Members of the ACMSF

Last updated: 22 February 2024

ACMSF comprises an independent Chair and sixteen independent members.

The Committee members are:

Professor Bill Keevil (Chair)

Professor Bill Keevil is Professor of Environmental Healthcare, Head of the Microbiology Group, School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Professor Dan Tucker (Deputy Chair)

Professor Dan Tucker is Professor in Veterinary Public Health at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge. He is fellow and Director of Studies in Medicine and Veterinary Sciences, Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Dr Gary Barker

Dr Gary Barker 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 Institute of Food Research.

Dr Gauri Godbole

Dr Gauri Godbole is a Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Parasitologist at the National Infection Service, UK Health Security Agency.

Mr Alec Kyriakides

Mr Alec Kyriakides is the former Head of Product Quality, Safety & Supplier Performance at Sainsbury’s.

Miss Heather Lawson

Miss Heather Lawson 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.

Dr Rohini Manuel

Dr Rohini Manuel is a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at the Public Health Laboratory London, National Infection Service, UK Health Security Agency. 

Professor Peter McClure

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

Mrs Ann Williams

Mrs Ann Williams 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.

Dr Wayne Anderson

Dr Wayne Anderson is Director of the Food Science and Standards Division at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. 

Dr Edward Fox

Dr Edward Fox 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 research examined food processing hygiene and food safety, and the role of microbial communities in influencing the colonisation of pathogenic bacteria in food processing environments.

Dr Jane Gibbens

Dr Jane Gibbens 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.

Professor Francis Butler

Professor Francis Butler 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.

Mr Martin Briggs

Mr Martin Briggs is a feed industry expert with over 46 years’ experience in farm animal feeds. He has a degree in Applied Biology and is currently an independent feed industry consultant. He was previously  employed as a Technical Manager for GLW Feeds Ltd, a large multi-species compound feed manufacturer, with previous roles as Mill and Operations Managers.

Dr Nicol Janecko

Dr Nicol Janecko 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.

Prof Linda Scobie

Professor Linda Scobie presently teaches Biomedical Science and Microbiology programmes at Glasgow Caledonian University. She leads a research group interested in viral zoonoses in the context of novel technologies.

Prof Cath Rees

Professor Cath Rees is a Professor of Microbiology in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham.

Dr Dragan Antic

Dr Dragan Antic is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool.

Prof Andrew Page

Prof Andrew Page is Director of Technical Innovation at Theiagen Genomics working with the US public health system. He is a computer scientist with a background in machine learning and microbial bioinformatics. He has previously worked in the Wellcome Sanger Institute on pathogen genomics and the Quadram Institute on food borne pathogens.

Dr Inaki Deza-Cruz

Dr Inaki Deza Cruz is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting lecturer at University of Surrey. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Dr Deza-Cruz has cultivated a rich and diverse background, having worked in academia, the private sector, and government organizations such as the FSA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency. His career has grown at the intersection of human and animal health, focusing on the two vital aspects of veterinary public health: epidemiology and food safety.

Dr Adri Bester

Dr Adri Bester is Senior Food Technologist in the School of Applied Science, London South Bank University, and a mentor and auditor for the Safe and Local Supplier Approval Accreditation.

Dr Roberto Vivancos

Dr Roberto Vivancos is a consultant in public health and medical epidemiologist working with the Field Services of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). He has over 15 years of experience working in Public Health in the fields of health protection and epidemiology. He has contributed to the investigation of numerous outbreaks of gastrointestinal infections and food related illness, from local to international level, working closely with local and national authorities, and regulatory agencies. He has been involved in several collaborative research projects focusing on the burden, epidemiology, and control of gastrointestinal infections. He is currently co-director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections and has published widely on epidemiology and communicable disease control in peer reviewed scientific journal.

ACMSF currently has two vacancies.