Meningitis Now trustee Andrew Fletcher

I’m delighted and privileged to have been appointed Chair of Trustees for this inspirational charity

Andrew Fletcher


Andrew is Meningitis Now's Chair of Trustees. He has spent the majority of his career in public affairs and communications, including a number of senior roles in the charity sector.

A trained teacher, he was Director of Communications and latterly Interim Chief Executive of the National Childminding Association, before joining Children’s Hospices UK as Director of External Affairs in 2010. Shortly after joining, he helped lead the organisation through a merger to form Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for children’s palliative care. 

"I’m delighted and privileged to have been appointed Chair of Trustees for this inspirational charity. Having been a trustee for four years I have seen the extraordinary work Meningitis Now does in prevention and public awareness as well as the support it provides to people affected by this terrible disease."

Andrew contracted viral meningitis as a child and is passionate about the work Meningitis Now does both in trying to eradicate meningitis and supporting those affected by it. 

"The charity is in an important phase as it responds to a changing disease, where the impact of hard fought vaccines are reducing case numbers in infants whilst simultaneously highlighting the risk faced by others. The nature of the harm and distress faced by those who have sadly experienced meningitis does not change, however. Along with fellow trustees and our highly motivated staff, I am committed to help and support these people as they rebuild their futures."
  • Meningitis Now Trustee Stephen Gazard

    Stephen Gazard


    Stephen is Meningitis Now's Vice-Chair of Trustees. An entrepreneur by background, Stephen has been primarily involved in the financial services arena.

  • Meningitis Now Trustee James Sutherland

    James Sutherland


    James is the Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for DAS UK Group, having previously worked in governance roles across Higher Education and Financial Services.

  • Meningitis Now trustee 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.

  • Meningitis Now trustee 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.