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New BSI committee members 2024

Following our recent call for nominations and elections for upcoming vacancies across our various committees, we would like to offer our warm congratulations to the following successful candidates:

Lee Booty and Carolyn Nielsen
L-R, Lee Booty, Carolyn Nielsen


  • Dr Lee Booty, GSK – Industry Trustee (starts January 2025)
  • Dr Carolyn Nielsen, University of Oxford – Early Career Trustee (starts July 2024) 
Cecilia Johansson, Candice Quin and Sophie Rutschmann
L-R, Cecilia Johansson, Candice Quin and Sophie Rutschmann


  • Professor Cecilia Johansson, Imperial College London – Congress Secretary (starts January 2026 but will act as Congress Secretary-Elect from July 2024)
  • Dr Candice Quin, University of Aberdeen – Groups Secretary (starts January 2025)
  • Dr Sophie Rutschmann, Imperial College London – Careers & Education Secretary (starts July 2024)
Hannah Bradford, Winnie Ip, Dessi Malinova and Chidi Ubachukwu
L-R, Hannah Bradford, Winnie Ip, Dessi Malinova, Chidi Ubachukwu


Starting July 2024

  • Dr Hannah Bradford, University College London – Early Career Representative
  • Dr Winnie Ip, Great Ormond Street Hospital – Clinical Representative
  • Dr Dessi Malinova, Queen's University Belfast – Northern Ireland Representative
  • Chidi Ubachukwu, The Pirbright Institute – PhD Representative
Congress Committee Members
L-R, Leo Carlin, Yvonne Dombrowski, Jayne Hope, Joanne Konkel, Mahima Swamy


Starting January 2025

  • Dr Leo Carlin, CRUK Scotland Institute – Congress Committee General Member
  • Dr Yvonne Dombrowski, Queen's University Belfast – Congress Committee General Member
  • Professor Jayne Hope, University of Edinburgh – Congress Committee General Member
  • Dr Joanne Konkel, University of Manchester – Congress Committee General Member
  • Dr Mahima Swamy, University of Dundee – Congress Committee General Member
BSI-CIPN Steering Group Members
L-R, Emma Callery, Leman Mutlu, James Thaventhiran


Starting July 2024

  • Dr Emma Callery, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Healthcare Scientist Representative
  • Dr Leman Mutlu, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust – Patient Group Liaison
  • Dr James Thaventhiran, University of Cambridge – Conference Programme Lead

Find out more about the successful candidates and how they plan to represent your interests by reading their full statements in the 'members' area of our website (you will need to log in to access this webpage).

A big thank you to all members who voted resulting in a turnout of almost 14% of the BSI's membership. Of the roles up for nomination this year, six went to elections by our membership and six were appointed uncontested. The BSI Congress Committee vacancies are elected by the CEO and Congress Secretary to complement the existing expertise on the committee. The positions of Groups Secretary, Congress Secretary, Early Career Representative and all BSI Clinical Immunology Professional Network (BSI-CIPN) Steering Group roles were all appointed uncontested. For the role of Clinical Research Secretary, no nominations were received so the current post holder's term is extending for 12 months and election for this role will be open in spring 2025. We would like to pass on our huge thanks to all the other BSI members who stood for election. 

The British Society for Immunology is here to represent all immunologists working in science, healthcare, and industry. Our committees are vital in leading our work, making numerous decisions about how the Society is run, what activities we focus on, and what support we provide to members. We look forward to working with all our new committee members in the coming months to forward the Society’s mission to support our immunology community in driving scientific discovery and making a positive impact on health.