Dr Susanne Surman-Lee is the Chair of the BSI panel that drafted the BS 8680 Water Safety plans Code of Practice and BS 8580-part 2 Code of Practice for risk assessment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other waterborne pathogens. She is a longstanding member of both national and international standards committees producing standards relating to water microbiology.
She is a State Registered Clinical Scientist (Public Health Microbiologist) with over 45 years’ experience in clinical and public health microbiology. She is a former Director of the HPA (now Public Health England) London Food Water and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory and now Director and Co-owner of Leegionella Ltd.; an independent public health consultancy recognized internationally and nationally for both training and its expertise in the detection of waterborne pathogens and prevention of waterborne disease by the development and implementation of water safety plans, especially in healthcare and the travel industry.
She is a Member of the National Register of University Certificated Expert Witnesses, Programme Director for the RSPH Water Webinar Series and Chair of the RSPH Water Special Interest Group. For almost 20 years she has been involved with the development of national and international guidelines including the World Health Organisation publications Legionella and the Prevention of legionellosis and Water safety in Buildings, HSG 274, HSG 282, HTM 04-01, PWTAG Swimming Pool Water and Hot Tubs for Business, Water management Society Guidance and is chair of the ESCMID Study group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI) working group which produced the ESGLI Technical Guidelines for the prevention, control and investigation of infections caused by Legionella, ESGLI Guidance for Managing Legionella in Dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, ESGLI Guidance for managing Legionella in Nursing and Care Home water systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, ESGLI Guidance for managing Legionella in hospital water systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, ESGLI Guidance for managing Legionella in building water systems during the COVID-19 pandemic