2017 speakers

Topics will range from future disease threats to the latest scientific research on poultry health.

Jake Davies

Editor, Poultry World

Jake Davis is an experienced trade journalist specialising food, farming and rural affairs.

Based in the UK, he joined Proagrica in 2012 as a reporter for Farmers Weekly and is now an editor of Poultry World, the leading independent magazine serving the commercial poultry sector in the UK.

Jake Davies
Editor
Poultry World

Christine Middlemiss

Chief Veterinary Officer, UK

Christine Middlemiss is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer. She was appointed on 1 March 2018 having been working as the CVO in New South Wales, Australia since July 2016 where she led major improvements to biosecurity across many farming sectors. This work included implementation of new outcome focused, risk based biosecurity legislation; online animal certification processes; improving evidence and risk based disease control approaches.

Prior to moving to Australia, Christine led Defra’s Animal Traceability and Public Health policy team, and also previously surveillance including detection and response to new and emerging diseases such as Schmallenberg and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea. She is an experienced veterinarian. Before joining the UK government services in 2008, Christine worked in private practice with specific interest in research, meat processing and livestock genetics for a number of years in Scotland and the north of England prior to joining the Animal Health Agency (now part of Animal and Plant Health Agency) as a Divisional Veterinary Manager in Scotland.

Christine comes from a farming family in the Borders of Scotland, with a background in beef cattle and sheep.

Christine Middlemiss
Chief Veterinary Officer, UK
DEFRA