Dr. Trudi Deakin – Dietitian
Trudi is Chief Executive of the registered charity X-PERT Health, which specialises in the research, development, implementation and audit of structured education for the public and healthcare professionals internationally. Trudi’s first degree in Nutrition and Dietetics was obtained in 1993, followed by a teaching qualification in 1998 and a doctorate in diabetes in 2004.
As the founder X-PERT Health and the author of the portfolio of X-PERT Programmes, Trudi has trained over 1,000 healthcare professionals to become X-PERT Educators, which has permitted the delivery of structured education to over 200,000 people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes. She has published widely and has demonstrated that implementation of the X-PERT Programme is a cost saving strategy that not only results in statistically significant improvements in all clinical and quality of life indicators but also reduces the requirement for prescribed medication.
Her ambition is to further develop professional and patient education systems that increase competences to enable people to successfully manage their long term condition, improving health and well-being, and saving healthcare costs.
Dr. Aseem Malhotra – Cardiologist
Becoming known as one of the most outspoken cardiologists in Britain and a world leading expert in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, Dr Aseem Malhotra is successfully leading the campaign against excess sugar consumption. The award-winning NHS cardiologist has successfully motivated leading academics, the media and politicians to make sugar reduction a health priority in the UK by publishing commentaries in the BMJ and mainstream media.
When he is not working as a doctor in the National Health Service, Aseem Malhotra reigns supreme in his fight to raise awareness about the health benefits of a sugar-free diet, maintaining that sugar deserves its reputation as "Public Health Enemy Number 1". His no-holds-barred approach to challenging common health beliefs is proving highly effective in getting medical professionals and social authorities from around the world to sit up and take notice. He is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.
Dr. Tamsin Lewis – Psychiatrist
Dr. Tamsin Lewis is a one of the top ranked Ironman 70.3 athletes in the world and races as a professional triathlete. Tamsin studied Medicine & Surgery at Kings College London and also has a Bachelor of Science degree in NeuroScience and Anatomy. Post graduation she worked as hospital doctor in Medicine and Anaesthetics for two years before pursuing a post-graduate Royal College of Psychiatrists qualification and a career in psychiatry.
Training as a triathlete alongside working full-time as a doctor, Tamsin won the World Age-Group Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships in 2009 and was offered the opportunity by Brett Sutton to join Team TBB and ‘turn pro’. Since 2010 Tamsin has raced and podiumed around the world in triathlon.
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee – General Practitioner
Dr. Chatterjee works as an NHS GP in Oldham where he looks after a deprived and socially isolated patient population. He has a specific interest in, where appropriate, trying to treat people without necessarily resorting to drugs and tries to get the message out there that significant, non-medicinal lifestyle changes can improve your health and, in some cases, save your life. Recently he has featured in the BBC One programme "Doctor in the House" where he helped families improve their health through real food and smart exercise.
Dr. Jen Unwin – Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Unwin has worked in the NHS for nearly 30 years and over this time has been interested in how it is that people can cope and even thrive with long-term health challenges. She believes that patients who are able to maintain their hopefulness and emotional well-being in the face of illness have better quality of life, experience fewer symptoms, take less medication, consult less and even live longer. Dr. Unwin is a solution focused practitioner and current chair of the UK Association for Solution Focused Practice.
Dr. Kailash Chand OBE – General Practitioner
Dr. Chand OBE is the first Asian deputy chair of the BMA and is also, Chair of Health watch Tameside and formerly PCT Chair of Tameside and Glossop, after working as a GP since 1983. He has been a BMA activist and NHS, and public health campaigner for the last two decades and has served on various BMA committees including: General Medical Council working group (2006 to present),General Practitioners Committee (1999 to 2009),Vice chair: Equal Opportunities Committee (2007 to 2009).
During his 35-year career in the NHS he has contributed to improving local practice standards and promoting public health at a local, regional and national level. He chaired NHS Tameside and Glossop in 2009, aiming to ensure that the entire health economy worked together to improve the health of the local population and to reduce health inequalities. And he has an interest in promoting healthier lifestyles. Dr. Chand was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS and health care and for the last four years he was named by Pulse magazine as one of Britain’s 50 best doctors for helping to shape health care.
Dr. Katharine Morrison – General Practitioner
Dr. Morrison is a senior practising GP and a senior partner in a medical practice in Ayrshire. Her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago, and since then she have worked extensively with people living with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes for 12 years, helping them achieve good blood sugar control. She is also the co-author of two important papers explaining the improvements in metabolic results, weight and glycaemic control for low carbohydrate diets in metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Dr. David Unwin – General Practitioner
A GP based in Southport, Dr. Unwin is the RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes, as well as a Clinical Expert in diabetes. In 2015 he won the NHS ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ NW England. His publications include; Low carbohydrate diet to achieve weight loss and improve HbA1c in type 2 diabetes and pre‐diabetes: experience from one general practice in Practical Diabetes, Diabesity; Perhaps we can make a difference after all? in Diabesity in Practice, A patient request for some ‘deprescribing’. in BMJ, Raised GGT levels, Diabetes and NAFLD: Is dietary carbohydrate a link? Primary care pilot of a low carbohydrate diet, in Diabesity in Practice.
Dr. Joanne McCormack – General Practitioner
Dr. McCormack has been a GP for 24 years and was a GP partner in Warrington up until April 2015. She was also a GP Trainer, and now works as a sessional GP in two training practices as well as the Named GP for Safeguarding Children for an area of 300,000 people. Over the past 30 years that she has been a doctor she has seen the incidence of diabetes go up five fold in her town, something that has been echoed nationally. Dr. McCormack wants to do what she can to reverse that trend.
Dr. Ian Lake – General Practitioner
A GP in Cheltenham, Dr. Lake has had a long term interest in preventive medicine. After seeing the lack of dietetic advice in the NHS he set up a weight management research project in primary care in collaboration with Tescodiets. The project used practice nurse weight management expertise combined with TescoDiets online nutrition support. It produced results comparable with all of the best current commercial providers, and was commissioned by the local PCT cluster. The project won the GP Awards Clinical Team of the Year, Nutrition award in 2012. Dr. Lake was also involved in getting cycling on prescription commissioned in his local area.
Dr. Ayan Panja – General Practitioner
A career GP, Dr. Panja has been a doctor for 17 years having qualified from the Imperial College School of Medicine. He is a partner in a busy city centre NHS surgery and is interested in the prevention of illness and disease. He also presents Health Check, a round up of global health stories on BBC News and BBC World News and is a clinical assurance adviser for NHS Choices. His passion is to improve people's understanding of health face to face or via media, covering anything from allergies to Zika virus.
Prof. John (Iain) Broom DSc, MBChB, FRCPath, FRCP(Glas), FRCPE.
Prof. Broom is currently the Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE) at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He was until 2010 a consultant in Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine at NHS Grampian and Professor of Metabolic Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. During his clinical career he was responsible for Nutrition Services, Lipid Management and Obesity Services for NHS Grampian and beyond. He also provided clinical support to the Diabetes Service for 29 years in the shape of weekly outpatient clinics where his main interest was in the management of obese Type2 Diabetes. From 1996 to 2003 he was Director of Research and Development for NHS Grampian and during this time he was the first Chairman of the Scottish NHS R&D Directors Group.
He has published over 200 papers in the areas of the metabolic response to injury, sepsis and cancer; the clinical management of diabetes, dyslipidaemia and obesity and metabolic studies in these areas including protein kinetics. He was awarded a DSc for the laboratory based aspects of this research in 2011. He has held grants from the MRC, the Wellcome, the NHS, both in Scotland and from the DOH in England, and other Government and Industry sources.
During his clinical career he concurrently held Chairs in the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University and a Professorial Research Fellowship at the Rowett Research Institute. He continues in his retirement to maintain an interest in the management of obesity and has continued external collaborations with the Universities of Newcastle, Imperial College London, Harvard Medical School and the University of Sydney where he is an external collaborator on a Primary Care Obesity Management Research Programme funded by the Australian Government.