Structure and governance

As a charity, we are governed by our Council who may co-opt members and appoint committees.

Our committees are formed through the election of representative members, who contribute to guiding and driving our strategies and activities.


Our Council, committees and working parties


HIS Council are members of the Society (with the exception of the lay trustee), who are either appointed by Council or elected by the membership for a defined term.


  • President - Professor Hilary Humphreys (2022)
  • Chair - Dr Elisabeth Ridgway (2021)
  • Secretary - Dr Peter Jenks (2021)
  • Treasurer - Dr Richard Cunningham (2020)


  • Journal of Hospital Infection - Dr Jim Gray (2020)

Committee Chairs

  • Scientific Development Committee - Professor Peter Wilson (2019)
  • Education Committee - Dr Mark Garvey (February 2021)
  • Trainee Committee - Dr James Price (2021) Trustee
  • Grants Committee - Dr Emma Boldock (2020) Trustee

Ordinary Council Members  

  • Dr David Enoch (2019)
  • Karren Staniforth (2020)
  • Dr David Jenkins (2020)  
  • Dr Gemma Wheldon (2020)
  • Andrea Parsons - Lay member (2020)
  • Dr Jyothi Rao (2021)

Co-opted members

  • Claire Haill (2021)

Council roles in detail

(Brackets denote role end year. Individuals demit at the AGM unless otherwise stated above)


Our committees are formed of volunteers who are healthcare professionals.  They are formed largely of consultant microbiologists and virologists, trainees enrolled on a specialty training programme, infection control nurses, staff from Public Health England and clinical scientists. Full details of the terms of reference and membership of all HIS Committees can be found here.

Working parties

The Society is involved in a number of working parties that produce evidence-based and expert guidance in all areas of infection prevention and control. Many of these are led by the Society. HIS members also provide expert representation on Working Parties of other organisations.

Current working parties:

If you are interested in becoming involved in a HIS working party or would like to suggest a new guideline or guidance topic, please contact Dr Gemma Marsden (Research and Development Manager) via email in the first instance.

Executive Editorial Board

The Executive Editorial Board oversees all aspects of journal publishing within HIS, in collaboration with our Publisher, Elsevier. 


  • Dr Jim Gray (Editor in Chief, Journal of Hospital Infection)
  • Dr Beryl Oppenheim (Editor, Journal of Hospital Infection)
  • Dr Nikunj Mahida (Editor, Journal of Hospital Infection)
  • Dr Gemma Winzor (Editor, Infection Prevention in Practice)
  • Dr Elisabeth Ridgeway (Society Chair)
  • Dr Richard Cunningham (Society Treasurer)
  • Publisher, Elsevier


HIS staff team

Chief Executive

Kay Miller joined the Healthcare Infection Society in February 2017, and was previously Development Director and co-CEO at the Dr Hadwen Trust, a medical research charity (2013-2017). 

From 2000-2013 Kay was Group Head of Membership Activities at the Biochemical Society where she lead the Society's events, communications and membership teams. 

Kay is a Chartered Manager, has a PhD in plant physiology and four years post-doctoral research experience.


Chief Finance Officer

John Misselbrook joined the Healthcare Infection Society in March 2017, previously having held the position of Deputy CEO and Director of Finance for the Biochemical Society. John is a Chartered Certified Accountant and brings extensive experience across a breadth of commercial and third sector organisations.


Editorial and Production Manager

Antonia Johnston joined the Healthcare Infection Society in September 2017. Antonia completed a PhD in Microbial Ecology in 2014 before joining Springer Nature as a Production Editor responsible for a portfolio of 32 STEM journals. Antonia also worked at BMJ from 2015-2017 as part of their editorial operations department, overseeing a team of Editorial Production Assistants.

Membership, Education and Events Manager

Helen Davies joined the Healthcare Infection Society in September 2017 as Membership, Education and Events Manager, with specific responsibility for developing membership engagement, events and training activities for the Society.

Prior to joining HIS, Helen was Head of Academic Programmes at the UK national institute for data science, The Alan Turing Institute, where she had oversight of the Institute’s training and events.  From 2001-2014 she worked in a number of roles at the Biochemical Society, including Head of Membership Marketing and Communications.

Helen has a PhD in physiology, three years post-doctoral research experience and 17 years’ experience managing membership and events for professional societies.

Research and Development Manager

Gemma Marsden joined the Healthcare Infection Society in April 2017 as Research and Development Manager. Gemma has a PhD in Bacterial Genetics and has worked in academia, industry and the civil service. Gemma’s previous role was as a Senior Lecturer, where she gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and became a Chartered Biologist. Gemma uses her experience to support the scientific and educational aims of the Society.


Researchers in Evidence Synthesis (guideline production)

Aggie Bak joined the Society in September 2018. She has previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London, where majority of her work involved conducting guidelines and systematic reviews in the topics of Healthcare Associated Infections. Aggie holds a BSc in Human Nutrition and MSc in Cancer Biology, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the University of West London.

Events, Membership and Communications Coordinator

Adel Botfield will shortly join the HIS team.


Our constitution

The rules we are governed by

Our constitution is the rulebook we are governed by.  Changes to the constitution can only be made with the approval of HIS members, and the Charity Commission must be informed of any changes made.  When HIS was formed in 1980, its purposes and the rules for how it should operate are were set down in a governing document. Over time, as HIS has evolved, a number of changes have been made.  Most recently (2018) changes were approved in order to update the names of two of the membership categories, introduce a new membership category, and make amendments to the eligibility criteria to make the categories more inclusive and reflective of those who now work in IPC in healthcare settings.