Membership Committee

The Membership Committee, chaired by the Honorary Membership Officer, Dr Dean Sewell was recommended by the Trustees in 2018 to develop and enhance the offering to members.  The Committee will be supported by the Society's Membership Manager to express their interest in joining.  The inaugural meeting was held in March 2019. 

In order to widen member engagement and contribution to the Society, the Committee is looking for members who consider themselves to be part of one of the groups mentioned below, and who are not currently serving on any other Nutrition Society committee. In the first instance, please email Alison Barham, the Society's Membership Manager with a short note of who you are and what membership group below you feel you would be best placed to represent. 

  • Medical nutrition

Currently, the aim is to meet three times a year (March, May and September), at the Society's offices in London.  The estimated time commitment will be around six days per year for attending meetings, preparing for meetings and small tasks.


Honorary Membership Officer
Associate Professor Eileen Gibney (BSc, PhD, MSc) has worked in the area of human nutrition since 1997. Graduating with a degree in human nutrition from Ulster University, she then obtained her PhD...
Policy Officer – Obesity Action Scotland, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Representative for Policy
Dr Anna Gryka-MacPhail, BA, BSc (Hons), MEng works as a Policy Officer for Obesity Action Scotland – an independent advocacy group based in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. ...
Scotland's Rural College
Representative for Animal Nutrition
As a veterinarian, Dr Spiridoula Athanasiadou has a special interest in managing animal health, achieved with minimum input of chemical drugs and without compromising animal welfare. Her research...
Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
Representative for Academia
Dr Tara Coppinger, RNutr (Public Health) holds a First Class Honours degree, is a qualified teacher and undertook her Ph.D in 2009, which longitudinally investigated the nutrition and physical...
Principal, RLAK Govt. College of Home Economics Karachi, Pakistan
Representative for Low and lower middle income countries
Dr Rubina Hakeem is the Principal and Professor of Nutrition, at Raana Laiqat Ali Khan College of Home Economics, Karachi. She has served as Professor at Taibah University, Madinah Saudi Arabia for...
Johnson & Johnson
Representative for industry
Johnson & Johnson Fellow, Regulatory Director, Emerging Science & Innovation,  J&J Consumer Services EAME Ltd, UK. Colette is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, with post-...
University of California, Davis
Representative for International
Dr Taryn Smith is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Program in International and Community Nutrition, Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Dr Smith’s research...