Confirmed speakers

Professor Roberto La Ragione
University of Surrey

Professor of veterinary microbiology and pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey – Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious diseases and Deputy Head of School.

Roberto graduated in 1995 and then went on to study for a post graduate degree in veterinary microbiology at the RVC. In 1996 he moved to the government Veterinary Laboratories Agency to undertake a PhD on the pathogenesis of E. coli in poultry. In 2005 Roberto was appointed head of pathogenesis and control at the APHA and in 2010 he was appointed professor of veterinary microbiology and pathology at the University of Surrey. Roberto gained the FRCPath in 2010 and in 2012 was appointed the Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Roberto is currently the Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and the Deputy Head of School. Roberto is the past president of the EU Med-Vet-Net association, the Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists Veterinary Pathology Specialty Advisory Committee, Chair of the humanimal Trust, a member of the Houghton Trust and a member of the APHA science Advisory Board.

Roberto’s current research interests focus on AMR and understanding the pathogenesis of food-borne pathogens with a particular interest in the development of intervention strategies including vaccination, and probiotics for the control of bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Brachyspira and E. coli in food producing animals.

Chris Teale

Chris Teale qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge in 1987 and worked in mixed veterinary practice until 1989 when he joined the (then) Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now the Animal and Plant Health Agency) where he worked as a veterinary investigation officer, investigating field cases of disease in animals. He was awarded an MSc in Veterinary Microbiology from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1993. Since 1999, he has specialised in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and leads the work in this area at the APHA. He has been the nominated expert at the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) reference laboratory on AMR (which is located at the APHA) since 2003. He is a member of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy antimicrobial working party which sets out standardised methods for susceptibility testing in the UK and also sits on government and international committees concerned with antimicrobial resistance. He has chaired the Joint Interagency Antimicrobial Consumption and Resistance Analysis Group, a committee comprising members from the European Centre for Disease Control, the European Medicines Agency and the European Food Safety Authority, as well as independent experts, who investigated associations between antimicrobial usage and antimicrobial resistance in the EU.

Andrew Ballantyne
Hook 2 Sisters

Professor Linda Thomas
ex Yakult

Linda has been involved in microbiological research all her career, studying both good and bad bacteria. After graduating in microbiology from University College London, her career began in the Enteric Reference Lab at what is now Public Health England, Colindale where she also completed a PhD on enteroxigenic E. coli. A move to Wales resulted in post-doc research at Cardiff University before transferring to Dorset, where she became Principal Senior Scientist for Danisco (now DuPont). Her next role was as Science Director for the probiotic company Yakult UK Ltd, where she directed their research and healthcare professional communications in the UK and Ireland.  More recently, she was Chief Editor of the International Journal of Dairy Technology and co-edited a probiotic book. She now works part-time as a consultant, is a Trustee of the Society for Applied Microbiology and runs a Gut Microbiota for Health Expert panel for the British Society of Gastroenterology.

Professor Andrew Van Kessel
University of Saskatchewan

Dr Mike Bedford
AB Vista

Dr Mike Bedford has been the Director of Research at AB-Vista Feed Ingredients since 2007.  The majority of his work is related to the development of feed enzyme and yeast products for monogastric applications. Mike has over 250 publications including more than 150 full refereed journal articles, principally in the field of feed enzymes and more than 30 popular press articles and 3 book chapters.  Mike has edited two editions of “Enzymes in farm animal nutrition” and a second book, Nutrition Experiments in Pigs and Poultry.  Mike gained his undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham and his PhD from the University of Guelph in 1988.  Following that Mike worked in research and development for Finfeeds and Syngenta before joining ABVista.

Dr Natalie Morgan
University of New England

Dr Natalie Morgan is currently Research Fellow in Poultry Nutrition and Lecturer at the University of New England. She joined UNE in September 2015 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her main area of interest is feed enzymes and carbohydrate chemistry. She completed her doctorate thesis (2010-2014) and a year as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer (2014-2015) at Nottingham Trent University, England. She is currently researching factors that cause variation in feed ingredients, particularly focussing on non-starch polysaccharides, and the use of xylanases to produce xylo-oligomers and the prebiotic effects of these in broiler chickens,

Dr Ivan Rychlik
Veterinary Research Institute

Professor Paul Wigley
University of Liverpool

Dr Stuart Wilkinson
Feedworks Australia

Stuart began his career working with The University of Sydney Poultry Research Foundation after completing his degree in Agricultural Science in 2000.  Stuart completed his Masters and PhD at The University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.  Prior to his current role with Feedworks Australia, Stuart was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Poultry Research Foundation at The University of Sydney.  His research interests include calcium, phosphorus, phytate nutrition and dietary fatty acids. Stuart has been invited to speak at several international and local conferences, is an associate editor for the Journal of Animal Production Science, is the immediate Past President of the Australasian Pig Science Association and holds adjunct positions with The University of Melbourne, The University of New England and The University of Sydney.  His role at Feedworks involves providing consulting and technical support to the pig and poultry industries and Stuart continues to be active in research and post-graduate teaching.

Patrick Garland
Premier Nutrition

Dr Jelena Vulevic

Professor Konstantinos Mountzouris
Agricultural University of Athens