My first degree is in biochemistry and I have a Master’s degree in microbiology,
both from the University of London.
I have a Nutritional Therapy diploma, and a Certificate of Competence in Nutritional
Therapy Practice from the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC), with whom I am also
currently registered. I also have a diploma in phytotherapy (herbalism).
Since 1986 I have been a Chartered Biologist and a member of the Society of Biology
(formerly the Institute of Biology).
I worked in bioscience research and medical technology for twenty years before working
in nutritional therapy. This training and experience enables me to have a thorough
understanding of health and disease from theoretical and clinical points of view.
As well as my clinical work, I am a guest lecturer on a nutritional therapy degree
I have published research on a variety of subjects, and have a patent on a medical
device which I developed with two intensive care physicians.
At present, there is no legal requirement for nutrition practitioners to be qualified
or registered. So choosing a properly qualified and registered practitioner is important,
to make sure that you are being seen by someone with the appropriate level of skill,
especially when there are so many courses in nutrition that are very short and lack
I am registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and with the Complementary
and Natural Healthcare Council, which is supported by the Department of Health to
regulate complementary therapy. Registration with these two bodies requires that
the practitioner has training and experience to the National Occupational Standard,
which is set by Skills for Health, a government agency. Registered practitioners
are also required to have proper practice insurance and to keep their skills and
knowledge up to date by ongoing training.