The British Nutrition Foundation has a small team of dedicated nutrition experts, educationalists and administrators.
Professor Judith Buttriss BSc DipDiet PhD RNutr FAfN, Director General
Judy 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.
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 for finance, governance, 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 international 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.
Ms Sara Stanner BSc MSc RPHNutr FAfN, Science Director
Sara 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.
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).
Bridget Benelam BSc MSc, Nutrition Communications Manager
Having achieved a BSc in Biochemistry (University of Manchester), Bridget studied for an MSc in Human Nutrition (King’s College London). From 2005-06 she worked at the Food Standards Agency, joined BNF in 2006 as a Nutrition Scientist.
Bridget’s role is focussed on communication of nutrition science to a range of stakeholders, including helping to coordinate BNF’s media communications. BNF has a 24 hour press office that provides information and comment for journalists and also proactively engages with the media on key events and publications with the aim to get evidence-based information on nutrition and health out to a wide audience.
Ayela Spiro BSc, Nutrition Science Manager
After a previous career in arts and fashion management, Ayela graduated from Kings College, London with a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics, and began her nutrition career as a research dietitian at Imperial College, where she developed a special interest in cancer and malnutrition, and was awarded the Nutricia Clinical Research Prize. Ayela has subsequently developed strategies for elderly malnutrition with key health and charity organisations including Age UK, the Malnutrition Task Force and Guy's and St Thomas' and has been involved in nutrition research required for the Department of Health and the National Patient Safety Agency. Ayela is Nutrition Science Manager at BNF. At the heart of her role is providing expert advice and communicating evidence-based nutrition science and its association with public health concerns to key audiences including consumers, health professionals, charities, the media and the food industry. This strong interest in evidence-based public health was developed at the start of Ayela’s nutrition career as a research dietitian, and has continued in her work as a nutrition scientist.
Ayela has been published in several journals including the British Journal of Cancer and Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and is regularly invited to speak at conferences. Among her other responsibilities within BNF she is involved with working with academics on impact for research grant applications, leads on the conference/webinar science programme. Ayela also oversees a robust information production process helping to ensure output is of high quality, evidence-based and applicable to the needs of the audience it is aimed at.
Claire Theobald BA QTS, Education Services Manager
Claire graduated from the University of Lancaster with a BA (Hons) QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in 1999. She went on to teach pupils in middle and primary schools where she held a number of responsibility posts including being a member of the Senior Management team, Upper Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator and PSHE/Citizenship Co-ordinator. She joined the British Nutrition Foundation in September 2005 as an Education Officer and was promoted to Senior Education Officer in 2009.
Claire develops educational materials to support the teaching of healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from. She also delivers practical food training with primary school teachers, and trainee teachers across the UK. Claire acts as a consultant to review and develop educational materials for independent and government organisations.
Frances Meek BA QTS, Senior Education Officer
Frances graduated from the University of North London with a BA in Hotel and Catering Management and then worked in the catering industry as a catering manager for a number of years. Following this, she set up a consultancy business running health and safety and food hygiene courses.
Frances then decided to retrain as a teacher and followed the Graduate Teacher Programme to gain her QTS. Frances has worked in a variety of educational establishments and in particular as Teacher in Charge of Food Technology at a girl’s grammar school in Kent. Frances joined the British Nutrition Foundation in August 2014 and is responsible for supporting the Foundation’s work with secondary schools and their students.
Anne de la Hunty MSc, Senior Nutrition Scientist/Nutrition Bulletin Editor
Anne completed a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at Kings College, London in 1987. After spending some time in Kenya, teaching in a secondary school, she joined the BNF as a Nutrition Scientist in 1989. In 1993, she moved to the Department of Health as scientific secretary to COMA and was involved in the production of the 1994 COMA Report Nutritional Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease, the Panel on Novel Food’s nutritional assessment of Olestra and the 1998 COMA Report on the Nutritional Aspects of Cancer.
After a career break when her children were young, she worked as an independent nutrition consultant, helping to compile scientific submissions to EFSA in support of health claims and carrying out dissemination work for a couple of EU-funded research projects. In 2018 she worked at Public Health England on a short-term project to establish the UK Nutrition and Health Claims Committee as a contingency for a no-deal Brexit. She returned to the BNF as Editor of the Nutrition Bulletin and Senior Scientist in 2019, thus completing the circle.
Dr Stacey Lockyer BSc MSc PhD RNutr, Senior Nutrition Scientist
Stacey was inspired to work in public health nutrition by the launch of the FSA’s 5-a-day campaign during her degree in Biology with Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and went on to study MSc Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Reading, working on a human study looking into fish oil and vascular function for her dissertation. Stacey spent the next two years as a research assistant investigating the effects of ApoE genotype and dietary fat manipulation on heart disease risk markers before beginning her PhD studying olive leaf polyphenols, part of which involved running a human study at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University in Auckland New Zealand. Stacey was the Nutrition Society Student Member of Council for two years during her PhD which involved organising conference events for student members along with writing for the Nutrition Society Gazette. Following gaining her doctorate Stacey worked at the Royal College of Physicians as a research fellow, performing systematic reviews for the development of NICE guidelines before joining the BNF as a nutrition scientist in June 2015.
Sarah Coe BSc RNutr, Nutrition Scientist
Sarah graduated with a BSc in Nutrition from the University of Surrey, where she also completed a professional training year working in the nutrition team at Unilever. Sarah joined the Science team at BNF in 2009 as a Research Assistant and is now a Nutrition Scientist. Sarah conducts horizon scanning activities, develops social media content and communicates evidence-based nutrition science to a variety of audiences. Sarah also provides technical support proofreading content for BNF’s journal Nutrition Bulletin and reviews and develops BNF website content. Sarah was Technical Editor and Secretariat of BNF’s latest Task Force report Cardiovascular Disease: Diet, Nutrition and Emerging Risk Factors, 2nd Edition, and co-authored one of the chapters of this report.
Helena Gibson-Moore BSc RNutr, Nutrition Scientist
Helena joined BNF further to graduating with first class BSc (Hons) degree in Human Nutrition at Kingston University in 2008. As a nutrition scientist at the Foundation, Helena's responsibilities include appraising and reviewing scientific information and translating it into clear evidence-based messages to a variety of audiences. She also contributes to the media service, which involves answering nutrition and health enquiries from journalists as well as giving television and radio interviews. Helena plays a key role in the organisation of the BNF conference and webinar programme.
Helena is an AfN Registered Public Health Nutritionist with a particular interest in pregnancy and early years nutrition.
Dr Simon Steenson BSc(Hons) PhD, Nutrition Scientist
Simon graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Nutritional Biochemistry, after which he spent 18 months working as a researcher within the Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge, investigating the effects of vitamin D status on bone health. After spending the next few years as a Teacher of English as a Second Language in both Romania and Moscow, Simon returned to academia to study for a PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Surrey, which he completed in September 2018. Simon’s doctoral research focused on the impact of fructose sugar on cardiovascular disease risk, with a specific focus on its effects on fat metabolism in the small intestine. Simon joined the BNF in November 2018 as a Nutrition Scientist.
Ewen Trafford BSc MSc ANutr, Nutrition Scientist
Following a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Bath and an MSc in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Reading, Ewen joined the British Nutrition Foundation as a Drummond Nutrition Intern in January 2019.
Currently, Ewen is working as a Nutrition Scientist, continuing to contribute towards the research-based, public health approach of BNF. In addition, this current role includes administrative support in areas such as finance, public queries, statistics and event planning.
Katie Relph, Office Administration Executive (on Maternity leave from April 2021)
After working as a Personal Assistant for many years Katie joined BNF in August 2016 as Office Administration Executive. Her role at BNF involves administration support for Governance, Corporate Membership liaison, office contracts and office administration tasks.
Emma Rowley, Office Administration Executive (Maternity Cover from April 2021)
After working as a Personal Assistant for many years Emma joined BNF in March 2021 as maternity cover for the Office Administration Executive role. Her role at BNF involves administration support for Governance, Corporate Membership liaison, office contracts and office administration tasks.
Cristina Florea, Office Administration Officer (on maternity leave from December 2020)
Eisha Sharma BA MA, Communications Officer
Eisha studied Journalism at Delhi University and completed an MA in Mass communication (IP University, Delhi), and has been in the communications industry since 2012. Joining the team as Communications Officer in 2021, Eisha has a key role in supporting stakeholder, third party and media communications for the British Nutrition Foundation. Her role involves campaign planning, strategy and execution. Prior to this, Eisha has worked with multinational brands and organisations across sectors including sports, education, fast-moving consumer goods, food and beverage and corporate in India and the UK. Eisha also holds a certificate in Digital Marketing from London Business School.
Hannah Molloy BSc ANutr, Junior Nutritionist
Hannah graduated from the University of Reading in 2020 with a BSc in Nutrition and Food Consumer Sciences. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Hannah went on to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. Alongside her studies, Hannah also worked as a sports nutritionist for the Western Storm female cricket team.
Hannah has joined the British Nutrition Foundation as part of a joint placement/position with Marks and Spencer. Her role at BNF involves helping to communicate evidence-based dietary messages to the general public.
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