Current Work:

  • Writing for several publications, including books, magazines, journals, and websites.
  • Advisor to the Menopause Exchange, includes writing articles, responding to members' queries.
  • Peer reviewer for the Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics since 2013.
  • Content author on diet for a variety of websites.
  • Company Director for PlanWorking Ltd (since March '10): Offering learning and development software and consultancy services to organisations.
  • In a voluntary role, helping out with 'Health Sense,' an organization that promotes evidence and integrity in all forms of medicine and healthcare.

Other recent roles have included:

  • NHS Weight Management Dietitian for Ceredigion, Hywel Dda Health Board using Motivational Interviewing, a form of behaviour change
  • Member of the Welsh board of the BDA with PR responsibility (voluntary role)
  • Dietary Adviser to Jenny Craig Weight Loss Organisation - Helping to establish the organisation in the UK, Training staff including the advisory team, product development, menu planning, developing a maintenance system, working with Jenny Craig medical team on client’s health and suitability for programme
  • Senior Program Developer and Specialist Dietitian at MEND - Developed 'MEND Mums' - an obesity programme for postnatal women. MEND stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it. Up to recently, the organisation had focused on obesity in children, but wanted to consider obesity in adults and the period surrounding childbirth, which is where my involvement was. Based on an existing new form of programme called 'facilitated self-help plus', MEND Mums used behaviour change techniques in an innovative way to bring about sustained weight loss in postnatal women up to one year after birth. In order to develop the programme, I extensively researched the area; this included a literature search, and talking to top experts in the area. To develop the psychology and behaviour change aspect of this intervention, I worked with top Clinical Psychologist, Dr Paul Chadwick. At MEND, I also helped to develop a facilitated self-help adult healthy lifestyle programme, partnering with change4life and the Fitness Industry Association.
  • Nutrition Manager for the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - FDF represents the interests of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry. Much of my role involved being the interface on nutritional matters between industry and UK and EU authorities. In this role, I needed to ensure my nutrition team and I were completely up to speed on nutrition matters and scientific developments that were of public health concern. I therefore worked with many leading academics and attended conferences on a wide variety of nutrition issues. I sat on a number of stakeholder groups that made nutrition policy decisions such as the School Meal Review Panel and the technical group involved in developing the first FSA nutrient profiling model for Ofcom. I was also in the forefront of developing some technical industry schemes such as Guideline Daily Amounts for food labelling and guidance on portion sizes. I helped to establish a fibre consortium comprising experts in dietary fibre within the food industry and liaising with fibre experts within academia, and bodies such as Codex and the Food Standards Agency.
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