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Meet Your SENR Board

Board representation is made up of highly respected members of the profession and key stakeholders from the four UK Institutes of Sport, academia, professional sport, and private practice. All Board members demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting evidence based practice and developing the current and future generations of Sport and Exercise Nutrition professionals.

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Elaine Buckley (Chair)

Elaine Buckley has worked in higher education for over 23 years. Her last role was Director of Academic Development and Diversity, where she led a team which supported the development of inclusive academic practice across Sheffield Hallam University. Elaine qualified as a physiotherapist in 1981 and undertook several clinical roles , before studying for an MBA and moving into management. She had a number of senior leadership roles in the NHS including non-executive directorships in both acute and primary care settings. She has also served on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a member and as Chair between July 2015 - 2018.

Elaine joined the British Dietetic Association (BDA), as a non-executive director in July 2019. As Chair of the SENR Board, Elaine provides scrutiny with respect to the governance of the Register and also provides support to Board members in areas where she has skills and expertise. Along with fellow Board members, Elaine also acts as an advocate for the sports nutrition profession and promotes it when opportunities arise.

Professor Graeme Close (Vice Chair)

Graeme, Vice Chair of the SENR Board, is a professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University where he combines his academic research with nutrition and physiology consultancy to some of the world’s leading sporting organisations. His research is focussed upon Vitamin D, muscle damage and repair, ageing muscle and he has most recently started research into cannabidiol (CBD) and skeletal muscle. He has published over 150 original papers and review articles and regularly delivers keynote conference presentations across the world.

From an applied perspective, Graeme is currently the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, the Head of Performance Nutrition to The European Tour Golf and European Ryder Cup Team and consults to several Premier League Football clubs and players. Graeme is a fellow of both The European College of Sport Science and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Graeme regularly appears on television (BBC - Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, ITV - Truth about food) and radio (BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Merseyside) discussing nutrition for health and sports performance. Graeme also delivers work-based seminars for many leading corporate organisations including PWC, Callaway Golf and Deloitte.

Louise Sutton (Vice Chair)

Head of Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Leeds Beckett University, Louise has a diverse applied work profile alongside her academic role. With a background in clinical dietetics she has a particular interest in the practical application of sport dietetics in elite and extreme environments. Louise has applied her dietetic knowledge and skills into a range of contexts including Himalayan expeditions, polar challenges, Atlantic rows and round the world solo ocean racing record attempts. With a more mainstream sport nutrition focus she has advised many elite sports professionals from a range of sports, both Olympic and Professional, including athletics, cricket, cycling, football and rugby. She currently leads the provision to the National Race Walking Squad based in Leeds.

Known for her very practical approach, Louise has extensive experience in delivering nutrition education programmes, particularly aimed at supporting junior athlete development. Louise is Vice Chair of the SENR Board with responsibility for Registration and Accreditation. She has twice been awarded the BDA Roll of Honour for her contribution to the development of the SENR. In recognition of her significant contribution to the profession, Louise was a 2016 recipient of the BDA Ibex Professional Achievement Award.

A senior fellow of the HEA, Louise has a wealth of teaching experience having led the development of many programmes from Certificate through to Masters level. She currently focuses her teaching on the MSc in Sport & Exercise Nutrition. Having led the programme development it was the first to receive accreditation by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register. This nationally recognised programme offers students the opportunity to gain first - hand experience of working with athletes and coaches from a range of sports through an applied practice programme.

In addition, Louise was instrumental in the development of the PG Certificate in Sport & Exercise Nutrition for Health Care Practitioners that offers the opportunity for those in full time employment a blended learning approach to continued professional development. In addition to the evaluation of dietary intakes, knowledge and behaviours of elite athletes, particularly junior athletes, Louise’s research interests focus on the nutritional considerations of extreme challenges or challenges in extreme environments.

Professor Clyde Williams OBE (Honorary Board Member)

Professor Clyde Williams, OBE, BSc, MSc, DipEd, PhD, DSc, Assoc. SENR, FBASES, FFSEM (Honorary Board Member)

Professor Clyde Williams undertook postgraduate research training in the USA and doctoral research in Scandinavia. He was a lecturer in human physiology in the University of Aberdeen for eight years before moving to Loughborough University 1978 to establish sports science. He was appointed to the first chair in sports science in the UK in 1986. Professor Williams is currently emeritus professor of sports science at Loughborough University and adjunct professor at Victoria University, Melbourne and visiting professor at the University of Suffolk.

During his 30 year-long career at Loughborough University he has had several senior roles including head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Pro-Vice Chancellor (research). He was the founding chairman of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and latterly, the founding chair of the Board for registration for SENR.

The professionalisation of sport and exercise nutrition is one of his passions and ongoing commitments. He served as a non-executive director of BASES and chaired their conference programme committee. He established research programmes for the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance as chair of their scientific advisory board. Professor Williams has had a career-long interest in the relationship between nutrition and performance.

With his Scandinavian colleagues, he contributed to the early literature showing links between glycogen depletion and fatigue. He continues to be engaged in the translation of research into practice during the preparation for, the participation in, and the recovery from training and competition. In his early career he provided sport science and nutrition support for the British Biathlon Team and British Olympic Swimming Team.

As a member of the Football Association’s Medical Committee he provided nutritional support for the England Team prior to three World Cup Tournaments. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2009 and awarded a DSc (Hon) by Loughborough University in 2014 and Victoria University in 2016. He is an honorary fellow of The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Professor Stuart Galloway

Stuart is Professor in Applied Physiology, and group lead for the Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Stirling. His education consists of a BSc (Hons) in Physiology and Sport Science from University of Glasgow, an MSc in Exercise Physiology from University of New Brunswick, Canada, and a PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism from University of Aberdeen.

His research focuses on human nutrition and exercise metabolism, and on fluid and electrolyte balance. Current projects include: exploring carbohydrate feeding requirements during endurance exercise; understanding the role of carnitine in substrate metabolism; investigating the impact of omega-3 fatty acids on skeletal muscle metabolism and function; and exploring the regulation of fluid and electrolyte balance in young and older adults. These projects use a range of techniques to assess whole body physiological responses and more recently has included a focus on cell culture work.

Stuart has authored over 80 original peer-reviewed research articles, review articles, and book chapters. He is a Fellow of The Physiological Society (London), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Board Member of the SENR, and an Advisory Board Member for Nutrition and Biochemistry with the Journal of Sports Sciences. He also provides advice to nutritionists, dietitians and coaches working in track and field athletics, cycling, and alpine and cross-country skiing. 

Wendy Martinson OBE

Wendy currently works for the English Institute of Sport as Technical Lead Performance Nutritionist and Intensive Rehabilitation Nutritionist. She also works for The Great Britain Rowing Team as Lead Nutritionist. A graduate from King's College London University, Wendy is a Registered Dietitian with the HCPC. She has a Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from the University of Westminster and also holds the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Wendy is a board member and Practitioner registrant with the SENR. Wendy started her career as a Dietitian within the NHS and for many years worked in both clinical and managerial roles based in central London. Since developing her career in sport, Wendy has worked with a wide range of organisations including British Gymnastics, GB Hockey, The Great Britain Rowing Team and The British Olympic Association. She also worked a season with West Ham United FC in 2002 and consulted with the England Football Squad in preparation for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. Wendy has worked as Team GB Performance Nutritionist at four summer Olympic games.

She is currently the Performance Nutrition Lead for Team GB working towards Tokyo 2020. At the 2016 Rio Olympic games she supported rowing, triathlon, sprint canoe, marathon swimming and road cycling. She was a consultant for LOCOG in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic games and was based at Eton Dorney during the Olympic games period providing nutrition support to rowing and sprint canoeing. She worked in China at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and also at the Barcelona holding camp prior to the Athens Olympics 2004.

Wendy is also a qualified group exercise instructor and teaches a variety of classes at Nuffield Health fitness and wellbeing centres in central London. In the New Year 2010 Honours list Wendy was awarded an OBE for services to sport and to nutrition.

Michael Naylor

Michael is currently the Head of Nutrition for the English Institute of Sport where he works with over 20 nutritionists providing support to 20 of Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic sports. He was the lead nutritionist for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Michael provided nutrition support to England Rugby for over seven years, working with both the senior men and women teams, including the 2014 World Cup winning women’s team. In football, Michael was the performance nutritionist at Southampton FC for six seasons and now works as a consultant nutritionist with England Football. He was part of the support team that travelled to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Irene Riach

Irene is the Head of Performance Nutrition at the Sport Scotland Institute of Sport. She is a HCPC registered Dietitian and has been involved professionally in performance sport for over 23 years. She joined the Sport Scotland Institute of Sport as a Performance Dietitian in 2007 and now leads and manages the performance nutrition service across Scotland, while providing nutrition support to individuals and team athletes and leading specific innovation projects within targeted sports. Irene has travelled nationally and internationally with a variety of Olympic and Commonwealth sports.

She has worked through four Commonwealth and three Olympic cycles delivering support at London 2012 and more recently at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018. She has a passion for good food and empowering people to make sustainable food choices that support and maximise health and performance.

Dr Julia Bone

Julia is a Registered Dietitian and SENR Practitioner in the UK and an Advanced Sports Dietitian in Australia. Julia completed her PhD at the Australian Institute of Sport before moving to Belfast where she currently works as a Performance Nutritionist at Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute and with Antrim Senior Hurling. She has worked with senior and developing athletes across a number of different sports including hockey, athletics, basketball, judo and para-badminton.

Julia has a Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism degree with honours and a MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago in New Zealand and completed a Master of Dietetic Studies from the University of Queensland.

Dr Sharon Madigan

Head of Performance Nutrition at the Sport Ireland Institute, Sharon is responsible for the coordination of the delivery of nutrition support to elite athletes in Ireland across a range of sports including weight category sports, endurance, power and Paralympic sports. Sharon has been involved in the preparation of elite athletes over five Olympic Cycles.

Other roles include partnerships with industry and research, mentoring of intern students and research project development within the high performance sports environment. She is also the assistant camp manager for Tokyo 2021 as part of the senior support team for the OFI. In addition to sitting on the SENR Board, Sharon is also current Chair of the BDA Sports Nutrition Group (SNG).

Olivia Busby

As Lead Performance Nutritionist at Sport Wales, Olivia is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the performance Nutrition service and practitioners in Wales. Olivia has worked as a Performance Nutritionist at the Sport Wales Institute since 2013. During this time Olivia has been involved in several major multi-sport games preparations including the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as Team Wales Performance Nutritionist. In the build up to Rio 2016 Olivia was appointed the role of Nutritionist for the British Paralympic Association Pre-Games preparation camp in Belo Horizonte.

Prior to this, Olivia worked as part of the English Institute of Sport Performance Nutrition team providing support to GB Sailing in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Olivia completed her MSc in Sports Nutrition at St Mary’s University in Twickenham and has also completed the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. Olivia has been a SENR board member since 2014 and is passionate about raising the profile of the SENR and the Sports Nutrition profession.

Richard Chessor

Richard is responsible for leading and delivering the nutrition support to British Swimming’s World Class Programme, he directly supports a large number of international swimmers and coaches as well as providing environmental support around training camps and competitions.

In addition, Richard is also responsible for leading the Physical Performance team which incorporates the disciplines of Nutrition, Physiology and Strength & Conditioning. Prior to joining British Swimming, Richard was the Lead Nutritionist for Scottish Rugby and he has previously worked with the English Institute of Sport supporting the judo and boxing programmes into the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Richard holds an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and was an inaugural graduate of the IOC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. He is a Practitioner Registrant of SENR.

Andy Burman

Andy has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BDA for over 17 years but has worked in the health, regulatory and professional association sector for over 25 years - having worked with doctors, psychologists, allied health professionals and others. His work around the UK and overseas is varied and involves him representing the BDA and the SENR at the highest level, working with NHS healthcare professions, as well as Health Ministers and patients.

He represents the profession on major initiatives such as the recent review of Hospital Food, national workforce planning reviews for Allied Healthcare Professionals and international collaborations to advance the evidence base for nutrition science.

As a Chartered Manager his other roles include: being a Director of a Scottish social enterprise producing patient focussed resources on diet and nutrition; being a patient representative for ward inspections at Nottingham University Hospitals; and sitting on the Joint National Formulary Committee of the British National Formulary (BNF).

He has several roles with regulatory bodies - sitting as lay member of investigatory or disciplinary panels. He is also a Magistrate in the East Midlands and is a visiting lecturer on sports nutrition postgraduate courses. When not at work he can occasionally be found supporting his rugby team, Northampton Saints.

Dr Alan Kennedy

Alan is Executive Support Consultant to the SENR, providing assistance to the work of the SENR Board and helping to develop the wider mission and scope of the Register as a whole. He is also a company director, biomedical research scientist, and practicing sports nutritionist.

Alan is a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University, a post graduate of Leeds Beckett University, and a PhD graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He is also a current Registrant of the SENR.

Stuart Mills

Stuart, Business Administrator at the BDA, provides administration and membership support to the SENR.

He manages the registration processes for both individuals and courses, assists the SENR Board, and manages the SENR email inbox.