Alasdair MacGowan is Lead Public Health Microbiologist for Public Health England – South West, Professor of Antimicrobial Therapeutics, University of Bristol, and Consultant in Infection, North Bristol NHS Trust. He has led a mixed NHS academic research group in the area of antimicrobial chemotherapy for over twenty years, and provides medical input into the National Antibiotic Assay Reference Laboratory, Southmead Hospital. His research interests are in antibacterial pharmacokinetics/dynamics, rapid diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance in the community. Active grants presently total >£20m. He is a former President of BSAC, chairs the BSAC Standing Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance, and is UK representative on European CDC Expert Committee EUCAST.