The British Mycological Society is a registered charity (No. 276503) with the Charity Commission.

All procedures and activities of the Society are governed by the Constitution, last updated and approved by members at the AGM on 02 October 2023.

The Society is governed by the Trustees, who sit on Council and meet at least once a year. Members of Council are elected according to the Constitution and ratified at the Annual General Meeting.

The Council is supported by four standing Committees: the Fungal Biology Research Committee, the Field Mycology & Conservation Committtee, the Fungal Education & Outreach Committee and the Publications Committee.

The Trustees' report and the accounts are prepared each year and presented to the membership for the AGM.


Call for nominations to Council - two posts


Would you like to be part of the BMS Council, helping to shape the Society’s direction and activities to promote mycology?

We are calling for two Members of Council to join from January 2024.

These new posts were created under the recently updated Council structure to enable good representation of the broad range of interests and experiences of the BMS membership. This is an exciting opportunity to support and shape the development of the society.

There is strong academic representation on Council thus we encourage nominations from members who bring other mycological backgrounds and experience.  We are keen to widen the range of perspectives represented on the Council and would like to increase diversity, so we particularly welcome nominations that meet this aim. The post-holders, like all other Council members, will be BMS Trustees; we will fully support those who suit the roles but who may have limited experience in this area.   You can read the profiles of current and upcoming Council members here.

The BMS Council has two meetings per year (ideally one in person and one on-line).  In between meetings, communication is by email, as required.  The time commitment will depend on the activities that post-holders would like to engage with as members of Council. The role is voluntary and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. Information relating to the Society’s governance is here.

How to make a nomination

Send the following details by email to Dr Emma Thompson, BMS Executive Officer.

  • Name of the nominee.
  • Contact details of the nominee (minimally: email and telephone number).
  • A short statement (for example, 200 words) outlining the nominee’s connection to / interest in mycology, and the experience and skills they would bring to the Council.
  • The written agreement of the nominee, if the nomination is sent on their behalf.
  • Names of at least two current BMS members supporting the nomination: a proposer and a seconder.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role before submitting a nomination, please don’t hesitate to contact BMS President, Prof Janet Quinn

The deadline for receipt of nominations is midday on Friday, 8th December 2023.