Committees

The business of Council is facilitated by a number of committees. These committees are chaired by a member of Council and will normally include one or more elected members as well as respective members of Society staff.

The current Council Committees are as follows:

Communications Committee

Reporting to Council, the Communications Committee is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Communications plan to support the Society’s three main strategic objectives:

  1. We will enable our members to strengthen their existing relationships and gain access to new communities, unlocking the potential for knowledge exchange.
  2. We will advance understanding of microbiology and champion the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.
  3. We will reinforce the Society’s long-term sustainability and resilience by diversifying income streams, increasing efficiency and ensuring robust governance.

The Communications Committee will provide advice and expertise on the development of this plan to the Council and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of activities. The Committee will work with staff to ensure that the activities delivered are in line with the agreed strategy and budget.

Committee members: Nicola Stonehouse (Interim Chair), Emma Denham, Rachel Exley, Lorena Fernández-Martínez, Freya Harrison, Rowena Jenkins (Editor of Microbiology Today), James Redfern, Alison Sinclair, Rebecca Hall.

Paul Hoskisson, former Chair of the Communications Committee, talks about what he loved about being on the Committee and how you can get involved.

Communications Committee Terms of Reference

 

Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Executive Committee

The remit of the Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Executive Committee is to contribute to the delivery of the Society’s strategic priority to support the career and professional development of microbiologists. The committee coordinates the work of the Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum, ensuring that early career members and their views are included across all Society activities by having representation across all committees. The Executive Committee supports the Professional Development Committee by providing advice and expertise.

The Committee has a subgroup of four representatives who bring the early career viewpoint to the Society's Divisions.

Committee members: Helen Brown (Chair), Andrew Day (Policy Representative), Rebecca Hall (Communications Representative), Colman O'Cathail (Finance and Operations Representative), Linda Oyama (International Representative), Helina Marshall (Publishing Representative), Amy Richards (Conferences Representative), Grace Russell (Undergraduate Representative).

Division Representatives: Andrew Bosworth (Virology Division), Linda Oyama (Prokaryotic Division), Justine Rudkin (Irish Division), Tom Williams (Eukaryotic Division).

Finance and Operations Committee

Reporting to Council, the Finance and Operations Committee is responsible for overseeing the conduct of the Society’s finances; providing guidance to the Chief Executive and Chief Operations Officer and other senior staff with responsibilities for income, expenditure and investments, in order to support the Society’s three main strategic objectives:

  1. We will enable our members to strengthen their existing relationships and gain access to new communities, unlocking the potential for knowledge exchange.
  2. We will advance understanding of microbiology and champion the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.
  3. We will reinforce the Society’s long-term sustainability and resilience by diversifying income streams, increasing efficiency and ensuring robust governance.

The Committee will provide advice and expertise in the management of all aspects of the Society’s finances, including budgets, the investment portfolio, the Annual Return, the reserves policy and exceptional expenditure. The Committee will ensure that the Society operates in a sustainable manner.

Committee members: Ian Roberts (Chair and Treasurer), Colman O'Cathail, Neil Gow, George Salmond, Maggie Smith.

Finance and Operations Committee Terms of Reference


Policy Committee

Reporting to Council, the Policy Committee is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the policy framework to support the Society’s three main strategic objectives:

  1. We will enable our members to strengthen their existing relationships and gain access to new communities, unlocking the potential for knowledge exchange.
  2. We will advance understanding of microbiology and champion the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.
  3. We will reinforce the Society’s long-term sustainability and resilience by diversifying income streams, increasing efficiency and ensuring robust governance.

The Committee will provide advice and expertise on the development of the policy framework to Council and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of activities. The Committee will work with staff to ensure that the activities delivered are in line with the agreed strategy and budget. The Committee will work with staff to champion and promote the Society’s science policy activities to members and external stakeholders.

Committee members: Pat Goodwin (Chair), Andrew Day, Paul Kellam, John McGrath, Maria McPhillips, Anusha Panjwani, Jim Prosser, Kevin Maringer.

Maria McPhillips talks about why the Policy Committee is so important and the value she has gained from being involved.

Policy Committee Terms of Reference


Professional Development Committee

Reporting to Council, the Professional Development Committee is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the professional development programme to support the Society’s three main strategic objectives:

  1. We will enable our members to strengthen their existing relationships and gain access to new communities, unlocking the potential for knowledge exchange.
  2. We will advance understanding of microbiology and champion the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.
  3. We will reinforce the Society’s long-term sustainability and resilience by diversifying income streams, increasing efficiency and ensuring robust governance.

The Committee will provide advice and expertise on the development of the professional development programme to Council and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of activities. The Committee will work with staff to ensure that the activities delivered are in line with the agreed strategy and budget.

Committee members: Tadhg Ó Cróinín (Chair), Helen Brown (ECM Forum Chair), John Morrissey, Nigel Brown, Douglas Browning, Gillian Douce, Alison Graham, Sarah Maddocks, Arikana Massiah, Angharad Davies.

Professional Development Committee Terms of Reference


Publishing Committee

Reporting to Council, the Publishing Committee is responsible for overseeing the plan for the publishing contribution to the Microbiology Society’s strategy:

  1. We will enable our members to strengthen their existing relationships and gain access to new communities, unlocking the potential for knowledge exchange.
  2. We will advance understanding of microbiology and champion the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.
  3. We will reinforce the Society’s long-term sustainability and resilience by diversifying income streams, increasing efficiency and ensuring robust governance.

The Publishing Committee will provide advice and expertise and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of activities. The Committee will work with staff to ensure that the activities delivered are in line with the agreed strategy and budget.

Committee members: Jodi Lindsay (Chair), Stephen Bentley, Norman Fry, Robert Hall, Mark Harris, Johannes Kusters, Helina Marshall, Kalai Mathee, Stephen Oliver, Tanya Parish, Nick Thompson, Martha Trujillo.

Publishing Committee Terms of Reference


Scientific Conferences Committee

Reporting to Council, the Scientific Conferences Committee is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the scientific conferences programme to support the Society’s three main strategic objectives: 

  1. We will enable our members to strengthen their existing relationships and gain access to new communities, unlocking the potential for knowledge exchange.
  2. We will advance understanding of microbiology and champion the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.
  3. We will reinforce the Society’s long-term sustainability and resilience by diversifying income streams, increasing efficiency and ensuring robust governance.

The Committee, by using its knowledge and expertise, will ensure the delivery of conferences and conference programmes that are appealing to the membership. In so doing, the committee will fulfil the stated strategic aims of the Society. The Committee will work with staff to ensure that the conference activities delivered are in line with the agreed strategy and budget.

Committee members: Mick Tuite (Chair), Steve Smith (Chair Elect), Gill Elliott, Stephen Griffin, Geertje van Keulen, Tracy Palmer, Sheila Patrick, Amy Richards, Craig Williams, Elinor Thompson, Edward Louis, David Carke, Joan Geoghegan.

Scientific Conferences Committee Terms of Reference