Heather is a UK registered nutritionist. Her expertise and research is within the field of public health nutrition particularly as it relates to food service and food security. Currently she is principal investigator for the EU project Veggieat, the EU project FoodSMART and the British Council, Veg+ project with the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Her research puts academic impact from nutritional aspects of health and wellbeing into practice in a new and unique way and provides simple strategies for building healthier communities. A ‘whole systems’ approach is taken which integrates facets of consumer behaviour, nutrition, business practice and environmental sustainability.
Current research activity is also in the area of destination marketing and its relationship with wellbeing, Heather is PI of the ESRC project Destination FeelGOOD.
I am currently leading a pan European project that aims to promote vegetable consumption among adolescence and elderly in Denmark, France, Italy and the UK. VeggiEAT is an industry-academia partnership led by Bournemouth University, UK with academic partners Aalborg University and the University of Florence and industrial/SME partners Bonduelle and the Institut Paul Bocuse Research Centre. In addition, I am on the scientific board of the Institut Paul Bocuse, France, where I contribute to the strategic direction of their world renowned research centre.
I chair the International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences (ICCAS) which is held biennially. Future conferences will be held at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK in June 2019 and Institute Paul Bocuse, France in 2021 and proceedings will be published to coincide with the start of the conference