Our Team

  • Alastair Irvine

    Alastair Irvine

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

  • Anna Freeman

    Anna Freeman

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

  • Gary Price

    Gary Price

    Gary Price is well known for his work in the field of Customer Experience and joined our Board of Trustees in October 2017.

  • James Sutherland

    James Sutherland

    James Sutherland is a generalist senior manager with a governance specialism.

  • Sam Blackie

    Samantha Blackie

    Sam Blackie is an experienced Human Resources Director, with a specific focus on developing and implementing the strategic people agenda, leading complex change and working with a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Rod Adlington

    Rod Adlington

    The Adlington family lost their son Barney to meningitis in 2005 and have fundraised since, mainly through "Barney's Bash", a series of farm-based, one night mini festivals.

  • Mitchell Wolfe

    Mitchell Wolfe

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

  • Stephen Gazard

    Stephen Gazard

    An entrepreneur by background, Stephen has been primarily involved in the financial services arena.

  • Steve Dayman

    Steve Dayman

    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. 


  • Tom Nutt

    Dr. Tom Nutt

    Hello, I'm Tom, Chief Executive Officer at Meningitis Now.

  • Mark Hunt

    Mark Hunt

    Hello, I'm Mark, Director of Comms & Marketing at Meningitis Now.

  • Beth Bothrill

    Beth Bottrill

    Hi, I'm Beth, Director of Fundraising at Meningitis Now.

  • Caroline Vipond

    Dr Caroline Vipond, Chairperson

    Caroline is a Senior Scientist in the Division of Bacteriology at NIBSC, where she runs the group responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of a number of licensed meningococcal vaccines. She is also the current Chairperson of our Scientific and Medical Advisory Panel

  • Professor Simon Kroll

    Professor Simon Kroll, Honorary Medical Director and Vice-Chair

    Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Diseases at Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, Simon 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

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

  • David Dockrell

    Professor David Dockrell

    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

    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

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

  • Tim Mitchell

    Professor Tim Mitchell

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Kiera W

    Kiera

    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

    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

    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

    Isa

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

  • Sophie Brzeskwinski

    Sophia B

    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

    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.

  • Lyndon Longhorne

    Lyndon L

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

  • Holly McNaughton

    Holly McNaughton

    My Meningitis Story, Holly McNaughton, Community Ambassador

  • Johari A.

    Johari A

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

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    Jasmine B

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

  • Aaron

    Aaron B

    Hi, I'm Aaron. I was only three years old when my six week old sister Lauren contracted bacterial meningitis. 

  • Ross P

    Ross P

    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

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

  • Ross Wheeler Clayton

    Ross W

    Hi, I'm Ross. In 1992, before I was born, I lost my four year old brother 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.

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    Huw W

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

  • Lucie

    Lucie Riches

    Lucie is one of our Community Support Officers, covering the South, East and Central England. 

  • Anne Cadden

    Anne Cadden

    In January 2001, my daughter, Helen, died from meningococcal septicaemia aged 18 while in her first year at university. 

  • Lesley Leaver

    Lesley Chandler-Clare

    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

    Jo is the Community Fundraiser for Northern Ireland at Meningitis Now

  • Bahman

    Bahman Jamalaldini

    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

    Hi, I'm Leah, Community Fundraising Officer for the South and South-East at Meningitis Now.

  • Val Stephenson

    Val Stephenson

    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.

  • Alice and Bryan Austin

    Alice Austin

    In 2004, our daughter, Gillian, died from meningitis just days after the birth of her second child Grace, who also passed away. 

  • Vanessa

    Vanessa Whiting

    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. 

  • Margaret McClaren

    Margaret McLaren

    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. 

  • Steph Carter

    Steph Carter

    I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in January 2010 at the age of 32. 

  • Angela Cloke

    Angela Cloke

    My meningitis journey began when our youngest son, Sam, aged just 18 months became very poorly. 

  • Carl Monthieth

    Carl Montieth

    My first involvement with meningitis occurred when I met Steve, Gloria and family on my honeymoon in Cyprus 27 years ago.

  • Alison Walker

    Alison Walker

    I first encountered meningitis in July 2003 when my eight month old daughter, Hannah, contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia. 

  • Mary Garley

    Mary Garley

    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.

  • Lord Darzi

    Lord Darzi

    Lord Darzi is a multi-award winning surgeon at Imperial College London and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health from 2007 to 2009.

  • Dr Mark Porter

    Dr Mark Porter MBE

    Well known media doctor Dr Mark is medical correspondent at The Times, doctor on The One Show, presenter of Radio 4’s flagship medical series Inside Health and a GP at a doctor’s surgery in South Gloucestershire.

  • Ken Loach

    Ken Loach

    British film and television director Ken Loach is famous for films such as Cathy Come Home and Kes.

  • Chris Steele

    Dr Chris Steele

    Dr Chris is resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning show and an award winning health journalist.

  • Baroness Corston

    Baroness Corston

    Long-standing British Labour politician Baroness Corston is famed for being the first woman to hold the position of Chair for the Parliamentary Labour Party.  

  • Jane Wells

    Jane Wells MBE

    Jane is one of the founding members of the meningitis movement in the UK after her son contracted meningitis in an outbreak in the early 1980s.

  • Dr Tim Brain

    Dr Tim Brain OBE QPM BA PhD FRSA CCMI

    Dr Brain started supporting our work after attending an event for us. 

  • Lisa Snowdon

    Lisa Snowdon

    Television presenter, jewellery designer, radio DJ and model Lisa co-hosts award-winning Capital Radio breakfast show, London’s number one breakfast show.

  • Petra

    Petra Ecclestone

    Model, designer and mum of three, Petra is the daughter of Formula One mogul, Bernie Ecclestone, and became an Ambassador for us having had viral meningitis aged 14.

  • Julie Hesmondhalgh

    Julie Hesmondhalgh

    Julie is an award-winning British actress, best known for her role as Hayley Cropper in ITV’s Coronation Street.  

  • Tana Ramsey

    Tana Ramsay

    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

    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

    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.

  • Bob Woodward

    Dr Bob Woodward OBE

    Bob founded the Charity CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) which later went on to became CLIC Sargent after his beloved son, Robert, died from cancer aged 11 in 1977.

  • Dr Rob Hicks

    Dr Rob Hicks

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

  • Joanna Trollope

    Joanna Trollope OBE

    British author of bestselling novels, a mother and grandmother, Joanna is a passionate supporter of our work.

  • Ian Rush

    Ian Rush MBE

    Former Welsh international footballer, famous for his time playing for Liverpool, Ian is now a football pundit.

  • Denis Law

    Denis Law CBE

    A former Scotland footballer, Denis is famous for his time at Manchester United FC. 

  • Matthew Newbury

    Matthew Newbury

    Matthew is a London-based property developer who, in 2011, was the first person in Britain to be fitted with a bionic leg.

  • Alan Halsall

    Alan Halsall

    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

    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

    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

    My reason for being a Young Ambassador is to raise awareness about meningitis, offer support and raise much needed funds, and to help Meningitis Now offer help and support to other families in need after being affected by meningitis.

  • Phil Hand

    Phil Hand

    Phil is an entrepreneur.

  • Nina Darzi

    Nina

    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

    Hi! I’m Rosie. I had bacterial meningitis when I was seven years old and my life is still impacted by the after-effects the disease left me with on a day-to-day basis

  • Fiona Brannan

    Fiona Brannan

    Fiona and her husband, Simon, lost their 16-month-old son Cy to meningitis in October 2007. Cy passed away just 24 hours after contracting the disease.

  • Lesley Tanton

    Lesley Tanton

    Lesley Tanton and her husband, John, lost their 14-year-old son, Mark, in September 2010. He had the Y strain of meningitis.

  • Ian Stuart

    Ian Stuart

    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

    I first came into contact with Meningitis Now following the death of my beautiful baby grandson Charlie in 2010.

  • Craig Jones

    Craig Jones

    Craig’s daughter contracted bacterial meningitis in December 2011 when she was eight years old.

  • Callum Jones

    Callum

    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 when she was 8

  • Summer and Jacob

    Jacob

    My name is Jacob. On 10 January 2013 I walked into hospital, where I remained a patient for the next 699 days; I had contracted meningococcal septicaemia.

  • Louise Greer

    Louise G

    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

    ‘Meningitis’ – I knew that word but it didn’t mean a lot. ‘Pneumo-what?’ - the other word was definitely Double Dutch. 

  • Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    When Charlie woke with a temperature and a rash, Claire knew that something was seriously wrong and rushed him to Bezier hospital.

  • Carrie

    Carrie Bater

    Hi, I'm Carrie, Community Fundraising Officer for Central and the East at Meningitis Now.

  • Jemma Pressman

    Jemma P

    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

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Richard Churchill 

  • Nigel Gardner

    Nigel Gardner

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Nigel Gardner

  • Cathy Hargreaves

    Cathy Hargreaves

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Cathy Hargreaves

  • Jason Thomas

    Jason Thomas

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Jason Thomas

  • Jo Killick

    Jo Killick

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Jo Killick

  • Phil Marshall

    Phil Marshall

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Phil Marshall

  • Nic Hare

    Nicola Hare

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Nicola Hare

  • Huw Martin Thomas

    Huw Thomas

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Huw Thomas

  • Jonathan Davies

    Jonathan Davies

    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.

  • Ash Harris

    Ash Harris

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Ash Harris

  • Tony Fortune

    Tony Fortune

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Tony Fortune

  • Geoff Howse

    Geoff Howse

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Geoff Howse

  • Craig Patrick Saunders

    Craig Saunders

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Craig Saunders

  • Steve Lawes

    Steve Lawes

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Steve Lawes

  • Toby Adlington

    Toby

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

  • Emma Moore

    Emma Moore

    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

    My name is Hannah and I live just outside of Swansea with my husband Ashley.

  • Sophia Wyatt

    Sophia Wyatt

    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. 

  • Alison Yelland

    Alison Yelland

    My experience of Meningitis is from when my daughter Fiona, then aged 15 years, contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011. 

  • Alison Westwood

    Alison Westwood

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

  • Harry Gardner

    Harry Gardner

    Hi, I’m Harry, the Corporate Fundraiser at Meningitis Now.

  • Louis

    Louis

    Hello everyone! I am Louis. 10 years and 15 days before my birth, my family was changed forever when 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.

  • Julie Green

    Julie Green

    Hello, my name is Julie Green. In January 2012 my son Louie contracted meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 5 months old. 

  • Barbara and Bob Johnson

    Barbara and Bob Johnson

    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.

  • Charlotte Hannibal

    Charlotte H

    Student Charlotte had both legs amputated below the knee and lost all the fingers on her left hand when she contracted meningococcal group W (Men W) meningitis last year.

  • Helen

    Helen

    Hi, I’m Helen, a Communications Officer at Meningitis Now.

  • Hannah Marsh

    Hannah Marsh

    Hannah is a CIMA-qualified account and is currently in the role of Financial Controller at Plan International UK, a global charity focussed on children's' rights and equality for girls.

  • Gillian Marshall

    Gilian Marshall

    Hi, I'm Gillian, Community Fundraising Officer for Scotland at Meningitis Now.

  • Sarah Lockey

    Sarah Lockey

    Hi, I'm Sarah, Community Fundraising Officer for the North East at Meningitis Now.

  • Elaine Close

    Elaine Close

    Hi, I'm Elaine, Community Fundraising Officer for the North West at Meningitis Now.

  • Rachel Oakley

    Rachel Oakley

    Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Rachel Oakley

  • Bev

    Bev Corbett

    Hi, I'm Bev, Director of Research and Support at Meningitis Now.

  • James Duff

    James Duff

    James was a long-standing supporter and fundraiser for Meningitis Now before becoming a Community Ambassador in 2018