was born, my parents had their first child, Dominic. Dominic contracted meningitis B at a very young age, shortly after he won his battle with cancer.

  • Olivia Geary

    Olivia

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Livvy. My meningitis story begins with my nephew Jack, now aged 8. When Jack was two years old, he became extremely pale and weak after he had been unwell at a children’s party a few hours previous.

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    Matt W

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Matt. In August 2012 I became a Young Ambassador for Meningitis Now. The Young Ambassador’s role is to promote Meningitis Now to young people, and this is a huge challenge.

  • Sophie W

    Sophie

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Sophie. I’m Matt's sister and I was five years old when Hannah, my baby sister died.

  • Sophie Brzeskwinski

    Sophia B

    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Sophia. I am from Chiswick in London. I have been involved with Meningitis Now for some time, supporting fundraising.

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    Sophie C

    Young ambassador

    Hello I’m Sophie. When I was 12 I contracted pneumococcal meningitis after suffering from a perforated eardrum. I was hospitalised for two weeks in intensive care at the Bristol Children’s Hospital, where I was fortunate enough to make a full recovery

  • Mollie Gobey

    Mollie G

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I’m Mollie. I have a very close relationship with Meningitis Now as when I was five, I contracted bacterial meningitis

  • Mat Johnstone

    Mat J

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Mat. On Saturday October 23rd, I celebrated my 17th birthday by having friends round to my house. On Monday I had my first driving lesson and on the Monday evening I played tennis at my club.

  • Lyndon Longhorne

    Lyndon L

    Young ambassador

    Hi I am Lyndon, and I live in Crook, County Durham. At the age of eight and a half months I discovered meningitis.

  • Elly May Mangan

    Elly-May

    Young ambassador

    Hello, I am Elly-May. I've been involved with Meningitis Now for a few years, and I can honestly say I've never met more hardworking and caring people.

  • Hannah Newsome-Boardman

    Hannah N

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I’m Hannah. I am 14 years old and was diagnosed with meningitis when I was 13 months old.  The disease affected my hearing and I am now deaf

  • Holly M

    Holly McNaughton

    Community ambassador

    Hi, I’m Holly. I first became familiar with meningitis when my mum contracted it on 14th April 2012.

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    Max P

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Max. I was affected by meningitis at 4 1/2 months old and it has affected me in a lot of ways.

  • Johari A.

    Johari A

    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Johari. I’m 16 and I’m from Birmingham. I haven’t had meningitis myself, but my younger brother Ato had pneumococcal meningitis when we were little.

  • Louise

    Louise P

    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Louise. When I was eleven years old I had pneumococcal meningitis. The strain that I had was so severe that it went inside my brain.

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    Jasmine B

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Jasmine. My experience of meningitis was in 2001 when I had pneumococcal meningitis and became profoundly deaf

  • Amy B

    Amy B

    Young ambassador

    Hello! I’m Amy. My experience with meningitis started on the 23rd of December 2010 when I found my five month old son, Gabriel, had a high fever.

  • Aaron

    Aaron B

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Aaron. I was only three years old when my six week old sister, Lauren contracted bacterial meningitis. After a three week battle with the disease, during which she was resuscitated and fitted uncontrollably, she was allowed home. From then, my life changed dramatically

  • Ross P

    Ross P

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Ross, I’m 14 and I live with my family and my brother, who has had meningitis. My brother, Troy, has suffered bacterial meningitis six times due to a head injury

  • Alicia Stephenson

    Alicia S

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Alicia, I first became aware of meningitis when my sister contracted the disease when she was just two years old

  • Chloe Stuart

    Chloe S

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Chloe. Since becoming a Young Ambassador, I have attended family days and special events such as those at the House of Commons

  • Ross Wheeler Clayton

    Ross W

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Ross. In 1992, before I was born, I lost my four year old brother called Dominic to meningitis after he had recovered from cancer. Being mistaken as tonsillitis on Monday because of the lack of awareness, he was sent home.

  • Megan Townsend

    Megan T

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Megan, my brother, Ted, had meningococcal septicaemia at the age of two. He is now sixteen. The meningitis that Ted had has affected his growth plates, and caused him many problems in his development

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    Huw W

    Young ambassador

    Hi my name is Huw. I am 14 years old and I live in Porthcawl, South Wales. When I was three years old my mum contracted viral meningitis. 

  • Lucie

    Lucie Riches

    Community support officer

    Lucie is one of our Support Officers in England, mostly covering the East of England, London and South-East. 

  • Anne Cadden

    Anne Cadden

    Community ambassador

    In January 2001, my daughter, Helen, died from meningococcal septicaemia aged 18 while in her first year at university. A friend from Helen’s school, Richard Murphy, also died from meningitis seven weeks later at another university.

  • Lesley Leaver

    Lesley Leaver

    Community ambassador

    I lost my husband, Kevin, to meningococcal septicaemia in January 2000, just five hours after being admitted to hospital. I have been supported by Meningitis Now ever since. 

  • Jo

    Joanne Wilson

    Community fundraising officer

    Jo Wilson is the Community Fundraising Officer for Northern Ireland. If you would like to support our work by fundraising for us, Joanne is here to help you with any of your fundraising needs.

  • Anne Gaston

    Anne Gaston

    Community ambassador

    My son is now 21, but when he was six months old, he was rushed to hospital with suspected meningitis. Thankfully it turned out not to be meningitis, but it made me realise how little I knew about this devastating disease

  • Bahman

    Bahman Jamalaldini

    Community ambassador

    In December 2010, I thought I was coming down with a cold. On December 21, I went to bed early and in the early hours of the morning I was vomiting, had diarrhoea, felt cold and had muscle and joint pain

  • Leah

    Leah Wynn

    Community fundraising officer

    Leah Wynn is one of the Community Fundraising Officers at our Head Office

  • Val Stephenson

    Val Stephenson

    Community ambassador

    I first made contact with Meningitis Now in 2000 when, at the age of two, our youngest daughter, Lydia, contracted meningococcal C and developed septicaemia. 

  • Roya

    Roya Armstrong

    Community fundraising officer

    Roya is the Community Fundraising Officer for the North of England. If you would like to support our work by fundraising for us, Roya is here to help you with any of your fundraising needs.


  • Alice and Bryan Austin

    Alice and Bryan Austin

    Community ambassador

    In 2004, our daughter, Gillian, died from meningitis just days after the birth of her second child Grace, who also passed away. Around two weeks earlier Gillian had been diagnosed with sinusitis after visiting her GP, but was advised not to take antibiotics due to her pregnancy. During the next few days she felt increasingly ill and, after several visits to her GP and A&E, was told her flu-like symptoms had evolved into a chest infection.

  • Jodie Dunk

    Helen Hancorn and Jodie Dunk

    Community ambassador

    My daughter, Jodie, and her now husband, Simon, lost their 13 month old daughter, Mariah, to meningitis in December 2010. Mariah showed little sign of being ill and there was nothing that could have alerted Jodie to anything other than teething troubles.

  • Onor Crummay

    Onor Crummay

    Community ambassador

    In November 2008, I was in my first term at Bristol University when I suddenly fell ill with bacterial meningitis and septicaemia. I spent a week in hospital before returning home to recuperate and although I tried to return to university, I found that I couldn’t cope with the studying.

  • Vanessa

    Vanessa Whiting

    Community ambassador

    In 1992, my son Luke, died from meningitis aged 22 months. He initially had flu-like symptoms, but the doctor thought he’d had a convulsion, so he was referred to the local hospital. After a lumbar puncture and blood tests, he was diagnosed with meningitis and transferred to Guy’s Hospital, but died a few hours later.

  • Margaret McClaren

    Margaret McLaren

    Community ambassador

    I became involved in the fight against meningitis when my young nephew died in October 2007; he was 12 years old and had been a healthy fit and happy boy. It is important for me to raise awareness of meningitis and the symptoms to prevent other families suffering the loss that we have, to support research into the different strains and to find vaccines to fight it. 

  • Steph Carter

    Steph Carter

    Community ambassador

    I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in January 2010 at the age of 32. I spent a week in hospital receiving treatment, a further two weeks at home receiving antibiotic treatment with the District Nursing Team and a further eight weeks at home recuperating. 

  • Dave

    Dave Hancock

    Community ambassador

    I contracted a severe case of viral meningitis in February 2012. Having gone from a very active professional at work and a fit and healthy runner and family man, I was left devastated by the after-effects of this horrendous disease. It had such a traumatic effect on my family and I that I needed something to get my life and theirs back on track. 

  • Angela Cloke

    Angela Cloke

    Community ambassador

    My meningitis journey began when our youngest son, Sam, aged just 18 months became very poorly. Following an initial misdiagnosis of flu and eczema, my instinct was to seek a second opinion.  The second doctor immediately suspected meningitis and septicaemia.

  • Carl Monthieth

    Carl Montieth

    Community ambassador

    My first involvement with meningitis occurred when I met Steve, Gloria and family on my honeymoon in Cyprus twenty seven years ago . 

  • Alison Walker

    Alison Walker

    Community ambassador

    I first encountered meningitis in July 2003 when my eight month old daughter, Hannah, contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia. She was being treated at Bristol Children’s Hospital, but after five days we had to take the devastating decision to withdraw her life support.

  • Mary Garley

    Mary Garley

    Community ambassador

    We lost our granddaughter, Maisie, in 2008, to meningitis; she was just eight months old. She was taken to hospital early in the morning of 15 October - she was sent home after being told it was just a virus. 

  • Pauline, Abi & Matt

    Pauline Grime

    Community ambassador

    I became involved and aware of Meningitis Now through my youngest daughter, Eliza, having contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia in 2007. Although she has done well, we are still very much picking up the pieces and dealing with the after-effects of the disease, and probably will be life-long now.

  • Christine Hughes

    Chris Hughes

    Community support officer

    Chris is one of our Support Officers in the North of England

  • Andrew Harvey

    Andrew Harvey

    Patrons and ambassador

    Andrew Harvey is President of Meningitis Now. He presented BBC TV News for many years before moving to ITN and now has his own media training company. 

  • Tana Ramsey

    Tana Ramsay

    Patrons and ambassador

    TV broadcaster, author of bestselling cookery books and mum of four, Tana is also the wife of celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay. 

  • Dr Ranj

    Dr Ranj

    Patrons and ambassador

    TV doctor, specialising in children’s health, Dr Ranj is best known for presenting CBeebies' show Get Well Soon. He also has a kids' health segment on ITV’s This Morning show.

  • Dr Ellie Cannon

    Dr Ellie Cannon

    Patrons and ambassador

    Dr Ellie is a media doctor, author and practicing GP, best known best for her weekly health column in the Mail on Sunday and regular appearances on Sky News Sunrise.

  • Dr Rob Hicks

    Dr Rob Hicks

    Patrons and ambassador

    Practicing GP, media doctor, health writer and medical journalist, Dr Rob regularly appears on BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC radio.

  • Alan Halsall

    Alan Halsall

    Business ambassador

    Entrepreneur and Chairman of luxury pram maker, Silver Cross, Alan has supported our work for many years through his Silver Cross business

  • Alex

    Alex W

    Young ambassador

    Alison’s eight year old son, Alex, contracted meningococcal septicaemia on her wedding day; within hours Alex had gone from feeling a little ill to being kept alive by a life support machine.

  • Andrew Fletcher

    Andrew Fletcher

    Trustee

    Andrew has spent the majority of his career in public affairs and communications, including a number of senior roles in the charity sector

  • Morven McClaren

    Morven

    Young ambassador

    My reason for being a young ambassador is to raise awareness about Meningitis offer support and raise much needed funds , also to help the trust offer help and support to other families in need after being affected by meningitis

  • Phil Hand

    Phil Hand

    Business ambassador

    Phil is an entrepreneur who co-founded Cozart Bioscience Limited, an award-winning drug testing company

  • Nina Darzi

    Nina

    Young ambassador

    I personally have not had meningitis but both my dad (who had it as a child, but made a full recovery) and a very close friend of mine did

  • Rosie Heaton

    Rosie

    Young ambassador

    I’m Rosie and I first experienced meningitis and septicaemia over 10 years ago when I became ill

  • Amy Taylor

    Amy

    Young ambassador

    Hey! My names Amy, I suffered from TB meningitis when I was just 7 years old

  • Ian Stuart

    Ian Stuart

    Business ambassador

    Ian has over 35 years' experience in the banking industry and is currently HSBC’s Head of Commercial Banking UK and Co-Head of Commercial Banking Europe

  • Ian Watkinson

    Ian Watkinson

    Community ambassador

    I first came into contact with Meningitis Now following the death of my beautiful baby grandson Charlie in 2010. The staff at Alder Hey hospital recommended we contact the charity and my family were immediately embraced by Chris Hughes and the team.  They were wonderful.

  • Craig Jones

    Craig Jones

    Trustee

    Craig joined the board of Trustees in December 2014. Having operated at Senior Manager level at Vodafone, he then co-founded Red Ant Consulting - a management consulting business in 2004, where he now operates as Managing Director working with a range of FSTE 100 companies and charities as clients.

  • Callum Jones

    Callum

    Young ambassador

    My name is Callum and I have younger identical twin sisters.  I decided to become a volunteer with Meningitis Now after one of my sisters had bacterial meningitis 3 years ago, when she was 8

  • Enya Boyce

    Enya

    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Enya. I contracted viral meningitis when I was 12 years old and it completely changed my life.

  • Summer and Jacob

    Jacob

    Young ambassador

    My name is Jacob Gray, on the 10th of January 2013 I walked into hospital, where remained a patient for the next 699 days, I had contracted meningococcal septicaemia

  • Jemma Farrow

    Jemma

    Young ambassador

    Jemma was born on 18th March 1990. At 4 months old she was taken ill with pneumococcal meningitis. Jemma was in an induced coma as the swelling on her brain was severe.

  • Louise Greer

    Louise G

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Louise. I had meningitis when I was 2 and a half. It was just a normal day, I was out washing the car with my dad and then everything changed. 

  • Lynette Adjei

    Lynette Adjei

    Community ambassador

    ‘Meningitis’ – I knew that word but it didn’t mean a lot. ‘Pneumo-what?’ - the other word was definitely Double Dutch.  These strange words were delivered to my husband and me in the early stages of what later felt like it had been a trance

  • Amanda Harris

    Amanda Harris

    Community fundraising officer

    Hi everyone, I am so excited to have joined the very vibrant Meningitis Now community fundraising team. I have been a community fundraiser for over 3yrs, and it most definitely is where my passion lies

  • Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    Community ambassador

    Charlie woke with a temperature and a rash, Claire knew that something was seriously wrong and rushed him to Bezier hospital. He was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis together with septicaemia.

  • Tasha

    Tasha

    Staff Writer

    Hi, I’m Tasha, a Communications and Press Officer at Meningitis Now. Our team is responsible for spreading the word about meningitis, raising awareness of the charity and support it provides, helping to raise vital funds to enable the charity to continue its lifesaving work.

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    Staff Writer

    I’ve had a big part in delivering our student awareness campaign into universities and getting out on campuses myself to raise awareness.

  • Summer

    Summer

    Young ambassador

    On the 10th of January 2013, I was told my boyfriend had meningococcal septicaemia. With a 10% chance to live, I knew our world would change

  • Jemma Pressman

    Jemma P

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I’m Jemma. In August 2012 I got my A-Level results and found out I got into the University of Leicester to study law - I was looking forward to my new adventure.

  • Richard Churchill

    Richard Churchill

    Safety Crew

    Introducing Meningitis Now safety team member Richard Churchill 

  • Toby Adlington

    Toby

    Young ambassador

    Hello, I am Toby and I have witnessed what Meningitis does to people and their families.

  • Emma Moore

    Emma Moore

    Community ambassador

    Hi my name's Emma Moore and I lost my first child George to meningitis at the age of 10 months old in October 2013

  • Hannah Pearce

    Hannah Pearce

    Community ambassador

    My name is Hannah and I live just outside of Swansea with my husband Ashley, In 2014, I was working as a Senior Civil Engineer at a large firm, living away from home during the week, living in ‘digs’ in shared accommodation, working 12 hour days and just returning home on the weekends to mostly sleep!

  • Sophia Wyatt

    Sophia Wyatt

    Community ambassador

    1993 was going to be an exciting year for me, as soon as I turned 17 I was planning to begin training to be a skiing instructor, I loved skiing and wanted to spend as much time as I could on the slopes.

  • Alison Yelland

    Alison Yelland

    Community ambassador

    My experience of Meningitis is from when my daughter Fiona, then aged 15 years, contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011. I dropped her at school at 8.30 in the morning and by lunchtime she was on a life support machine, fighting for her life.

  • Alison Westwood

    Alison Westwood

    Community ambassador

    I developed viral meningitis in February 2003, when my children were just 1 and 3 years old.

  • Harry Gardner

    Harry Gardner

    Community fundraising officer

    Hi, I’m Harry, the Corporate Fundraiser / Account Executive at Meningitis Now. If you or your company would like to support our life changing work by raising funds or awareness within your organisation, I’m here to help.

  • Louis

    Louis

    Young ambassador

    Hello Everyone! I am Louis. 10 years and 15 days before my birth, my family was changed forever. We lost my uncle James. Despite my never having  met my uncle; I have seen firsthand what losing someone to Meningitis really does to a family.

  • Lucy H

    Lucy H

    Staff Writer

    My name is Lucy and I live in Lydiate, Liverpool. I’m in year 10. I like to play netball and I like to be creative.

  • Julie Green

    Julie Green

    Community ambassador

    Hello, my name is Julie Green. In January 2012 my son Louie contracted meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 5 months old. He spent 11 weeks in hospital, two of which were in intensive care, and ended up having both legs below the knees and the fingers on his left hand amputated.

  • Barbara and Bob Johnson

    Barbara and Bob Johnson

    Community ambassador

    Hello, we are Barbara and Bob Johnson from Essex. We started supporting the charity in the days of the National Meningitis Trust after the death of our son James in May 1991 from Group 'B' meningitis and septicaemia.

  • Hope S-B

    Hope

    Staff Writer

    My name is Hope and I've just finished my first year of a law degree at Cambridge. I've spent two weeks volunteering at the Meningitis Now head office to find out what it's like to work for a charity.

  • Jim Shannon

    Jim Shannon MP

    APPG Meningitis Officer

    Jim Shannon was elected MP for Strangford in 2010 and is the DUP spokesman on Health, Transport and Equality

  • Scarlett

    Scarlett

    Staff Writer

    Hi, I’m Scarlett, a Communications and Press Officer at Meningitis Now

  • Jonathan Davies

    Jonathan Davies

    Community ambassador

    I contracted a severe case of viral meningitis in 2002. I was leading an active life, training for my first open water sea triathlon, when viral meningitis struck. I remember thinking I’ll give it a couple of days and I’ll be back to normal, but it wasn’t that straightforward. The attack was nearly fatal and left me barely able to walk, talk or even recognise my children.