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 People


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 - Dr Elisabeth Ridgway (2026)                                      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 Nikunji Mahida (2025)

Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs are not Trustees of the Society unless stated

  • Trainee Committee - Dr Oliver Bannister (2025) 

  • Research Committee - Andrew Kirby  
  • Guidelines Committee - Professor Peter Wilson (2024)

Ordinary Council Members  

All Ordinary Members are Trustees

  • Ron Finlay - Lay member (2024)

  • Dr Shanom Ali (2024)

  • Leila Hail (2025)

  • Dr Jasmin Islam (2026)
  • Professor Colum Dunne (2026)
  • Dr Sarah Walpole (2025)

Co-opted members

Co-opted members are not Trustees

  • Dr Fenella Halstead (2026)
  • Dr Gemma Winzor

Council roles in detail

Equality, diversity and inclusion

(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.


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. Click here for HIS working parties and guidelines. 

Journals Editorial Boards

Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI) - Editorial Board

Infection Prevention in Practice (IPIP) - Editorial Board


Executive Editorial Board

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


  • Dr Nikunj Mahida (Editor in Chief, Journal of Hospital Infection)
  • Dr Gemma Winzor (Editor in Chief, Infection Prevention in Practice)
  • Dr Jim Gray (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

Chief Executive
Sarah Adibi

Chief Finance Officer
Robert Miles

Head of Publishing and Research Communications Christine Fears

Head of Membership and Professional Development Helen Davies

Researcher in Evidence Synthesis (guideline production) Moira Mugglestone

Researcher in Evidence Synthesis (guideline production) Aggie Bak

Digital Learning Manager
Ruth Ward

Events Awards and Partnership Manager
Joe Fitzgerald

Marketing & Communications Coordinator 
Colette Connolly 


Membership Grants and Education Coordinator 
Jared Enns 



Our constitution

The rules we are governed by

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.