Fellows of the Association for Nutrition (FAfN)

The following UKVRN Registrants have been awarded Fellowship of the Association of Nutrition:

Ms Arit Ana RNutr FAfN
Ms Arit Ana received her professional training in Nutrition and Dietetics at Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, Nigeria and at King’s College, London. Ms Arit Ana is an expert in the research and teaching of the use of Nigerian foods and exercise to control chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, publishing educational books on the subjects. She worked as a Dietitian at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital before moving to the UK to work  in both voluntary and NHS organisations. She is Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a registered trainer of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).  She worked as a Public Health Nutritionist with Bedfordshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust (PCT), managing the ‘Sure Start Programme’ and the National Health Service UK (NHS). In Newham, East London, Ms Arit. Ana  was actively  involved in partnering Voluntary and Statutory Organisations to reduce health inequalities in vulnerable groups such as South Asians in Upton Park and the African and Caribbean in Stratford, Forest Gate.  She was the Lead worker for the Cardiovascular Heart / Diabetes Health Promotion Group,  responsible for developing  partnership work between community based and statutory organisations and provided support and assistance to community organisations in capacity  building initiatives. She now acts as a consultant to States and Organisations in Nigeria and the UK.

Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE RNutr FAfN
Dr Ashwell leads an Independent Consultancy specialising in research co-ordination and dissemination across the world.  Previous roles include Senior Research Scientist with the Medical Research Council, Principal of the Good Housekeeping Institute, Science Director of the British Nutrition Foundation and a member of Government’s Food Advisory Committee.  Dr Ashwell uses her breadth of experience and novel ideas to work with all sectors and enjoys the variety of challenges that arise.  Her research interests are in the relationships between food, nutrition science and public health as they affect scientists, consumers, the media, the Government and the food industry.

Prof Judith Buttriss RNutr FAfN
Prof Buttriss became Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) in October 2007, having been BNF’s Science Director for almost 10 years. She is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and Kings College London and a Registered Nutritionist. She is currently a member of the Government Office for Science’s Food Research Partnership, Defra’s Family Food committee, and has contributed recently to the work of a DH committee considering fruit and vegetables and a DH Expert Group that considered calorie reduction. She has over 25 years of experience in providing targeted advice on nutrition and applying science to develop nutrition policy, and has written a number of reviews, articles and book chapters on a wide range of diet and health topics, including topics as diverse as health claims, child nutrition, healthy ageing, and sustainable diets.

Prof Janet Cade RNutr FAfN FFAfN
Prof Janet Cade holds a chair in Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Leeds. Her PhD training was at the Environmental Epidemiology Unit in Southampton under the supervision of Prof David Barker. This formed the start of her lifelong research activity (25 years) into public health and epidemiological aspects of nutrition. 

Prof Cade has led the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds since 1994. It is a research-intensive group to create, advance and disseminate nutrition research to make an impact on population health. She has published over 200 papers, abstracts and book chapters and has generated over £5 million in research income. In 2001, Prof Cade was successful in obtaining one of the first DoH/NHS Career Scientist Awards for Public Health in recognition of the work in the area of nutritional epidemiology in a public health context. She is a member of the Committee of Toxicity as an expert nutritionist. 

The professionalisation of nutritionists is of importance to Prof Cade and she has contributed to work of the Nutrition Society and now the Association for Nutrition in this area. She dedicated many years to the UKVRN as Chair of the Registration Committee of the Society and as AfN Registrar.

Prof Philip Calder RNutr FAfN
Prof Calder holds a personal Chair in Nutritional Immunology at the University of Southampton. He is a metabolic biochemist, a Registered Nutritionist and a Fellow of the Society of Biology. His research focuses on understanding the influence of dietary fatty acids on aspects on cell functions and human health, in particular in relation to cardiovascular disease, inflammation and immunity. He was awarded the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal by the UK Nutrition Society (1995), the Belgian Danone Institute Chair, (2004), the Nutricia International Award, (2007, the ESPEN Cuthbertson Lecture, (2008) the New Zealand Nutrition Society’s Muriel Bell Award (2009) and the Louisiana State University Chancellor’s Award in Neuroscience and Medicine (20011). Prof Calder has served on the Council and various Committees of the Nutrition Society and on Committees of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. He is currently President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids and President Elect of the Nutrition Society.  Prof Calder is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition and a member of several other Editorial Boards. He has over 380 research publications; his work has been cited over 11,000 times and he is listed as Highly Cited.

Dr Sheldon Cooper 
RNutr FAfN
Dr Cooper has been a consultant gastroenterologist, with an interest in intestinal failure and clinical nutrition, since 2009, leading a home parenteral nutrition (HPN) service initially in Dudley and now University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) which is developing into one of the larger units in the country.  Dr Cooper is co-chair of the trust’s Nutrition and Hydration Committee.  He has been a Registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition since 2012 and he co-chaired a working group to develop an AfN specialism.

Dr Cooper has been involved at national level with the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) since becoming a consultant: BAPEN Medical committee member 2009-13, then chairing the group 2013-16, delivering symposia within BAPEN annual conferences, standalone training days, delivering European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN) Life Long Learning (LLL) Modules, and teaming up with the British Society of Gastroenterology Small Bowel and Nutrition Section. As chair of BAPEN Education and Training Committee 2010-13 he led the development of the “BAPEN Principles of Good Nutritional Practice: Decision Trees”, forming national guidance documents. With these appointments Dr Cooper has sat on BAPEN Executive for 3 years and BAPEN Council for 6 years, as well as sitting on BAPEN Programmes Committee helping to deliver the annual conference. Dr Cooper is Associate Editor for “Clinical Nutrition – ESPEN” and has been a peer-reviewer for NHS England 2012-13 for HIFNET process, (National Intestinal Failure and HPN). 

Dr Cooper has been an invited speaker at national and regional conferences and events for different societies. He is also an approved ESPEN LLL teacher, providing modules towards the ESPEN diploma and delivers nutritional lectures at the Medical School in the University of Birmingham and also to training doctors regionally and within the hospital. 

Dr Cooper has published widely in the field of nutrition, holds an MSc in Nutritional Medicine and his doctoral thesis included nutritional factors in the epidemiological studies he performed examining the aetiologies of oesophageal adenocarcinoma. He continues to undertake research including supervising at PhD level.

Prof Nick Finer RNutr FAfN
Prof Finer is Consultant in Obesity Medicine at University College Hospital, London and a member of the Vascular Physiology Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. He is Honorary Professor in the Department of Medicine at University College London, and Visiting Professor at Sydney University and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Prof Finer chairs the International Association for the Study of Obesity Education and Management Task Force, is past-chair of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity and editor-in-chief of Clinical Obesity. His research focuses on clinical aspects of obesity and associated endocrine disease. He lectures widely on matters related to obesity and over-nutrition.

Prof Alison Gallagher RNutr FAfN
Prof Gallagher holds a BSc Hons Human Nutrition (1992) and a PhD (1996) from the University of Ulster, and worked as Research Fellow at University of Strathclyde before working as the Postdoctoral lead on the Northern Ireland Young Hearts Project, a longitudinal study of risk factors for health and disease from early life through to young adulthood (1997-1999). Following this she took up an academic position at the University of Ulster, being promoted in 2007 to Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition, and more recently to Professor of Public Health Nutrition where she is currently Subject Head for Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, providing academic leadership to the subject team. She actively contributes to the research conducted within the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) with research interests including obesity and development of risk factors for disease, physical activity and health, and health effects of plants and plant components.  

A Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) since 2001, Prof Gallagher has also been an active member of the Nutrition Society for over 20 years and more recently served as Treasurer of the Nutrition Society (Irish Section) and currently holds the position on Honorary Programmes Secretary with the Nutrition Society. She is an advocate for the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP), having participated in the ENLP seminar in 1997 and being substantially involved with this international leadership programme since. She has been a course accreditation assessor for Association for Nutrition (and formerly for UKVRN) and is an active supporter of the professionalization of nutrition. 

Ms Sigrid Gibson RNutr FAfN
Sigrid Gibson has over 30 years’ experience in Nutrition Science and it application to public health. A Registered Nutritionist since 2007 she holds degrees from Cambridge University (BA Hons, MA in Natural Sciences) and from London University (MSc in Human Nutrition), and has wide experience from posts in government, industry, research and consultancy. Her company Sig-Nurture, provides services to government, the food industry, not-for profit and academic sectors. Her main research area is nutritional epidemiology, especially the analysis and interpretation of data, and her principal focus is dietary patterns and nutrients intakes and their links to micronutrient status, obesity and metabolic health.

Sigrid Gibson has been a contractor to the Food Standards Agency, Department of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 8 projects, including a major review of the Dietary Survey Programme. She has published more than 70 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mostly as first author, and has lectured at many national and international conferences. As an independent consultant, she provides evidence and data to guide product development, reformulation and communication strategies. She collaborates with other researchers on a “pro bono” basis is a founding member of the self-employed nutritionists group, SENSE.

Dr Juliet Gray RNutr FAfN

Dr Gray obtained a degree in nutrition from the University of Surrey and became a Registered Dietitian.  After working as a research dietitian at the hospital for tropical disease, London, she returned to the University of Surrey where she completed a PhD in nutritional biochemistry.  She was later appointed as the first Science Director of the British Nutrition Foundation. After leaving that post she worked as a   independent consultant in nutrition and dietetics and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of public health nutrition.  In recent years she has worked as scientific advisor to the British Egg Industry Council and for Harrison Catering Services, a company specialsing in educational catering. Dr Gray has been a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health since 1997). She has been Chair of the Editorial Board of the British Nutrition Foundation’s Nutrition Bulletin since 2000. 

Ms Zoe Griffiths
 RNutr FAfN
Ms Griffiths is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with over 20 years experience working with a variety of public health organisations at a national, local and regional level. Ms Griffiths has run multiple public programmes and developed nutrition strategies to improve the health of the population and enable professionals to improve their nutrition practice. Ms Griffiths has also run hundreds of nutrition training coursed for caterers, teachers, health professionals and workplaces and is an experienced trainer.

Ms Griffiths has specialised in working in health promotion and public health. This has included leading the roll out of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme in the South West, co-developing the West Surrey Weight Management Scheme and working with Bristol City Council to offer healthy eating sessions for schools.

Currently, Ms Griffiths also lectures on public health nutrition topics at Bath Spa University. Ms Griffiths has previously lectured on public health nutrition at the University of Bristol and the University of Surrey.

Ms Griffiths is passionate about supporting nutrition graduates to find suitable employment after graduation and talks at universities to support students to get the job they want. Ms Griffiths also supports newly qualified nutritionists after graduation via email and social media.

Dr Rubina Hakeem
 RNutr FAfN
Dr Hakeem is a graduate of RLAK College of Home Economics, Karachi, earned a doctorate from King’s College, London and is Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Taibah University Madinah, Saudi Arabia. She has been Professor of Nutrition and Principal at Raana Laiqat Ali Khan College of Home Economics, Karachi.  She serves the field of nutrition through her roles in organisations such as Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society,  Pakistan Home Economics Association,  National Association of Diabetes Educators of Pakistan,  Nutrition Society UK,  International Federation of Home Economics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Dr Hakeem has contributed to nutrition projects conducted by Nutrition Division of National Institute of Health Pakistan, Allama Iqbal Open University Pakistan, World Health Organization, World food Program, Baqai Institute of Diabetes, Karachi and the Aga Khan University, Karachi and has 30 years’ experience of teaching and research.  She has published over 40 scientific research papers and is founder and Editor–In-Chief of an International Journal of Human Development titled NURTURE.  She developed a generic food photograph atlas for dietary assessment and is working to develop Pakistani cooked foods composition data base.

Prof Simon Langley-Evans RNutr FAfN
Prof Langley-Evans is a graduate of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College,University of London and the University of Southampton. Having completed a Wellcome Trust Fellowship he took up an academic position in the School of Medicine at Southampton, later moving to University College Northampton before joining the University of Nottingham in 2001. He was awarded his Chair in Human Nutrition in 2005. Prof Langley-Evans is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, letters and commentaries. His standing and influence in the nutritional programming field is reflected by the high citation of his authoritative review articles, which often challenge commonly accepted hypotheses. Considered by some to be a pioneer in the nutritional programming field, his early papers on the developmental programming of blood pressure and renal development are the most widely cited studies of experimental approaches to the study of these phenomena and helped to define the field. Other esteem indicators of relevance include his extensive participation in grant review (for UK research councils, the Scottish Government and overseas organisations such as Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Health Canada and the Australian Government), peer review of publications, requests to provide book chapters, and invitations to participate in international conferences and workshops.

Prof Susan Lanham-New RNutr FAfN

Prof Lanham-New is Professor of Human Nutrition and Head of the Nutritional Sciences department at the University of Surrey. She has been an academic member of staff within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey since 1996, having previously worked and studied at the University of Aberdeen and the Rowett Research Institute in Scotland. Her research focuses on the area of nutrition and bone health, for which she has won a number of awards including the Nutrition Society Medal for her work on the role of the skeleton in acid-based homeostasis. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and is Editor in Chief of the Nutrition Society Textbook Series (6 books, >50,000 copies sold). She is also Editor (with Professor J-P Bonjour, Geneva) of the first academic textbook on Nutritional Aspects of Bone Health. She is on the Editorial Board of Osteoporosis International and Osteoporosis Review. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed original papers, book chapters and reviews and raised more than £5.5M in research grants. She has 12 students who have successfully completed their PhD and a further 6 students in active PhD study. She is a member of the Nutrition Forum for the National Osteoporosis Society, the Scientific Advisory Group of the British Nutrition Foundation, the BNF Taskforce on ageing and was Honorary Communications Officer of the UK Nutrition Society from 2000-2006. She has also been awarded Fellowship status of the Society of Biology.

Dr Clare Leonard RNutr FAfN
After obtaining a degree and PhD in nutrition science from Surrey University, Dr Leonard moved into the food industry and has worked for Unilever and Cereal Partners Worldwide before joining Kraft. She has worked in the food industry for over 14 years and as such has a wealth of experience applying nutrition science in the context of food production. Dr Leonard is currently the Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Nutrition for Kraft Foods Europe. She manages a team of over 60 scientists responsible for scientific and regulatory affairs and nutrition for the European business.

Dr Leonard currently sits on the European Food Information Council Board of Directors, Chairs the Food DrinkEurope Science Committee, serves on the Public Engagement Committee of the Nutrition Society, and is an active member of the Editorial Advisory Board of BNF Nutrition Bulletin. In the past Clare was Chair of the Nutritionists in Industry Group (2002-2005) and Chair of the Nutrition Strategy Group of IGD (2005-2008).

Prof Louis Levy RNutr FAfN
A Registered Nutritionist since 2001 Prof Levy's career over 20 years has involved nutrition research, health promotion and policy. In the Food Standards Agency Dr Levy had responsibility for development and implementation of nutrition policy and messaging across the UK. His work now sits within the Department of Health.

Prof Levy has experience in basic and applied research and led the Food Acceptability and Choice & Food Choice Inequalities research programmes at the Food Standards Agency. He provides advices to many cross Government steering groups and has previously contributed to NICE Guidance. His current work areas includes, among others, scientific advice to internal DH teams, the Responsibility Deal, 5 A DAY and Government Buying Standards. He is responsible for consistency of nutrition messaging including the eatwell plate, NHS Choices & Change4Life content, Change4Life, and generic nutrition advice. Prof Levy continues to appraise research applications and peer review papers arising from commissioned R&D.

Prof Levy has served in two positions on Nutrition Society Council and External Affairs Committee and is an Association for Nutrition registration appraiser. He is an active supporter of the professionalisation of Nutrition and actively supported nutrition CPD both within and outside his organisation both at the group and individual level.

Prof Julie Lovegrove RNutr FAfN

Prof Lovegrove holds the Hugh Sinclair Chair of Human Nutrition and is Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR), University of Reading. After graduating from University of Surrey with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, she undertook a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry. Prof Lovegrove then moved to the University of Reading where she now leads the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, its mission to advance and teach evidence-based nutritional science to improve health and prevent disease. Her research interests include how diet, particularly dietary fats, flavonoids and nitrates, influence cardiometabolic risk, and specifically vascular dysfunction, lipid metabolism, insulin resistance, and nutrient-gene interactions.

Prof Lovegrove has played a key role in nutrition course accreditation from its inception and is the current Chair of the AfN Accreditation Committee. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN), Carbohydrate Working Group and the Project Board for the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS). She has also been active as a member of the Nutrition Society for over 20 years, including serving on Council in 2004-7. Prof Lovegrove has been a RNutr since 2003.

Prof Nicola Lowe
 RNutr FAfN

Prof Lowe is Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire and Co-Director of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Food Safety Studies. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in trace mineral metabolism, Prof Lowe spent four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where she conducted research examining the homeostatic response to dietary zinc depletion.

Prof Lowe primary area of research is micronutrient metabolism with a particular focus on Zinc. She has worked on European Union (EU Framework 6), NHS, National Institutes for Health (USA), US Department of Agriculture, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Wellcome Trust funded projects. She is currently involved in projects in Europe, USA, Peru and Pakistan and has recently been awarded a COST Action grant from the EC to establish an international Zinc-Network. She is a member of the international Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development (BOND) panel and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prof Lowe is also the Research Director and Chair of the board of trustees for the Abaseen Foundation. This Lancashire based charity is working alongside community members in rural villages in North West Pakistan, to improve education, nutritional status and health care provision.

Dr David Mela RNutr FAfN

David Mela is a Senior Scientist at Unilever R&D in Vlarrdingen, the Netherlands. He followed a PhD in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University with an academic research career at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia and then the Institute of Food Research in the UK, before joining Unilever in 1998. He has published over 100 professional papers on a diversity of topics, mainly sensory perception and food choice, appetite and eating behavior, and energy metabolism and weight control, in addition to numerous presentations in these areas. His responsibilities in Unilever focus on innovation research in metabolic health, providing scientific guidance on related business, technical and regulatory issues, and representation in various external academic and industrial scientific collaborations. He has furthermore been a member of a UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition since his initial appointment in 2005.

Prof Geraldine McNeill RNutr FAfN
Prof McNeill trained in Medicine and Physical Anthropology at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, with a year as a volunteer on a Save the Children Fund mother and child health and nutrition project in Burkina Faso, W Africa. She obtained her MSc and PhD in Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with doctoral field work on adult energy under-nutrition in rural S India. In 1986 she moved to Aberdeen where she undertook full time research on energy intake, expenditure and body composition at the Rowett Research Institute. From 1991-2004 she was employed in teaching and research in human nutrition at the University of Aberdeen with a focus on nutrition epidemiology and public health nutrition. Prof McNeill coordinated the MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism programme from 1991-2000, has acted as external examiner for four other MSc programmes in human nutrition and has supervised 17 doctoral students to completion. In 2014 she took early retirement but continues to work part time as an Emeritus Professor of Public Health Nutrition.

Prof McNeill has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been a member of national and international research grant panels, research ethics committees and government advisory committees on diet.

Prof Andy Ness RNutr FAfN
Prof Ness qualified in medicine from Nottingham University. He was a Wellcome training fellow in clinical epidemiology at Cambridge. Prof Ness was a senior lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Bristol until 2007 when he was appointed to chair. He is head of the lifecourse epidemiology and population oral health research group. Prof Ness has interests in early life exposures, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, cardiovascular risk and in cleft lip and palate and head and neck cancer. He is director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle. Prof Ness is principal investigator on the head and neck 5000 clinical cohort study and the cleft care (UK) cross-sectional survey.

Dr Penelope Nestel RNutr FAfN
Dr Nestel joined the register in 2008. After completing her undergraduate degree in nutrition at the University of London, she went on to study Tropical Agricultural Development, specialising in Agricultural Economics at Reading University. She completed her PhD at the University of London working with the International Livestock Centre for Africa on nutrition in the Maasai tribe in Kenya.

Dr Nestel has been at the University of Southampton for nine years where she is a Principal Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine. She has developed and leads the MSc in Public Health and its nutrition pathway. Before joining the University Dr Nestel worked in international nutrition for over 20 years under the auspices of Tulane University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the International Food Policy Research Institute and as a consultant. During this time she was involved in research and programme implementation on dietary diversity, micronutrient supplementation, food fortification and bio-fortification in developing countries. She was also responsible for managing the micronutrient operations research portfolio for an international donor. Dr Nestel is on the AfN Accreditation Committee.

Dr Ann Prentice RNutr FAfN Hon.FAfN
Dr Ann Prentice has been an academic nutrition scientist for over 30 years, based with the Medical Research Council. Initially working as a post-doctoral scientist researching the nutrition requirements of pregnant and lactating women in the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, Dr Prentice more recently became Director of MRC Human Nutrition Research and MRC programme leader in the area of nutrition and bone health. Ann has worked extensively abroad, most notably in The Gambia, West Africa, and has been active in promoting scientific excellence, through training of PhD/MDstudents and post-doctoral fellows, research technology transfer to Africa, Asia and China, and translation of evidence into policy and practice in the UK and internationally. Dr Prentice is currently Chair of the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, having been a member for the last ten years, and a Past president of the Nutrition Society, and has championed the importance of the UKVRN since its inception.

Dr S Reeves RNutr FAfN

Dr Sue Reeves RNutr is the Head of Undergraduate Provision and Student Experience in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Roehampton where she has also been Programme Convenor of the Nutrition and Health degree for the last 14 years.  She gained her PhD in energy metabolism from Oxford Brookes University before introducing Nutrition to the existing programmes at St Mary’s University College.  She has been a Registered Nutritionist for more than 15 years and was one of the first successfully recruited and trained voluntary Course Assessors, she is currently a CPD assessor for the AfN.  Sue has been an external examiner and been on numerous validation panels for nutrition programmes at many universities around the UK.  In 2015 she was awarded a Visiting Scholar Fellowship to St John’s College, Oxford.  She has published more than 50 papers related to obesity, sports nutrition, breakfast, the role of diet in polycystic ovary syndrome and coeliac disease, and has been awarded external funding from the research councils, the food industry, the NHS & charities; her most recent project is an international collaboration funded by the MRC ‘Improving healthy energy balance and obesity related behaviours among pre-schoolers in Malaysia’.

Prof Tom Sanders RNutr FAfN

Prof Sanders was appointed to the Chair of Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College London in 1994. He has served on governmental advisory groups as a member of its Steering Group on Chemical Aspects of Food Surveillance and later with the FSA as a Member of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (1994-2001). He was also a member of the FSA sponsored Scientific Advisory Committee of the Joint Health Claims Initiative evaluating nutrition and health claims. Professor Sanders participated in: the United Nations FAO/WHO Joint Expert Consultation on Fats and Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition 2008; workshops organised by the FSA; European projects (e.g. the EU Benefits and Risks Associated with Food project); and conferences organised by ILSI Europe on assessing health benefits; participated and chaired the British Nutrition Foundation Task Force on Nutrition & Development (2013). This is in addition to providing scientific advice to national and multinational food and agricultural industries and consumer groups.

Prof Sanders has a strong track record in research and publications on nutrition and health. He has published over 250 articles (Web of Science H-Index 42). He is an experienced mentor for junior nutrition, having supervised 28 doctoral theses. Prof Sanders has extensive broadcasting experience, having been an interviewee on TV and radio and occasional presenter of segments on TV from the 1980s onwards.

Prof Colette Shortt
 RNutr FAfN

Prof Shortt is a science graduate of the National University of Ireland, Cork with post-graduate qualifications in nutrition (MSc, PhD) and a business qualification (MBA) from the School of Business Management, University of Surrey.  As part of her post-graduate education, Prof Shortt has conducted nutrition research in Ireland, Canada and at the Rowett Research Institute, Scotland. 

Prof Shortt was one of the founding editorial board members of Trends in Food Science & Technology. Before joining Johnson & Johnson where she is currently part of the Global Franchise Organisation, she held a research nutrition position at SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare and was science director at Yakult UK. Prof Shortt is a Registered Nutritionist, a Visiting Professor to the University of Ulster and on the boards of the International Sweeteners Association and the International Life Science Institute Europe.

Ms Sara Stanner RNutr FAfN 
Ms Stanner is the Science Director at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), a charity providing evidence-based information on food and nutrition.  She joined the Foundation in 1999 having completed an MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Prior to this she worked at the Centre of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk at University College London Medical School investigating the effect of intrauterine malnutrition on adult cardiovascular disease.  Her role at BNF involves managing the science team, which develops resources and training for health professionals, those working in industry and the general public. Ms Stanner is responsible for the quality and accuracy of the Foundation’s outputs, including its media communications. She has given radio and TV interviews on a wide range of nutrition topics and published several books for both health professionals and consumers.  She was the Public Engagement Theme Leader/Honorary Officer for the Nutrition Society (2005-2012), the diet ‘Lifecoach’ for the Sunday Telegraph (2008-2014) and the mother and baby expert for Sainsburys’ LittleOnes Magazine. Ms Stanner is one of the editors of Nutrition Bulletin and has been involved in editing several of the BNF’s Task Force reports (including Cardiovascular Disease, Healthy Ageing and Nutrition and Development).

Prof Martin Wiseman RNutr FAfN FFAfN

Prof Wiseman is a Medical and Scientific Adviser to the World Cancer Research Fund International.  He was project director for the 2007 WCRF/AICR expert report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective and its companion report Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention. Food, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: a Global Perspective, published in February 2009. In addition, he is a Visiting Professor at Southampton University.

Prof Wiseman qualified as a physician from Guy's Hospital in London in 1975.  He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1977 and followed a traditional career path as a GP until 1981, when he developed an interest in clinical research.  He has published papers on diabetes and kidney function and the effects of nutrition on them. He moved to the Department of Health in 1986 but retained an appointment within the NHS, where he continued with clinical activities in a diabetes clinic. From 1986 Prof Wiseman was Head of the Nutrition Unit at the Department of Health, where he had responsibility for nutrition science, including the work of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy, for nutrition surveys, and for advising on and implementing nutrition policy. 

Prof Wiseman was Honorary External Relations Officer of the Nutrition Society from 2001 to 2006, and was previously Honorary Treasurer of the Association for Nutrition. He is Chair of the Management Team of the Intercollegiate Group on Nutrition of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Prof Parveen Yaqoob
 RNutr FAfN

Prof Yaqoob is Professor of Nutritional Physiology, Deputy Head of the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences and School Director of Research for Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy at the University of Reading. Over the last 25 years, Prof Yaqoob's research has made a significant contribution to understanding of the effects of dietary components on inflammation and immunity, which was recognised in 2003 by the award of the Nutrition Society Silver Medal.

Prof Yaqoob has served on Editorial Boards of nutrition journals and textbooks and played an active role in the work of the Nutrition Society, holding the post of Theme Leader for Cellular and Molecular Nutrition from 2003-2008, and serving on the External Development, Scientific Development Committees and Council. She is currently a member of the Steering Group of the BBSRC Diet and Health Research Industry Club and a member of a British Nutrition Foundation Task Force on Cardiovascular Disease. In education, Prof Yaqoob played a key role in the development of an MSc (launched 2000) and a BSc (launched 2005) in Nutrition and Food Science, which was recognised by a Team Teaching Award at the University of Reading in 2006.

Dr Kate Younger RNutr FAfN
Dr Younger was bitten by the nutrition bug while studying Biology (Physiology) at the University of Durham and went on to do the MSc in Human Nutrition at (then) Queen Elizabeth College (now King’s), University of London. Her MSc project on n-3 PUFA led to a PhD in obesity (brown adipose tissue) at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, University of Cambridge. Post-Doc in Dublin followed, and Kate is now a lecturer in Applied Physiology and Nutrition in the Dublin Institute of Technology, and has been involved in the BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics since 1986. Dr Younger recently led the team that developed a new BSc in Public Health Nutrition at the DIT, approved in 2012, of which she is now Course Director. Teaching and associated administration of these courses comprises her main workload, along with supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition research projects, most recently in the field of infant feeding.

Dr Younger has been a member of the UKVRN since 2000, and of the Nutrition Society since 1980; she was a founding member (in 1989) of the Irish Section of the Nutrition Society. She has been Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society and then Nutrition Research Reviews, took on the role of Honorary Publications Officer for the Nutrition Society in 2002 (to 2007) and has been Honorary Treasurer since 2010.

The following Fellows of the Association for Nutrition have sadly passed away

Dr Janice Harland RNutr FAfN (deceased)
Dr Janice Harland was a highly qualified nutritionist (PhD, BSc Hons University of Newcastle, RNutr) with over 20 years’ experience in Food & Agriculture businesses and in Nutrition & Health Organisations. In 1998 she established her business, HarlandHall Associates, specialising in providing independent nutrition and health guidance and also regulatory advice, particularly related to foods or ingredients that carry nutrition and health claims.  She provided input to the whole process from reviewing and interrogating nutrition and health science databases to establish to what is known about a food product, to making the science work in systematic reviews and meta-analyses for scientific publications and applications, identifying the requirement for further research programmes and helping to establish and coordinate these where required, and finally helping to devise and implement the communication strategy to a wider audience. Janice also lectured part-time for the University of Bath Spa's AfN accredited nutrition course. 


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