Submissions to Health & Vitality Honours will be adjudicated by an expert panel. At time of launch this includes the following..

Julie Barker

juliebarkerDirector of Accommodation & Hospitality, University of Brighton, former Chair (2010-2016) of TUCO, The University Caterers Organisation.

Currently heading the provision of high quality support services to students, staff and the public at University of and ranked as one of the Public Sector ‘Most Influential Top 20'. Julie is a qualified chef, a total foodie and passionate advocate of the Industry. Awarded PGcert in hospitality management also a member of the Women1st Top 100 Club and a Fellow of the BII.

Her role at University of Brighton leads on the setting, development and delivery of strategies for student Accommodation, Hospitality, Community Liaison and commercial trading across a number of diverse geographical locations. As the University’s lead expert in the provision of support and commercial services within its portfolio; Julie is responsible for ensuring the uninterrupted delivery of consistent and high quality services across the university estate and within locations off campus.

Leanne Hewitt

Leanne HewittLeanne is a registered nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition with over ten years of experience. Her registered specialisms are Public Health and Sport & Exercise however through previous experience Leanne also specialises in digestive health. Leanne was born and educated in Northern Ireland where she studied a BSc in Human Nutrition at the University of Ulster Coleraine, which included an industrial placement year where Leanne worked for GlaxoSmithKline, working on brands including Lucozade Sport, Horlicks and Ribena.

Leanne started her professional career working as a Medical Nutrition Assistant in the Medical Affairs team at Nutricia where she continued to gain experience on UK and EU legislation, health claims, product development and consumer communication. Leanne then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Food Technology at the University of East London, which led her to teach at an East London secondary school for a short period of time. In 2011 Leanne returned to a career in the food industry where she took up a Science Officer position working for Yakult U.K Ltd, before joining ESS, Compass Groups’ Defence and Offshore sector in 2013.

Currently Leanne works with chefs and food development teams to improve the nutritional profile of food served, and provides nutrition education through seminars and resources to support and help improve consumer health and wellbeing.

Beth Hooper B.Sc Hons. A.Nutr.

Beth HooperBeth studied Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Reading, including a one year placement as a quality technologist at Tate&Lyle Sugars.

Beth has since gained experience in manufacturing and the not-for-profit sector. Working at the British Nutrition Foundation for five years, she worked on industry, education and research led projects.

Beth moved to Nestle earlier in the year as Nutrition Manager and is responsible for nutrition information and communication for the Nestle Professional and Food brands. Within this role she engages with both internal and external stakeholders and provides support for training programmes and employee wellness campaigns.

Wan Mak

Wan MakHead of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sodexo UK & Ireland

Wan joined Sodexo in 2006, and is responsible for driving all aspects of the company's nutrition, health and wellbeing strategy – Healthwise – for Sodexo’s clients, consumers and employees, as well as supporting local communities.

Wan has been instrumental in embedding the Healthwise philosophy into the culture of Sodexo, and is the main driver for the health and well being agenda for its employees.

In her role at Sodexo, Wan also works closely with various government departments and was instrumental in Sodexo’s signing of the government-led Public Health Responsibility Deal pledges and calorie labeling trials within the UK. She works closely with Sodexo’s commercial segment - to develop food offers that support the philosophy of healthy, sustainable and seasonal food for all their client segments, which has also seen levels of salt, fat and sugar reduced across the company’s full product portfolio.

With over 23 years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics, Wan is an expert when it comes to health and wellbeing and provides advice to Sodexo’s executive team and senior management on issues including UK and EU adopted regulations on nutrition. She has had an extensive and varied career both in the UK and across the globe, with some of her previous roles including: clinical dietitian for the NHS and within the private healthcare sector; programme director and a nutrition and dietetics lecturer at a leading international university; and she has vast experiences within the foodservice industry including food manufacturing.

Wan has a Masters in business (MBA), a first class honours degree (BSc) in food science and nutrition and a post graduate qualification in Dietetics from King's College London. Wan is also a registered dietitian.

Eretia O'Kennedy

Eretia O'Kennedy

Eretia is a Registered Nutritionist (Food) and has been working in the food industry for the last 10 years.

She has worked within food manufacturing, catering and more recently worked with Jamie Oliver looking after all things nutrition across his different businesses. Eretia is passionate about NPD and product reformulation that is more nutritionally balanced to create a positive impact on consumers’ diets and long term health.

She is equally passionate about educating and driving awareness in the public that eating a healthy balanced diet is achievable through small positive changes.

Dr Roberta Re

Robert.ReRoberta is Director General of The World Sugar Research Organisation (WSRO), an international scientific research organization globally supported by the sugar industry. The organisation is dedicated to encouraging a better appreciation of the direct and indirect contribution made by sugar to nutrition, health and wellbeing globally. It supports the scientific study of sugar's role in food and health, and has communicated those roles to the public since its founding.


Prior to this she spent seven years at Leatherhead Food Research where she was manager of the Nutrition Research department which performs human intervention studies for efficacy and health claim substantiation, in the areas of satiety, glycaemic response and weight management as well as routine GI testing.

Roberta graduated in 1995 from the University of Palermo Italy, where she completed a Doctorate in Pharmacy, after which she spent a year at the University of California Berkeley before commencing a PhD in Biochemistry at King's College London at the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases.

In 2001 she joined the MRC-HNR as a Survey co-ordinator of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Having spent several years in a research environment, her interest has focused on the investigation of functional foods and their relationship to a number of health related issues. Prior to joining Leatherhead in 2007, Roberta spent several years working as a Business Manager for a biotech company associated with the University of Cambridge where she gained business and marketing experience.

Amanda Ursell

AMANDA URSELL002Amanda Ursell is a qualified nutritionist with a post graduate diploma in dietetics. Born and brought up in West Sussex, England, Amanda studied at King’s College, London University where she gained a 2:1 BSc degree in nutrition and the Associateship of King’s College (AKC).

President of the Student Nutrition Society, on completion of her degree course, she spent a further year at King’s to be awarded a post graduate diploma in Dietetics.
She is a member of the British Dietetic Association; The Nutrition Society; The Guild of Food Writers and has been made a Visiting Fellow of Oxford Brookes University and The Royal Society of Medicine.

In 2003 Amanda was awarded the HFMA Health Writer of The Year award and in 1999 and 2000 was voted the most influential health professional in the UK.

Amanda writes a weekly column for The Times newspaper each Tuesday in Times 2 and a weekly page in The Sun each Monday.

She contributes regularly to Woman’s Weekly and Healthy Food Guide magazine and appears on BBC Breakfast television, Day Break and ITV’s Tonight programme.