Dr Ava Easton is a researcher and Chief Executive of The Encephalitis Society.

Ava has produced and published many papers, book chapters, and a book (Life After Encephalitis) on various aspects of encephalitis and its after-effects; she also speaks at conferences and lectures around the world on various aspects of encephalitis and its consequences for patients.

Her expertise also extends to neuro-narratives, narrative medicine, and patient and public engagement.

Ava is involved in a number of research studies looking into the processes and outcomes of encephalitis and is an Honorary Fellow in the Dept. of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Liverpool; Member, Study Steering Committee, National Surveillance Taskforce on Neurology and COVID19; Member of the Expert Working Group on the Clinical Management of Human Rabies, Public Health England; Editorial Board Member and Book Review Editor for Brain Injury Journal; Ambassador for the European Brain Injury Council; Chair of the Patient and Public Involvement Panel for the Global Health Research Group on Brain Infections; Reviewer for books and the arts for the Lancet Neurology.

Ava also acts as a consultant to various Media (Radio and Television) on encephalitis and acquired brain injury (most recently with Hollyoaks, a UK TV show, for a long running storyline on encephalitis).

Specialties: encephalitis; charity management; health sciences; neuro-narratives; narrative medicine, patient and public engagement. 


Inspiring Communicator of the Year 2019, Charity Comms - Winner

Top UK Social CEO – 2014, 2017, 2019 - Winner

EyeForPharma – 2019 Patient Advocate of The Year – Finalist

PMEA 2019 Awards – Excellence in Partnership and Collaboration Award – Finalist

Communications Campaign of the Year Third Sector Awards 2019 – Winner

CEO of the Year – Third Sector Awards 2018 – Finalist

Fundraising Technology Award – Charity Times Awards 2018 – Winner

Best Use of Digital by a Charity – Digital Impact Awards 2018 – Winner

Better Society Award 2018 – Finalist

Services to encephalitis – High Sheriff of North Yorkshire - 2018

Charity of the Year – The Charity Times Awards 2017 – Winner

Patient Information Award – British Medical Association – Highly Commended – 2016 & 2018

Best Third Sector Digital Campaign – Northern Digital Awards 2015 – Finalist

Malton and Norton Pride Awards 2015 - Outstanding Achievement – Winner

Rising Star CEO - Charity Times Awards 2014 – Finalist

CIPR Pride Awards 2014 – Silver – for World Encephalitis Day

Ava was invited by The Queen to her Diamond Jubilee Garden Party at Buckingham Palace (2012) in recognition of her work in encephalitis.