Dr Ava Easton is the Chief Executive of The Encephalitis Society.

Ava has produced and published several papers, and more recently a book (Life After Encephalitis) on various aspects of encephalitis and its after-effects; she also speaks at conferences and provides lectures and training on acquired brain injury, and encephalitis and its consequences, for health, education and social care professionals, worldwide. 

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; 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; Patient Representative, National Neurosciences Advisory Group; 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 to Hollyoaks for a long running storyline on encephalitis).

Specialties: encephalitis; acquired brain injury; charity management; health sciences; neuro-narratives; narrative medicine.

Personal and Society Awards/Recognition

CEO of the Year – Third Sector Awards – finalist – 2018

Fundraising Technology Award – Charity Times Awards – winner – 2018

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

Better Society Award – finalist - 2018

Services to encephalitis – High Sheriff of North Yorkshire - 2018

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

Top UK Social CEO – 2014 and 2017 - Winner

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

Best Third Sector Digital Campaign – Northern Digital Awards – finalist - 2015

Malton and Norton Pride Awards - Outstanding Achievement – winner - 2015

Rising Star CEO - Charity Times Awards – finalist – 2014

CIPR Pride Awards – Silver – for World Encephalitis Day – 2014

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