Membership of the Animal and Environment Antimicrobial Resistance Delivery Group.
Sarah has been a practising veterinary surgeon in Wales since 2004. She has an interest in both production and companion animal species. A past president of the Welsh Branch of the British Veterinary Association, she is a member of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group who she represents on this delivery group. Sarah also runs a flock of commercial crossbred ewes and is an enthusiastic advocate for Welsh agriculture.
Rachel is a Glamorgan beef and sheep farmer who manages a sizable holding in the Vale of Glamorgan, with her partner Richard. Recently, Rachel was elected Farmers’ Union of Wales education and training committee chair. She is looking forward to engaging with schools, to educate pupils about food production. She has also spoken about the challenge of maintaining positive mental health, both at home, and in the wider farming community.
Kitty leads the Antimicrobial Resistance Policy and Surveillance Team at Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
Robin is trained in medicine and clinical microbiology. Having been a Consultant Senior Lecturer at Bristol University and North Bristol NHS Trust, he moved to Wales in 2005 to work as a consultant microbiologist and lead the Wales Antimicrobial Resistance Programme. He has been the National Clinical Lead for Public Health Wales Microbiology, while maintaining a clinical base in the Public Health Wales Cardiff laboratory. Robin’s work interests include all aspects of antibiotics. He is Chair of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) Standing Committee for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and a member of the EUCAST (European Committee for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing) steering committee.
Ian Jones is a practising veterinary and owner of Hafren Veterinary Group in Mid Wales. His practice treats farm animal, poultry, equine and small animals. Ian has a particular interest in AMR and is passionate in ensuring antimicrobial use is responsible.
Ifan is a veterinary surgeon with over 30 years experience in private clinical mixed practice in Wales. With a special interest in farm animals, he works as a part time consultant veterinary surgeon at St James Veterinary Group in Swansea. Ifan is the current president of the Welsh Branch of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), a veterinary director of Iechyd Da (gwledig) Ltd and a director of Cefn Gwlad Solutions Ltd. Ifan represents the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group on this delivery group.
Hywel is a beef and sheep farmer in Mid Wales, on land flanked by Bannau Brycheiniog to the west, and sells produce through farmers’ markets. He enjoys informing his customers about how his animals are reared and used as a tool to manage the land for biodiversity. Hywel strongly believes in working with nature, not against it. He is a mentor, chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, and chair of the Common Land Grazing Associations, amongst other roles.
Gwen Rees is a veterinary surgeon and is currently Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol’s Vet School. Gwen completed her PhD studying veterinary medicine use on dairy farms and is project lead for Arwain Vet Cymru, establishing a Wales-wide Veterinary Prescribing Champion Network.
Andrew has a PhD in soil and water science and is currently a principal scientist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Wallingford). He leads a research team on the intersection of pollution, antimicrobial resistance, environmental & human health.
Rob is a farm animal veterinary surgeon and director of Farm First Veterinary Services in South East Wales. Robert sits on the board of Iechyd Da, the veterinary delivery partner for South Wales and is chair of their working group on antimicrobial responsible use in Wales.
Isobel is a molecular biologist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. She works on the environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Isobel was a PhD student and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School. At Exeter she investigated both selection of AMR in the natural environment and transmission of AMR from the natural environment to humans.
Chris is a veterinary surgeon working for the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). He leads the work on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at APHA. Chris has served on committees considering AMR for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Gavin is the Senior Veterinary Officer of the Welsh Government's Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer. His professional interests are infectious diseases of farm animals; prevention veterinary medicines, particularly in cattle; sheep and AMR. Before joining the Welsh Government, Gavin worked as a veterinary investigation officer based in Carmarthen and before that he was a researcher in bacterial diseases in sheep.
Eifiona is Head of Water within the Welsh Government's Environment and Rural Affairs Department.