The Council of the Society normally consists of up to 17 members. Of these, seven representatives are elected by the membership of the Society, seven are appointed by Council, as Chairs and co-Chairs of our committees, plus the President, General Secretary and Treasurer. Council is responsible for the governance of the Society; members of Council bear the legal responsibilities of Trustees of the Charity and Directors of the Company and take a variety of important strategic and legal decisions on how the Society deploys its assets and supports its members. 


We are looking across the breadth of our international membership for three Elected Members of Council, to serve a three-year term from January 2024–December 2026. All Elected Members of Council also sit on one of the activity Committees as a Council representative.

Please read the Job Description and submit a completed nominations 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.

Elected Member of Council role description


Council nomination form


Learn more about who our current Council members are below.



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      Professor Gurdyal Besra

      University of Birmingham, UK

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      General Secretary

      Dr Karen Robinson
      University of Nottingham, UK

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      Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

      Professor Robin May

      University of Birmingham, UK

Chairs and co-Chairs of Committees

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      co-Chair of Sustainability Committee

      Professor Jose Bengoechea 

      Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

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      co-Chair of Sustainability Committee

      Dr Sarah Maddocks

      Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

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      co-Chair of Building Communities Committee

      Professor Gill Elliott

      University of Surrey, UK

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      co-Chair of Building Communities Committee

      Professor Paul Hoskisson

      University of Strathclyde, UK

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      co-Chair of Impact and Influence Committee

      Catrin Moore
      St George’s, University of London, UK


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      co-Chair of Impact and Influence Committee

      Dr Tina Joshi

      University of Plymouth, UK

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      Chair of Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Executive Committee

      Jo Kite
      University of Cambridge, UK 


Elected Members

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      Professor Laura Bowater

      University of East Anglia, UK

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      Dr Sharon Brookes

      Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK

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      Professor Nigel Brown

      Emeritus University of Edinburgh, UK

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      Dr David Clarke

      University College Cork, Ireland

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      Dr Andrew Edwards

      Imperial College London, UK

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      Professor Kim Hardie

      University of Nottingham, UK

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      Professor Alan McNally

      University of Birmingham, UK

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