Professor Ian Brown has been working as Head of Virology for over 10 years and recently has covered a role Deputy Director of Scientific Services where he has led the Animal and Plant Health Agency Science Programme. As Head of Virology at the APHA - Weybridge, Ian leads 100 staff carrying out diagnosis, surveillance and active programmes of research for avian and mammalian viral diseases, wildlife zoonoses and vector-borne diseases. He is also a Director of WOAH/FAO International Reference Laboratories for Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease and Swine Influenza. Ian is the UK national expert on Avian & Swine Influenza and Newcastle Disease, and has led science response for the AI outbreak 2021-2022. Ian is an adviser to Poultry Health and Welfare Group. He is also a founding member of the OFFLU Laboratory Network and has taken the lead on a number of international issues related to the work of this group both on the avian and swine subgroups. He is the chairperson of OFFLU. Ian has undertaken country-specific missions to advise on the control of HPAI. His specific research interests include the epidemiology, pathogenicity, transmission and infection dynamics in relation to the control of influenza in animal hosts including zoonotic threat. Ian holds a visiting Professorship position in Avian Virology at the University of Nottingham and Honorary Professorship in Pathobiology and Population Sciences with Royal Veterinary College, London. He was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list for services to animal health and welfare.