Meet Our Team

Founders of CNELM


Kate_NeilKate Neil MSc (Nutritional Medicine) mBANT NTCC CNHC
Managing Director & Head of Quality Assurance

Kate is MD and Head of Quality Assurance at CNELM. She opened the Centre in 2001 with the Vision of providing high quality education in nutritional therapy and science. Kate initially trained as a nurse and midwife and in the 1980s retrained as a nutritional therapist. Kate has developed, directed and taught on courses in nutritional therapy for over 25 years. Until recently she has managed a busy nutritional therapy practice alongside directing and teaching. Kate is founding Editor of The Nutrition Practitioner journal.

Martin_NeilMartin Neil BSc MSc
Business Director

Martin has been involved in the nutrition industry for more than 20 years. In the 1990s he worked closely with the first professional body for nutritional therapy to help establish the Codes of Ethics and Practice for the profession. Prior to joining the nutrition industry he was a Principal Systems and Control Engineer designing safety instruments for the nuclear industry.

Other Team Members


Dr James Neil BSc PhD
Principal and Director of Research

James completed a first degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in 1998. James then completed a PhD in computer science. He is responsible for driving the Centre’s research objectives and is module leader for research modules on undergraduate courses. He was an independent research consultant and worked in industry as a senior research scientist. He has attracted private funding for the Centre to initiate research into complex biological systems as applied to nutritional therapy. James also teaches the taught chemistry modules and oversees the scientific integrity of The Nutrition Practitioner journal.


Chris Neil BSc (Hons) DipHE
Director of IT and Head of Student Recruitment

Chris completed a first degree in building and management and has a DipHE Nutrition Science. As well as directing IT development and online resources Chris is responsible for interviewing most students for the courses and supports students in designing their initial personal study plans.


Simon MannSimon Mann
Finance Director

Simon is Founding Director of ACS Accounting (Berkshire) Ltd. and is a registered member in practice of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has considerable experience working in senior financial management for large international companies. Simon provides business services to companies in Berkshire and acts as virtual financial director for the Centre.


Michelle Barrow BSc (Hons) MSc, QTLS, NLP Practitioner INLPTA
Head of Education

Michelle Barrow has achieved a first class degree in Nutritional Therapy from CNELM validated by Middlesex University. She has also achieved a work based learning Masters degree in Evidence- Based Practice in Nutrition. Michelle has completed a diploma to teach in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS) and achieved qualified teacher status (QTLS). Michelle is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) at Middlesex University including research to construct validated clinical tools to enable the development of a new evidence base for personalised nutrition practice in obesity management. Michelle has previously worked for the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) assessing grandparenting & accreditation applications and for the University of West London as an external examiner. She currently runs a nutritional therapy practice called Health Generation. Michelle is also the author of ‘The Food Fight’, a children’s book about healthy eating published in 2013. Michelle is Module Leader for Personalised Nutrition Interventions on the BSc programme, and for Personalised Nutrition & Longevity on the MSc programme.


Sian Jeffrey BSc (Hons), PGCHE
Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science and Institution Link Tutor

Sian graduated from CNELM with a first class BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science. Sian has a strong interest in all aspects of obesity and much of her project work has been focussed in this area. In 2011 she presented her novel research on the possible mechanistic link between low stomach acid and obesity. Sian is currently studying for an MA in Higher Education to enhance her capability as Programme Leader and further develop her skills in curriculum design and supporting teaching and learning, with a particular focus on distance learning. Sian is also Module Leader for Health Culture and is the Link Tutor with Middlesex University for the undergraduate courses ensuring a strong professional relationship with the university.


Catherine Broome BSc, MSc
Programme Leader MSc/Dip/Cert Personalised Nutrition and Head of Level 7

Catherine studied undergraduate Geography at the University of St Andrews and Environmental Remote Sensing at Masters level with the University of Aberdeen. She completed a nutritional therapy diploma course at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2005 and an MSc in Diabetes with Distinction at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Catherine completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Distinction in 2010. Catherine is also a Module Leader for Personalised Nutrition Requirements on CNELM’s MSc programme, and an External Examiner for the MSc programmes and Diet, Nutrition and Health and Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester. In addition to her academic roles Catherine is also a practising Nutritional Therapist.


Janet LakinJanet Lakin BSc
Co-Programme Leader CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) and Clinic Manager

Before discovering nutrition, Janet’s previous working life was spent working in marketing for an international hotel company. Janet is a first class honours graduate of the BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy programme taught at CNELM. She also has a BSc in Business Studies. Janet formally co-directed a London based nutritional therapy company called Key Nutrition which focussed on seeing clients on a one to one basis as well as working with schools, businesses and local charities. Janet also works part time as the nutritional advisor in a health food shop. Janet is module leader for Advanced Nutritional Therapy Practice on the NTPD.


Emma Stiles BSc, PGCHE
Co-Programme Leader CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma

Emma had an early interest in food and cooking which led to a career as a highly qualified chef. Her interest in food took her to studying the Nutritional Therapy degree at the University of Westminster. She was Chair of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional therapy (BANT) for 5 years, helping to forward the industry into public recognition.She has her own company providing talks, lectures and group sessions about nutrition and has worked with school cooks & catering managers, childminders, charities and other companies. She also has a small practice in Camberley, Surrey.


Fiona AmbroseFiona Ambrose BSc
Access Courses Manager & Head of Level 4

Fiona graduated from CNELM in 2008 with a first class honours degree and currently runs a nutritional therapy practice. She has a particular interest in pregnancy, fertility and children’s nutrition. Prior to her nutritional training, Fiona was an accountant and worked for many years in the NHS and more recently for a pharmaceutical company. Fiona is Module Leader for Public Health Nutrition and Dietary Education.


David David TitmanTitman BSc, MSc, PGCE
Head of Level  5

David gained his BSc in Food Science from the University of Nottingham and subsequently worked for many years in the food industry within technical, development and commercial roles. As a qualified teacher he has also taught Food Technology to GCSE and Health and Social Care to GNVQ. Having gained his MSc in Personalised Nutrition from CNELM, he continues to work as an independent consultant, focusing on integration of nutrition strategies into food based commercial and social enterprises. David is also module leader for Food Science & Safety on the BSc programme.


RhayaRhaya Jordan2 Jordan ND PGCHE
Head of Level 6

Rhaya trained as a Naturopath in Sydney Australia. Her training included herbal medicine, homeopathy, and nutrition. She has since qualified in Pilates. She was the Naturopathic Director of Blackmores UK in the 90s and left Blackmores to join the University of Westminster where she helped write the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Therapy and taught for 8 years as a Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences. She studied Pilates at “The Intelligent Body” in Melbourne and is a fully qualified instructor. She practiced collaboratively within a diabetic specialist pharmacy, and a GP-lead community-based eating disorder group. These experiences coupled with her years of teaching and clinical practices, have shaped her current dedication to helping people normalise their relationship with food. Rhaya is also Module Leader for Thinking Critically.

Indrani_SahaIndrani Saha BSc MSc ACA
Learning Resources & Research Manager

Indrani Saha completed the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy degree at the University of Westminster School of Life Sciences. She won the prize for her final year dissertation and was awarded a Research bursary for her work on Coeliac disease and female infertility which was subsequently published. Indrani has been a visiting lecturer at CNELM since graduation. Indrani is also module leader for Research Methods and Research Project on the BSc programme, and is Sub-Editor of The Nutrition Practitioner (Research Edition).

Dave Lee CSS, PG Dip TCC&D
Centre Administrator & Practice Supervisor

Dave is mainly responsible for developing and coordinating policies, processes and procedures and ensuring that the Centre complies with changing legal requirements for business administration and clinical practice.


Fahmida Aslam
Education Assistant

Regan Cullip
Technical & Administrative Assistant

Harry Sheppard
Technical Administrative Assistant

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CNELM is a collaborative partner of Middlesex University (MU). The undergraduate and postgraduate courses we teach are validated and quality assured by MU. You will receive an MU award on successful completion and be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at their campus.

The NTEC accredits courses for nutritional therapy. The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science and the MSc/PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition combined with CNELM’s Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) are accredited by NTEC.

The CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists including Nutritional Therapists. Following successful completion of one of our accredited routes to nutritional therapy practice you will be eligible to apply to register with CNHC as a Nutritional Therapist.

BANT is a professional body for Nutritional Therapists that have completed NTEC accredited courses, or have demonstrated having met the NTEC Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set by Skills for Health for nutritional therapy. Practitioner members of BANT are required to register with the CNHC.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has accredited CNELM’s Dietary Educator Certificate. On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register as a Dietary Educator with the FHT.

Students that meet verification standards for the ‘NLP Practitioner Certificate’ can apply to register with the Association for Neurolinguistic Programming ANLP.

NS3UK Ltd/ta CNELM has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making acceptable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Specific Course Designation.