Council Members

The BSP Council is responsible for the general affairs of the Society.

There are six Council Officers and up to eight Ordinary Council Members.  Postgraduate students are represented on council by student representatives and we have also recently introduced Early Career representatives.

Ordinary Members of the BSP Council are elected by the membership and stand for three years.
Council Officers are proposed by the BSP Council and their election ratified by the membership at the AGM. The President and Vice-president serve for two years, and the other Officers for three years.

Any BSP member can stand for election to Council. Please contact the Hon Gen Sec if you are interested.


Professor Maria-Gloria Basanez

Council President 2018-2021

Professor of Neglected Tropical Diseases at Imperial College London

Telephone: 020 75943295

Contact: Via Email

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Professor Colin Sutherland

Vice-President (2018-2021)

Professor of Parasitology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Contact: Via Email


Dr Justin Pachebat

Honorary Treasurer (2019-2022)

Senior Lecturer in Microbial Genomics at Aberystwyth University

Contact: Via Email


Dr Paul McVeigh

Honorary Meetings Secretary (2019-2022)

Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast

Contact: Via Email

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Dr Kevin Tyler

Honorary General Secretary (2019-2022)

Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia

Contact: Via Email

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Dr Helen Price

Honorary Communications Secretary (2018-2021)

Reader in Parasitology at Keele University

Contact: Via Email

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Dr James LaCourse

Ordinary Council Member (2018-2021)

Senior Lecturer in Parasitology at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Contact: Via Email

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Dr Pegine Walrad

Ordinary council member (2018-2021)

Lecturer at University of York

Contact: Via Email


Professor Joanne Cable

Co-opted member representing British Ecological Society (BES) Parasites and Pathogens Special Interest Group

Professor of Parasitology at Cardiff University

Contact: Via Email


Professor Robert Hirt

Ordinary Council member (2018-2021)

Professor of Evolutionary Parasitology at Newcastle University

Contact: Via Email

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Professor Derrick Robinson

Ordinary Council member (2019-2022)

Professor at University of Bordeaux, France

Contact: Via Email

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Dr Joaquin Prada

Ordinary Council member (2019-2022)

Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology at University of Surrey

Contact: Via Email


Dr Juan Quintana

Early Career representative (2019-2022)

Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Glasgow

Contact: Via Email


Dr Alison Mbekeani

Early Career representative (2019-2022)

Researcher at Durham University

Contact: Via Email


Professor John Ellis

Cambridge University Press co-opted member

Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Contact: Via Email

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Ms Gala Garrod

Student Representative

PhD Student at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Contact: Via Email


Ms Yasmine Kumordzi

Student Representative

PhD student at Durham University

Contact: Via Email


Mr Tom Pennance

Student Representative

PhD Student at the Natural History Museum and Cardiff University

Contact: Via Email

Honorary Members

Prof Sir Roy Anderson

Prof Chris Arme

Dr John Baker

Dr Bill Bray

Prof Ann Bishop FRS

Prof. Anthony Butterworth FRS

Prof Liz Canning

Prof Andre Capron

Dr Les Chappell

Prof S. Cohen CBE FRS

Prof Francis  Cox

Prof Simon Croft

Prof Michael Doenhoff

Dr Christine Facer

Prof P. C. C. Garnham CMG FRS

Dr Len Goodwin,CMG,FRS

Prof Brian Greenwood

Prof Paul Hagan

Prof David William Halton

Dr F. Hawking

Prof Janet Hemingway

Dr Rachel  Henderson

Mrs Sally Hirst

Dr C. A. Hoare FRS

Dr John Holmes

Prof Adrian Hopkins

Dr C. H. S. Horton-Smith

Dr J. G. Howard FRS

Prof Hilary Hurd

Prof W. M. Hutchinson

Dr Leonard Percy Joyner

Dr Bob Kabata

Prof D. Keilin FRS

Dr B. Kendall

Prof Clive Kennedy

Prof W. E. Kershaw CMGS VRD

Prof Ralph Lainson, FRS

Prof Donald Lee

Prof R. T. Leiper FRS

Prof John Lewis


Prof. Jack Llewellyn

Prof Peter Long

Dr Ade Lucas

Prof L. Margolis

Prof Sir Robert May, FRS

Sir Ian McGregor, CBE, FRS

Dr Diane McLaren

Prof David Molyneux

Dr Ralph Muller

Prof George Nelson

Dr Bruce Newton

Dame Bridget Ogilvie FRS

Dr Charlie Parr

Prof B. G. Peters

Prof Wallace Peters

Prof Stephen Phillips

Prof F. G. Rees FRS

Dr M. Robertson FRS

Dr David Rollinson

Dr Elaine Rose

Dame Miriam Rothschild, FRS

Prof J. D. Smyth FASP

Lord Lawson Soulsby

ProfJ. F. A. Sprent

Dr O. D. Standen

Prof Geoff Targett

Dr P. Tate

Dr A. E. R. Taylor

Dr E. L. Taylor

Prof R. J. Terry

Prof Lawrence Threadgold

Prof Bill Trager

Prof G. H. Urquhart

Prof Jozef Vercruysse

Prof Keith Vickerman, FRS

Prof Derek Wakelin

Prof Peter Wenk

Prof Diana Williams

Prof Haffy Williams

Dr J. Williamson

Dr S. Willmott

Mrs Pam Wright

Past Presidents

Institute of Biology Parasitology Group

1957-58                Prof B G Peters

1958-60                Dr EL Taylor

1960-62                Dr Ann Bishop FRS

British Society for Parasitology

1962-64                Dr O D Standon

1964-66                Dr L G Goodwin CMG FRS

1966-68                Dr S B Kendall

1968-70                Dr H D Crofton

1970-72                Prof P C C Garnham CMG FRS

1972-74                Prof F G Rees FRS

1974-76                Prof W Peters

1976-78                Prof J D Smyth

1978-80                Prof D L Lee

1980-82                Dr B A Newton

1982-83                Dr C A Wright

1983-86                Dr L P Joyner

1986-88                Prof R J Terry

1988-90                Dr B M Ogilvie

1990-92                Prof C Arme

1992-94                Prof D H Molyneux

1994-96                Prof C Kennedy

1996-98                Dr C A Facer

1998-00                Prof D Wakelin

2000-02                Prof G A Targett

2002-04                Dr D Rollinson

2004-06                Prof H Hurd

2006-08                Prof J Barrett

2008-10                Prof G Coombs

2010-12                Prof J Bradley

2012-14                Prof S Croft

2014-16                Prof J Smith

              2016-18                Prof M Taylor