In 1981 the MSG restructured to become the British Mass Spectrometry Society as we know it today, registering with the Charity Commission in the process of doing so. It involved a merger of the MSG and the Biomedical MS Group, founded by Brian Millard, Dai Games and Nev Haskins around 1975. Their most notable exploits being the "Christmas at Cardiff" meetings in 1975, 1977 and 1979. The Group had started as a practical self-help group for those interested in applying the emerging MS technologies (eg. quadrupoles, GC-MS, CI and moving belt LC-MS) rather than actually building the instruments.
Nev Haskins became Publicity Secretary of the new BMSS and so continued the Newsletter he had started a few years earlier for the Biomedical Group. Initially just a sheet advertising meetings, it grew to include jobs / vacancies, notable papers etc., all typed up on Nev's BBC B computer. Malcolm Rose succeeded him and the newsletter format continued evolving into the professionally produced publication we have today. Malcolm's own personal touch was the inclusion of many drawings of spectrometers done by his young son, Colin.
In 1985 the BMSS took on its biggest challenge yet when it organised and ran the 10th International Mass Spectrometry Conference at the University of Swansea. Led by Gareth Brenton the team successfully showed the world the BMSS could cope with the demands of arranging such an important meeting.
Apart from Gareth the Organising Committee also included: Eddie Clayton, Christine Eckers, and John Race
The proceeds from this successful conference were used to fund several PhD studentships in MS known as the "Beynon Studentships" thus founding the Society's strong belief in supporting education in MS.
The Society moved towards recognising important workers in MS in 1987 when the Aston Medal was established.