Emma Williams MBE
Emma is the founder and CEO of the charity Matthew's Friends, which supports medical dietary therapy for epilepsy, brain tumours and other neurological disorders. She founded the charity in 2004 after her son Matthew at the age of 9 months started having seizures and no medication he tried stopped them. After enduring prolonged seizures that nearly killed him, he developed devastating brain damage. When Matthew was 7 years old Emma got the chance to get Matthew onto a medical dietary therapy carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Within 2 weeks of starting the dietary therapy his seizures reduced by 90% and within 8 months he was weaned off all of his medication, completely changing his and his family's life.
In 2011, Emma and her team opened their own therapy clinic, employing some of the most experienced and dedicated medical professionals to administer dietary therapy to patients where there is no local NHS service. Today Emma is one of the world’s leading advocates for dietary therapies in epilepsy and other neurological disorders. In 2013 she was honoured by HM Queen Elizabeth II with a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to children with epilepsy.
Anthony, Geoff & Ian Whitington
Anthony, Geoff and Ian are the family of film-makers behind the documentary Fixing Dad. The story of Geoff, whose lifestyle choices caught up with him until his two sons resolved to save him. In over a year of honest and intimate filming you watch Anthony and Ian struggle to transform their dad from an obese, barely mobile night time security guard to a fighting fit endurance cyclist and health activist. Gradually Geoff has become determined to inspire and improve the health of others alongside his own by giving talks around the world about the challenges of reversing type 2 diabetes from the patients perspective.
Lisa Quinn is a Level 4 Personal Trainer and has run her own personal training business for the past ten years. On top of being a qualified personal trainer, Lisa is qualified in Obesity and Diabetes Management. Lisa also runs health and weight management courses with wellness seminars. She has helped clients achieve great weight loss success, as well as significantly improving health markers and seen some of her clients come off of medication under the guidance of their Doctor.
Lisa wanted to become a patron of the Public Health Collaboration as she is passionate about getting the correct nutrition information out there and strongly believes that there is currently an epidemic of misinformation being relayed to the public.
Ian is an entrepreneur, who started a manufacturing business on Anglesey in 2003. Today his company Marco Cable Management employs more than seventy people and is the UK’s largest manufacturer of steel wire cable tray.
In 2009 Ian was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Part of the process included a meeting with a dietician who provided a copy of the “eat well plate” and suggested he followed these recommendations. In a chance conversation in 2010 with a friend, everything changed. His GP explained that he could stop diabetes in its tracks, but had to understand that his lifestyle would have to change. As a result Ian dramatically reduced his carbohydrate consumption and increased his fat consumption. From that day he started testing his blood glucose levels, adapting his diet to keep his blood glucose under control. On all of the accepted measures Ian has no evidence of type 2 diabetes.
A qualified solicitor and passionate advocate for the use of natural low carbohydrate diets for the management of general health and the use of nutritional ketogenic diets for the management of diabetes, epilepsy and many other serious health conditions. In 2004 Hannah founded Natural Ketosis, a natural low carb and nutritional ketogenic solution for obesity and weight loss, providing delivered meals and one to one support for a long lasting, weight loss solution. In 2011 she authored "Big Fat Lies – Is your government making you fat?" A critique of the Eat Well Plate and exposé of the conflicts of interest in SACN ( The Scientific Advisory Panel on Nutrition). Finally, in 2012 she Founded The Natural Low Carb Store – a specialist food supplier for 100% natural low carb food.
Justin is an entrepreneur active in digital health. He is founder of Ways of Eating, a business using coaching and an app to help people succeed with healthy eating. The Ways of Eating programs are based on real foods, low carb eating, and intermittent fasting. Justin is also Chairman of My Clinical Outcomes, a business enabling the collection and analysis of patient reported outcomes data. Earlier in his career Justin was founder and CEO of Investis, and he led the digital team at the Guardian. Justin has an MBA from Insead, an MA in PPE from Oxford, and was elected as a Fellow of All Souls College in Oxford.
Larry & Kay Lynne Diamond
Larry and Kay Lynne Diamond have both had their health restored and lives transformed for the better by adopting a real food lifestyle. Larry and Kay Lynne were both obese and in ill health when a family health tragedy prompted them to question everything health related. Larry quickly found the science and logic of real food and the metabolic theory of obesity. He adopted real food as his way of eating to great success. 7 months later his wife Kay Lynne, a lifelong elementary school educator, joined him.
The Diamonds' life passion has become helping others restore their health through real food with a particular interest in helping working families transition to real food and preventing family health tragedies to help families thrive. The Diamonds are huge supporters of the PHC which they see as providing the most rigorous and effective nutrition advice available to healthcare professionals and the public. They are especially proud of the educational materials that the PHC makes freely available to healthcare professionals and the public.
Dr. Kanap Patel
Dr. Patel works as a General Dental Practitioner at his mixed NHS and private practice in Guildford, Surrey. He has been a partner there since 2006. He qualified from Guy's, King's and St.Thomas' Dental Institute, London. He has undertaken numerous further educational and training courses with special focus on Prevention and Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Dentistry. He has also obtained a qualification in Executive Business Management related to Dental Practice. He now has a strong passion for achieving and maintaining good general health as well as dental health, through nutrition and minimally invasive protocols and processes. He believes in our health being our true wealth and that as a society we need to start investing in that now.
After retiring from being a Company Director, Helen became enthralled by the real food movement and has become an all out real food enthusiast as well as a loving Grandmother.
Jane & Malcolm Roweth
For the last 7 years Jane has run Aspire Fitness Solutions, bringing health and fitness solutions to her local community in rural Mid-Sussex. Previously Jane was a P.E teacher and has a degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University. Jane's clients receive both fitness and nutritional advice and nearly all report feeling healthier, more energetic and happier than they have in many years. They don't count calories, they simply eat good quality real food. Jane is committed to spreading the word when it comes to public health.
Malcolm is a runner, who used to think that running 50 miles a week would keep him healthy and so he ate what he liked. Three years ago he watched the "Cereal Killers" movie and it changed his outlook on life, completely. Malcolm is equally engrossed in two aspects of the real food movement; firstly the public health debate of how we are to go about reconstructing the perception of what food we ought to be eating and what impact that has on our health, and secondly how fuelling ourselves principally on fat rather than carbohydrates can offer an advantage to all but elite athletes. Malcolm writes the popular blog LCHF 4 Runners where he posts about public health matters and his experience of being a 50-something running marathons faster then ever before fuelled by nothing but fat.
Giancarlo & Katie Caldesi
Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi have two restaurants, a cookery school and several published cook books between them. Giancarlo and Katie ran their first ‘Caldesi’ Restaurant as a purely Tuscan offering and began making regular trips to Italy to research the Tuscan cuisine and discover new dishes. In Tuscany Giancarlo rediscovered his roots - the simple and effective peasant cooking of his family. The couple went on to launch Caffe Caldesi a less formal regional Italian restaurant and café and in 2005, after years of teaching in the restaurant kitchens, they launched La Cucina Caldesi, a state of the art cookery school where they run a diverse range of cooking courses for all ages and abilities.
In 2006 Katie and Giancarlo appeared in the BBC television series Return to Tuscany which saw them take over a hotel in Tuscany where they ran a residential cookery school for a month. They also worked together on a BBC cookery book of the same name. The series launched them as TV chefs and they now make regular appearances on television for programmes such as Market Kitchen, Masterchef, BBC Breakfast, Sunday Brunch and Saturday Kitchen as well as frequently contributing to articles in the national papers and glossy magazines.
As a Design Engineer for over 25 years in Science Research, Keith's role was to investigate what worked and what failed to work, in order to improve future designs. 3 years ago when his GP suggested he probably had type 2 diabetes, Keith employed his engineering logic to find a solution to high blood glucose levels in order to normalise them. He is passionate about helping other people make a real difference to their health by discovering real food solutions, and believes that the Public Health Collaboration is the way forward to improve our public health.