Dr Mike Bedford
ABVista Limited

Since 2007, Dr. Michael Bedford has been working as Research Director at AB Vista, Marlborough Wiltshire, United Kingdom, responsible for overseeing the company’s research into feed enzymes, yeast, betaine, and other associated additives.  

Mike graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK in animal nutrition, and all his post-graduate studies were completed in Canada. His PhD thesis was about factors influencing polyamine metabolism in chickens and he did a post-doc with Dr. Hank Classen, which took him into the field of feed enzymes.   He has over 200 publications in total, of which 163 are refereed full scientific papers and 127 are abstracts of material presented at conferences. Also, he has several patents, has written 9 book chapters as well as having three books published

Professor Richard Ducatelle
University of Ghent

Graduated from University of Ghent in Belgium in 1978. He then completed a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology in 1983. He was a scientific advisor to the Belgium government from 1984 to 1989 and has been a Professor in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Ghent since 1989. He has been President of WVPA Belgian branch since 1991 and also a Past-President of the ESVP. He has been the author or co-author of more than 700 scientific publications listed in the Web of Science and more than 400 abstracts in proceedings of international congresses.

He has spoken at more than 200 national and international congresses. Professor Ducatelle’s research is mainly on intestinal health and on interactions on zoonotic agents with the animal host reservoir, with a focus on poultry (necrotic enteritis, dysbacteriosis, Salmonella) and on swine (gastric ulcers, Helicobacter). He has mentored more than 34 PhD theses in this field of research.

Dr Farina Khattak

Dr Farina Khattak is a poultry nutritionist with 25 years of experience in teaching and research of Poultry Science. She graduated with distinction from N.W.F.P Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan, with BSc (Hons) in Animal Husbandry and MSc (Hons) in Poultry Science. Thereafter, she gained her PhD in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen in 1997.

Currently, in her role as a Commercial Study Director at Monogastric Science Research Centre at SRUC, she is responsible for the planning, execution, analysis and reporting of poultry research projects. She works closely with several national and international poultry industries, and her studies range from proof of concept to novel, in-depth investigations on new products tested. Her research focuses on exploring the role of nutritional interventions in improving production, gut health, carcass quality, and welfare indicators in broilers, layers and turkeys. In addition, since 2015, she has been working on refining the disease challenge models that allow testing of nutritional strategies to substitute antibiotics that can maintain poultry health and productivity without triggering antimicrobial resistance and thus allow safe food production.

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.

Elinor McCartney
Pen and Tec

Dr Elinor McCartney has over 30 years’ experience in product development and EU regulatory affairs for multiple categories, including food and feed additives, novel foods and nutrition and health claims. Elinor is a graduate of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, where she also obtained a PhD in enteric diseases of piglets. She has an MBA (with distinction) and has tutored Finance and Marketing for the Open University Business School.

In 2000, Elinor set up Pen & Tec Consulting to help companies comply with EU regulations and legally sell their food and feed products in Europe. Elinor mainly provides strategic advice to clients onlegal status and best regulatory options to accelerate time to market.  Dr Elinor McCartney is a renowned professional public speaker in the food industry, having presented at various international conferences concerning food and feed law and delivering training courses to large groups of professionals both face to face and online

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, Czech Republic

Dr. Ivan Rychlik is a leader of Salmonella research group at the Veterinary Research Institute in Brno, Czech Republic and associate professor at the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic. His group consists of 15 members and main research interests include characterisation of chicken and pig gut microbiota with special emphasis on the identification of chicken gut microbiota members restricting Salmonella and Campylobacter colonisation and pig microbiota members increasing piglet resistance to Clostridium perfringens

Reg Smith
Formerly of Faccenda