AfN People

This section contains information about AfN staff and the many committee members, trustees, volunteers, regional representatives and assessors who give hours of voluntary effort to the organisation.

Also of individuals who have been honoured by AfN for their dedication to raising standards across the field of nutrition.

You can view our organisation structure here.

 

Fiona Royden

Finance Officer

Fiona joined the AfN as part-time Finance Officer on 24 July 2018 and supports AfN with their finances. Fiona is an Oxford University & Guildhall School of Music graduate and an ACA accountant.
Fiona comes to AfN from the National Youth Orchestra, where she was also a part-time Finance Officer, having previously worked as an accountant at the Natural History Museum. Fiona will be combining her 2 days a week working part-time in her AfN Finance Officer role, with her music teaching and performing commitments.

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Dr Glenys Jones

Deputy Chief Executive & Communications Manager

Glenys has a substantial amount of experience working in nutrition research, communications and regulation. As well as with the media, covering online, print and broadcast activities, and in policy development and public health. Glenys' work within the NHS, research, at the MRC and in a freelance capacity has cemented her strong passion for nutrition communications and education. Glenys has also been actively involved in improving health through improved nutrition education for all healthcare professionals and is a strong advocate for the responsible reporting of science in the media.

Glenys joined the AfN team in January 2015, with responsibility for AfN communications, including those to Registrants, policy makers, the media, health professionals, employers and the public. As a Registered Nutritionist herself, Glenys is extremely passionate about professionalism, bringing expertise and knowledge to the team on professional regulation within the nutrition field and governance. She strives to increase wider awareness of Registrants being highly qualified, competent and credible experts in the field of nutrition science. Glenys brings her research and education expertise to AfN and was the Research and Engagement Lead on the project undertaken, with support from Public Health England, to develop nutrition competencies at L1-4 for those in fitness, leisure and catering. On 4th March 2019, Glenys was appointed the Acting Chief Executive, providing AfN with continuity and interim cover until the start of a new Chief Executive in June 2019. Glenys then took on a permanent enhancement to her role, becoming the Deputy Chief Executive and Communications Manager, taking on lead responsibility for the registration team and UKVRN activities.

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Helen Clark

Chief Executive

Helen joined the AfN as Chief Executive on the 3rd June 2019 from being the Director of Membership at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS), supporting the guide movement in 150 countries.

Prior to this Helen enjoyed a long career at the British Psychological Society, where she supported a wide range of functions related to the regulation, education and training of the psychology profession. This culminated in her role as Director of Membership Services, where her portfolio included oversight of professional development and conferences, specialist registration (psychological testing) and support for member networks. During her time at the British Psychological Society Helen put knowledge from her own psychology degree into practice by being able to apply this knowledge and understanding to the registration of individuals, the management of projects for the establishment of practice standards, the development of qualification standards and delivery, and supporting the work undertaken to achieve the statutory regulation of practitioner psychologists.
Helen leads the office team in the delivery of AfN activities and functions, and has lead responsibility for the quality assurance team and education activities..

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Jenny Puddington

Administration Officer

Jenny joined the AfN as Registration Officer in January 2018, before becoming the Administration Officer in February 2020.

Jenny is responsible for supporting the administration of the educational quality assurance of Course Certification and CPD Endorsement schemes, and provides support to enquiries received by the AfN.

Jenny was previously responsible for supporting administration of the UKVRN (the register) and enquiries about registration, and continues to provide support in this area during busy periods of the year.

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Ronald Le Bruin

Registration Officer

Ronald joined the AfN in February 2020 and is responsible for supporting administration of the UKVRN (the register) and enquiries about registration.

Ronald has gained a wealth of experience providing support to those within the health and nutrition sectors. He brings to the AfN his experience of working both at the Health and Care Professions Council and previously from 28-years experience gained within the Department of Health.

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Siobhan Read

Quality Assurance Officer (Education)

Siobhan joined the AfN as Quality Assurance Officer (Education) in July 2017 and is responsible for supporting the administration of the educational quality assurance of degree accreditation.

Siobhan previously provided temporary support to AfN in regards to registration and fitness to practise administration. Prior to this, Siobhan worked as a qualified solicitor before taking a career break to raise her children and explore the exciting adventures of Hong Kong before returning to the UK.

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Vincent Benson

Finance & Corporate Services Manager

Vincent joined the AfN as Finance and Corporate Services Manager in February 2020. Vincent has a wealth of experience as a finance and governance consultant and is an MBA qualified charity accountant.

As both a proactive charity finance manager and experienced planner and project manager, Vincent also oversees contracts and projects for the AfN.

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