Favourite thing/place about Bristol
Its relentless sense of doing things ‘the Bristol way’, where work-life balance matters but so does achieving good in the world. Watching the balloon fiesta rise and sweep across the city skyline and my house is a highlight of every year. The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children saved my son’s life on the day he was born, so they will forever be special to me. And having two world-class Universities, one of which I’m a Business Fellow and guest lecturer at, and the other being one of the leading centres in the UK for research into Meningitis and also COVID-19.
Bristol is a world-leading centre for bringing together the patient voice and civil society globally in the fight against meningitis. But too often, traditional investors and funders think London is the only centre of innovation in the UK. That myth needs busting wide open.
MRF is scaling up our work on the back of securing the world’s first global roadmap for meningitis at the World Health Assembly in 2020. Collaboration between and within public and private sectors is crucial for this to happen and we need more interconnected working across sectors within the city to further leverage the fantastic base of expertise that already exists.
What has changed since COVID-19
Infectious diseases are the topic of the day. The scientists and researchers we have worked with for years right here in Bristol are the same people now tackling COVID-19 around the world. The lessons learned from meningitis are often highly relevant for COVID-19.