2020 Annual General Meeting

 Please note that due to the Coronavirus situation the 2020 AGM has been cancelled

To: All Voting Members (all Fellows and Associates and any Affiliates or Students who currently serve or have served on Council)

The 49th Annual General Meeting of the British Society of Flavourists will be held on the 23rd April 2019 at 1900hr, at the Champagne Room, The Mercure St. Albans Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3DS. Tea and coffee will be available from 1800hr.

You are cordially invited to attend the 49th Annual General Meeting of the British Society of Flavourists. The meeting will take place on the 23rd April 2020 at 19.00, at the Burston Suite, The Mercure St. Albans Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3DS

Teas/coffees and refreshments will be available from 18.00.

All members are free to attend, voting or otherwise. Please contact Trevor Groome This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are likely to attend so we have an idea of total attendance in advance.

For those voting members unable to attend who would like to exercise a proxy vote, please complete and return the proxy vote form at the bottome of this page. To the President of The British Society of Flavourists, Martin Walsh, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or to the Honorary Secretary, Trevor Groome, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 121 All Saints Road, Newmarket CB8 8ES.

The AGM is your opportunity to hear a review of the Society’s work during the past year, examine the financial details of the Society and assist in the election of the Society’s Council.

The Council is in as healthy a state as I’ve seen it in recent years with a few great members offering themselves to serve and being co-opted onto Council over the year. The Council boasts an impressive group of individuals of varying talents which promises to continue to meet the Objects of The Society.

There are still several vacancies on Council and at this time poses a great opportunity to get more involved; if you are interested in being involved please contact a member of council for more information or complete a nomination form. Being a member of the BSF Council is both rewarding and greatly valued. Council members can be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred on Council duty.

Nominations are sought from the membership for general positions on the Council in Vice President, Fellow, Associate and Affiliate grades of membership.

We are always looking for guest speakers to address the membership with talks which are relevant to our Industry if you know of anyone willing to give a talk/lecture please let the Council know.

If you feel you may be of service or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask any Council member.

The Current Council and vacancies: 

President                                              Martin Walsh

Vice President                                      Vacancy         

Immediate Past President                        Paul Filby 

Honorary Treasurer                                Mark Milward         

Honorary Secretary                                Trevor Groome     

Honorary Membership Secretary              Stephen Hart       


Council advisor:       Dave Baines

 Fellows:                 Danny Kite

                             Anne Kimber                 

                             Bimal Karmakar

                             John Forbes

Associates:             Three vacancies

Affiliates:               Martyn Warner

                              Two vacancies

Student member:    Christina Dietz 

                               One vacancy 

Yours faithfully,

Trevor Groome
Honorary Secretary, British Society of Flavourists


BSF Constitution and Rules


The Society shall each year hold a General Meeting as its Annual General Meeting. Each Annual General Meeting shall be held within twelve weeks after the end of the financial year of the Society. The business of each Annual General Meeting will comprise the following:

                        The Chairman's Report

                        The Treasurer's Report

                        Election of Officers and Members of the Council

                        Appointment of Auditors

                        Other Business


The Chairman's Report will be in essence the Annual Report of the Council but can include last minute information of importance to the Society.

The Treasurer's Report will cover the Balance Sheet and the Statement of Revenue and Expenditure.

Election of Officers and Ordinary Members of the Council:



Form for Voting by Proxy



                        “The British Society of Flavourists

                         I                                                           of

                        being a member of the British Society of Flavourists

                        hereby appoint                                      of

                        or failing him                                         of

                        or failing him                                         of

                        as my proxy to vote for me and on my behalfat the

                        General Meeting of the Society to be held on the

                                    day of                                      (date)

                        and at any adjournment thereof.


                        this day            of                                 (date)”



At the recent Annual General Meeting, Martin Walsh was confirmed as the newly-elected President of the British Society of Flavourists. Martin is pictured accepting the President's Medal from the outgoing President, Paul Filby, who continues to serve on the Council for two years as Immediate Past President.

We also have a new Treasurer, as Mark Millward has been elected to the role following the stepping down of Keld O'Shea.

We welcome both Martin and Mark to their new BSF Officer roles.

View new Council lineup

For many years the BSF magazine "News & Views" has been an important point of contact with the membership of the BSF. It sought to inform members about the Society, events taking place and other news and features. However, with the Society now utilising fully the Internet, web pages  and  other social media channels the council of the BSF agreed that a new focus for a regular publication was needed.

The council felt that a magazine or journal that appeals to young flavourists would, along with the website, be a communication focal point, help to knit the BSF together and attract new members.The new publication will be closely aligned with the "Objects" of the Society as laid out in the constitution: to promote knowledge of flavour technology and application, to promote the education and development of flavourists, to provide responsible and informed body of professional opinion on all aspects of legislation affecting flavour technology.

To this end, at the FlavourTalk Exhibition held last week in Amsterdam the BSF released the first edition of "The New Flavourist" and we are pleased to announce that this is available in electronic form to all members in the My BSF area of our website.

Aims of the Magazine: 
The magazine will endeavour to address issues of relevance and interest to flavourists. 

  • Technical: To provide articles and information that will assist flavourist's in their work and their understanding of the technical and creative aspects of their jobs. For example; reviews of flavouring substances on the Union and FEMA GRAS lists, new flavour developments, sensory science and flavour evaluation, new developments in analytical methodology, encapsulation science, extraction technologies, biotechnological production of flavourings, natural flavours, reports on innovations from research centres and academia.

  • Legislation:  The magazine will assess the impact of legislation and new regulations on the flavour sector. It will liaise with the UK Flavour Association and report on issues of relevance affecting the UK and the EU. Other global flavour legislation will be included.

  • Education: The magazine will advertise flavour courses and other training activities available to members.

It is planned to produce the magazine quarterly initially. Each issue will contain 2/3 technical/legislation articles and reports of events.The magazine will be electronic and available to members free of charge. The Magazine will be posted in the member's section of the web pages.
An editorial panel has been appointed which is headed up by Professor David Baines.  The editorial team will report to the BSF Council. Other members of Council may occasionally contribute articles.

Speaking about the new publication, Paul Filby, the BSF President said " I am sure that The New Flavourist publication will be welcomed by all the BSF members and each edition will be an eagerly anticipated document. Being relevant and useful to Flavourists as a reference point, it will provide another tangible benefit of Society membership. The Council needs to thank Professor David Baines and his editorial team for taking on this responsibility and for all their work."

New Flavourist - first issue

British Society of Flavourists

The British Society of Flavourists wishes Henry Heath MBE a very happy 100th Birthday. Henry was born 18 March 1918 and during his career was an influential and well renowned flavourist, mentoring many young flavourists in the profession and art of flavour creation. He was a founder member and Past President of the British Society Flavourists and in 1987 was made an Honorary Member of the Society. His books, ‘Flavour Technology’ published in 1978 and ‘Source Book of Flavors’ published in 1981, are testimony to his professionalism and expertise and are used by flavourists around the world to this day.

We are very fortunate to have received permission from the family to publish a short Biography of Henry Heath, written by nephew Chris Sweeney, along with some wonderful photographs.

EFFA has published the following promotional video entitled "What is a Flavouring":