Over 30 years experience working within the hospitality & sales sector.
Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry. Skilled in Production Management, Sales, Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Manufacturing, Food Standards Allergy Training, Improvisation, TV and Film.
Previously operating as a Sole Trader from a rented kitchen, a full HACCP management system was implemented to maintain food safety and hygiene following Food Standards guidelines which was monitored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and resulted in me receiving funding to help move the business forward.
After meeting my husband, Simon we decided to re-launch Slightly Different Foods as a Ltd company bringing my husbands skills onboard which has given our business the solid foundations moving forward.
I am the creator of each of the products that we produce, and I am determined to offer our customers tasty and healthy products that appeal to a wide audience, particularly individuals that suffer from gut health issues and IBS symptoms.
Over the past 25 years I have operated as a business owner, managing partner, managing director and consultant within the wealth management industry advising individual and businesses on various aspects relating to their financial wellbeing. I understand the issues relating to risk versus reward in any business opportunity and have applied this to my own investment decisions when backing start up businesses.
I decided to get involved in the food industry because I feel that the current explosion in the growth of the Vegan and Food Intolerance market has huge potential within the UK, Europe and worldwide and Slightly Different Foods is perfectly positioned to provide a solution and fulfil a need within these markets. In addition, my wife Sonia has an incredible talent for producing tasty and healthy products that exactly match our Mission!
I firmly believe that our Mission to create healthy food products that improve gut health and IBS symptoms is needed not just in the UK, but worldwide and as such my day to day role within the business is mainly liaising with potential distributors worldwide that also believe in our Mission and wish to offer our products to their consumers.
Hi, I’m Helen! I’m a mother of two who loves running, swimming in the sea locally in Hove whatever the time of year, and rustling up a storm in the kitchen. I also absolutely love my job as a Registered Dietitian, where I use the power of nutrition on a daily basis to:
- help those with IBS become symptom free,
- enable clients to lose weight in a sustainable way,
- and support athletes in optimising their nutrition around training to boost performance and prevent injury.
How did I get here? As a ‘skinny kid’ who loved sport I found people often commented on my ability to eat and stay slim! I became fascinated in nutrition and the human body and went on to study Biomedical Science and then Dietetics to Masters level at university. This naturally led to a career within hospital dietetics in the NHS, where I expanded my nutrition and medical knowledge and helped patients on a daily basis – what a great job. However, it did have its frustrations in terms of the amount of time and resources available to provide an effective service. I knew I could offer people more.
I decided to have a break from the NHS and moved to Hamilton, New Zealand for a year, and shortly after Adelaide, Australia for one year also. During this time, I started up in private practice and studied the areas I saw that were common within the clients that came to see me. Needless to say, since leaving the NHS I have not looked back. I’ve gained additional qualifications in Sports Nutrition, Nutritional Genomics (DNA testing), and FODMAP diet modification for IBS. I’ve set up a thriving nutrition coaching practice where clients benefit from longer appointment times and ongoing coaching for better support and accountability – leading to better results. I have co-authored the book “The Dirty Diet” with the successful writer Kate Harrison, of 5:2 diet fame. I consult for Bluecrest nutrition screening company, and am also the sports nutrition tutor for Brighton University’s Sports Scholars, and Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme.
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