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:
Please note: the positions below refer to the current composition of the ECM Forum Executive Committee. From 2021, the governance of the Microbiology Society is changing. Please see this page for further information.
Amy Pickering, University of Edinburgh (Chair)
As the Chair, Amy is a member of Council and works to represent the Forum at Council level. Amy ensures early career focused activities and recommendations from the Executive Committee are reported to Council and implemented by the Committee.
Colman O'Cathail, University of Nottingham
Colman works alongside the Chair to encourage contribution from members of the Committee, guide towards clear decision making and contributes to the facilitation of all activities.
Helina Marshall, Queens University Belfast
Helina 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.
Alison works with the Scientific Conferences Committee, which considers the scientific content of Society meetings, i.e. the Annual Conference, Focused Meetings and Irish Division Meetings. The Conferences Representative also chairs a sub-group of the Executive Committee tasked with running the ECM Forum Summer Conference. The sub-group is comprised of four ECM Division Representatives who sit on each of the Society's Divisions.
Angharad Green, University of Liverpool
Angharad is a member of the Policy Committee. The Policy Committee oversees activities, including briefings, consultation responses and events, which connect members with policy- and decision-makers.
Justine Rudkin, University of Oxford
Justine is a member of Publishing Committee and works to engage early career researchers with the Society’s journals. The Publishing Committee supports the success and sustainability of the Society’s publications through the implementation of the publishing strategy approved by Council.
Robert Will, University of Cambridge
Robert works with the Communications Committee, which oversees delivery of the Society's strategic priority to inspire and educate a diverse range of external stakeholders. The committee is responsible for the Society’s quarterly magazine Microbiology Today, e-newsletter, website, the development of educational resources across the key stages through to post-16, outreach activities, social media activities and press. Robert contributes an ECM Forum feature in Microbiology Today and works to ensure there is an ECM presence on all communications platforms.
James Oliver, Edge Hill University
James is the point of contact within the Executive Committee for undergraduate microbiology societies. This contact facilitates a wider network of undergraduate students interested in microbiology and the work of the Microbiology Society.
Omololu Fagunwa, University of Huddersfield
Omololu ensures the ECM Forum is considering its international endeavours in line with wider Society policy.
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.