ACMSF members

Members of the ACMSF are drawn from a number of different areas:

ACMSF Chair:

Professor Sarah O'Brien

Professor Sarah O'Brien was appointed to the ACMSF in 2001.

A Consultant in Public Health Medicine, she is currently Professor of Infection Epidemiology and Zoonoses at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include foodborne zoonoses.

Previously she was Head of Gastrointestinal Diseases Division at the Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections where she was responsible for assessing data and generating, through surveillance and research, the evidence base for the origins and spread of gastrointestinal infection.

She has published widely on these subjects.

Professor O'Brien held a number of hospital and health authority appointments, and also lectured, in public health medicine, between 1986 and 1995.

She was Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the Scottish Centre for infection and Environmental Health between 1995 and 1998 before joining the Health Protection Agency.

She is a member of the Food Standards Agency's Epidemiology of Foodborne Infections Group.

Members:

Dr Bob Adak

Dr Bob Adak was appointed to the ACMSF in 2011. He is currently Head of Epidemiological Services in the Department of Gastrointestinal, Emerging and Zoonotic Infections at Health Protection Services Colindale. His duties include: managing and developing national surveillance systems for infectious intestinal disease (IID); epidemiological research; investigation of national outbreaks of foodborne disease; providing expert advice on a wide range of issues relating to enteric infections to: national and international government bodies; public health specialists; industry; universities; journalists; members of the public. His department plays lead role in the investigation of national and international outbreaks of IID and supporting local response.

Dr Adak has considerable experience in national and international scientific and advisory committees. He is a member of European Food Safety Authority: Foodborne Outbreak and External Review Working Groups, European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention: Food and Waterborne Disease Coordination Group and Infectious Disease and Social Determinants and Infectious Disease and Climate Change Working Groups. He is also a member of the World Health Organization International Collaboration on Foodborne Diseases – estimating the burden of foodborne illness.

Dr Gary Barker

Dr Gary Barker was appointed to the ACMSF in 2013. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich. He has been actively involved in research science since 1981 in the Physics Department at Sheffield University and from 1984 at the IFR. Initially, at the IFR his research was centred on material science, particularly colloidal materials and granular materials. From the early 1990s his research emphasis changed from food materials to microbiological safety. Since the late 1990s mathematical modelling in food safety science, quantitative microbial risk assessment and decision support have been the dominant areas of his research. He currently leads a small research team aimed at 'Science supporting quantitative microbial risk assessment' as part of a wider Institute Strategic Programme called 'Gut Health and Food Safety'.

He has published in excess of 80 papers in a wide range of peer reviewed journals as well as many book chapters, contributions to proceedings and other popular reports.

Dr Barker is an ad hoc group member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council interdisciplinary science panel and editor in charge of interdisciplinary science for an online journal, Papers in Physics.

Dr Roy Betts

Dr Roy Betts was appointed to the ACMSF in 2011. He is currently Head of Food Microbiology, Campden BRI, formerly Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association managing a 35 strong food microbiology team involved in research and testing work. His team carry out a wide range of food microbiology projects (funded through a variety of sources including Campden research funds, food company contracts, UK Government funds (FSA, Defra) and EU contracts. Dr Betts is the overall manager of all Campden BRI microbiology testing facilities (UKAS accredited).

Dr Betts is routinely involved in food industry crisis management situations undertaking on site risk evaluations, providing advice and solutions to industry problems.

Dr Betts has been involved in many committees over past years. These include the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) Research Institute, British Standards Institution (AW9 Food Microbiology), Food and Drinks Federation Food Hygiene Sub-Committee, International Life Sciences Institute Committees on low moisture foods and Risk Analysis, MicroVal (European Microbiological test method validation).

Professor John Coia

Professor John Coia was appointed to the ACMSF in 2007. He is a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Director of the Scottish Salmonella reference laboratory and former director of the Scottish E. coliO157 reference laboratory. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He has over 20 years experience of foodborne infections including his role as a food examiner in an accredited public health microbiology laboratory. He has an active research interest in foodborne infections and has published a large volume of scientific research papers and several book chapters.

Mrs Emma Hill

Mrs Emma Hill was appointed to the ACMSF in 2017. She is a qualified professional in commercial catering with over 20 years’ experience of working, managing and training in the industry. She is currently the Head of Food, Health, Safety and Environment at CH&Co Group Ltd, where she has worked for the past 18 years. She is a member of the British Hospitality Association’s Food Experts Group and has worked with the group to produce a new Catering Industry Guide. She has a BSc Environmental Health Degree with first class honours.

Professor Miren Iturriza-Gómara

Professor Miren Iturriza-Gómara was appointed to the ACMSF in 2015. She is Professor of Virology at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include enteric virus infections and vaccines.

Previously she was Head of the Enteric Virus Unit, at the Health Protection Agency. In 2009 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in recognition of her published work on the burden of disease associated with enteric pathogens and studies on molecular epidemiology, diversity and evolution of enteric viruses. She was elected adjunct faculty of the Christian Medical School, Vellore, India in 2009, and is an honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist with Public Health England.

She has published widely on gastrointestinal infections (in excess of 100 original papers in peer reviewed scientific journals) and has been invited as keynote speaker on rotavirus and norovirus infections to numerous national and international scientific meetings. She currently leads the rotavirus strain surveillance network EuroRotaNet, is a member of the Laboratory Technical Working Group for the WHO Rotavirus Surveillance Network and of the Rotavirus Classification Working Group. In 2013 she was elected to the Virology Division of the SGM Scientific Conferences.

Mr Alec Kyriakides

Mr Alec Kyriakides was appointed to the ACMSF in 2015. He is Head of Product Quality, Safety & Supplier Performance at Sainsbury’s. His responsibilities include the management of specialist teams collectively responsible for the safety and quality management framework for Sainsbury’s products and suppliers. This includes microbiological safety assessment of products, the development and implementation of strategic plans for the management of emerging hazards, and the management of serious incidents. Before joining Sainsbury’s’ in 1992, he held positions with Grand Metropolitan Brewing, Truman’s Brewery, Express Foods Group and Grand Metropolitan Foods. He is a member of a number of industry and government committees and previously sat on the ACMSF for ten years. Mr Kyriakides is the co-author of books on the microbiological safety of foods including Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli and Clostridium botulinum.

Miss Heather Lawson

Miss Heather Lawson was appointed to the ACMSF in 2017. She has been working in food safety teams for over 13 years. She is a Senior Environmental Health Officer at the Royal Borough of Greenwich where her work involves food hygiene and food standards inspections involving microbiological food safety issues. Her role also encompasses imported food issues and the provision of advice and guidance to food businesses and manufacturers in the borough, including assistance on labelling and other advice on food law. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Dr Gwen Lowe

Dr Gwen Lowe was appointed to the ACMSF in 2017. She is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and has been a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control in Wales for nearly 11 years. She has expertise in dealing with multiple food-related and other incidents and outbreaks. She has chaired numerous multiagency outbreak control teams and received the prestigious Welsh Government ‘Recognising Achievement for Service to Wales’ award in 2011 in recognition of her work leading the response to two high-profile outbreaks of communicable disease in South Wales, one of which was a foodborne outbreak of E. coli O157.

Dr Lowe is a formally appointed Proper Officer for local authorities in Wales (and Port Medical Officer for local authorities with ports) for legislation related to the control of communicable disease and health protection. She is the operational lead for health protection emergency response for Public Health Wales and is also the Chair of the South Wales Local Resilience Forum Infectious Diseases Group, which plans for major infectious disease issues.

Professor Peter McClure

Professor Peter McClure is a Microbiologist and Microbiology Department Manager for Europe, at Mondelēz International R&D Ltd.

He is a Food Safety Expert with extensive knowledge and expertise in microbiological food safety and spoilage. He has wealth of experience in food product and process design for a wide range of foods including chilled, ambient and frozen products and wide experience of interface between industry and Governmental/Non-Governmental Organisations and between research and business application.

Prof McClure was previously at Unilever where he was responsible for the science strategy for microbiological safety, directing external research and was the primary contact for key external groups, including Regulatory Agencies, Research Institutes, non-governmental agencies, the World Health Organisation and Food and Agriculture Organisation. He is regularly invited to be a member of committees for directing research and setting future programmes, and reviewing current research programmes.

Prof McClure has published in excess of 60 papers in a wide range of peer reviewed journals as well as many book chapters, contributions to proceedings and other popular reports.

Professor David McDowell

Professor David McDowell was appointed to the ACMSF in 2010. He is Professor of Food Studies at the University of Ulster where he leads the Food Microbiology Research Group. The main focus of his academic career has been food microbiology research, research evaluation, technology transfer, teaching, and the development and dissemination of food safety policy.

He has published widely in peer-reviewed publications, including recent research projects on Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella and VTEC and their ecology and epidemiology along the human food chain. He is a member of two microbiology journal editorial boards and a frequent reviewer in international journals in the area of food microbiology.

He is currently Deputy Chair of the Agrifood and Biosciences Research Institute Board of Northern Ireland.

Mr David Nuttall

Mr David Nuttall was appointed to the ACMSF in 2010. He is currently Catering Manager at Harper Adams University College.

He has 22 years of practical experience in the catering industry internationally as a qualified chef at executive level and over 12 years experience in the commercial world of Universities. Mr Nuttall was Deputy Catering Manager and Senior Warden at Bradford University before moving to Harper Adams University in 2005.

He holds masters degrees in food safety and business administration. Mr Nuttall has a wide range of experience in the application of food safety in the catering sector internationally and regularly lectures on food safety at the University.

Dr Dan Tucker

Dr Dan Tucker is a senior lecturer in Veterinary Public Health/pig medicine at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge. He is fellow and Director of Studies in Medicine and Veterinary Sciences, Pembroke College, Cambridge. He has previously worked as field veterinarian as a pig specialist and worked at Imutran Ltd as Head of Veterinary Services Unit.

Dr Tucker’s external duties include Board member European College of Pig Health Management, AHVLA national pig expert group, British pig executive pig technical Committee and UK zoonosis National control plan steering group.

He has published in excess of 20 papers in a wide range of peer reviewed journals as well as many book chapters.