FEMS is a UK Registered Charity and Not-for-Profit Company1. It is governed by an Executive Committee that is
elected by the FEMS Council. Our Council in turn, consists of elected representatives from each of our Member
Societies and Affiliated Organisations. Both of these can elect and send a representative to our general meetings,
but differ in that the Member Societies have voting rights whereas Affiliated Organisations do not.
During our Council meetings in September, we saw a number of changes to the Executive Committee:
Our Registered Office is in the UK, while our Business Office, managed by our chief executive, is based in Delft2 in
the Netherlands. In 2015 the Executive Committee included a total of seven Directors along with two co-opted
Executive Members. Succession takes place in September at our Annual General Meeting.
• Roland Koerner stepped down as Treasurer, and was succeeded by Colin Harwood.
• Bauke Oudega retained his position as Vice-President but stepped down as interim Grants Secretary to be
succeeded by Jozef Anné.
• Hilary Lappin-Scott was elected as our new Vice-President-in-Waiting and will take her position as
Vice-President in September 2016
We would like to thank Roland for his incredible work as Treasurer and wish him all the best for the future.
We also welcome new arrivals Jozef and Hilary.
In 2015, the Executive Committee met three times: in January (Delft, NL), May (Aberdeen, UK) and September
(Linköping, Sweden). The 2015 Council Meetings – Council consultation and AGM – were held in September at the
Scandic Frimurarehotellet in Linköping, Sweden. We welcomed 25 Member Society representatives and were very
kindly hosted by the Swedish Society for Microbiology (Svenska föreningen för mikrobiologi, SFM).
Dr Stefano Donadio
Dr Jim Prosser
We had a really productive meeting, receiving valuable input from our Members. We are very grateful to the SFM
for organising such a wonderful event, and would like to thank the organisers, Per-Eric Lindgren and Åsa Sjöling,
for their great hospitality.
Our Executive Committee has been supported by a number of Member Society representatives serving on our
Grants, Awards, Meetings and Publications boards over the year:
Dr Bauke Oudega
Dr Roland Koerner
Dr Colin Harwood
TREASURER TO 09/2015
Our chief executive is
Dr Jozef Anné
Dr Per-Eric Lindgren
Dr Joanna Verran
Dr Catherine Cotton
GRANTS SECRETARY FROM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
1 Limited by Guarantee and Not Having a Share Capital. 2 the home of microscopy’s founding father, Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek.
3 Interim Grants Secretary to September 2015
Dr Ricardo Guerrero
Dr Antonio Ventosa
Dr Helge Holo
Dr Vaso Taleski
We would like to
thank all of our Delegate
representatives for their
hard work in helping
us to support both our
membership and the
Dr Beate Averhoff