New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group

The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) advises the government on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory viruses.

Role of group

NERVTAG is an expert committee of the Department of Health (DH), and advises the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and, through the CMO, to ministers, DH and other Government departments.

It provides scientific risk assessment and mitigation advice on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory virus threats and on options for their management.

Code of practice

New and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (NERVTAG): member code of practice (PDF, 106KB, 13 pages)


Current members are:

  • Professor Jonathan Nguyen Van-Tam, Chair: University of Nottingham
  • Professor Wendy Barclay: Imperial College London
  • Dr Matthew Donati: Public Health England, Bristol Public Health Laboratory and University Hospitals Trust
  • Professor John Edmunds: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Neil Ferguson: Medical Research Council
  • Professor Andrew Hayward: University College London
  • Professor Peter Horby: University of Oxford
  • Dr Benjamin Killingley: Whittington Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Wei Shen Lim: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Jim McMenamin: Health Protection Scotland
  • Professor Peter Openshaw: Imperial College London
  • Dr Malcolm Semple: University of Liverpool
  • Dr Chloe Sellwood: Co-opted Member, NHS England
  • Dr Bob Winter: Co-opted Member, NHS England

Members’ biographies

NERVTAG: member biographies (PDF, 174KB, 5 pages)

Members’ interests

NERVTAG: register of member interests

Annual report

NERVTAG: Annual report December 2014 to December 2015.


NERVTAG: meeting minutes and papers

NERVTAG Secretariat

Public Health England
National Infections Service
Respiratory Diseases Department
61 Colindale Avenue
London NW9 5EQ
Tel: 020 8327 7060

Contact details