Chris has over 25 years’ experience in the charity sector and was CEO of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), the UK’s largest meningitis research charity, for eight years.
Chris is a member of the Institute of Fundraising, a former board member of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His previous experience includes work with Penny Brohn CancerCare and CLIC UK (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood).
Patsy’s daughter Jamie lost both her legs below the knee after contracting meningitis and septicaemia in 2008 at 20 years of age. Patsy, Jamie and their family joined the fight against meningitis and created the Joint Advocacy for Meningococcal Information and Education (J.A.M.I.E.) Group. The Jamie Schanbaum / Nicolis Williams Act became law in Texas in 2011, and this now means all new college students will be vaccinated against the disease. Read Patsy and Jamie’s story.
Bruce is Chairman of the Meningitis Centre Australia and the Disability Services Commission of Western Australia. A parent, advocate and businessman, Bruce’s passion for meningitis awareness comes from caring for his daughter Ashleigh, who contracted pneumococcal meningitis in 1989 at just six months of age. Read Bruce and Jenni’s story.
Jane Plumb MBE, Group B Strep Support (Sussex, UK)
Jane Plumb MBE is the Chief Executive of GBSS, which she founded in 1996. GBSS supports UK families affected by group B Strep and health professionals by providing relevant, evidence-based information and education about Strep B. Jane is vice-chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ Women’s Network, a member of the Pregnancy & Baby Charity Network and a member of the World Health Organization’s Extended Technical Taskforce on defeating meningitis by 2030. She has worked on NICE guidelines and quality standards, including the Antibiotics for Neonatal Infection, Preterm Labour & Birth and Neonatal Infection guidelines. She is currently a coapplicant on several GBS research trials.
Mike has extensive experience in education and information technology sectors as well as more than 20 years as a teacher of English Literature, Religion, Communication Technology, Media and Business Studies. Mike is a founding board member of the Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada (MRFC).
Simone is a communication specialist with experience in public relations, TV and healthcare communications. Simone has been involved in the organization and communication of the first and subsequent World Meningitis Days in Germany and with the production of one of the first videos on the CoMO website.
Kaye is the Chair of the Committee on Advocacy & Networking of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination. Her passion for disease prevention through vaccination started 17 years ago when her eldest daughter was born. Every injection given to her daughter is an expression of love with the hope of providing a longer & healthier life free from diseases. Her expertise & passion in marketing is aimed at influencing & educating people on the benefits of vaccination in preventing diseases & preserving life.
CoMO’s work is overseen by a Governing Council made up of elected CoMO members and individuals who have been co-opted to bring additional skills into the organisation.
Wilma has been involved in the world of vaccines, meningitis and septicaemia for more than 26 years. Wilma started work as Chairperson of Nederlandse Meningitis Stichting (NMS) a few years ago. Her previous work includes projects for the World Health Organization, European Union, PATH, and the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Lulu Bravo is a Professor of Pediatric Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the University of the Philippines, Manila and President of the Immunization Partners in Asia Pacific (IPAP). Lulu has many years of experience working for the World Health Organization (WHO) and has published more than 80 Scientific papers and abstracts on various infectious disease topics.
Maureen's experience with the immunization world began in 1998 when she became manager of Houston's federally-funded Vaccines for Children program which supplied free-of-charge vaccines to over 350 clinics. In 2008 she took a position with The Immunization Partnership (TIP) and that very year attended her first CoMO global conference in Orlando, FL. She retired from TIP in early 2016 but continues serving in a volunteer capacity as Co-Chair of the Immunization Coalition of Greater Houston as well as volunteering with the Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital.