Senior Leadership Team

Professor Judith Buttriss BSc DipDiet PhD RNutr FAfN
Director General

Judy ButtrissJudy studied Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Surrey. She worked as a research dietitian in Professor John Waterlow’s obesity unit for about a year before returning to Surrey to study for a PhD concerning vitamin C and hepatic drug metabolism, which combined the disciplines of nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. Equipped with a doctorate, Judy worked in various labs as a postdoc researcher, in particular on vitamin E and selenium at Guy’s Hospital Medical School. In 1985 she decided to leave the lab environment and joined the National Dairy Council (NDC) as Senior Nutritionist, where she stayed until 1998 when she joined the BNF as Science Director. She became the BNF’s Director General in October 2007.

“I decided at the age of 14 or 15 that I wanted to study nutrition, my ambition then was to work in a hospital as a dietitian. During my industrial year at university I had the opportunity to work at the Institute of Child Health for 6 months on a research project and this made me realize that I wanted to help build and define the nutrition science evidence base, and a PhD was the route I took, followed by several postdoc contracts. At this point in my career I was looking for a permanent academic post when a job came up at the NDC. It was a huge change at the time but one that set the stage for my career in public health nutrition – building on the skills learned as a dietitian and focused on the communication and dissemination of evidence-based nutrition information. But I have not lost my hunger for learning new things, trying to look at the information before me with fresh eyes and keeping an open mind, whilst ensuring that scientific evidence underpins my efforts. Working at the BNF is full of challenges and opportunities – no two days are ever the same and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”


Mr Roy Ballam BA MA
Managing Director and Head of Education

Roy has responsibility for operations and optimisation of resources at the Foundation, reporting directly to Trustees, while also continuing to lead BNF’s Education work. He also has oversight of BNF branding and IT strategy, as well as the BNF Healthy Eating Week for schools.

Roy originally trained as a secondary school teacher, and has been a Principal Examiner. Roy manages the Foundation’s education programme, Food – a fact of life, and also works on a number of UK and European food and nutrition schools programmes and initiatives. Education work includes the production of innovative resources to support the teaching and learning of food and nutrition in schools, working with government, awarding organisations, NGOs and industry. He is also involved in providing high-quality professional development for teachers via face-to-face and online training. Roy is Chair of the International Federation of Home Economics’ Education Committee.  

Ms Sara Stanner BSc MSc RPHNutr FAfN

Science Director
Sara StannerSara joined the BNF having completed an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from 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 where her activities included the coordination of a project in St Petersburg to investigate the relationship between intrauterine malnutrition and adult cardiovascular disease.

Role at BNF:
Sara is Science Director at the BNF, where her main role is to ensure the accuracy and quality of the scientific output of the science team. She is one of  the editors of Nutrition Bulletin and has been involved in editing several of the BNF’s recent Task Force reports (including Cardiovascular Disease, Healthy Ageing and Nutrition and Development).