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

Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

Professor John Sinclair 

University of Cambridge, UK



Committee Members 2024

John Sinclair  University of Cambridge, UK
(Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee)
Gurdyal Besra University of Birmingham, UK
Karen Robinson University of Nottingham, UK
(General Secretary)
Nigel Brown University of Edinburgh, UK
(Council Representative)

Sheila Patrick

Queens University Belfast
(Council Representative)

Kathryn Stratton
University of East Anglia, UK
(EC Forum Representative)

Terms of Reference

Finance Committee Terms of Reference



Committee Members

Andrew Wilson (External Chair)
John Sinclair  University of Cambridge, UK (Treasurer)
George Salmond  University of Cambridge, UK (Council Member)
Sondra Tarshis (External Advisor)
Hemant Patadia Parul University, India
(Committee Member)

Terms of Reference

Audit Risk and Evaluation Committee Terms of Reference

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