Finance Committee

Reporting to Council, the Finance 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.

Robin May

Chair and Treasurer

Professor Robin May

University of Birmingham, UK



Committee Members 2023

Robin May University of Birmingham, UK
(Chair and Treasurer)
Gurdyal Besra University of Birmingham, UK
Karen Robinson University of Nottingham, UK
(General Secretary)
John Sinclair University of Cambridge, UK
Sharon Brookes Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK (Council Representative)
Nigel Brown University of Edinburgh, UK
(Council Representative)
Kathryn Stratton
University of East Anglia, UK
(ECM Representative)

Terms of Reference

Finance Committee Terms of Reference



Committee Members

Andrew Wilson (External Chair)
Robin May University of Birmingham, UK (Treasurer)
Elizabeth Cummins University of Birmingham, UK
Sondra Tarshis (External Advisor)
Andrew Edwards Imperial College London, UK
(Council Member)

Terms of Reference

Audit Risk and Evaluation Committee Terms of Reference

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