Meet Our Team

Directors of CNELM & Senior Management

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

Kate is MD and Head of Quality Assurance. Kate 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 30 years and has run a busy practice over most of that time, specialising in women’s health and supporting parents with children within the learning disorder spectrum. Kate authored Balancing Hormones Naturally in the 1990s, which was one of the first public-centred publications to report on the impact of environment on hormonal balance. Kate contributed many public-centred articles between the late 1980s and 2000s. She was Founding Editor of The Nutrition Practitioner journal, which was published for 16 years. Kate has contributed chapters to books aimed at professionals and has been an invited guest speaker at many conferences. Kate now mostly focuses on directing the Centre and overseeing and enhancing quality.

Martin_NeilMartin Neil BSc MSc
Business Director

Prior to joining the nutrition industry in 1992 Martin was a Principal Systems and Control Engineer, designing safety instruments for the nuclear industry. For a decade, Martin led a not-for-profit nutritional service to practitioners and their clients. He worked closely with the first professional body for nutritional therapy to help establish Codes of Ethics & Practice regarding the use of nutritional supplements. Martin, along with our Finance Director, oversees the accounts and ensures the maintenance of the Centre.

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 is lecturer for foundation Chemistry.

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. Following a short career in the building industry, Chris joined CNELM as student and member of staff. 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. Most applicants will speak with Chris as part of the interview process, and he supports students until enrolment on a programme. Chris continues to enhance the functionality of the student learning environment and IT applications.

Simon 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. He contributes to our business module Nutrition Enterprise.

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

Michelle Barrow has achieved a first class degree in Nutritional Therapy from CNELM and validated by Middlesex University. She has also achieved a work based learning Masters degree in Evidence- Based Practice in Nutrition. She 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 Education Commission (NTEC) assessing grandparenting & accreditation applications and for the University of West London as an external examiner. 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. She is a Research and Clinical Supervisor and is a member of the Senior Management & Senior Academic Teams. Michelle leads the teaching staff on our programmes and contributes to the development and oversight of all courses.

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. Dave is a member of the Senior Management & Senior Academic Teams.

Programme Leaders & Lead Coach Trainer

Catherine Broome BSc, MSc, PGCHE Dip ION NLP Practitioner
Programme Leader MSc/PG Dip 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. She is 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 a practising Nutritional Therapist. Catherine  is Module Leader for Personalised Nutrition Requirements on CNELM’s MSc programme and is a Research Supervisor.

Faye Hall BA BSc Certified Coach Trainer
Programme Leader Nutrition Coach Diploma, Module Leader, Coach Trainer

Faye obtained a degree in politics at Sussex University during which time she developed a particular interest in the globalisation of the food industry, nutrition and health. She then worked in the catering industry for 15 years. After having a family, she decided to formalise her long standing interest in nutrition and health and obtained a first class honours degree in Nutritional Therapy at CNELM. Faye is a Certified NLP Trainer and Nutritional Therapist, and she combines these skills and runs a private practice as a Nutrition Coach, specialising in sports nutrition, coaching and weight management.  Faye is Module Leader for Advanced Coaching and is currently developing courses in Coaching for CNELM, one of which is currently being delivered within an NHS environment.

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. She has a strong interest in all aspects of obesity and much of her project work has been focused 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 a Research Supervisor. She is the Link Tutor with Middlesex University for the undergraduate courses, ensuring a strong professional relationship with the university.

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

Before discovering nutrition, Janet’s previous working life was spent in marketing working 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 focused 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 L6 Advanced Nutritional Therapy Practice on the NTPD.

Chris Rasey BA Certified Coach Trainer
Lead Coach Trainer

Chris studied sociology at Exeter University. After completing his degree, he worked as a Personnel and Training Officer in an engineering factory in Scotland. He later worked for the House of Fraser and Thorn EMI Computeraid as a Management Trainer and Consultant. Chris began working for himself in 1990, and since then has worked in this country and abroad as a Trainer, Developer, Coach and Consultant with clients in both the public and private sector. He is a Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer of NLP and is also qualified to use a variety of psychometric instruments. Chris has been working with CNELM since 2008. He continues to develop these modules with his team of Coach Trainers and Supporters; and generously shares his extensive experience with students and staff.  Chris is Lead Coach Trainer for Foundation and Advanced Coaching Modules and CNELM’s Why Weight Practitioner course. Chris contributes some lectures on relevant degree modules.

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

Emma has had a keen interest in food from a young age. Her early career as a chef led to a deeper interest in what food could do for you. After completing a BSc in Nutritional Therapy at the University of Westminster, she went on to become a Senior Lecturer and Senior Clinic Supervisor at Westminster for 14 years. During that time she opened her own consultancy, where she worked with various charities and large companies, holding nutrition talks and undertaking recipe development projects. She has worked with several school catering teams improving school dinners, and has been a trainer for both school cooks and childminders, whilst continuing to see clients in her own practice. Emma was Chair of BANT for 5 years and started the CPD process within the organisation. She has been working at CNELM since 2013, as NTPD Co-Programme leader. She works with students to progress them through the NTPD. Her role involves course updates, working with module leaders, and the Professional Association and the Education Commission. Emma was awarded Fellowship of BANT in 2015 and has her PGCHE. She is aiming to take an MA in the near future in Higher Education, specialising in Supervision and Mentoring. Emma is a Research Supervisor and contributes to Dietary Education and Intermediate Nutritional Therapy Practice.

Managers & Heads of Level

Fiona Ambrose BSc PGCHE
Head of Level 4 and Module Leader

Fiona graduated from CNELM in 2008 with a first class honours degree and ran a nutritional therapy practice for a few years. Prior to her nutritional training, Fiona was an accountant and worked for many years in the NHS, and in later years for a pharmaceutical company. Fiona has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education to support her teaching role. Fiona is Head of Level 4 and Module Leader for Public Health Nutrition and Dietary Education.

David Titman BSc, MSc, PGCE
Head of Level  5

Graduating in Food Science at the University of Nottingham, David spent nearly twenty years gaining a broad international experience in both the food industry and education before gaining an MSc in Personalised Nutrition at CNELM. David worked in various commercial and product development roles before specialising in converting consumer and market insights into successful food solutions and business strategies. During this time he worked with many major global food manufacturers and foodservice operators, including Weetabix, Pepsi Co, McDonald’s and McCormick. He continues to work as an independent consultant, developing and implementing innovation and nutrition strategies for progressive businesses. David is a qualified teacher and has taught GCSE Food Technology and Health and Social Care GNVQ. He is Module Leader for L5 Food Science & Safety. David is a Research Supervisor. David is redeveloping the Maths Bioscience Entry Module, and tutors students taking this module.

Dr Cristiana Pavlidis RD MSc PhD
Head of Level 6

Cristiana graduated as a Dietitian in 1998 at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), and gained MSc in Clinical Nutrition for University of Surrey (Roehampton) in 2001. She was awarded a PhD in Nutrigenomics from the University of Patras (Greece) in 2015. Cristiana went on to become a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Patras. Cristiana has many published journal papers and has contributed to several international conferences. She has had substantial experience as an RD amd specialised in paedicatric dietetics in Greece; and continues to practice as an RD in the UK as a Specialist Mental Health Dietianw ithin the NHS. Cristiana has a wealth of industry experience and previously held the role Scientific Director of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Programme in Greece. She previously taught nutrition and dietetics at a further education college in Greece. Cristiana is currently administering the L6 Herbal Products module, is Module Leader for L4 Thinking Critically, and is developing a new L6 module for CNELM Contemporary Issues in Food & Nutrition. Cristiana is a Research Supervisor.

Michail Rizos
Bioscience Entry Courses Manager and Module Leader

Michail holds a degree in Biomedical Science (Hons) and specialized mainly in the areas of Clinical Biochemistry and Medical Microbiology. He has 6 years’ experience as a Clinical Biochemist, 5 of them as a laboratory manager in Euromedica private hospital in Rhodes Island, Greece. Since 2015, he has been working with a private company providing NHS services, mainly in the areas of smoking cessation and health-checks. He has published research in neonatal blood grouping as well as in antibiotic resistance. Michail is currently Module Leader for Level 4 Nutritional Biochemistry, as well as tutor for Human Biology Level 3 Foundation Module, and teaches on the Bioscience Entry Courses and manages this programme.

Indrani Saha BSc MSc ACA
Learning Resources & Research Manager and Head of Level 7

Indrani originally graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and a MSc in Finance from Manchester Business School. She previously worked as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst and Young, and as a financial analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit (The Economist Group). Indrani completed a BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy degree at the University of Westminster School of Life Sciences where she was awarded a prize for her final year dissertation and a Research Bursary for her work on Coeliac disease and female infertility, which was subsequently published. Indrani is Module Leader for L5 Research Methods and L6 Research Project and is a Research Supervisor.

Module Leaders, Trainers, Supervisors, Administrators and Support Staff

Faye Andrews BA NCD
Module Leader

Faye worked as Tax Consultant for Deloitte and KPMG.  Whilst seeking more of a work-life balance, Faye gained an interest in Nutrition.  She completed the CNELM Nutrition Coach Diploma course on a part-time basis whilst having a family.  Faye has started a Nutrition Coaching practice and is now part of the Coaching Team. Faye is Module Leader for Foundation Coaching. 

Mida Aslam
Education Assistant

Deb Archibald BSc MSc NLP Practitioner
Module Leader

Deb is a qualified Nutritional Therapist, having graduated from CNELM’s MSc Personalised Nutrition programme with distinction, and holds a Diploma in Nutrition Science and a Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma. She is also a certified NLP practitioner and ICP-accredited Performance Coach. Prior to changing career, she worked as an organisational change consultant. In addition to being a Module Leader, Deb works with businesses to implement health and resilience programmes, as well as working clinically as a functional nutritionist with private clients, specialising in cancer recovery. Deb is Module Leader for L5 Applied Pathophysiological Reasoning and L5 Nutraceuticals & Pharmaceuticals.

Dr Nina Bailey BSc MSc PhD RNutr
Module Leader

Nina is a registered nutritionist with 10 years’ experience in the nutrition industry.   As Head of Research and Development at Igennus Healthcare Nutrition, Nina’s specialist background focuses on the development of innovative nutraceuticals, having helped pioneer a new phase of EPA-only omega-3 based supplements in the UK.   Understanding the unique and key role of omega-3 in health and disease, her key focus is on building awareness and educating people about the importance of diet and nutrition in leading a healthy and active lifestyle.  Nina holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and received her doctorate from Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Sheila Bingham. Nina is Module Leader for Personalised Nutrition & Chronic Illness.

Alice Benskin BSc NLP Practitioner
Technical & Administrative Assistant

Alice graduated in 2013 with the BSc (Hons) in Nutrition Science. Alice is often one of the first people students, prospective students and clients speak with alongside Regan. Alice is integral to the effective enrolment of new students, ensuring they receive enrolment letters and that applications for memberships are processed. Alice supports the Quality Assurance Team to ensure that data is ready for Academic Boards. Alice is contributing to the development of the Food for Health Course. When not at CNELM, she works part time in food certification doing administrative report checking for the British Retail Consortium, as well as working on various nutritional projects.

Regan Cullip
Technical & Administrative Assistant

After A-Levels, Regan completed a NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship with CNELM, focusing on Business Admin and IT in 2016, alongside this Regan completed a CIM Level 3 in Marketing at Bracknell & Wokingham College. At CNELM, Regan’s main role as an IT assistant is to record and edit the lectures that are held in the centre and upload them and other recorded presentations and tutorials to the student learning environment.  Regan holds a key role in student support as he takes most IT queries. When Alice is not in the office Regan answers the phone and is often the first face people see when they visit the centre.

Bea Cutler BA BSc PGCHE NLP Practitioner
Module Leader, Clinic Supervisor

Bea originally graduated with a BA Hons in English Literature & Language and has held Editorial, Administrative and Secretarial positions. Beatrice graduated from CNELM with the BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy and was awarded the Lamberts Award for best undergraduate research project.  Bea was a practitioner for 8 years at Marlow Complementary Health Care, and has recently moved to South Wales, where she is busy building a new practice. Bea is Module Leader for Intermediate Nutritional Therapy Practice and is a Clinical Supervisor. Bea is also Minute Taker for a number of Academic Board and Senior Meetings.

Wendy Frost BA NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Coach Trainer
Coach Mentor, Coach Trainer and Coaching Module Administrator

Wendy graduated from Royal Holloway with a BA (Hons) in English Literature.  She was a mature student and often felt ill, until in the mid-1990s a nutrition consultant helped her find a solution.  Since then she has combined the enjoyment of working with mature students and the interest in nutrition, by working in various administrative roles within nutrition training and since 2006, with CNELM.  At CNELM, taking the Coaching Module as part of staff development started her in a new direction as a Coach and Certified Trainer.  She recently completed a Health Certification Training course in Holland. Wendy has been a regular contributor to the coaching courses at CNELM since 2009 and previously led training courses for CNELM in South Africa. She is part of the Student Support Staff as Coach Mentor to CNELM and administers registrations for the coaching modules.

Dr Helen Hodson BSc PhD
Module Leader

Helen gained a joint honours degree in biochemistry and physiology from King’s College, London, before going on to study for a PhD in biochemistry at the Royal Free Hospital. After qualifying, she worked in medical research at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, specialising in neurochemistry and neuro-immunology. Helen has since studied for the BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy at CNELM, which she completed in 2009 with a first class honours. In addition to lecturing and supervising student clinics, she runs nutrition workshops and provides talks for businesses.  More recently, Helen has worked with a charity providing nutrition education and support for people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Helen is Module Leader for L4 Applied Physiology.

Satu Jackson BA MSc Dip ION FdSc
Module Leader

Satu achieved a first class MSc degree in Personalised Nutrition from CNELM in collaboration with Middlesex University. Prior to her MSc, Satu completed Foundation Science degree and Nutritional Therapy Diploma with ION, validated by University of Bedfordshire. Satu has a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner certificate. She practices as a Registered Nutritional Therapist in Hertfordshire and volunteers with BANT as their Operations Director. Satu a has a BA degree with focus on marketing, and a successful 25+ year career in the corporate world prior to training as a Nutritional Therapist. Satu has held roles in sales, marketing, operations and business leadership nationally and internationally managing growth, business change and global transformation programmes for improved efficiencies and profits. Satu is Module Leader for Nutrition in Practice and Nutrition Enterprise and is a Research Supervisor.

Zoe Kay BSc MSc
Module Leader, Clinic Supervisor

Zoe has graduated from CNELM with the BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy, MSc Personalised Nutrition and NLP Practitioner Certificate. Zoe runs a busy nutrition practice in the Bristol area, as well as online public education course encompassing physical and emotional health education.  Zoe is Module Leader on the FDEP module and also provides clinic supervision and lecturing support.

Dr Karin Seidler BSc MSc PhD
Module Leader

Karin finished her MSc degree in Chemistry (Biochemistry, Analytical and Bio-inorganic Chemistry) at the University of Vienna and completed her PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2009. She completed her Post Doctorate in Nutrigenomics at the same institution (Department of Nutritional Sciences), which mainly focused on research and supervision of graduates. Karin became the group leader in Aquabionics and Water Technology at an interdisciplinary research institute. Karin completed her diplomas in Naturopathy and Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her work experience includes a wide variety of teaching, (private) tutoring and consulting in mainstream academia, Steiner-Waldorf schools and for post graduate students. Karin is a co-module leader for the BSc Research Project, the MSc Research dissertation and Personalised Healthcare & Research Paradigms. She also contributes lectures on the BSc and MSc programmes and is a Research Supervisor.

Elizabeth Scott-Moncrieff BSc MSc NTPD NLP Practitioner
Module Leader

Elizabeth is a graduate of the MSc in Personalised Nutrition and CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma.  Using the principles of functional medicine, she works with her clients to increase emphasis on optimising health to enhance performance, minimise injury and extend years of activity within sport.  She has a particular focus on digestive health and chronic conditions, as well as an interest in epigenetics and addressing the impacts of lifestyle and environmental factors on gene expression.  Elizabeth is Module Leader for Personalised Sports Nutrition. 

Coriander Stone BA BSc
Student Support Manager, Editor Student Newsletter & Social Media, Clinic Supervisor

Coriander graduated from CNELM in 2013 with a first class honours degree from the BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy course, after starting her career as a chef and restaurant manager. She started her nutritional therapy practice in Madrid, moving to Bath in 2014 and currently runs a practice, as well as collaborating with a personal fitness studio as their in-house nutritional therapist. She has also worked as a nutritional journalist and editor for a leading international publisher on food ingredients and product development. Coriander edits the monthly student newsletter the ‘Nutritional Supplement that both students and staff contribute to. Coriander identifies and writes content for CNELM’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Coriander provides students with Support Services in a pastoral capacity. She is a Clinic Supervisor.


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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: www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10020099.

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.