Claire Leigh has joined Meningitis Research Foundation as their new Chair of the Board.

MRF was founded in the UK in 1989 to support and connect people affected by meningitis and septicaemia with life-saving research. The Foundation funds scientific developments and advocates for health policy change to defeat meningitis and septicaemia, life-threatening infections which globally kill more under 5’s than malaria, measles and tetanus combined.

Society conducted a broad, national search across candidates working in the global health and wider international development sector, looking for senior professionals with strategic leadership and extensive trustee experience, who brought demonstrable knowledge and links across the global funding and advocacy landscape.

Claire is currently Director of Global Policy, Advocacy and Research at Save the Children UK. prior to this, she worked for UNDP and UNICEF in New York, the Overseas Development Programme in London and East Timor, and as an advisor to the Presidents of Rwanda and Liberia as part of the Africa Governance Initiative.