I am a nutritional therapist, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and founder of Vital Nutrition.
When I first studied nutrition (in Home Economics at Limavady Grammar School) it blew my mind. This stuff clicked with me, sparked something within me and ignited a passion about the powerful effects of food on our health.
I got it. I knew then (age 11) that this was it. So here I am, a few decades on, with my own business, living my dream.
In 1991, I moved to England and spent the next ten years soaking up as much knowledge and education as I possibly could about food and nutrition. A degree in Food Science, a 3 year diploma in Nutritional Therapy, and a teaching course later, followed by years of experience as a nutritionist (from working in a supplement company, to tutoring on a nutrition course, and sub-editing a nutrition journal), eventually I moved back to Northern Ireland in 2001 and founded Vital Nutrition.
The business has changed a lot over the years, but my passion to educate, inspire and inform people remains as strong as ever. These days I mainly teach workshops and cookery demos to groups of people in workplaces, community groups, schools and online, as well as seeing a few clients for 1-2-1consultations.
I want to get people excited about the powerful effects that the food in our breakfast bowl, lunch box or dinner plate has on our wellbeing. I love meeting people and helping them to make changes that stick. I believe that the simple changes we can make every day are the things that will genuinely help us to feel better and function well.
Whether through my Shop, workplace health classes, cookery demos, radio or online webinars, I strive to help people get the very best out of their health, every day. I take a down-to-earth, realistic approach to evidence-based nutrition and healthy eating. Forget the crazy fad diets, calorie counting and point scoring. For me, healthy eating should be packed with flavour, colour and variety to nourish our body and mind. Real food for real people.
I want to take the confusion out of nutrition. After 28 years experience, I hope that I offer a voice of reason to offer balanced and clear advice to help people make positive changes for the good of their health.
Outside of work, I am married to Nev, an environmental conservationist. In our spare time, we like to go to gigs, walk in the mountains and try out some of our city’s great restaurants. I love being fit, especially if it involves getting outside, no matter what the weather – from outdoors fitness classes, to running and mountain biking, being the great outdoors helps me to switch off and balance work with life
- BScHons Food Science from University of Reading
- Nutritional Therapy diploma from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition
- Further Education & Adult Teaching City & Guilds from Oxford & Banbury College
- Professional Membership
- BANT – British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy
- CNHC – Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
- NTEC – Nutritional Therapy Education Commission
I’m originally from Glasgow, and studied Sports Science at the University of Edinburgh before moving over to Belfast. I then completed a diploma in Management and Business Practice in a joint course with the University of Ulster and Boston College.
I have background in marketing and have worked for both Reebok UK and then the Grand Opera House in marketing roles. I joined Vital Nutrition in February 2018 and it’s been a great opportunity for me to combine my love of all things health and wellbeing with my marketing knowledge. It’s a really exciting time to be working in the corporate wellness world, I love seeing how much this area is growing as more and more companies choose to invest in their employees health.
I’ve always been interested in health and wellness and love exercising. I was really involved in athletics when I was younger and now I do a circuits class a couple times a week as well as try to get out running as much as I can. When I not exercising I love to hang out with my friends and family and travel too. As a mum of three boys I’m a big advocate of healthy eating in children and have always cooked for the boys and make a point of us eating as a family whenever possible.
Here at Vital Nutrition HQ I’m responsible for all the behind the scenes stuff, from business development, marketing, organising our events, managing bookings and keeping the website & our social media up-to-date, amongst many other things. If you’re looking to book a workshop for your employees – I’m the person to speak to!