IBMS inaugurates new President at ceremony

IBMS inaugurates new President at ceremony
31 January 2020
The Institute is delighted to welcome new President Allan Wilson

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.

About Allan

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.

Allan’s Presidency

Allan said,

“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:

David Stirling added:

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

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