Defra Antimicrobial Resistance Coordination (DARC) Group

The Defra Antimicrobial Resistance Coordination (DARC) Group coordinates, advises and reviews Defra activities on antimicrobial usage in animals and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in micro-organisms from feedingstuffs, animals and food.

Membership

Name Representing
Mr Paul Green Veterinary Medicines Directorate - Chairman
Mr Niloy Acharyya Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Prof Peter Borriello Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Dr Marian Bos Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Mr Fraser Broadfoot Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Dr Gillian Clarke Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Zoe Davies Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Dr Kitty Healey Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Helen Jukes Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Elizabeth Marier Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Alexandra Pickering Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Abigail Seager Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Leah Shanks Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Sherene Simon Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Dr Ana Vidal Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Ms Angela Lahuerta Marin Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Dr Muna Anjum Animal and Plant Health Agency
Mr Andrew Frost Animal and Plant Health Agency
Dr Francesca Martelli Animal and Plant Health Agency
Mr Chris Teale Animal and Plant Health Agency
Mr Stephen Wyllie Animal and Plant Health Agency
Dr Andrew Hellewell Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Dr Stephen Webb Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Dr David Verner-Jeffreys Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Mr Jim Blee Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland
Mr Owen Denny Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland
Mr Carl Kennedy Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland
Mr Darrin Fullerton Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland
Ms Ana Pascual Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland
Ms Alison Gadsby Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mr Lee Slater Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mr Alwyn Hart Environment Agency
Dr Paul Cook Food Standards Agency
Mr Milen Georgiev Food Standards Agency
Ms Kirsten Stone Food Standards Agency
Ms Kara Thomas Food Standards Agency
Dr Dominic Mellor Health Protection Scotland
Dr Muhammad Sartaj Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
Dr Angela Kearns Public Health England
Prof Neil Woodford Public Health England
Dr Geoff Foster Scotland’s Rural College
Mr Jesus Gallego Scottish Government
Ms Rebecca Miller Scottish Government
Prof Peter Hawkey University of Birmingham and Heartlands Hospital
Dr Gavin Watkins Welsh Government

Future Meeting Dates

2018 scheduled dates:

  • Wednesday 20 February 2019
  • Tuesday 25 June 2019
  • Friday 06 September 2019
  • Tuesday 26 November 2019

Minutes

Minutes of previous meetings:

Remit

The groups remit includes:

  • Reviewing the Defra action plan and strategy on surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in animals
  • Reviewing surveillance studies on antimicrobial usage and microbial resistance
  • Promoting prudent and optimal use of antimicrobials in animals
  • Considering new approaches and alternatives to antimicrobials as they arise
  • Advising Defra on research ideas as they arise, and reviewing VMD funded research projects
  • Raising public awareness around the issue of antimicrobial resistance

Contact details

darc@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk