Council and committees

Run by our members for our members  

IBMS Council is the governing body of the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Council is made up of national and regional representatives elected by IBMS members and makes key decisions and develops policy on behalf of the biomedical science profession.

Find your Regional Council member and our National Council members listed in the IBMS Council Member page.


Joanna Andrew CSci FIBMS

Past President
Debra Padgett CSci FIBMS

Honorary Treasurer
Nigel Coles CSci FIBMS   


IBMS Standing Committees

IBMS Council members also make up the IBMS Standing Committees along with IBMS staff. 

Each IBMS Standing Committee meets four times a year and is responsible for defined areas of IBMS policy.


Education and Professional Standards Committee (EPSC)

Is responsible for areas including:

  • Accreditation of academic programmes
  • Development and monitoring of laboratory training policy
  • Development and monitoring of CPD policy
  • Professional examinations
  • Prizes, awards and research grants
  • Reporting panels and committees (advisory panels, accreditation panels, examiners, quality and training, cytology, histological dissection, immunocytochemistry)


Finance and Rick Committee (FRC)

Is responsible for areas including:

  • Developing the Institute's financial strategy
  • Monitoring financial performance 
  • Recommending budget and subscription proposals to Council
  • Determining the financial strategy for Congress
  • Ensuring financial controls are in place 
  • Reviewing investment objectives and performance
  • Identify and review strategic risks and advise Council accordingly


Membership & Marketing Committee (MMC)

Is responsible for areas including:

  • Membership
  • Corporate identity
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Scientific advice and representation
  • Reporting panels and committees (history, website, Congress, company members, editorial board)



Other standing committees

Remuneration Committee 

Meeting once a year, the committee is responsible for reviewing the terms and conditions of employment of the Chief Executive.

Audit Committee  

The committee, who meet once a year, acts as a bridge between the external auditor and Council.

History Committee

Oversee the history of the IBMS and biomedical science, as well as maintaining the IBMS library. 


Find out more about the work and role of our Council and Committees in the IBMS Annual Report