Brian is a former Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland (Dublin and Belfast). He joined us in 2012 and brings significant international expertise to the organisation. He has had roles with companies and charities in Central America, Africa and the Caribbean and has lived and worked in Zambia and Tanzania. He specialises in general governance, management, advocacy and campaigning.
David Moëd is the Foundation’s Company Secretary and joined the charity in 1994 as a Trustee. His daughter Rosie contracted meningitis when she was eight months old and went on to make a full recovery. A Chartered Accountant with a number of businesses, he lives in London and helps us with fundraising contacts as well as being a key member of the finance sub-committee.
Dr Jane Cope MBE
Jane had a brief academic career in biochemistry followed by 30 years in medical research management firstly with the Medical Research Council and then as Director of the National Cancer Research Institute. She has extensive experience of general management in non-profit organisations and especially of building partnerships and collaboration across sectors and stakeholder groups within medical research. Jane became a Foundation trustee in 2015.
Mathew Gilbert joined us as a Trustee in 2012. He is Chief Executive of Signal, a charity working to empower deaf people and people with hearing loss both in the UK and overseas. Many of his projects involve people deafened by meningitis. Formerly with the World Bank, he has worked in the UK and around the world, and also has considerable experience of the fundraising process with both grant-giving and grant-seeking organisations.
Professor George Griffin
George is Honorary Medical Adviser. He initially supported MRF as the chair of the charity’s expert Scientific Advisory Panel. Originally trained as a doctor, he is currently Professor of Infection and Immunity in Clinical Sciences at St George’s, University of London. George is also a founder member of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Government adviser. His principal research interests centre around the host response to infection and vaccines at the cell, molecular and whole body level.
Dr Nick Manson
Nick has had senior management, national adviser and consultancy roles in the health sector. He has worked and lived internationally. His specialty areas are in strategy, programme management, innovation and information management. As of 2015, his focus is on helping introduce a trypanosome resistant cow to sub-Saharan Africa and looking at ways the NHS can introduce more patient centred services. Nick became a trustee in 2015.
Professor Christoph Tang
Chris is the immediate past chair of MRF’s Scientific Advisory Panel and he became a Trustee in 2013. Currently Professor of Cellular Pathology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, Chris’s research interests lie in the pathogenesis and prevention of bacterial meningitis, and he has led many ground-breaking vaccine projects.
Stephen is a qualified solicitor and a partner in a national law firm. His specialism is in the personal injury field, and he works closely with colleagues to improve training for health professionals and to achieve better outcomes for people with disabilities, which include those affected by meningitis. Based in Bristol, he became a trustee in 2014.
Debi is Creative Services director at Fishburns in London, one of the UK’s leading communications agencies. She joined MRF in 1991 and has helped to deliver a wide variety of fundraising and communication projects, including the branding of the charity and its many campaigns. She is a member of the communications sub committee.
Martin joined MRF as a Trustee in 2012. Currently working in London, he is a specialist in people management and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He brings a range of experience in managing human resources in the private and public sectors, and is a member of the HR sub committee.