Meningitis Now trustee Rod Adlington

Rod is never happier than racing one of his "leaky old wooden sailing boats"

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.

Rod feels that now is the time to become a Trustee and endeavour to bring some of his 25 years of front line business and fundraising experience to the charity that he and his family hold in very high esteem.

Rod runs Adlington Ltd, a food production company specialising in smoked and cooked poultry, supplying into the premium sector market. The company also farms very high welfare chicken under the Label Anglais brand and 10,000 traditional Christmas turkeys under the Adlington brand.

Rod's wife Anna runs a storage and property business.

Rod and Anna have 3 children, Toby, Lily and Monty, who all play rugby. Toby, at 17, has been lucky enough to play at Twickenham last year as his school won the National school cup. Outside of standing on the side of a rugby pitch, Rod is never happier than racing one of his "leaky old wooden sailing boats" (his wife’s words), either around the estuary in Salcombe, or across the Med in Mowgli, a 38 foot 1960s racing yacht.

  • 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.

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    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.