Director of Research, Policy and Evidence

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Director of Research, Policy and Evidence

Salary: £60,000 including 2% employee pension contribution + 6% employer pension contribution
Location: Your normal place of work will be either in the Bristol office or working from home with occasional work elsewhere if required to travel for work purposes which could include international travel.
Contract type: Permanent


  • 6% employer pension contribution
  • 25 days annual leave pro rata plus statutory bank holidays
  • Employee assistance program in place with free access to confidential, professional legal and health advice
  • Cycle to work scheme

Meningitis Research Foundation: We are a leading UK and international charity that aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia (also known as sepsis). It is an exciting time for the charity as we expand our reach and impact to meeting the challenges of meningitis and septicaemia wherever they exist in the world. We are set to play a key role in delivering a new global roadmap to defeat meningitis, alongside major international health organisations, including the World Health Organization.

The candidate:

This is an incredible role at the heart of global efforts to defeat meningitis by 2030.

The role reports to the Chief Executive and forms part of the senior management team (SMT) alongside the Director of Finance and Administration, Director of Partnerships and Funding, the Director of Communications, Advocacy and Support, the Head of Fundraising and the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) Network Lead.

The purpose of this role is to enable MRF to achieve its goals through research, an enabling research environment, evidence-based policy, health professional guidance and the creation of associated activity and resources. The post-holder is expected to be or become one of the world’s leading thinkers on meningitis with an extensive network amongst international research, clinical and public health communities.

The role is also very close to people and families as it provides guidance to support teams working directly with families affected. The holder acts as the guardian of MRFs intellectual integrity and cements our reputation as an evidence-led organisation in the UK and around the world.

It is a highly demanding role, requiring the need to keep up to date with latest research; run suitable accredited processes for funding peer reviewed research; organise a Scientific Advisory Panel of experts and a Medical Advisory Group of clinician experts; and organise the agenda and speakers for a global scientific conference every two years. The holder will also write and oversee the production of in-house academic papers for publication in peer reviewed journals; provide evidence and content for informed public affairs, advocacy and communications work take part in media and advocacy work; and represent MRF on external bodies such as the World Health Technical Task force for the creation of the global roadmap for meningitis.

The post is being advertised now as the current holder is retiring after 25 years with MRF

The application process: The closing date for completed applications is 5pm BST on Friday 3rd December 2021.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further please contact Vinny Smith, CEO, by email at Please return application forms via e-mail to

Following receipt of satisfactory references, the successful candidate should be able to start work soon after receiving their offer of employment.