Meet the team who provide expert support and guidance to Trusts and deliver our Hospital Leaders programme.
Strategy & Policy Director - Food for Life
Joanna was a member of the Department of Health’s Hospital Food Standards Panel. She founded the Food for Life Catering Mark in 2007, developed its early standards and now advises the independent Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee.
Joanna also directs strategy and policy for Food for Life, whose ‘healthy settings’ programmes are being locally commissioned by local authority public health teams across England.
|Dr Susannah McWilliam
Programme Manager - Food for Life Hospital Leaders
Susannah heads up the Food for Life Hospital Leaders programme, developed through pilots with three NHS Trusts, and coordinates Food for Life’s Hospital Leaders Network.
Susannah sat on the Hospital Food Standards Panel’s expert reference groups on sustainability and healthy eating. Susannah has a PhD in Sustainable Hospital Foodservice Systems and has published on the link between organisational practices and hospital food waste.
Food for Life Associate and former Director of Health Education Trust
Joe supported the Food for Life pilots in three NHS Trusts on the development of accessible policy and principles, action planning, and reviewing retail and vending services. He now supports the Food for Life Hospital Leaders programme.
Joe sat on national government panels in England and Wales setting school standards, and was the Chair of the Caroline Walker Trust. He has written vending guidance for the Welsh Government and the Food Standards Agency.
| Elizabeth Atherton
Hospitals Advisor - Food for Life
Elizabeth Atherton is Hospital Advisor for the Food for Life Programme, her role includes work on the new lottery funded Better Care programme. She is a registered Dietitian, with an MSc in Public Health (health promotion). She started her career working in the NHS, specialising in Obesity Surgery. Prior to her joining us at the Soil Association, Elizabeth was working at the public health charity Medact, as the Sustainable Food and Health Project Manager. This project involved developing and implementing a set of four inter-connected projects, including one on hospital food, aimed at promoting and encouraging a transition towards healthy and sustainable diets and, more broadly, food systems.