Council members

The Council of the Society normally consists of up to 14 members. Of these, six members are elected by ballot by all ordinary members of the Society, eight are appointed by Council, six as Chairs of Committees, plus the President and General Secretary. Council is responsible for governance of the Society.

The current Members are as follows.



  • President

    Professor Gurdyal Besra

    University of Birmingham, UK

  • General Secretary

    Professor Mark Harris
    University of Leeds, UK


  • Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

    Professor Robin May

    University of Birmingham, UK

Chairs and co-Chairs of Committees

  • co-Chair of Sustainability Committee

    Professor Jose Bengoechea 

    Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • co-Chair of Sustainability Committee

    Dr Sarah Maddocks

    Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

  • co-Chair of Building Communities Committee

    Professor Gill Elliott

    University of Surrey, UK

  • co-Chair of Building Communities Committee

    Professor Paul Hoskisson

    University of Strathclyde, UK

  • co-Chair of Impact and Influence Committee

    Dr Chloe James

    University of Salford, UK

  • co-Chair of Impact and Influence Committee

    Dr Tina Joshi

    University of Plymouth, UK

  • Chair of Early Career Microbiologists' Forum Executive Committee

    Colman O'Cathail 

    European Molecular Biology Laboratory, UK

Elected Members

  • Professor Laura Bowater

    University of East Anglia, UK

  • Dr Sharon Brookes

    Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK

  • Professor Nigel Brown

    Emeritus University of Edinburgh, UK

  • Dr David Clarke

    University College Cork, Ireland

  • Dr Andrew Edwards

    Imperial College London, UK

  • Professor Kim Hardie

    University of Nottingham, UK