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.
All Officers are Trustees
- President - Professor Hilary Humphreys (2022)
- Chair - Dr Chris Settle (2024)
- Secretary - Dr Manjula Meda (2024)
- Treasurer - Dr David Harvey (2024)
The EiC is a Trustee
- Journal of Hospital Infection - Dr Jim Gray (2022)
Committee Chairs are not Trustees of the Society unless stated
- Professional Development Committee - Dr James Price (2023) Trustee (2022)
- Guidelines Committee - Professor Peter Wilson (2022)
- Trainee Committee - Dr Oliver Bannister (2025)
- Research Committee - Dr Emma Boldock (2023) Trustee (2022)
Ordinary Council Members
All Ordinary Members are Trustees
- Dr Gemma Wheldon (2022)
- Ron Finlay - Lay member (2024)
- Dr Luke Moore (2023)
- Dr Shanom Ali (2024)
- Dr Gayti Morris (2023)
- Dr Joanna Walker (2022)
Co-opted members are not Trustees
- Leila Hail - Infection Control Nurse representative (2024)
(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 UKHSA and healthcare scientists. Full details of the terms of reference and membership of all HIS Committees can be found here.
- Professional Development Committee
- Research Committee
- Guidelines Committee
- Trainee Committee
- Executive Editorial Board
- ED&I focus group
- New consultants' working group
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:
- Management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings
- Prevention and control of Group A Streptococcal infection in acute healthcare and maternity settings in the UK [Paused]
- Prevention and control of infection in burns units (joint with British Burns Association)
- Microbiological commissioning and monitoring of operating theatre suites
- Rituals and behaviours in the operating theatre (joint with the ESGNI study group of ESCMID)
- Water management for healthcare microbiologists [Paused]
- Respiratory and facial Protection [Paused]
- Prevention and control of Aspergillus [Paused]
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 us via email the first instance.
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 Gemma Winzor (Editor in Chief, Infection Prevention in Practice)
- Dr Nikunj Mahida (Editor, Journal of Hospital Infection)
- Dr Martyn Wilkinson (Editor, Journal of Hospital Infection)
- Dr Pauline Jumaa (Editor, Infection Prevention in Practice)
- Dr Christopher Settle (Society Chair)
- Dr David Harvey (Society Treasurer)
HIS staff team
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.
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.
Christine Fears joined HIS in November 2019. She comes to HIS with over 8 years’ experience in publishing, most recently at the BSI as the Journals Manager. Prior to this, Christine worked for many years at PLOS on flagship journals PLOS Medicine and PLOS Genetics, and ran her own freelance editorial business.
Helen Davies joined the Healthcare Infection Society in September 2017, with specific responsibility for developing membership engagement, events and training activities for the Society. Helen has over 20 years’ experience managing membership, training and events for professional societies and prior to joining HIS, 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.
Aggie Bak joined the Society in September 2018 as Researcher in Evidence Synthesis. 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 recently achieved a PhD.
Moira Mugglestone joined the Healthcare Infection Society in April 2020. She was previously a guideline developer for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). With a background in statistics and epidemiology, Moira has also held positions in medical and biological research institutes and academia.
Nick West joined the Healthcare Infection Society in May 2022. He previously was the events executive and production coordinator on major climate initiative events in conjunction with UNEP-FI and COP26. He also co-ordinated large scale teaching courses within the company BD across Europe, which looked to enhance Healthcare associates knowledge within their chosen disciplines.
Our constitution is the rule book 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 (2021) changes were approved in order to ensure the recruitment of new Trustees involves an open call to members, and final selection by HIS Council based on skills gaps identified.