Building Communities Committee

Reporting to Council, the Building Communities Committee is responsible for driving content themes for events, journals, Microbiology Today and other activities to support the Society’s three main strategic objectives. The Committee will work with relevant working groups and staff to ensure that the activities delivered are in line with the budget.


We are we are looking across the breadth of our international membership for two Elected Members of the Committee to serve a three year term from January 2024 – December 2026.

Please read the Committee Terms of Reference and submit a completed nomination form to [email protected] by 7 May 2023. Where there are more candidates than vacancies, members will be notified and entered into a ballot to be elected by the voting membership.

Building Communities Committee terms of reference


Committee Nomination Form


Council is also seeking two co-Chair elects for Building Communities Committee. Please see the Council Appointed Positions Page for more information.

  • Co-Chair-elect Building Communities Committee and chair-elect of the Publishing Panel, who will serve one year as Chair-elect of the Publishing Panel, and co-Chair-elect of Building Communities Committee from 1 January 2024, then three years as Chair of the Publishing Panel and co-Chair of Building Communities Committee from 1 January 2025.
  • Co-Chair-elect of Building Communities Committee and Chair-elect of the Scientific Conferences Panel to serve two years as Chair-elect from 1 January 2024-31 December 2025 and two years as Co-Chair of Building Communities Committee and Chair of the Scientific Conferences Panel from 1 January 2026-31 December 2027.

Paul Hoskisson


Professor Paul Hoskisson

University of Strathclyde, UK





Gill Ellitott


Professor Gill Elliott

University of Surrey, UK




Building Communities Committee Membership 2023:

Paul Hoskisson University of Strathclyde, UK
Gill Elliott University of Surrey, UK 
Anastasios Tsaousis University of Kent, UK
Enas Newire University College London, UK
Gavin Thomas University of York, UK
Gerald Barry University College Dublin, Ireland
Joanna Parish University of Birmingham, UK
Martin Welch University of Cambridge, UK
Michael Macey Open University, UK
Michael Ukwuru Federal Polytechnic Idah, Nigeria
Paul Duprex University of Pittsburgh, USA
Paz Aranega Bou Public Health England, UK
Kalai Mathee Florida International University, USA
Sam Sheppard University of Bath, UK
Kelly Capper-Parkin Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Helina Marshall Queens University Belfast, Northen Ireland
Fiona Whelan University of Nottingham, UK
Ruth Massey University of Bristol, UK
Kim Hardie University of Nottingham, UK
Ashley Otter UK Health Security Agency 
Tina Joshi University of Plymouth, UK
Tim Inglis University of Western Australia, Australia
Alan McNally University of Birmingham, UK
Andrew Collis GSK, UK
Rita Ramalhete University of London, UK
(Shadowing member)
Rebecca McHugh University of Glasgow, UK

 Terms of Reference

Building Communities Committee Terms of Reference

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