Antibiotic Stewardship in
Animal Health & Food Supply Chains

In conjunction with

"Reducing the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals, replacing them where possible and re-thinking the livestock production system is essential for the future of animal and public health." 

                              European Medicines Agency and European Food Safety Authority Joint Statement

The effective and appropriate use of antibiotics (antibiotic stewardship) is key to tackling the global epidemic of antimicrobial resistance and ensure a sustainable supply of antibiotics are available for when needed. Activity is already taking place across a wide range of human and animal sectors in the UK – but what can we do across the sectors to help achieve the step change needed? And what are the risks and rewards?

This event will:

• Bring together stakeholders across all sectors under the One Health agenda, but especially the food supply chain, to explore what now needs to happen, and how, to obtain the level of containment and reduction in antimicrobial resistance required.

• Consider how different ongoing or new initiatives across human health, animal health and the food supply chain can inform each other or work in synergy.

• Identify what barriers persist and which opportunities remain unrecognised, and how we can resolve these.

Delegates will hear from leaders in human and animal medicine, regulators and policy-makers about how far we have come and how much further we can and should go! Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the latest thinking on antibiotic use and AMR, and a clear picture of the role and opportunities for their businesses.  



4 OCT 2018

*Programme subject to change

08:30 - Registration, coffee and exhibition


09:30 - Welcome and overview

Conference Chair: Professor Peter Borriello, Chief Executive Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate   


09:35 - As a global leader in quality food production and animal health and welfare - where do antibiotics fit in for the UK?

As a global leader in quality food production and animal health and welfare - where do antibiotics fit in for the UK, and what are their future?

Speaker: Dr. Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer

09:50 - Lessons from Human Health

What is the human health fight against AMR, and what is the focus to achieve change?

Speaker: Dr. Susan Hopkins,Deputy Director, PHE and lead for AMR-Invited  


10:05 - The future of animal health and antibiotic use

Speaker: Dawn Howard, Chief Executive, National Office for Animal Health (NOAH)


10:20 - Using fewer antibiotics in livestock agriculture: utilising farm benchmarking to drive behaviour

Speaker: Steve McLean, Head of Agriculture and Fisheries, Marks and Spencer

10:40 - Antibiotic Stewardship guidance for Food Suppliers

Speaker: Professor Guy Poppy, Chief Scientific Adviser, Food Standards Agency

11:00 - Working with supply chains to support responsible antibiotic use

Speaker: Gael O’Neill, Head of Product Risk and Quality Standards, Tesco Stores Ltd

11:20 - Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking



11:35-What value is there in measuring antibiotic consumption?

Speaker: Philip Howard, President, BSAC & Professor Mark Fielder, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Kingston University

11:55 - How can you communicate stewardship effectively?

Speakers: Tim Nuttall, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies & Chris Lawrence, The Bella Moss Foundation "Beat the Bugs Campaign

12:15 - Building a business case for Stewardship

Speaker: Nicky Amos, Executive Director BBFAW & Dr Ines Aguda

12:40 - Leadership on AMR Stewardship

Speaker: Richard Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, British Poultry Council

13:00 - Behavioural insights to drive AMR Stewardship

Speaker: Toby Park, Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team, Cabinet Office

13:15 - Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking



14:00 - CASE STUDY- Benchmarking antibiotic usage data in the dairy sectors

Speaker: Neil Powell, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust & Cornwall Veterinary Association

14:20 - CASE STUDY- Education on prescribing practices

Speaker: Gwen Rees, Langford trust Phd Scholar, Bristol Veterinary School

14:40 - CASE STUDY - Driving commercial food productivity through a focus on livestock health

Speaker: Dr Ian Wellock, General Manager of AB Agri’s Primary Diets


15:00 - Accelerated learning forum with facilitators

This session is dedicated to discussing the current challenges and opportunities of implementing stewardship practices in each sector and level of the food supply chain. Via professional facilitators and group discussion, this session will provide guidance, tools, resources and information to help identify issues and provide guidance, tools, resources and information to help each participant tackle the specific blockers in their business or sector.

16:00 - Chair close



Speakers will be added when confirmed.

Prof. Guy Poppy

Nicky Amos

Dawn Howard

Steven McLean

Professor Guy Poppy, Chief Scientific Adviser, Food Standards Agency

Professor Guy Poppy took up his post as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Food Standards Agency in August 2014. His previous career highlights include:
  • Professor of Ecology at the University of Southampton Director of Multidisciplinary Research at the University of Southampton.
  • Member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) panel assessing the quality of agriculture, food and veterinary science in the UK.

Nicky Amos, Executive Director of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW)

Nicky Amos is a recognized corporate responsibility professional with extensive experience in managing and directing corporate responsibility strategies in global organisations. Nicky advises multinational companies and leading non-governmental organisations on the development and implementation of sustainable development strategies and measurement frameworks, materiality assessments, stakeholder dialogue and disclosure practices.

Nicky is Executive Director of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) – an internationally acclaimed investor tool that ranks global food companies on their farm animal welfare management and disclosure – and she is co-author of 'The Business of Farm Animal Welfare' (Greenleaf Publishing, July 2017).
Dawn Howard, Chief Executive, NOAH

Dawn brings to NOAH substantial experience from across the agri-food sector, both within the UK and Europe. This includes heading up the European body for commercial farm animal breeding organisations, EFFAB, and representing UK agricultural interests in Brussels at the British Agriculture Bureau.

Dawn originally qualified as a Botanist at Nottingham University and spent a number of years working in Defra's Plant Health Inspectorate before moving to work on Plant Health policy, the Pesticides Safety Directorate and finally Animal Health and Welfare policy in Westminster.
Steven McLean, Head of Agriculture & Fisheries, Marks & Spencer

Steve became Head of Agriculture & Fisheries at M&S in 2012, and has overall responsibility for agricultural and fisheries supply chain sourcing and supply chain sustainability across the M&S Food business, as well as technical accountability for the whole M&S Food Group's raw material sourcing. He previously worked as Agriculture Manager and has worked extensively with the M&S supply base around the world on the M&S 'Farming for the Future' Sustainable Agricultural Production Programme.

Prof. Peter Borriello

Prof. Mark Fielder

Dr Tim Nuttall

Richard Griffiths

Professor Peter Borriello, Chief Executive of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Defra

Professor Borriello has UK responsibility for AMR surveillance of animals and for animal antibiotic use. He sits on the European Heads of Medicines Agencies Management Group, and chairs their task-force on antimicrobial resistance. He has UK responsibility for AMR surveillance of animals and for animal antibiotic use, sits on the Government High Level Steering Group for the national AMR strategy, and is a member of the Hong Kong Government Committee on AMR.

Professor Mark Fielder, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Kingston University

Professor Fielder acts as an advisor for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Institute (Veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing), sits on the Parliamentary and Scientific committee and is President of the Society for Applied Microbiology. His research team is multidisciplinary, working on rapid detection systems for infectious disease diagnosis, overcoming antimicrobial resistance in clinical and veterinary settings and looking at antibiotic overspill into wild raptors.

Dr Tim Nuttall, University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Dr Nuttall is an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, with particular interests in atopic dermatitis and antimicrobial resistance. He lectures throughout the world, on topics including approaches to infection control and antimicrobial stewardship as well as antibiotic use guidelines. In 2014 he received the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine.

Richard Griffiths, CEO, British Poultry Council (BPC)

Richard is Chief Executive of the British Poultry Council. He is responsible for raising the profile of the UK poultry meat sector, and has led on issues including welfare, campylobacter, antibiotics, meat inspection and avian influenza.

Christine Middlemiss

Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer

Christine Middlemiss is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer.

She was appointed on 1 March 2018 having been working as the CVO in New South Wales, Australia since July 2016 where she led major improvements to biosecurity across many farming sectors. This work included implementation of new outcome focused, risk based biosecurity legislation; online animal certification processes; improving evidence and risk based disease control approaches.

Prior to moving to Australia, Christine led Defra’s Animal Traceability and Public Health policy team, and also previously surveillance including detection and response to new and emerging diseases such as Schmallenberg and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea. She is an experienced veterinarian.

Before joining the UK government services in 2008, Christine worked in private practice with specific interest in research, meat processing and livestock genetics for a number of years in Scotland and the north of England prior to joining the Animal Health Agency (now part of Animal and Plant Health Agency) as a Divisional Veterinary Manager in Scotland.

Christine comes from a farming family in the Borders of Scotland, with a background in beef cattle and sheep.


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Why Attend?

  • Hear the latest developments in antibiotic resistance and stewardship in food and farming
  • Understand the impact antibiotic resistance could have on your organisation
  • Find out why antibiotic stewardship makes business sense
  • Gain new ideas about how antibiotic stewardship can be and is being implemented in the food supply chain
  • Understand the benefit of antibiotic stewardship for your customers 
  • Develop guidance on how to work effectively on stewardship with your suppliers
  • Learn how antibiotic stewardship programmes can help win over investors
  • Gain skills on how to implement a stewardship programme in your workplace
  • Develop a code of conduct
  • Develop tools to monitor antibiotic usage within your organisation
  • Network with like-minded organisations and share best-practice
  • Sign up for the Antibiotic Guardian Campaign

Who should Attend?



  • Veterinary Practice Managers
  • Veterinary Surgeons
  • Veterinary Medicine Researchers
  • Veterinary Technologists
  • Lecturers in Veterinary Medicine




  • Farmers
  • Farm Managers
  • Head Stockpeople
  • Farm Consultants and Advisors
  • Farm Nutritionists

Food Chain and Hospitality

Those involved in:



  • Food and Produce Sourcing
  • Food and Produce Procurement
  • Farm Liaison
  • Food and Beverage Procurement
  • Food Buying
  • Food Technology
  • Food Safety
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Products
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Policy
  • R&D
  • Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Purchasing



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