Meet the nutrition professionals

The early years of a child's life really matter when it comes to lifelong health. What they eat, and the habits they develop around food when they're young, set the pattern for the rest of their lives.


Annie Denny

Nutrition Development Manager, Early Years Nutrition Partnership Nutritionist

BSc in Food and Human Nutrition, Masters in International Public Health Nutrition

Annie is a postgraduate-trained public health nutritionist with a passion for children’s food and nutrition. She has over 12 years’ experience spanning nutrition charities and the food industry before joining the Early Years Nutrition Partnership as Nutrition Development Manager in August 2016, shortly after its launch in April 2016.

Prior to joining the Early Years Nutrition Partnership, Annie spent six years as Sainsbury’s Nutritionist where she provided early life nutrition expertise to the business, co-authored the Sainsbury's Little Ones recipes and nutrition book and was the nutrition editor of Sainsbury's Little Ones Magazine. 

After graduating, Annie spent five years at the British Nutrition Foundation as a Nutrition Scientist, before joining The Food Chain as Public Health Nutritionist in 2008.

An experienced public speaker and media nutritionist, Annie has been interviewed on BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky News, as well as being the nutritionist for the X-Factor and The Long Way Down.

Annie believes that the delivery of excellent food and nutrition practice in early years settings is a key facet in tackling the UK's childhood obesity epidemic.

Annie has a central role within the EYN Partnership as Nutrition Development Manager, working with our team of nutrition professionals.

Nicola Calder

Registered Nutritionist (Public Health)

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition; MSc in Public Health; specialist in public health nutrition policy and advocacy

Prior to joining EYN Partnership, Nicola led the work of the Food and Nutrition Programme for the Health Equalities Group, acting as Project Manager for Food Active, a regional healthy weight programme delivered on behalf of the North West Directors of Public Health.

Nicola has experience of developing food and health policy and training within Sure Start Children’s Centres, in addition to regional best practice guidance for food, nutrition and play for early years childcare.

Her previous experience includes working within the food and nutrition team at Heart of Mersey, a sub-regional cardiovascular disease prevention programme, working as a research associate with the Food Policy Team at the Department of Public Health and Policy at the University of Liverpool and seven years’ experience as a Food and Health Advisor within a community Nutrition and Dietetic Department.

Gill Kelsall

Registered Nutritionist (Public Health)

MSc in Human Nutrition; specialist in public health

Gill originally completed a nursing degree and worked as a nurse in the UK and Australia for seven years, before focusing on nutritional health. She qualified as a nutritionist and moved into the community public health sector. Gill worked closely with nurseries, schools, health visitors, social workers, nursery nurses and families in Coventry to improve nutrition knowledge and skills. Through the course of this work, Gill developed a community healthy eating cookbook named Nifty Nosh which was distributed amongst high priority neighbourhoods within Coventry.  

Additionally, Gill worked for two healthy living organisations in Coventry as a community nutritionist.  Her role included teaching cooking, budgeting and nutrition to the homeless, working with a community cafe to expand and improve their menu, working with a group of teenage mums to develop a healthy eating cook book, taking practical cooking sessions with children in school holiday clubs, collating a nutrition information and activity pack for other health professionals to utilise within community settings and teaching food hygiene in the kitchen.     

Catherine Lippe

Registered Nutritionist (Public Health)

BSc in Food Science and Nutrition with Health and Exercise; specialist in paediatric and maternal nutrition

With over 10 years’ experience Catherine has worked in both the private and public sectors including the NHS and Public Health England where she delivered expert, evidence based, advice on maternal and child nutrition to government and policy makers. Catherine also provided scientific support to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN) Subgroup on Maternal and Child Nutrition.

During her six years as a community nutritionist for the NHS in East London, Catherine provided nutrition support to families and children at all stages of development from pregnancy to school age. She supported nurseries and early years settings to improve the nutritional content of their menus, develop and deliver training for early years staff and health professionals and deliver nutrition workshops in schools.


Alison Preston


BSc (Hons) IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition; specialist in encouraging behaviour change through solution focused support

Alison studied to be a nutritionist having chosen to follow her love of food in a different direction after a 25  year career in the food industry, during which she was front of house manager at a prestigious Bristol restaurant and owned her own outside catering business.

Alison is registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) and since qualifying as a nutritionist in 2010 has developed a portfolio of roles including facilitating family weight management programmes and providing nutritional support to the healthy living zone within a sports centre. She has worked as a health improvement practitioner running family cookery courses and delivering programmes such as HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young).

Alison’s experience also includes developing and delivering an adult weight management programme called HELP (healthy eating and lifestyle programme) and more recently coordinating an adolescent weight management programme. These programmes highlighted the difficulties in changing established eating patterns and the importance of developing healthy eating habits in the early years - which Alison works to achieve through the provision of healthy food and the modelling of healthy eating habits.

Lucy Shipton

Registered Dietitian

BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics; specialist in paediatric nutrition and dietetics

Lucy has 18 years’ experience as a dietitian in the NHS, specialising in paediatric nutrition and dietetics. She has worked in a variety of settings including a large London teaching hospital and community trusts.

Her most recent role included a varied and busy clinical caseload covering paediatric home tube feeding, an outpatient service to special schools, paediatric outpatient clinics including referrals for allergies, weight management, faltering growth, selective eating and complex feeding difficulties.

Lucy has also been involved in the teaching and mentoring of student paediatric dietitians, contributed to several dietetic publications and presented at childhood nutrition conferences.