If you are interested in helping a small but growing charity fighting to save modern medicine, then we would like to hear from you. We are looking for a Trustee Board Chair to take over from our current interim Chair, Nick Stalbow.
We are 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 key roles for this charity trustee vacancy are 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.