I believe it is vital to communicate clear, scientifically-sound information that is accessible to a wide variety of audiences. My particular strength lies in reviewing scientific evidence and translating the findings into clear messages. I have had extensive experience working in nutrition communications and in particular working with Scottish Food and Drink companies on new product development and consumer messages. Through working with industry, charities and policy makers I have considerable research experience and expertise in many areas of nutrition. These include: diet around pregnancy and infant feeding, healthy ageing, red meat and food innovation.
I have reviewed the content of TV programs and have been interviewed on TV and radio on various nutrition and food topics. I was recently on BBC2’s ‘The Food Detectives’.
Most recently, I was Senior Research Fellow for three years in the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, Edinburgh where I led a range of research projects to help companies reformulate or develop new healthier products. I also provided guidance on appropriate consumer messages and food label information. I love exploring food innovation and in particular, how it can benefit the population’s diet and health.
I obtained a BSc degree in Health Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. I achieved a distinction in my MSc Public Health Research and completed my PhD in 2006, following which, I was awarded a place on the prestigious Scottish Crucible.
My interest in health policy led me to an Internship at the World Health Organization in Copenhagen and to work in global health and health policy and management at Trinity College, Dublin. Following this, I was Senior Researcher at the Women’s Health Council in Ireland where I led evidence-based reviews on various women’s health issues. The information booklet on ‘Managing Menopause’ that I helped prepare was awarded the Crystal Clear Health Literacy Award.
I am passionate about communicating the role of food and nutrients towards positive health and well-being. Having grown up on a farm, I am keen to help consumers become more connected with the food they eat. My independent nutrition consultancy offers a wide range of services to support the food industry and media.
Association for Nutrition (AfN) Scottish Representative
Co-Founder and Moderator of the #AfNutrChat
Scottish Food and Drink Federation; Food and Drink Skills Ambassador
Business in the Community Scotland's Food for Thought Programme volunteer
Winner of the 2019 Caroline Walker Trust 30th Anniversary Awards - 'Freelance Nutritionist of the Year'
Shortlisted for the 2019 Caroline Walker Trust 30th Anniversary Awards 'Media Food Campaigner of the Year' (for the @AfNutr Twitter Chat work)
ISAK Level 1 Certified
Scottish Crucible 2014
Crystal Clear Health Literacy Award