AfN Council/Trustees
Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE, RNutr, FAfN
(President, Chair) 
Dr Ashwell is the Founder and Chair of the professional support network SENSE (Self-Employed Nutritionists Support & Enlightenment). She has been a Senior Research Scientist with the Medical Research Council; Principal of the Good Housekeeping Institute; and Science Director of the British Nutrition Foundation. Margaret also served as Honorary Secretary of the Nutrition Society between 1984-88 and on the UK Government’s Food Advisory Committee for 9 years, for which she was awarded the OBE in 1995. Margaret was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Nutrition in 2012 and was appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School in 2015.
 
   
Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian RNutr
Dr Amirabdollahian is an Associate Professor and Subject Leader for Nutrition at Liverpool Hope University. Farzad has a first class BSc in Nutrition, postgraduate teaching qualification with distinction and a PhD in Nutrition. He has worked as a health promotion officer, nutritionist, research assistant and lecturer in private and public sectors. Farzad has a wide range of teaching and research experiences, having published extensively. He is a member of Nutrition Society and World Public Health Nutrition Association. He is Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Registered Nutritionist.
 
   
Ms Kate Austin RNutr 
Ms Austin is passionate about raising the profile of Registered Nutritionists amongst the wider workforce. She is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at Leeds Beckett University and one of the AfN Regional Reps (Yorkshire and the Humber). Kate is currently work with partner organisations raising awareness of the importance and benefits of employing Registered Nutritionists into food and nutrition related roles. Kate aims to increase the visibility of the profession and to continue providing opportunities for networking and CPD. Kate recognises the importance of engaging graduates and feels they should be supported into employment. Kate is also a supporter of title protection.
 
   
Dr Adam Collins RNutr
A qualified nutritionist since 1992, Dr Collins has spent the last 17 years working in nutrition education. Adam is currently leading the long accredited, well respected BSc Nutrition programme at Surrey, together with designing, accrediting and running the successful Human Nutrition MSc. Alongside working in academia Adam has maintained a nutrition consultancy for over 10 years, working with a range of clients and industries. Recently Adam has been part of the AfN working group developing Competency Requirements for the new Healthcare Nutritionist Registration. In all endeavours Adam strives to innovate and develop excellent training and career opportunities for new and future nutritionists.
 
   
Prof Alan Dangour RNutr 
(Honorary Treasurer) 
Prof Dangour is a Reader in Food and Nutrition for Global Health/ Head of the Nutrition Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Alan trained in biochemistry at the University of Bristol, human nutrition at LSHTM and biological anthropology at UCL. Alan's research is focused on the nutrition requirements of older people and the links between agriculture, nutrition and health with a focus on international development. Alan co-leads the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health. Since January 2012 Alan has been seconded to the DFID as a Senior Research Fellow in the Research and Evidence Division.
 
   
Dr David Gale
(Lay Member) 
Dr Gale is the Assistant Director at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.  David has worked with  professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, institutional liaison and the QAA subject benchmark statement programme (including health and social care professions). 
 
   
Mrs Claire Hislop RNutr
Mrs Hislop has worked in the public health nutrition field for over 15 years and is an active supporter of the nutrition profession. Claire volunteers as the AfN regional representative for Scotland and is an AfN registration assessor. Claire studied at Queen Margaret University gaining a BSc (Hons) in Applied Human Nutrition and a MSc in Health Promotion. Within Claire's current role as Health Improvement Programme Manager at NHS Health Scotland she leads on the organisational strategy and facilitates a high level of engagement with national stakeholders in government, statutory and voluntary organisations, with an aim to improve diet and reduce inequalities across Scotland.
 
   
Prof Orla Kennedy RNutr
Prof Orla Kennedy is Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Reading. She is a registered nutritionist, registered dietitan, holds fellowship of the IFST and fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Orla has served as a Council Member of the Nutrition Society, on committees of the Institute Food Science and Technology alongside editorial board membership of the British Journal of Nutrition. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the British Nutrition Foundation’s Nutrition Bulletin and is a course assessor for the Association for Nutrition. She has an active research group investigating food choice and appetite regulation.
 
   
Dr Jacqueline Landman RNutr, FFAfN
(Certification Chair) 
Dr Landman was the Nutrition Society's Registrar & Head of Professional Development (to 2009), Assessor with the UK Public Health Register and for NHS South Central’s public health practitioner scheme pilot; involved in the regulation of allied health professionals; member, Dept of Health’s Extending professional Regulation Working Group. Recently retired, Jackie still currently teaches professional aspects on the MSc (Public Health Nutrition) at Southampton University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
 

 
Prof Louis Levy RNutr, FAfN 
Prof Levy's career over 20 years has involved nutrition research, health promotion and policy. At the Food Standards Agency, Louis had responsibility for development and implementation of nutrition policy and messaging across the UK. His work now sits within Public Health England. Louis provides advice to many cross Government steering groups and has previously contributed to NICE Guidance. His current work areas includes, among others, scientific advice to internal DH teams, the Responsibility Deal, 5 A DAY and Government Buying Standards. Louis is responsible for consistency of nutrition messaging including the Eatwell Guide, NHS Choices & Change4Life content and generic nutrition advice. Louis is an AfN registration appraiser, and is an active supporter of the professionalisation of the nutrition profession and training.
 
   
Prof Julie Lovegrove RNutr, FAfN
(Accreditation Chair) 
Prof Lovegrove holds the Hugh Sinclair Chair of Human Nutrition and is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) at the University of Reading. Julie has played a key role in nutrition course accreditation from its inception and is the current Chair of the AfN Accreditation Committee. Julie is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN), Carbohydrate Working Group and the Project Board for the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS). Julie has also been active as a member of the Nutrition Society for over 20 years, including serving on Council in 2004-7. Julie has been a Registered Nutritionist since 2003.
 
   
Dr Vivien Lund
(Lay Member) 

Dr Lund worked in the public sector, in consumer protection and health promotion roles, from 1996 until early retirement in 2017.  In the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health, Vivien's work included managing research to develop and support healthy eating interventions; leading a team supporting experts reviewing controls on advertising of baby milks; developing policy and supporting implementation of legislation on health claims and nutrition claims made on foods.  In Public Health England (PHE), Vivien led the team providing nutrition science advice to PHE and other UK Government Departments and supporting the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.

 
   
Prof Geraldine McNeill RNutr FAfN
(Registration Chair) 
Prof McNeill trained in Medicine then obtained an MSc and PhD in Human Nutrition. Geraldine have worked in nutrition research and university teaching since 1986, initially at the Rowett Research Institute and latterly at the University of Aberdeen where she coordinated the MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism programme from 1991-2000. Geraldine has been a member of national and international research grant panels, research ethics committees and government advisory committees, and have been a member of the AfN Registration Committee since 2012. In 2014 Geraldine took early retirement but continue to work part time as an Emeritus Professor of Public Health Nutrition.
 
   
Dr Modi Mwatsama RNutr
Dr Mwatsama has a DrPH and MSc in public health nutrition from LSHTM, and experience of working in nutrition policy and practice with NGOs. She is currently Director of Policy and Global Health at the UK Health Forum and was previously the Food and Health Programme Manager at Heart of Mersey. Modi sits on the steering groups of the Obesity Health Alliance, Alcohol Health Alliance and the Faculty of Public Health’s Health Improvement Committee. Recent national advisory committees include Public Health England groups on nutrient profiling and sugar. Modi is dedicated to promoting the profession and has previous experience of the AfN Council and CPD appraisal.
 
   
Prof Martin Wiseman RNutr, FAfN
Prof Wiseman is medically qualified and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Pathologists. Martin has worked in Nutrition for over 25 years since leading the Nutrition Unit at the DH from 1986 to 1999. Martin works with WCRF and was responsible for the 2007 and 2009 reports on nutrition and cancer. Martin was AfN Hon Treasurer until 2014 and is a Registered Nutritionist (public health) and Fellow of AfN. Martin represents AfN on committees of the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
 
   
Barbara Saunders
(Lay Member) 
Ms Saunders is an independent consumer consultant with significant experience of professional regulation having been a founder member of the Architects Registration and Legal Services Boards, and a lay member of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.   Her consumer policy work focused particularly on food and financial services and resulted in Europe-wide studies on the microbiological safety of food, a book on food additives and Chairmanship of the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau.  Barbara was a member of the UK Food Advisory Committee, contributed to the Food Standards Agency Review of Scientific Advisory Committees, and an independent investigation of Meat Hygiene Service failures. Currently a member of the Standards Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, she advises on reforms to Solicitors Code of conduct
 
   
Ms Leonie Milliner
(AfN Chief Executive, non-voting)
Ms Milliner studied architecture at Kingston University, working in private practice in London designing both social and private housing.   In 1998 Leonie was appointed Director of Education at the Royal Institute of British Architects, (RIBA), promoted in 2004 to head up RIBA Professional Services Ltd.   

Leonie was appointed Chief Executive on 1st April 2011, and is responsible for leading the AfN's staff team; advising President and Council on business strategy and planning, policy development and external relations with the aim of advancing nutrition education, research and practice and demonstrating the benefits of a well-regulated evidence-based profession. 
 
 
     
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