IBMS inaugurates new President at ceremony
On 30th January at a ceremony held at the IBMS offices in Coldbath Square, London IBMS President Allan Wilson MBA Csci FIBMS Hon FRCPath was inaugurated as the new President. Serving office from 2020-22, Allan is the 34th IBMS President since our founding in 1912.
IBMS Past President Allison Geddis CSci FIBMS was on hand to present Allan with the presidential chains. Also in attendance were IBMS Council members and executives along with distinguished guests from the healthcare profession including Jo Martin from the Royal College of Pathologists and Karen Stewart, Health Science Officer for the Scottish Goverment.
Allan started as a trainee in 1976 and spent more than 40 years working laboratories across the globe. He trained in Glasgow and is an expert in cytology. Today Allan works as Lead Biomedical Scientist in Cellular Pathology and Advanced Practitioner in Cervical Cytology at Monklands Hospital, where he has been based since 1988.
Allan has also worked in senior level management for twenty-five years and is a cellular pathology network manager and cervical cytology consortium manager for Scotland. He has lectured across Europe, in addition to New Zealand and Africa, which gives him a unique perspective to international laboratory practices.
“As IBMS President, I will use my connections with fellow organisations and professional bodies to build more partnerships to create opportunities for biomedical scientists to improve patient care. During this politicised climate, I want to ensure that we are involved as an organisation when decisions are being made that will impact our members and the laboratory service.”
IBMS Past President Alison Geddis commented,
“It will be a pleasure to work with Allan and help him achieve his goals as President. He has focussed ideas for the future of the Institute, and I know I am leaving the presidency in safe hands.”
The ceremony also earned attention on Twitter. IBMS Council Member David Wells tweeted:
Welcoming the new president of @IBMScience Allan Wilson. Looking forward to his presidency as the IBMS goes from strength to strength in supporting @WeBMScientists and Biomedical Science #pathology pic.twitter.com/QPVEwJkx93— David Wells (@DavidRWells) January 30, 2020
David Stirling added:
New president of IBMS delivered a vision of releasing the potential of our laboratory staff, and moving beyond narrow professional boundaries. https://t.co/KSDppYx7zG— David Stirling (@NSS_HCS) January 30, 2020
We would like to offer our warm congratulations to Allan on being inaugurated as our new President and look forward to working closely with him this year.
Read more about Allan and his plans for his presidency.