Meet AfN Staff
Ms Leonie Milliner 
Chief Executive

Ms Milliner is the Chief Executive of the Association for Nutrition (AfN).   Appointed in April 2011, she is responsible for leading the AfN's staff team; advising AfN President and Council on business strategy, governance and policy development with the aim of demonstrating the benefits of a well-regulated evidence-based profession.  In October 2016 Leonie was appointed to HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel as an employer representative.  She also served on the 2016 QAA  review for the Subject Benchmark Statement for Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences. 

Leonie is also a long-standing lay (non-pharmacist) member of the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation Panel, visiting schools of Pharmacy in the UK and overseas on behalf of the GPhC and making recommendations regarding standards of pharmacy education (MPharm, DA & MCA qualifications.)
In addition, Leonie has served on boards and committees of various charities and public bodies, including HEFCE's Widening Participation Committee (2004-2005), CITB Lifelong Learning Committee, (2000-2005), as a non-executive director of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, (1996-2002) partner member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Practice & Registration Committee, (2009-11) and was Chair of Trustees, RIBA Education Fund.
An architect by training, Leonie worked in private practice in London designing social and private housing before being appointed in 1998 as Director of Education at the Royal Institute of British Architects, (RIBA), promoted in 2004 to head up RIBA Professional Services Ltd.  She lives in her own self-build house in Islington, London. 

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Dr Glenys Jones RNutr 
Communications & Marketing Manager

Dr Jones is a Registered Nutritionist with a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition, an MSc in Sports & Exercise Science (Physiology) and a PhD in Nutrition, Health & Performance. After her studies, Glenys continued to develop her nutrition science and communications skills within the Medical Research Council's Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge, where she worked as a Nutritionist specialising in nutrition and health communications. She was responsible for the units public engagement and knowledge transfer activities covering subjects across a wide breadth of nutrition science. Glenys also undertook a substantial amount of work with the media, covering online, print and broadcast activities, as well as 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 is also actively involved with the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) who aim to improve 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 and has responsibility for AfN communications, including those to Registrants, policy makers, the media, health professionals, employers and the public. As a Registered Nutritionist herself, she is extremely passionate about the professionalism of the nutrition field, and strives to increase wider awareness of Registrants being highly qualified, competent and credible experts in the field of nutrition science. Glenys was also the Research and Engagement Lead on the project AfN undertook, supported by Public Health England, to develop nutrition competencies at L1-4 for those in fitness, leisure and catering. 

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Registration Team  
Mrs Jo Wilks 
Registration Manager 

Mrs Wilks joined the AfN as Registration Manager in November 2017 and is responsible for the management of the UKVRN (the register) and concerns/complaints. 

Prior to joining AfN, Jo was Departmental Coordinator at University College London's (UCL) Modern Languages Department, where she was responsible for supporting academic colleagues and students across Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Studies and French studies, and had previously been Head of Administration at Francis King School of English.


Mrs Jenny Puddington 
Registration Officer 

Mrs Puddington joined the AfN as Registration Officer in January 2018 and is responsible for supporting administration of the UKVRN (the register) and enquiries about registration.


Quality Assurance (Education) Team  

Mr Joseph Shaw  

Quality Assurance Manager (Education)

Mr Shaw joined AfN in September 2017 as the Quality Assurance Manager (Education). Prior to this Joseph was at the Architects Registration Board, where he was the Registration Team Leader for almost 6 years. Joseph is responsible for our three quality assurance schemes - AfN Course Certification, CPD Endorsement and Degree Accreditation.

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Ms Siobhan Read 
Quality Assurance Officer (Education)

Ms Read joined the AfN as Quality Assurance Officer (Education) in July 2017 and is responsible for supporting the administration of the quality assurance of the Course Certification and CPD Endorsement schemes.

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

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Finance Team  

Ms Mary Wallbank 
Finance Manager

Ms Wallbank is a Chartered Accountant who holds the Institute of Chartered Accountants post-graduate diploma in charity accounting, and has specialised in the charity sector for over 20 years.

Mary’s key career achievement is to have built and led a team in an accountancy practice providing charity and community services to many national organisations.

Mary works six hours a week for the Association for Nutrition, alongside a portfolio of work which includes her own practice serving start up, smaller and growing charities, and non-executive roles with third sector organisations, such as chairing an audit committee.

Mrs Paula Reily 
Finance Officer

Mrs Reily comes from a background in the print industry with a keen eye for design and detail, before going on to qualify in charity finance. Paula previously also provided AfN support as a Quality Assurance Officer and provided fundamental support during the pilot scheme for the certification of courses at levels 1-4 in the fitness and leisure & catering sectors, enabling these frameworks to be added alongside that for health and social care. Paula managed the CPD endorsement scheme and provided support for the course certification scheme. 

Paula now focuses purely on her original love of charity finance and works for AfN 7 hours a week as the Finance Officer supporting the Finance Manager with the financial aspects of the AfN's work. She combines this with working as the finance officer for the Robes Project, a charity supporting homeless individuals obtain the help and support they need to break the cycle of homelessness.  

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