Philip Howard

National Project Leads HAI & AMR NHS Improvement

Philip is Consultant Pharmacist in Antimicrobials at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, AMR Project Lead at NHS-Improvement and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds University.


He is a spokesman for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on Antimicrobials, and for the charity Antibiotic-Action.


He was a member of the Dept of Health ARHAI Antimicrobial Stewardship Group that produced the original Start Smart then Focus Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines, and the HPA Primary Care Unit which helped produce the RCGP TARGET guidance on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care.


His research interests include Antimicrobial Stewardship, and led the first global hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship survey. He has been involved in AMS education and training across the world.  In 2012, he won the GHP/GSK/UKCPA Clinical Leadership Award.

Dr Ron Daniels

Clinical Advisor (Sepsis) to NHS England, CEO UK Sepsis Trust 

Ron is Chief Executive and one of the founders of the Trust; he developed his passion for improving systems for Sepsis during his Role as a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia, and his parallel role as CEO of the Global Sepsis Alliance. He is a recognised world expert in sepsis and lectures internationally.


I won’t rest until patients with sepsis are dealt with as quickly and reliably as patients with heart attacks or stroke, every time. I initiated the development of the UK Sepsis Trust when it became clear that to achieve this required not only education, but also engagement.

Elizabeth Beech

Pharmacist at NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG and National Project Lead HAI & AMR NHS Improvement

Elizabeth currently works as one of three national project leads for Healthcare Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance within the Patient Safety Domain at NHS Improvement - supporting the implementation of the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy. Elizabeth studied pharmacy at Aston University in Birmingham and moved to work within hospitals in the London region, including teaching at London University and researching pharmacy practice. Three children and very many jobs later, Elizabeth continues to work within the NHS as a commissioning pharmacist in NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG, has joined the community and tweets @elizbeech

Linda Dempster

Head of Infection Prevention and Control at NHS Improvement

Linda held the post of Deputy Director IPC at The Medway NHS Foundation Trust between 2016 and 2014. She then progressed to The NHS Trust Development Authority as Head Of IPC (South of England), before becoming the National Lead for IPC for NHS Improvement in 2017.

Dr Abid Hussain

Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Associate Medical Director and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Heart of England Foundation Trust

Abid is a Medical Microbiologist based in the Public Health Laboratory Birmingham, Public Health England. He is currently the Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Heart of England Foundation Trust. His areas of interest include the diagnosis and management of infections in the immunocompromised host. Abid’s current research projects include novel interventions to improve hand hygiene compliance, the use of rapid diagnostics to improve antimicrobial stewardship and the role of real-time genomic sequencing in outbreak management.

Annie Joseph

Microbiology Registrar, Nottingham University Hospital

Dr Amelia Joseph is a Microbiology specialist registrar at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (2011-present). She has subspecialty experience in Community Microbiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Education. She was appointed in 2016 by Health Education England East Midlands to an Innovation Fellowship Post in Integrated Antimicrobial Stewardship, working across the Primary and Secondary Care interface to improve the appropriate use of antimicrobials.

Jenny Child

Consultant Microbiologist and Director of Infection Prevention and Control,Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust 

Jenny is a currently a consultant microbiologist and DIPC at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, having worked previously in similar roles in the West Midlands and West Sussex. From 2011-2016, she was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hospital Infection, and now remains on the International Editorial Board.

Hannah Molyneux

Team Leader, Liverpool Community Health Continence Promotion Service 

Hannah currently manages the Adult and Paediatric Community Continence service across Liverpool, Hannah has been working in community services within District Nursing since 2008 as a Specialist Community Practitioner  with a special interest in Continence Promotion and Infection Control before specialising in Community Continence in 2015. Hannah has supported the reduction of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection across the trust through the implementation of Harm Free Care.  Hannah’s role is to promote continence awareness to the local community and support the education and training of trust staff, and other outside agencies. Hannah is passionate about patient safety and ensuring patients in the community receive high quality evidence based care.

Dawn Stott

Afpp Chief Executive

Dawn Stott has been the CEO at AfPP for the past six years. She has worked in healthcare for over 25 years and has experience within the primary and secondary care environment.  Her previous roles have included commissioning new hospital builds, commissioning new GP surgery builds, IT implementation programs, customer care training and quality improvement initiatives. Dawn has a strong interest in writing and is an active volunteer with the Prince’s Trust.

Dr Mark Cole

Senior Lecturer - University of Manchester

Mark is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. After completing his undergraduate nurse education in Mental Health and Adult nursing Mark forged an eight year career in Accident and Emergency. He moved to Infection Prevention and Control in 1995 where he worked as a Senior Nurse in Acute, Community and Mental Health Trusts in Lincolnshire. In 2004 Mark transferred to Higher Education and was employed first by the University of Nottingham and then the University of Lincoln before taking up post in his current position. He has led the Continuing Professional Development for Infection Prevention Control in all three universities and has a particular interest in hand hygiene compliance as complex behaviour change. This was the focus of his MSc and PhD.

Professor David Leaper

Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Professor David Leaper qualified from Leeds Medical School in 1970 MB ChB (with honours) and trained in general surgery in Leeds, Scarborough, King’s College and Westminster Hospitals in London with research periods as a Cancer Research Campaign Fellow and Medical Research Council Fellow. He has the Fellowship in Surgery of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh, England and Glasgow. He has two higher degrees by thesis; MD and ChM and was awarded the Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Bristol (1981-1995), with Honorary Consultant status at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He was Professor of Surgery at the University of Hong Kong (1988-1990) and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1995-2004), now Emeritus Professor, with Visiting Chair status at Imperial College, London and Southampton University. Professor Leaper was appointed as Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Huddersfield in 2013.

Mustafa Hilmy

Consultant Urological Surgeon with interest in Female and Reconstructive Surgery York Teaching Hospital 

Mr Hilmy is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at York Teaching Hospital. He has a special interest in reconstruction and functional urology in both men and women.  In addition, he is an Honorary Senior lecturer for Hull and York Medical School -HYMS.

Celebration of Achievement Awards - York Teaching Hospital NHS and Clinical Teaching Excellence Award; HYMS nominee.

He graduated from University of Mosul and moved to Glasgow were he completed his surgical training and was subsequently awarded a higher research degree (MD) from The University of Glasgow.  He is Principal Investigator for two national trials (OPEN and SIMS) and one international trial (PLUS).  He has extensive experience in management of recurrent cystitis (UTI/ interstitial) and is currently involved in two innovative research projects in relation to cystitis with York University.

Professor Christoph Wälti

Project Leader Antibiotic Resistance at the University of Leeds

Christoph is leading the Antibiotic Resistance project at the University of Leeds.  The University has been awarded £3.8m to accelerate the development of infection diagnostics tools that are urgently required to stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics.  The project will bring together twelve researchers from the faculties of Engineering, Biological Sciences and Medicine and Health.  This highly interdisciplinary team will develop a new tool that can be used by doctors to detect the presence of a bacterial or viral infection quickly before antibiotics are prescribed. 



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