Meningitis Now Trustee James Sutherland

When not working, James is part of the team of leaders at the Tomahawk Scout Troop

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.

Whilst being fortunate enough to have never been directly impacted by meningitis, the indiscriminate nature and the potentially life-changing consequences of the disease are amongst the factors that motivate James’ involvement with Meningitis Now. 

James is married to a maths teacher (Nicola) and has three children (Chloe, Theo and Esme). When not working, James is part of the team of leaders at the Tomahawk Scout Troop in Nailsea and at the weekends, can usually be found running around the Somerset countryside.

  • Meningitis Now trustee Andrew Fletcher

    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.

  • 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 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.