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:

Colman O'Cathail
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Chair

Colman O'Cathail

European Molecular Biology Laboratory, UK

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

Robert Will
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Robert Will

University of Cambridge, UK
(Impact and Influence and Audit, Risk and Evaluation Committee)

Robert sits on the Audit, Risk and Evaluation Committee which is responsible for ensuring scrutiny and transparency in the financial management of the Society. Robert is also a member of 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.

 

Rebecca McHugh           

University of Strathclyde, UK
(Impact and Influence Committee)

Rebecca 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.

 

Joanne Kite
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Joanne Kite       

University of Surrey, UK
(Sustainability Committee)

Joanne 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.

 

 

Prerna Vohra
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Prerna Vohra

University of Edinburgh, UK
(Sustainability Committee)

Joanne 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.

 

 

Justine Rudkin
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Justine Rudkin

University of Oxford, UK
(Publishing Representative)

Justine is a member of Publishing Panel and works to engage early career researchers with the Society’s journals, and supports the success and sustainability of the Society’s publications. Justine also represents the views of early career members on the Building Communities Committee which is responsible for driving content themes for events, journals, Microbiology Today and other activities.

 

Yinka Somorin
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Yinka Somorin  

Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland
(Building Communities Committee)

Yinka 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.

 

 

Alison MacFadyen
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Alison MacFadyen       

University of Strathclyde, UK
(Scientific Conference Panel)

Alison works with the Scientific Conferences Panel, which considers the scientific content of Society meetings, i.e. the Annual Conference, Focused Meetings and Irish Division Meetings.

 

 

Rebecca Hall
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Rebecca Hall     

University of Birmingham, UK
(Finance Committee)

Rebecca 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.

 

 

Gerard Sheehan
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Gerard Sheehan             

Maynooth University, Ireland
(Eukaryotic Division Representative)

Gerard is a member of the Eukaryotic Division which aims to promote eukaryotic microbiology in its widest context in fundamental, medical, applied, and environmental aspects. As an ECM Forum Division member Gerard also works to produce the ECM Forum Summer Conference as well as Eukaryotic specific meetings.

 
Winnie Lee
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Winnie Lee        

University of Bristol, UK
(Prokaryotic Division Representative)

Winnie is a member of the Prokaryotic Division which comprises of scientists working in the major areas of 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. Winnie also works to produce the annual ECM Forum Summer Conference and Forum events.

Conor Feehily   

University of Oxford, UK
(Irish Division Representative)

Conor is a member of the Irish Division which seeks to promote all aspects of microbiology in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The division organises biannual symposia on diverse topics at a variety of locations across the island. Conor also works to produce the annual ECM Forum Summer Conference and Forum events.

 

Andrew Bosworth
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Andrew Bosworth          

Public Health England, UK
(Virology Division Representative)

Andrew is a member of the Virus Division which promotes fundamental studies of the natural history, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, and molecular pathogenesis of viruses of all kinds. Andrew also works to produce the ECM Forum Summer Conference as well as Eukaryotic specific meetings.

 

 

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.