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Vinny Smith

Chief Executive, Meningitis Research Foundation

I’m the Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation and joined in 2015 to lead the organisation through an exciting time of change. I’ve worked with the team to open new doors for the organisation, from engaging with new international partners, to playing an instrumental role in the battle to unlock protection against MenB for everyone; in April 2016 I presented evidence at the Health Select Committee highlighting the need for changes to the unfair rules that govern vaccines eligibility. I was previously Director of STAND Consulting which advised non-profits in the UK, Africa and US on strategic planning, fundraising and organisational development. I also previously worked at Cancer Research UK for 7 years and later became Chief Operating Officer in the international development and domestic violence sectors. I am author of a recent conference report on the use of mobile health and technology in West Africa following the Ebola outbreak; and a guest lecturer at the University of the West of England on Organisational Development.