Chris Head

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MRF Chief Executive

Hello, I am Chris Head and I’ve been the chief executive of Meningitis Research Foundation since 2007, having previously undertaken similar roles at two other national health-care charities, Penny Brohn Cancer Care and CLIC UK (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood).

The great thing about MRF is that, as well as funding the vital medical research which will lead to better treatment for meningitis and septicaemia, and ultimately to prevention through vaccination, we also support people affected. We offer an opportunity, through our Membership scheme, for everyone to become directly involved in our work, particularly through media campaigns and fundraising, and I am constantly grateful for the energy and commitment of our thousands of supporters.

As a member of the Institute of Fundraising, a former board member of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, I believe strongly in championing professional standards in the charity sector. I am very fortunate that the dedication and expertise of my colleagues is making a real difference people affected by and at risk from meningitis and septicaemia, both in the UK and abroad.

Our vision is a world free from meningitis. Huge challenges remain, especially in the developing world, where the burden of death and disability is still unacceptably high, but great progress has been made in the UK and many other countries and with your help our vision genuinely can become a reality for more and more children and families at risk.

Away from work I enjoy family life in Bath where I am an amateur musician and a charity trustee.

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