Meet the trustees

Brian Scott

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.

Brian 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
Company Secretary

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.

Professor Ray Borrow PhD MRCPath
UK Health Security Agency, Vaccine Evaluation Unit

Prof Ray Borrow is Head of the Vaccine Evaluation Unit at the UK Health Security Agency, Manchester, UK.

There he is responsible for the evaluation of serological responses to various bacterial and viral vaccines with a special interest in meningococcal and pneumococcal vaccines. He is also the Deputy Head of the UKHSA Meningococcal Reference Unit for England & Wales.

Ray gained his PhD in 1994, his MRCPath in 2003, became an Honorary Professor of Vaccine Preventable Diseases at the University of Manchester in 2009 and Visiting Professor of the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011. His scientific findings resulted in over 190 peer reviewed published papers. He serves as a member of the DHSC Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and frequently advises WHO and companies on both meningococcal and pneumococcal vaccines.

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.

Mags Cregan-Smart
Mags has recently joined MRF as a Trustee in 2019.

She has worked in retail optics throughout her career and over 30 years have been with Specsavers. 
Initially starting as a YTS and working her way up through the ranks with various management positions she was headhunted to become country manager in Ireland for Vision Express in the late 90’s and relocated to Dublin. She currently manages 41 staff over three towns and two businesses. Her husband retrained in 2006 to become an audiologist and together they set up a Hearcare centre within the optical business. 

They lost their second son Ruairí Daithi Smart at the age of 7 months in November 2012 to pneumococcal meningitis and have been involved with the charity ever since. 
Dr Sue Grieve

Sue is a scientist and a lawyer and joined MRF as a trustee in 2019.

She has spent her career in the healthcare sector working for both large pharmaceutical and small biotech companies. She is an experienced non-executive director and has for the last six years been trustee and chairman of a specialist hospital.
She is passionate about innovation in healthcare and specialises in good governance, strategy and risk management.
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.

Micheál Nallen
Micheál recently joined the board in September 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant, who works in Financial Services in Dublin, having previously worked in a Big 5 Audit Practice.
He has held a number of roles in Financial Services including leading operations, risk management and project management teams.
He has experience in leading strategic change programmes, including the restructure of operational teams and simplifying and embedding operational processes.
Martin Vaggers

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.

Steve Highwood
Steve is a Chartered Building Engineer and joined MRF as a Trustee in 2019.

His eldest son Jack, contracted pneumococcal meningitis 1998 at 6 months old and made a full recovery. In 2002/03, Steve worked closely with the Foundation to raise money and awareness by organising a boat, crew and raising funds by competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race.   
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