Meet the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee represents the Forum at Committee and Council level. They are expected to listen to and represent the needs of the general membership of the Forum and feed this information into their respective committees. The current members of the Executive Committee are as follows:

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Jo Kite

University of Cambridge, UK

As the Chair, Jo is a member of Council and works to represent the Forum at Council level. Jo ensures early career focused activities and recommendations from the Executive Committee are reported to Council and implemented by the Committee.


Éva Bernadett Bényei    
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Éva Bernadett Bényei        

University of Cambridge, UK
(ECM Representative for Impact and Influence Committee)

Éva represents early career members on the Impact and Influence Committee which is responsible for advancing the understanding and impact of microbiology by highlighting the global importance of the work of our members and other microbiologists.


Jack Sunter
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Jack Sunter

Oxford Brookes University, UK
(ECM Representative for Sustainability Committee)

Jack is a member of the Sustainability Committee which is responsible for developing the future leadership of the Society and for ensuring the long-term viability of the Society’s operations.


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Kelly Capper-Parkin

Sheffield Hallam University, UK
(ECM Representative for Building Communities Committee)

Kelly represents the views of early career members and contributes to the work of the Building Communities Committee, which is responsible for driving content themes for events, journals, Microbiology Today and other activities.

Kathryn Stratton

University of East Anglia, UK
(ECM Representative for Finance Committee)

Kathryn monitors the Forums income and expenditure and works with the Finance Committee, which oversees the conduct of the Society’s finances at strategic and policy levels by monitoring and authorising all aspects of the Society’s finance.

Winnie Lee
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Winnie Lee        

University of Bristol, UK
(ECM Representative for Sustainability Committee

Winnie is a member of the Sustainability Committee which is responsible for developing the future leadership of the Society and for ensuring the long-term viability of the Society’s operations.


Jack Ferguson
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Jack Ferguson

University of Birmingham, UK
(ECM Representative for Virus Division)

Jack is a member of the Virus Division which aims to promote the fundamental study of viruses of all kinds. His role as ECM member for the division is to advocate the ideas and views of early career researchers as well as ensuring the conferences programme is relevant and attractive to them.


Raphael Galleh
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Raphael Galleh

University of Sheffield, UK
(ECM Representative for Scientific Conferences Panel)

Raphael is a member of the Scientific Conferences Panel which responsible for overseeing the delivery of the scientific conferences programme.



Ella Rodwell
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Ella Rodwell

Public Health England, UK
(ECM Representative for Prokaryotic Division)

Ella is a member of the Prokaryotic Division which comprises of scientists working in bacterial and archaeal microbiology. The main role of the division is to develop symposia for future Society conferences to exchange knowledge and advance understanding of prokaryotes.


Elizabeth Cummins
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Elizabeth Cummins

University of Birmingham, UK
(ECM Representaive for Audit Risk and Evaluation)



Paz Aranega Bou
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Paz Aranega Bou

Public Health England, UK
(ECM Representative for Publishing Panel Representative)





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Ainsley Beaton

John Innes Centre, UK
(ECM Representative for
 Impact and Influence Committee Representative)






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Andres Ceballos Garzon

University de Nantes, France
(ECM Representative for Eukaryotic Division)





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Gillian Carney

University College Dublin, Ireland
(ECM Representative for Irish Division)





Committee Shadowing Scheme

Our Council and Committees Shadowing Scheme gives members an exclusive opportunity to gain insight into the inner working of the Society. Eligible members can choose an ECM Forum Executive Committee member to shadow and experience first-hand the activities and decision-making processes of a key governing group of the organisation. The scheme offers a great addition to your CV, a glimpse behind the scenes and networking opportunities with other microbiology leaders.

Find out more about the Council and Committees Shadowing Scheme.