New Chair of Trustees for charity

New Chair of Trustees for charity

30 April 2013


Dr Brian Scott has been appointed Chair of Trustees of Meningitis Research Foundation.

A former Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland, he joined the charity as a Trustee last year – just as it started its first ever health initiative in Malawi, where 25% of meningitis is misdiagnosed as malaria.

Dr Scott says: “I am delighted to Chair the Trustees of Meningitis Research Foundation at such an exciting time. The charity is already highly regarded throughout the UK and Ireland’s medical and scientific communities for its essential funding of vital research into disease prevention, and for its promotion of awareness and symptoms information among health professionals and the public. But an estimated 1,000 people die every day of meningitis and septicaemia worldwide. It’s a shocking statistic which urgently needs addressing and which, with its proven expertise in saving lives; Meningitis Research Foundation is ideally placed to help.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundations adds: “We are delighted Dr Brian Scott is the new Chair of our Trustees. His experience and knowledge will help us shape projects in developing countries, especially in Africa where meningitis kills so many and leaves thousands more severely disabled in countries ill-equipped to cope.”

Based in Belfast and a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Business and Administration, Dr Brian Scott has authored numerous management case studies for its MBA programme and undertaken research projects for the Carnegie and Rockfeller foundations. He had an extensive business career as a senior manager in Europe, the US, Central America and the Caribbean before joining Oxfam Ireland in 1997 where he led the de-merger from Oxfam UK and created an organisation to serve both Belfast and Dublin.

Since 2008 he has concentrated on public and voluntary service including a charity dedicated to the education of girls in selected African countries and umbrella organisations representing Ireland based overseas aid agencies. He specialises in general governance, management and advocacy and has lived and worked in Zambia, Tanzania, Mexico, and the US.

Dr Scott replaces Beverley Pace as Chair of the Trustees, who with her husband, the comedian Norman Pace and their daughter Holly, has been actively supporting the charity for the past 20 years.

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