Speakers & Chairs

As the programme develops we will be providing delegates with profiles of the speakers they will have the opportunity to see during the conference.

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Dr Shadia Ahmed

Clinical Research Fellow

Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

I graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School in 2010. I then did my foundation years and core medical training in Sheffield. In 2016 I started specialist training in Microbiology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. I am currently taking time out of training to complete a 1 year clinical research fellowship where I am conducting a feasibility trial on antibiotic duration in complicated intra-abdominal infections.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1115

Dr Mary Ashcroft

Consultant Microbiologist

Organisation: Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Mary trained in the West Midlands before taking up her first consultant post at New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton in 2009. She is now based at Worcester NHS Trust as a consultant microbiologist sharing the roles of Co-Laboratory Director and Infection Control Doctor with her colleague. She has had extensive involvement in water related incidents during her time as a registrar and consultant including management of water related Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreaks, writing Trust Water Safety Plans, ensuring the provision of safe water in new builds and refurbishments and is a key member of the Worcester Hospital Water Safety Committee.

Presenting: Day 3 - 1115

Dr Gavin Barlow

Consultant in Infection

Organisation: Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust/Hull York Medical School

GB qualified in Medicine at Leicester University and trained in infectious diseases and internal medicine in Leeds, Sheffield and Dundee, including a two-year research fellowship leading to MD at the University of Dundee. GB’s main clinical interests are orthopaedic infection, outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT), and the management of complex bacterial. He has been a consultant in infection at Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust since 2004 and is trust lead for antimicrobial stewardship. Research interests are broad, but predominantly focus on the epidemiology and clinical care of infections common in the NHS. He is the BSAC officer for stewardship and surveillance.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730

Dr Ian Blyth

Microbiology and Infectious disease ST5

Organisation: University Hospital of Wales

Commenced Infection training at UHW in 2015.
Recent winner of the junior investigator price at the Welsh microbiology association summer conference.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730

Dr Nicky Connor

Consultant Epidemiologist

Organisation: Public Health England

Dr. Nicky Connor leads the monitoring of HIV testing for the HIV &STI Department at Public Health England. Last year she produced England’s first HIV testing report, providing a single source of national data. She was a member of the NICE quality standards group for HIV testing. Nicky also leads the surveillance data for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme. Prior to this Nicky was Assistant Director of the PHE Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance, responsible for Official Statistics and surveillance evaluation.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1115

Professor Dame Sally Davis

Chief Medical Officer

Organisation: UK Government

Dame Sally is the Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government. She is an independent advisor to the UK Government on medical and public health matters.

Dame Sally founded the National Institute for Health Research and is a Non-Executive Director of Genomics England Ltd. She was a member of the WHO Executive Board and the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR. Most recently, she has been appointed a co-convener of the UN Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group on AMR, set up in response to the UNGA 2016 declaration.

Dame Sally received her DBE in 2009, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, USA in 2015.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1130 Keynote lecture

Dr Andrew Freedman

Reader / Hon. Consultant in Infectious Diseases

Organisation: Cardiff University School of Medicine

Reader and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Cardiff University and University Hospital of Wales. He qualified in Medicine from Cambridge University & St Thomas’ Hospital in 1980, and subsequently trained in Infectious Diseases at St George’s Hospital, London and Harvard Medical School, USA, before moving to Cardiff in 1994. He is a member and previous chair of the British HIV Association Audit & Standards sub-committee, and a previous member of the DH Expert Advisory Group on AIDS.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1045

Dr Gavin Forbes

Consultant Microbiologist

Organisation: Public Health Wales Microbiology Cardiff

Gavin trained in microbiology in Cardiff and Newport, and has recently been appointed to his first consultant position in Cardiff.
His clinical interests include paediatrics, C.difficile-associated diarrhoea and infection prevention and control.
Alongside his clinical role Gavin is also the Infection Prevention and Control Doctor for Powys Teaching Health Board.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730

Dr Mark Garvey

Principal Clinical Scientist in Microbiology, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control

Organisation: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Mark was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham after studying antimicrobial resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae’ in the laboratory of Professor Laura Piddock.
Mark has worked in the field of Infection Control for over 8 years; previously working at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and NBT.
Mark moved to the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 2013 working as a Clinical Scientist within the Infection Prevention and Control team.
Mark is currently working as a Principal Clinical Scientist in Microbiology and Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control (ADIPC).
In 2017 Mark also took up the role as Director of the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory; with the main function to investigate hospital infection, providing practical advice to Health service professionals and industry throughout the UK.
Mark’s current research interests include water microbiology focusing on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacterium chimaera; general Infection Prevention and Control issues from MRSA to Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730 & Day 3 - 1115

Professor Nigel Gibbens

Chief Veterinary Officer UK

Organisation: DEFRA

Nigel Gibbens is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer. He was appointed in May 2008 following previous experience in the State Veterinary Service and in policy roles on international trade, BSE controls, animal welfare and international relations co-ordination for Defra’s Food and Farming Group.

Prior to joining the UK government services in 1990, Nigel worked in private practice in his early career and in Government veterinary services in Belize and Yemen.

Nigel enjoys cycling, walking, at home and abroad, gardening and DIY.

Nigel holds an Honorary Professorship from the Royal Veterinary College. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the veterinary profession and animal welfare in the New Year’s Honours list for 2016

Presenting: Day 1 - 1615

Mrs Cairine Gormley

Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist

Organisation: Western Health and Social Care Trust

Cairine is Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist for Western Health and Social Care Trust, and Chair of the Northern Ireland Antimicrobial Pharmacist Network. Cairine graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1998 and has completed an MSc Clinical Pharmacy (2006) and MSc in Infection Management for Pharmacists (2015). Cairine’s project “Enhancing the Clinical Review of Antimicrobial Therapy by Pharmacists” was shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Safety Forum awards in 2016. Cairine interests include Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy and had an e-Poster evaluating the integration into the Rapid Response team displayed in ECCMID 2017. Cairine supervises University of Ulster Undergraduate student research projects.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1155

Professor Nick Graves

Research Fellow

Organisation: Queensland University of Technology

Nick’s interest is to show how health services can be improved at low cost, or even improved with cost savings. And he likes simple but important research. He has received more than $25M in research funding since 2004, mostly from international and national competitive schemes. He gained his PhD in Economics from the University of London, spent 10 years as Lecturer and Research Fellow with the Health Services Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is currently Professor of Health Economics at Queensland University of Technology.

Presenting: Day 3 - 0900

Dr Irasha Hettiarachichi

Specialist Registrar Medical Microbiology

Organisation: Public Health Wales

Irasha graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 and is currently a final year registrar in Medical Microbiology in Cardiff. Her special interests include Cystic Fibrosis Microbiology and Orthopaedic infections. Irasha is also the Regional Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) trainee representative for Wales.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730

D Harriet Hughes

Consultant Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Organisation: Public Health Wales, University Hospital of Wales

Dr Harriet Hughes is a consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. She trained initially in Oxford before moving to Cardiff to complete her training. She is the Clinical Lead for the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, providing advice on the clinical management of anaerobic infections across the UK. She supports the research output of the unit including the ongoing surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in clinically relevant anaerobic pathogens, and the development of genomic diagnostics. She also has a special interest in bone and joint infection, and has developed and leads the Microbiology-Orthopaedic liaison service in Cardiff which deals with complicated infection on a tertiary basis. She leads on post-graduate training for microbiology and infectious diseases trainees in Wales, is Deputy Programme Director and an Educational Supervisor.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1045

Professor Hilary Humphreys

Professor of Clinical Microbiology

Organisation: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital

Hilary Humphreys is Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He has a longstanding research interest in hospital infections, and he has led guideline groups in Ireland and in the UK on MRSA. Amongst his research interests are the factors that reduce post-operative infections arising from the surgical procedure.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730

Dr Adam Irwin

Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease

Organisation: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, UK

Adam studied in Birmingham before completing subspecialty training in Paediatric Infectious Disease in London. He received his PhD from the University of Liverpool, where he researched the diagnosis of serious infection in children. He retains an interest in diagnostics, particularly of invasive infections in the immunocompromised child, and in antimicrobials. Following another suboptimal cricketing summer, Adam is joining the University of Queensland in 2018.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1045

Dr Lim Jones

Consultant Medical Microbiology

Organisation: Public Health Wales

Lim Jones currently provides clinical cover for PHW microbiology laboratories in Swansea and Cardiff, including the Specialist Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Unit. His main areas of clinical and academic interest are antimicrobial resistance, susceptibility testing and antimicrobial stewardship. He completed a PhD at Cardiff University on antimicrobial resistance and has published book chapters, reviews and original articles on the topic.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730

Dr Nick Larbalestier

Consultant HIV Physician and HIV Service Lead

Organisation: Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Nick Larbalestier has been the lead clinician at the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ HIV service for the past 14 years. His special interests include HIV in-patient care, HIV / TB co-infection and HIV renal disease and transplantation.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1145

Dr Damian Mawer

Consultant Microbiologist

Organisation: York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

I have been working as a consultant in York for the past year. Before that I trained in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Leeds. During that time I undertook research in to Clostridium difficile transmission and diarrhoea in hospitals. The HOODINI project was part of that work, which I was funded to do by a Healthcare Infection Society Fellowship.

Presenting: Day 3 - 1115

Mr James McIlroy


Organisation: EnteroBiotix

James McIlroy is a final year medical student at the University of Aberdeen and CEO of EnteroBiotix, a biotechnology company that is developing an orally administered encapsulated microbial product for use in Faecal Microbiota Transplantation. Alongside his studies, he has raised over £700k in funding for the company and has established a state of the art GMP-compliant manufacturing facility within the Aberdeen Blood Transfusion Centre. He was awarded an Enterprise Fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2016 and a Visiting Research Fellowship by United European Gastroenterology in 2017.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1730

Dr Mitul Patel

Consultant Microbiologist

Organisation: Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mitul Patel is a consultant microbiologist at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. His interests are infections in childhood, maternal infections, infections in paediatric liver, small bowel and bone marrow transplants, rational and rapid diagnosis and its impact on clinical management of infection. He is chair for the West Midlands Infection Group (a local chapter of British Infection Association). He is an educational supervisor for infection trainees and a member of the regional infection training committee.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1045

Professor Naiem Moiemen

Consultant Burn and Plastic Surgeon

Organisation: University Hospital Birmingham

Naiem Moiemen, MB BS, MSc, FRCS (Plast) is an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham and a consultant burns surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham. He is Director of the ScarFree Foundation Centre for Burn Research in Birmingham and the Clinical Lead of the Midland Burns Care Network, serving a population of 10 million.
Naiem is President of European Burn Association Executive, President-Elect of the International Association of Burn Injury (ISBI) and past Chairman of the British Burn Association (BBA). He has Published more than 80 papers in peer review journals, Senior editor of BURNS journal and Deputy Editor of Journal of Burn and Trauma.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1730

Professor Sheila Patrick

Professor Emerita

Organisation: Queen’s University Belfast

Sheila graduated BSc in Microbiology, 1977 and PhD, 1981 from University of Edinburgh. She relocated to Queen’s University Belfast with her PhD supervisor, continued in Post-doctoral Research and Lectureship posts at Queen’s University and was appointed Professor in 2005. In 2006 she graduated DSc from Edinburgh University. Sheila’s research focuses on bacteria of the normal resident microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract and the skin, in the context of anaerobic post-surgical and implant associated infection. Her research includes bacterial genome analysis to inform understanding of virulence and antimicrobial resistance; she was PI on the first Bacteroides fragilis genome sequencing project in 2000. In 1998 her group reported the importance of Propionibacterium acnes in chronic implant infection and prosthetic joint failure. Her research showed that anaerobic handling and ultrasound treatment of retrieved implants is necessary for accurate diagnosis. She has recently published an RCT which showed a significant improvement to spinal surgery disinfection by sequential use of alcoholic povidone iodine and chlorhexidine gluconate compared to the use of povidone iodine alone. Sheila is currently a Visiting Researcher at Edinburgh University. She is Chair of the Society for Anaerobic Microbiology Council, Chair-elect (2018) for the Microbiology Society Prokaryotic Division and the Microbiology Society representative for FIS.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1225 & Day 2 - 1105

Dr Stéphane Paulus

Consultant in Infectious Diseases

Organisation: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Stéphane Paulus is a consultant in Infectious Diseases at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, UK and Honorary Senior lecturer at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool. He is the convener of the British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infection Group (BPAIIG). Stéphane has established the p-OPAT and Antimicrobial Stewardship programmes at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2014. His research interests include antimicrobial resistance, stewardship and infections in haemato-oncology patients.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1045

Dr Jordan Skittrall

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Infectious Diseases

Organisation: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom

Jordan has been involved in the National Infection Trainee Collaborative for Audit and Research (NITCAR) since its inaugural meeting, and currently sits on its management committee. After completing a PhD in theoretical particle physics, he retrained in medicine, and currently holds a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship with basic science research interests in mathematical pathogen genomics, in addition to being involved in a number of clinical projects. He practises in Cambridge as a registrar in infectious diseases and medical microbiology.

Presenting: Day 3 - 1115

Dr Jacqueline Sneddon

Project Lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG)

Organisation: Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Dr Jacqueline Sneddon is Project Lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) which is a national clinical multi-disciplinary forum that leads the national antimicrobial stewardship programme. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Chair of the UKCPA Pharmacy Infection Network. Within SAPG Jacqueline has led development of education resources on antimicrobial stewardship, prescribing quality indicators, development of national consensus on antimicrobial policies and initiatives to improve the use of antimicrobials in Care Homes and recently development of a national antimicrobial app.

Presenting: Day 2 - 1135

Dr Rosamund Southgate

Public Health Specialist

Organisation: Médecins Sans Frontières

Rosamund Southgate is a public health doctor at the humanitarian medical relief charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in London, UK.
With the MSF team of epidemiologists, GIS and eHealth specialists she is working to enhance evidence based and data-driven decision making in humanitarian response. This includes improving outbreak management systems, greater use of technology in the field, bringing a public health approach to field work and strengthening clinical governance.
Rosamund has worked for MSF in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has previously worked with the UK NHS, Public Health England, the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction platform and the WHO.

Presenting: Day 1 - 1615

Dr Mike Weinbren

Consultant Microbiologist

Organisation: Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust

Previously Consultant microbiologist and DIPC at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire during the construction of the new hospital (part opened in 2005) which at the time was the largest PFI build in Europe. It was during this process that my interest in water microbiology emerged.

Presenting: Day 3 - 1115