Meningitis Now Trustee Stephen Sutcliffe

Stephen’s step-son, Charlie, had meningitis at 9 months, resulting in acquired brain injury.

Stephen Sutcliffe


Stephen has worked in the NHS throughout his career, entering the finance graduate scheme from university and qualifying as an accountant.

He worked in the North West of England in various NHS organisations, and has been a Director of Finance for nearly 20 years. 

Most recently, Stephen runs the largest shared service in the NHS. He has a passion for the NHS and improving the quality of the service provided and he also has a real personal interest in meningitis. This was borne from an early age as the girl he liked at primary school died, at a time when meningitis was relatively unknown. Also Stephen’s step-son, Charlie, had meningitis at 9 months, and this resulted in acquired brain injury

Stephen, who loves open water swimming, has raised money in the past for Meningitis Now, and is delighted to have the opportunity to be a Trustee, bringing his professional knowledge and personal impact.

Stephen and his partner Jo live in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, with Charlie and their animals on a non-working farm. He is a great sports fan as well as loving travel, going to the theatre and dining out.

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    Chris Philipsborn


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    James Sutherland


    James is the Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for DAS UK Group, having previously worked in governance roles across Higher Education and Financial Services.

  • Meningitis Now trustee Sam Blackie

    Samantha Blackie


    Sam Blackie is an experienced Human Resources Director, with a specific focus on developing and implementing the strategic people agenda, leading complex change and working with a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Meningitis Now trustee Rod Adlington

    Rod Adlington


    The Adlington family lost their son Barney to meningitis in 2005 and have fundraised since, mainly through "Barney's Bash", a series of farm-based, one night mini festivals.