ACMSF members

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

ACMSF Chair:

Professor Bill Keevil (Chair)

A Professor of Environmental Healthcare, Prof Bill Keevil is Head of the Microbiology Group, School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society for Public Health; and Member of the Microbiology Society, Society for Applied Microbiology and American Society for Microbiology. He was awarded the Colgate Prize in 1985 for his work on sugar uptake and metabolism by dental plaque bacteria and has published over 230 peer-reviewed papers. Prof Keevil is a Former Head of the Physiology and Biofilms Section, Public Health Laboratory Service, Porton Down, Salisbury and Former Head of the Microbial Technology Department, Microbiology Research Authority CAMR, Porton Down Salisbury. His previous public appointments include being a Member of the MOD Independent Scientific and Technical Advice Register and a former Expert Advisor to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (2003 - 2005).


Dr Gary Barker

Dr Gary Barker was appointed to the ACMSF in 2013. He is a Research Scientist in Norwich. He has been actively involved in research since 1981 in the Physics Department at Sheffield University and from 1984 until 2018 at the IFR. His research has centred on food material science, particularly colloidal materials and granular materials, microbiological safety and mathematical modelling. Quantitative microbial risk assessment and decision support modelling have been the dominant areas of research. He currently concentrates on 'Science supporting quantitative microbial risk assessment' as part of a wider interest in food safety and public health.

He has published in excess of 100 papers in a wide range of peer reviewed journals as well as many book chapters, contributions to proceedings and other popular reports. He has been a leader and participant in a wide range of national and international research projects as well as being part of reviews for many food safety science projects.

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).

Dr Gauri Godbole

Dr Gauri Godbole was appointed to the ACMSF in 2017. She is a Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Parasitologist at the National Infection Service, Public Health England. Since September 2013 she has worked in the Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit and is the clinical lead for the national Botulism and Helicobacter service for England. She also works at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the field of Parasitology. Prior to the above appointment she has worked in the field of infection and acute medicine in England and in India.

Her daily reactive duties include providing expert clinical advice to the NHS and public health colleagues for complex cases caused by gastrointestinal foodborne bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens, invasive Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus, STEC and Campylobacter spp.

She has published more than 20 publications with key papers on use of whole genome sequencing for surveillance and cluster detection, early detection of emerging threats/outbreaks, and prediction of antimicrobial susceptibility in gastrointestinal bacteria.

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.

Dr Rohini Manuel

Dr Rohini Manuel was appointed to the ACMSF in 2017. She is a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at the Public Health Laboratory London, National Infection Service, Public Health England. She is the clinical lead for the London regional Clostridium difficile Ribotyping Network service, and an academic member of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Gastrointestinal Infections. In 2016, she acted as Expert Clinical Advisor to Warwick Evidence, one of nine NIHR Technology Assessment Report Teams in the UK, on integrated multiplex PCR tests for identifying gastrointestinal pathogens in people with suspected gastroenteritis.

Dr Manuel is a senior examiner in Medical Microbiology at the Royal College of Pathologists. She has published over 50 papers on infection and public health issues. Her main clinical and academic interests are in gastrointestinal infections and diseases, particularly those affecting immunocompromised individuals. Her specialist area of expertise is mycology and she has presented at multiple fora on mycology related topics. She is a member of the UK Clinical Mycology Network National Steering Group. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Food Standards Agency’s Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes.

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.

Dr Dan Tucker

Dr Dan Tucker was appointed to ACMSF in 2014. He 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.

Mrs Ann Williams

Mrs Ann Williams was appointed to the ACMSF in 2017. She works as commissioning and contracts manager at Liverpool City Council responsible for the local Healthwatch services which is the consumer champion for health and social services. She was previously a Citizens Advice Bureau manager for sixteen years and held regional positions within the National Association of Citizen Advice Bureau and was a lay member on the Alder Hey Hospital ethics committee.

She has been an active lay member of the FSA’s Social Science Research Committee since 2008 and was a member of the FSA’s Consumer Advisory Panel until it was disbanded in 2016. She is a lay member of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Core group E, a member of the Liverpool Central Medical Research Ethics Committee and before being appointed to the main Committee was already a co-opted member of the ACMSF Ad Hoc Group on Campylobacter.

Dr Wayne Anderson

Dr Wayne Anderson was appointed to the ACMSF in 2019. He is Director of the Food Science and Standards Division at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. This Division develops and advises on best practice food safety guides for the industry, creates compliance tools on HACCP and labelling, develops the evidence base and conducts food safety risk assessment. He holds a primary degree in biochemistry and a PhD in predictive microbiology. He is a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods, a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, Ireland and a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, UK.

Dr Edward Fox

Dr Edward Fox was appointed to the ACMSF in 2019. He is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University and has previously held a Newman Fellowship at University College Dublin’s Centre for Food Safety where his researched examined food processing hygiene and food safety, and the role of microbial communities in influencing the colonisation of pathogenic bacteria in food processing environments.
Ed has previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Australian Government’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where his research focused on molecular ecology of foodborne pathogens through food chains, microbial genomics, and novel biocontrol approaches for pathogen control.

Dr Jane Gibbens

Dr Jane Gibbens was appointed to ACMSF in 2019. She is a consultant veterinary epidemiologist with extensive experience in providing advice to enable veterinary policy making and development, and in the design, implementation and analysis of disease surveillance and control protocols. She formerly worked for Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency, most recently as Head of the Bovine TB Epidemiology Assessment Centre, and Head of the Epidemiology and Risk Group. Her focus has been on bovine tuberculosis, statutory diseases exotic to the UK and scanning veterinary surveillance. She also has skills in leadership, project management and university teaching (Veterinary Epidemiology MSc and veterinary undergraduate degree).

Professor Francis Butler

Professor Francis Butler was appointed to the ACMSF in 2019. He is currently a Professor in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin and a Principal Investigator in the UCD Centre for Food Safety. His main research area is in food safety with a particular focus on quantitative risk assessment / modelling of microbiological hazards in foods. He has 20 years food safety experience with an internationally recognised expertise in microbial risk assessment through leading many large scale nationally and EU funded risk assessments of microbial pathogens, primarily in meat and dairy products.

Mr Martin Briggs

Mr Martin Briggs was appointed to the ACMSF in 2019. He currently works for GLW Feeds Ltd. His scientific background is in applied biology. He has extensive practical experience across the feed industry in nutrition, hygiene, medicines, quality, feed assurance and manufacturing animal feed. He has experience of undertaking risk assessment for animal feed and the role it has in the human food chain.

Dr Nicol Janecko

Dr Nicol Janecko was appointed to ACMSF in 2020. She is an epidemiologist and microbiologist by training with a long-standing career focus on foodborne zoonotic pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. She is presently the Campylobacter in the food chain Career Track Group Leader at the Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich, UK. She investigates the epidemiology and genomics of Campylobacter along the food chain in the UK and internationally.

Her expertise in microbiology spans most of the foodborne pathogens with particular long-term capabilities in Campylobacter, Salmonella, Vibrio and E.coli. As an epidemiologist at Public Health Agency Canada she delivered scientific outputs and had responsibilities for the operations and strategic direction of retail component for: Foodnet Canada (a national source attribution surveillance system) and the Canada Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (an integrated surveillance system reporting AMR trends in four key sections along Canada’s food continuum). She has previously served as a member of the advisory committee for the implementation of national standards for psychosocial health and safety, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch, Public Health Agency Canada.