Following the retirement of our previous Chair, Ashley Burgess OBE, Antibiotic Research UK has a charity trustee vacancy. We are now seeking a new Chair to help move our organisation forward to its next phase of growth.
Antibiotic Research UK is the world’s first charity dedicated to tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance. Unless we act now, resistance could reach epidemic proportions. Our vision is to save millions of lives all over the world threatened by antibiotic resistance. We want to integrate our various activities to better defend against resistance. We will also continue to research new antibiotic treatments informed by patients affected by a drug resistant infection.
Estimates suggest that globally 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic resistance. In the UK, 5,000 deaths attributed to antibiotic resistance occur each year. This is likely to be an underestimate. Antibiotics underpin much of modern medicine; there is a danger that with the rise in resistance many common treatment procedures will become more risky or impossible. Certain patient groups are critically dependent on effective antibiotics. This includes patients with cystic fibrosis, cancer, asthma, and diabetes and those undergoing organ transplantation.
The Trustee Chair role
The Chair’s key roles would be to chair the Board of Trustees meetings for a minimum of three times a year. Additionally, the Chair will liaise regularly with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide a sounding board, advice and support.
As well as acting as our trustee Chair, you will spend time externally acting as a spokesperson and figurehead for the charity. Our ideal new Chair will also bring a network of associates. Where appropriate, this network can further support Antibiotic Research UK’s objectives.
Further details of our non-remunerated charity trustee vacancy can be found HERE. The closing date for applications is Friday 3 April 2020.