IPS Management Executive Group

The IPS Management Executive Group

The Management Executive Group is responsible for leading, implementing and managing the business activity of IPS in accordance with the strategic and business plans and on behalf of the Board of Trustees.  Its activities are defined in the Terms of Reference

The MEG consists of 14 members:

Business Group Leads

  • Education and Professional Development
  • Editorial Management Group
  • Scientific Programme Committee
  • Research and Development
  • International Engagement Committee
  • Corporate Affairs Group

Country Representatives

  • Board Member (England)
  • Board Member (Scotland)
  • Board Member (Wales)
  • Board Member (Northern Ireland)
  • Board Member (Republic of Ireland)

The Honorary Officers and their deputies are appointed by membership vote every 2 years, the Business Group Leads are appointed by the MEG for a 2-year term, and the Country Leads are nominated by the Branches within their region for a 2-year term.

For details of past and present officers see below

If you would like further information on the board please contact Lynne Duncan IPSPA@fitwise.co.uk 

The Current IPS Managment Executive Group

Lisa Butcher


Lisa Butcher

Oct, 2022
Claire Hayward

Hon. Treasurer

Claire Hayward

Oct, 2022
Joanne Reynard

Hon. Secretary

Joanne Reynard

Oct, 2022
Lorraine Williams

Vice President

Lorraine Williams

Oct, 2022
Sally Palmer

Deputy Secretary

Sally Palmer

Oct, 2022
Post Vacant

Deputy Treasurer

Post Vacant

Oct, 2022
Rachel Downham

CAG Coordinator

Rachel Downham

Mar, 2021
Jude Robinson

SPC Coordinator

Jude Robinson

Oct, 2020
Nick Hughes

EPDC Coordinator

Nick Hughes

Jan, 2024
Heather Loveday

Journal Editor

Heather Loveday

Apr, 2020
Lynn Rodrigues

Country Lead (England)

Lynn Rodrigues

Oct, 2020
Moira Bevan

Country Lead (Wales)

Moira Bevan

Jul, 2022
Brighdín McFalone

Country Lead (Northern Ireland)

Brighdín McFalone

Oct, 2023
Conor mcGinn

Country Lead (Ireland)

Conor mcGinn

Apr, 2020
Karen Wares

Country Lead (Scotland)

Karen Wares

Apr, 2020
Emilio Hornsey

IEC Coordinator

Emilio Hornsey

Jan, 2023
Maura Smiddy

R & D Coordinator

Maura Smiddy

Nov, 2021
Moira Bevan

Branch Coordinator

Moira Bevan


Jul, 2022

Previous IPS Officers and Patrons

Presidents of IPS

2022 - present Lisa Butcher
2021 - 2022 Jennie Wilson
2018 - 2021 Pat Cattini
2016 - 2018 Neil Wigglesworth
2014 - 2016 Heather Loveday
2012 - 2014 Julie Storr
2010 -2012   Tracey Cooper
2008 - 2010 Martin Kiernan
2007 - 2008 Judy Potter


Treasurers of IPS

2022 - present Claire Hayward
2020 - 2022 Joanne Taylor
2018 - 2020 Claire Chadwick
2016 - 2018 Philip Pugh
2014 - 2016 Gary Thirkell
2012 - 2014 Debbie Flaxman
2009 - 2012 David Tucker
2008 - 2009 Pat Chislett
2007 - 2008 Phiip Pugh

Secretaries of IPS

2022 - present Joanne Reynard
2020 - 2022 Pixy Strazds
2018 - 2020 Valya Weston
2016 - 2018 Carole Hallam
2014 - 2016 Debbie Wright
2012 - 2014 Lesley Wharton
2010 – 2012 Gill Manojlovic
2008 – 2010 Philip Pugh
2007 – 2008 Neil Wigglesworth

IPS Interim Managing Director

Kay Miller

Kay Miller, PhD, CMgr, FCMI is an experienced charity CEO with over 20 years' senior management expertise in the scientific learned society and membership organisation sector. Kay began her engagement with the IPS as Interim Managing Director from July 2023.  

Before working with the IPS, Kay was the full-time CEO of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) from February 2017 until June 2023.  During this time Kay worked with the Trustees and HIS Council to transform HIS via the development of a new strategy, the recruitment of an experienced nine-strong staff team, the launch of a new Journal, the purchase of a new headquarters and a new organisational brand. Kay is currently working with HIS as part-time CEO until the new HIS CEO takes up the role in August. 

Prior to her role at HIS, Kay was Development Director and co-CEO at the Dr Hadwen Trust (now Animal Free Research UK), a medical research charity (2013-2017). From 2000-2013 Kay was Group Head of Membership Activities at the Biochemical Society where she led the Society's events, communications and membership teams. Kay is a Chartered Manager, has a PhD in plant physiology and four years post-doctoral research experience.

IPS Patrons

Prof. Sir Jonathan Van-Tam

Prof. Sir Jonathan Van-Tam is a public health specialist with a clinical background in emergency medicine, anesthesia, and infectious diseases. He is also an expert on respiratory viruses and pandemics and is the former Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, and now it’s Senior Strategic Advisor in Medicine. 

Jonathan’s career has also taken him to UKHSA as now known, the World Health Organization, and the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries. Jonathan was seconded to the Department of Health and Social Care in 2017-22 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. He is well-known for his leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly his straight, no-nonsense communication style from the podium at No.10 Downing Street, and for the acquisition and rollout of vaccines and antiviral drugs in the UK.

He received a knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen in her 2022 New Year’s Honours List for services to public health. He has recently been awarded the Royal Society’s Attenborough Award and Lecture 2022 for outstanding public engagement in science.




Professor Didier Pittet

Professor Didier Pittet is the Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient SafetyUniversity of Geneva Hospitals, Switzerland. Since 2005, Professor Pittet has additionally been the External Lead of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Patient Safety Challenge “Clean Care is Safer Care” and African Partnerships for Patient Safety. He became Patron of IPS in 2013.

In the 2007 New Year Honours List, Didier Pittet was awarded the Honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his services related to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections in the UK.

The Infection Prevention Society was formerly known as the Infection Control Nurses Association (ICNA).

Chairs of ICNA

2006 - 2007 Judy Potter
2004 - 2006 Jean Lawrence
2002 - 2004 Christine Perry
2000 - 2002 Sheila Morgan
1997 - 2000 Susan Macqueen
1994 - 1997 Dee May
1991 - 1994 Janet M Roberts
1988 - 1991 Judith A Sedgwick
1985 - 1988 Lynda J Taylor
1982 - 1985 Margaret Worsley
1978 - 1982 Elizabeth A Jenner
1975 - 1978 Barbara Goodall
1971 - 1975 A Isbister Smith
1970 - 1971 Henry Street

Treasurers of ICNA

2006 - 2007 Philip Pugh
2000 - 2006 Philip Pugh
1996 - 1999 Dafydd Williams
1992 - 1996 Doreen Mathews

Secretaries of ICNA

2006 – 2007 Neil Wigglesworth
2003 – 2006 Heather Gentry
2000 – 2003 Lynn Parker
1997 – 2000 Sue Wiseman

ICNA President

2009 – 2012
2003 – 2009 

Jill MacLeod Clark
Professor Robert Pratt


Contact us

Lynne Duncan

To get in touch with the IPS MEG, or for all media enquiries please contact Lynne Duncan, IPS PA:

Telephone: 01506 292 023

Email: IPSPA@fitwise.co.uk

Michelle Hanlon
IPS Membership Administrator

For all membership enquiries including joining, renewals etc. please contact Michelle Hanlon:

Telephone: 01506 292 050

Email: IPS@fitwise.co.uk

To update or change your details, please do this via the members' area of the website.