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The Society announces its new Trustees for 2019


Professor Sheila Graham – Chair-Elect

Further to the election in June this year, the Biochemical Society is pleased to announce that Professor Sheila Graham has been elected to the position of Chair from July 2019.  

Professor Sheila Graham is Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation, MRC Centre for Virus Research. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Pathology. She has led a research laboratory at the University of Glasgow for 20 years. Her research focuses on viruses and cancer and her area of expertise is regulation of gene expression, particularly at the post-transcriptional level. Professor Graham was previously Chair of the Conference Committee and is currently Chair of the Publications Committee of the Biochemical Society.

I am absolutely delighted to have been elected as the next Chair, and am looking forward to working with Executive Management Committee colleagues in taking the Society forward in new and exciting directions in future.”  

Sheila will succeed Professor Anne Dell as Chair of the Biochemical Society in July 2019. 


Dr Helen Watson – Chair Elect of the Education, Training and Public Engagement Committee

Also stepping into post in 2019 will be Dr Helen Watson, who takes over the role of Chair of the Education, Training and Public Engagement Committee  from Professor Rob Beynon in January next year.


Helen is currently an education focussed lecturer at the University of Plymouth.  She began her scientific career at the University of Southampton where she carried out her degree and then PhD.  After a postdoctoral research position at the University of Manchester, she then decided to follow her interest in education, taking an education focused lectureship at the University of Exeter. Helen has a longstanding commitment to the Society, already sitting on the Education, Training and Public Engagement Committee as Vice Chair, and chairing the Training Theme Panel, as well as other committee roles. 

On her success, Helen said:

“I am delighted to have been elected as the new Chair of the Education, Training and Public Engagement Committee. I am looking forward to building on the impressive portfolio of activities that the outgoing Chair, Rob Beynon, and the Committee have developed. Education at all stages is changing and this presents us with opportunities to lead the way. I am keen to continue developing our training provision, which is gaining momentum. In particular, growing our online training to enable us to reach many more people, at all career stages. School and FE curricula and structures continue to change, and it is important that we are involved in consultations and that we consider how, for example, new T-levels will impact our sector. Universities have numerous challenges in terms of education and I am keen that we provide advice here, whether to individuals or government, on new initiatives such as the TEF as well as ongoing work to promote biochemistry. We must also remain a trusted voice in the public eye too. Our public engagement activities are vital and we have a role in promoting not only molecular bioscience to the public, but also the idea of evidence and being informed. I am excited about working with the dynamic committee members and Society staff that make education, training and public engagement such an important part of what we do as a Society.”