Career History

  • Registrar Medical Microbiology Manchester Public Health Laboratory 1980-1983
  • Senior Registrar Medical Microbiology Cardiff Public Health Laboratory 1983-1986
  • Senior Registrar Medical Microbiology Central Public Health Laboratory, London 1986-1988
  • Director and Consultant Medical Microbiologist Chester Public Health Laboratory 1988-2001
  • Consultant in Communicable Disease Control Cheshire Health Authority 1989-2001

Academic Background

  • Graduated MB ChB from Manchester University in 1997
  • Diploma in bacteriology from Manchester University in 1983
  • MD from Manchester University in 1990
  • MBA from Open University in 1996
  • Member Royal College Pathologists 1985 (Fellowship in 1995)
  • Member Faculty of Public Health Medicine (Fellow 2005)
    Fellow Institute of Biology 1994

Key Research Interests

The epidemiology of emerging infectious disease especially that linked to environmental factors. Most interest in spread of infection by drinking water, but also recreational water contact and food. Interest in zoonotic diseases. Conducting case-control and other epidemiological studies in the UK, Europe and the developing world. Interest in risk assessment and risk communication

Research Group Membership

Infection and Immunity

Teaching Interests

Primary interest in teaching medical students that infectious diseases remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality even in developed societies, but especially in developing countries. Also getting across the message that research is fun, especially research into infectious disease in general and diarrhoea in particular.

· Teaching to MB BS medical degree and MSc students

· Lead Respiratory Unit course team 2002 – 2005

· Lectures and seminars on environment and health, microbiology and infectious diseases

· Member of Elective module team

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Editor in Chief of Journal of Water and Health
  • Chair of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/World Health Organization expert group on “Approaches to establishing links between drinking water and infectious disease” 1999
  • Chair of Board of Directors of Institute for Public Health and Water Research, Chicago. 2004 to 2010
  • Chair of Scientific Advisory Committee - Suez Environment, Paris 2004 to 2010

Professional Activities

  • Honorary Consultant Medical Microbiologist Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital 2002 to date

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of the EU FP7 AQUAVALENS a 9million Euro project "Protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation"