Society for General Microbiology appoints new Chief Executive Officer

24 January 2011

The Society for General Microbiology (SGM) is pleased to announce that its governing Council has appointed Dr Simon Festing as the next SGM Chief Executive Officer. He will take over from Dr Ron Fraser later this year. Simon brings to the role over 20 years’ experience in policy and communications in the environmental movement and in the bioscience sector.

Simon is currently Chief Executive of Understanding Animal Research. He is a medical doctor by training and worked in a hospital before completing an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. Simon said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Society for General Microbiology. I will look forward to meeting the staff, Council and members of the Society in the months ahead to gain a better understanding of the challenges we face and the role of the SGM.”

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, President of the SGM, said: “I am delighted with this appointment. Simon will take over as Chief Executive when Dr Ron Fraser retires in July this year. Ron has provided excellent leadership for 15 years, during which time the Society has gone from strength to strength. I am confident that Simon will be a worthy successor.”