Board of Trustees

Antibiotic Research UK is run by the Trustees (Chairman Mr Ashley Burgess), who are elected by the Members.

The charity has a Science Committee which lays out, commissions and monitors the charity’s scientific programme and the Chief Executive is Professor Colin Garner.

The organisational structure of the Charity is shown in this diagram.

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Meet the Board of Trustees

  • Ashley Burgess, Chair of Trustees for Antibiotic Research UK
    Ashley Burgess

    (Chairman, Board of Trustees)

    Ashley Burgess is a Yorkshire based business man and is the founding Director and current Chairman of the family Burgess Group plc and a founding Director of Criddle Burgess Feeds Ltd and Burgess Diagnostic Veterinary Holdings Ltd. He has been Chairman of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust, Scarborough and Ryedale Macmillan Nurse Appeal, Ocean Youth Trust North and Governor Merchant Adventurers City of York.

    He is currently a member of Court University of York where he was awarded the Morrell Fellowship in 2008 and has funded two RNLI lifeboats based in Walmer and Cleethorpes and is an RNLI life governor.

    He supports an annual PhD studentship in the Department of Biology, University of York. Ashley has a keen interest in the problem of antibiotic resistance and believes that we need to act now to tackle this major health problem.

  • Professor Colin Garner
    Professor Colin Garner

    BPharm PhD DSc FRCPath (Chief Executive)

    Colin Garner is both a university academic scientist and scientific entrepreneur. He graduated from Chelsea College, University of London (now Kings College) and did his PhD in biochemical toxicology at University College Hospital Medical School. After a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, USA he returned to the UK to carry out cancer research at the University of Leeds and then for the majority of his career at the University of York. He headed up a cancer research laboratory in the Department of Biology for almost 20 years in which time he published over 200 scientific papers and 30 book chapters on the role of gene-environment interactions in cancer causation. Along with two surgeon colleagues, he created the York cancer charity York Against Cancer which provides funds for education, research and patient support.

    Colin founded three University of York spinout companies and is the founder of Antibiotic Research UK. He believe passionately in the new charity and says ‘there is an urgent need to develop new drugs to tackle antibiotic resistant infections as well as educating the public and professionals about antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic Research UK as a charity can make a substantial impact as it is a non-profit organisation. The Charity is working with some of the world’s experts in antibiotic resistance to reach its goal’. Colin was the founder and Director of the Jack Birch Unit for Environmental Carcinogenesis and was an Honorary Professor of Pharmacology at the Hull York Medical School, University of York.

  • Professor Chris G Dowson
    Professor Chris G Dowson

    BSc PhD

    Professor Chris G Dowson (School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK) has, for many years, examined the emergence and evolution of antibiotic resistance across a wide range of bacteria. His recent focus has been to better understand how penicillin targets bacteria. This began during his postdoctoral time at the University of Sussex, in the laboratory of Professor Spratt (1986-1990) and subsequently with his Lister Institute Centenary Fellowship (1991-1996). He currently holds a personal chair at Warwick University and is a member of the Medical Research Council Infections and Immunity Board.

    Chris’ research is highly collaborative, involving teams of biologists, chemists, engineers and physicists across universities in the UK, worldwide, and all importantly with industry, to help drive innovations from this research forward to a commercial outcome. He is involved with Antibiotic Discovery UK (AD-UK) and has been involved with research fundraising regionally across Warwickshire for the past 16 years with the Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund (MLSRF). He looks forward to brining all of this experience to help develop activities within Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK).

  • Nick Stalbow of Ashust LLP
    Nick Stalbow

    Partner, Ashurst LLPNick, a graduate of the University of Oxford, is a partner at international law firm, Ashurst LLP, based in the London office. Nick has over twelve years’ experience advising sponsors, commercial banks and funds on major infrastructure projects. He brings his strong, commercial background and experience to the Board of Trustees and, to the extent that the charity needs legal support in its day to day activities, he oversees advice provided by Ashurst on a pro bono basis. Nick has a long-standing interest in antibiotic resistance and has been involved with campaigns against the misuse of antibiotics in intensive livestock farming.

  • Christine Bond of the University of Aberdeen
    Professor Christine Bond

    Professor of Primary Care and immediate past Head of Centre of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen
    From 1996-2012 Christine was part time Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health (NHS Grampian) where she established and chaired the Grampian Primary Care Antibiotic Strategy Group’. She has been awarded well over 100 grants (approximate total grant income >£13million) and has over 250 peer reviewed publications relating to a large portfolio of research on the evidence based cost effective use of medicines (prescribed and ‘OTC’), drug misuse, professional collaborations in primary care and the wider health care agenda. She is Editor of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, was an elected member of the Scottish Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) for 10 years and has served on many national Research Panels eg the Health Service Research Committee of the Scottish Office, the MRC College of Experts, the Scottish Ethics Committee, the RPSGB Pharmacy Practice Research Trust Award panel, the Health Services and Pharmacy Practice Conference Panel. She is currently, a member of Pharmacy Research UK Steering Group, and Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Expert Advisory Panel for Science. In 2010 she was awarded the Pharma’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Tolla Curle, Honorary Treasurer
    Tolla Curle MA (Cantab)
    Honorary Treasurer

    Tolla has a MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and trained as an accountant at PWC in Leeds before she moved to PWC London where she was an assistant audit manager. Since then she has held a number of finance positions in Le Meridien Hotels, Smith and Nephew, Northern Foods and Boparan Holdings where she was Group Financial Controller. She is now Group Finance Director – Reporting, Treasury and Governance in the Boparan Private Office. Boparan Private Office comprises food manufacturing, property and restaurant businesses.

    Tolla brings a scientific background together with fantastic financial knowledge and will greatly strengthen ANTRUK’s Trustees. Tolla, who lives in Leeds, says ‘I am really excited to be joining ANTRUK’s Trustees and helping in the fight against antibiotic resistance. As a mum with two young children, I want to make sure that they have the same benefit from effective antibiotics as I and my parents had. As a new charity I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to helping the charity grow.’

  • Sharon Peacock
    Sharon Peacock MA (Cantab) PhD FMedSci CBE

    Sharon is an internationally recognised clinical microbiologist and is currently Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. Sharon qualified as a nurse before moving into academia. She has an MA from the University of Cambridge, a PhD from the University of Oxford and is a member of the Royal College of Pathologists. Her research has focussed on the transmission of antibiotic resistant infections using molecular fingerprinting techniques. She has published over 350 scientific papers, written over 20 book chapters and sat on numerous national and international committees. Sharon co-wrote with Dame Sally Davies the seminal Annual CMO report on ‘Infections and the rise of antimicrobial resistance’ published in 2013. She sits on a number of grant committees including the Wellcome Trust, CARB-X and the MRC.

    Sharon brings to the charity a wealth of knowledge on antimicrobial resistance being one of the world’s experts in the area. Sharon, who lives in Cambridge, says ‘I am delighted to be joining the Board of Trustees as I believe tackling antibiotic resistance is one of the foremost medical issues of the time. I am particularly interested in educating the public and professionals about antibiotic resistance and I hope to be able to make a contribution to this aspect of the charity’s mission.’