David Livermore gained his BSc in 1978 and PhD in 1983. He worked at the London Hospital Medical College from 1980 to ‘97 then joined the PHLS (now PHE), becoming Director of its Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring and Reference Laboratory. In 2011 he became Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of East Anglia, where he remains. He has worked and written extensively on the evolution and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, has edited for several journals, and serves on the Government’s Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee. Outside work he walks, including the 3500-mile perimeter of England and Wales.