Governance Summary

The strategy of the Biochemical Society is set and driven by its Council of Trustees, which is elected by members and has the ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the Society’s activities.  

The Society’s Articles of Association detail the internal legislative framework by which the Society is governed and can only be amended by agreement from the Society’s membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Responsibility for specific areas of activity and function is delegated to its sub-Committees, according to the following structure:

Governance Chart

The governance structure shown above is being implemented currently as agreed by Special Resolution at the 105th AGM on 6 July 2016 in line with recommendations of the Society’s Governance Review.


Governance Review

In 2013 the Trustees commissioned a review of the Governance of the Society, in order to bring its processes, policies, structures and legislative documentation in line with best practice and enable the Society to adapt to future challenges. The review was undertaken by a Working Party of three Trustees, two members of the Senior Management Team and a firm of external consultants. 

The members of the Society were asked to vote on the proposals put forward from the review at the Annual General Meeting in July 2016. The changes proposed by the Governance Review were accepted by the membership and will:

  • Create clear, transparent and responsive governance structures, policies and procedures
  • Readjust the Trustee body to ensure more proportional representation of the breadth of the Society’s membership, and enable enhanced focus on strategic matters
  • Create an agile Executive Management Team to ensure continued momentum on the implementation of our strategy
  • Encourage inter-functional and inter-Society collaboration, in particular with the Biochemical Society Strategy for the Molecular Biosciences (Three Year Strategy)

With these, and other approved changes, the Society aims to enable achievement of its strategic objectives and mission to promote the future of the molecular biosciences. The changes will be implemented over a period of six to eight months. You can find the detailed Governance Review Report to the right.

Current Committees


Council of Trustees

Chair: Professor Sir Pete Downes

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Terms of Reference


Finance Committee

Chair: Professor Frank Sargent

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Terms of Reference


Audit Committee

Independent Chair: Richard Cryer

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Terms of Reference


Education, Training & Public Engagement Committee

Chair: Dr Helen Watson

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Terms of Reference


Policy Advisory Panel

Chair: Dr David Pye

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Terms of Reference


Publications Committee

Chair: Professor Nigel Hooper

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Portland Press Ltd Board

Chair: Professor Richard Reece

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Executive Management Committee

Chair: Professor Sheila Graham

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Terms of Reference


Conferences Committee

Chair: Professor Stefan Roberts

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Terms of Reference


Awards Committee

Chair: Professor Colin Bingle

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Terms of Reference


Grants Committee

Chair: Professor Helen Walden

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Terms of Reference


Early Career Advisory Panel

Chair: Dr Dominika Gruszka 

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For any questions regarding our Governance please email Alice Pun, Executive Officer.

Industry Advisory Panel


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