My research group consists of PhD students and early and mid-career postdoctoral scientists who share a passion for microbiology. The range of work that we undertake is relatively broad, but is underpinned by questions that are of direct relevance to human and animal health. This includes work in the UK and overseas. Studies into antimicrobial resistance are an important (but not sole) focus of our work. As a group leader, I try to create the right environment to encourage and mentor people into independent careers, and from there to roles as future research leaders.