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COVID-19 message from ACB President

17/03/2020 11:54:09


You will be fully aware of the current COVID-19 pandemic.   Whilst at the time of publishing this notice the UK Government has not banned social gatherings or unnecessary travel, it seems likely that this advice will change and that further action may need to be taken in the weeks to come.  In addition many Trusts have curtailed or modified study leave arrangements.

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone FOCUS 2020 scheduled for 13-15th May 2020. We have identified a new date of 10-12th March 2021, allowing us to transfer all existing bookings to the new date. If registered delegates cannot make the new date refunds will be issued for those that cannot attend.  Delegates and speakers will be contacted by CPI, our conference organiser, to make the necessary arrangement s and to offer advice regarding travel and accommodation bookings. All shortlisted entries for awards and prizes and accepted posters will be carried over to the new date.

We are also advising Committee Chairs to postpone meetings up to the end of May 2020 or run them remotely by telephone or online.  The ACB staff team will support facilitation of this.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will determine the status of meetings between June and September in due course.  We expect to make a decision regarding these meetings no later than 20th May 2020.  We will also be making alternative arrangements for the ACB and FCS AGMs.

The ACB office and phone line will continue to operate but with some functions moving remotely.  So, to minimise pressure on the main phone line we would be grateful if you could use email as much as possible to access services.

To make this easier we have listed below some direct email addresses for the ACB team, CPI and areas of responsibility over the coming months:

Jane Pritchard – CEO –

Mike Lester – Membership Communications, Committees Meetings, AGM –

Cheryl Taylor – Finance, Expenses, Events –

Dragana Landup-Horgan – Lab Test Online-UK, ACB Annals –;

Christina Petzny – Remote meeting support –

Eleanor Dalzell – Remote meeting support –

Rachael O'Hegarty – Focus delegate and speaker enquiries  –

The Executive, Council, the ACB team and myself will ensure over the coming weeks that you continue to receive a first class membership service and are kept informed of developments.

We continue to drive forward on major projects such as the new website and membership system and are on track to have this work completed towards the end of the summer.

I apologise for any inconvenience around the postponement of FOCUS and the AGMs but these are unprecedented circumstances so I hope you will understand.

Professor Neil Anderson
President - ACB 

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