Communications & Marketing Board

Who we are

Board Members

Belinda Mortell
I am the chair of the Communications & Marketing Board.
I am an acute dietitian working part-time in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board working primarily at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Denbighshire, I started there February 2015.  I previously worked on a business engagement project at the University of Chester, working with a food research centre.  I have also worked in private practice in Gibraltar and Cork, Ireland.  I completed my B.Sc Nutrition and Dietetics at DIT & Trinity College, Dublin. 
Kim Haider
Kimberly Haider is a nutritionist and Registered Dietitian in the US, UK and Singapore/Malaysia with more than 15 years experience in nutrition and food public relations.  Past clients include the US Dairy Industry, Kraft (Mondelez) Foods, Mars, Inc., and many other consumer and industry programs.  Currently, for Porter Novelli, Kimberly coordinates nutrition communications to EU health professionals and supports the consumer PR program for the Almond Board and other clients.  Kimberly holds degrees in English Literature and Nutrition & Food Science from Washington University and Montclair State University respectively.  She completed the prestigious dietetics internship and coursework at Columbia University's graduate school, Teachers College.  She is fluent in Spanish and has resided in the US, Switzerland, Singapore and presently the UK.
Anna Daniels
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Anna has experience working in food and nutrition both in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. Anna has a degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Reading plus a degree in dietetics from Hertfordshire University. Anna is a Registered Dietitian and Treasurer of the Freelance Dietitian’s group. Today, Anna works as a Freelance Dietitian within both the private and public sectors and on a consultancy basis to food companies. Anna is a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association and is regularly featured in print, radio and television.
Denise Kennedy
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Denise Kennedy has had a varied and diverse career in nutrition following graduation from Surrey University. This includes time spent in corporate communications in the food industry, clinical dietetics, public health nutrition and commissioning, and running her own company. She currently works part time as a specialist children’s dietitian working in the community in West Sussex with a caseload including allergy, obesity, fussy eating and home enteral feeding of children, many of whom are neurologically impaired.
Denise also runs her own company with her business partner, Health Champions, which focuses on professional training in public health areas (including weight management and health improvement) and healthy cook and eat projects which make nutrition messages and healthy eating accessible, achievable and inspiring to target audiences.
Ursula Arens
Ursula Arens is a freelance writer and food industry consultant on nutrition and dietetics, and is particular interested in food labelling and policy debates. She was a scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation for seven years, and also consulted for the Consumers Association. She regularly writes for Network Health Dietitians magazine.
Jo Instone
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Jo is the Head of External Affairs at the BDA.
Jo leads the BDA's Public Affairs, PR, Media and related activities to promote the BDA as the leading authority on food and nutrition policy issues.


What we do

  • Work with key individuals including BDA officers, members, members of BDA Specialist Groups and Branches, and within the Association’s PR structure to ensure that the BDA is proactive in the promotion of dietitians and of sound nutritional messages.
  • Support good communication links across the organisation: to and between members, staff, Boards and Council.
  • Support the aims and objectives of all BDA communication channels such as Dietetics Today, other BDA publications and social media including Twitter, Facebook and Linkedln.
  • Horizon scans issues that may prove relevant, topical or newsworthy.
  • Drive forward the Association’s Communications strategy.
  • Contribute to the BDA’s financial, business planning and monitoring processes.

Latest Updates

Dietitians Week 2017

Planning is now underway for Dietitians Week 2017, which will take place the week commencing the 12th June. Keep an eye on the Dietitians Week webpage for updates. 

Dietitians Week 2016

Dietitians Week 2016 was a great success, with more people taking part in the week than ever before. The theme was "Workplace Health" and the Comms and Marketing Board helped steer the successul social media campaign and events. Find out more on the Dietitians Week pages