Specialist Nutrition Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board

Here you can find out more about the members of our Advisory Board, who help to guide the strategy and priorities of the Specialist Nutrition team, making sure we can continue to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society. 

Professor Margot Gosney (Chair)

Margot has been the Professor of Elderly Care Medicine in Reading since August 2003.  She trained in Liverpool after graduating in 1983 and she publishes widely on topics pertinent to older people and their health.  Margot also has held roles in several organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, The General Medical Council and Macmillan Cancer. 

Professor Margot Gosney (Chair)

Dr Anwesha Sarkar

Anwesha is an Associate Profressor of Food Colloids at the University of Leeds and prior to this, she worked in Nestlé Research Centre & Nestlé Global Headquarters, Switzerland for 4 years. She received her M.S. in Food Technology from Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), India (2005) and Ph.D. from Massey University, New Zealand (2010). Dr. Sarkar has published more than 40 international research articles, and has led the research domain of oral processing and eating capability for food provision for elderly population. Dr. Sarkar has been the recipient of the prestigious Elsevier Young Scientist Award in 2009 and Nestlé Discovery Award in 2011.

Dr Anwesha Sarkar

Thangaraj Senniappan

Thangaraj (Raj) founded Therapies on Thames Limited in 2012, where he is the Managing Director and Consultant Occupational Therapist, providing affordable, independent and high quality rehabilitation services to people who are faced with the burdens of illness, disability and age. After receiving a First-Class Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Raj has worked as an Occupational Therapist and has also offered his consultancy services since 2011 across various hospitals, focusing on elderly care and patient discharge planning. Raj was also the local representative for Alzheimer’s Society in his area for 4 years.

Professor Margot Gosney (Chair)

Martin Green OBE

Martin Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK and in 2012 and he is a member of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum. In 2012, Martin led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact in response to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and in that same year he was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List. Martin also writes and broadcasts on social care issues and is on the Editorial Board of Community Care Market News.

Martin Green OBE

Elizabeth Mills OBE

Elizabeth Mills founded Eminence Grise in 2001 to provide strategic, communications and development advice to the non-profit sector.  She also runs Homeshare International, the charity promoting intergenerational homesharing to relieve loneliness and social isolation for older people.  Until 2001, Elizabeth was CEO of the medical research charity Research into Ageing, which she merged with Help the Aged (now part of Age UK) and over the last 20 years, she has worked tirelessly to promote the need for research to improve health and wellbeing of the growing number of older people in our society.
Elizabeth was honoured by HM The Queen in 2002, being awarded an OBE for services to ageing research.  Subsequently, she has been given honorary degrees by both the Universities of Brighton and Aston for services to the voluntary sector.

Elizabeth Mills OBE

Dr Jordan Bowen

Dr Jordan Bowen is a consultant geriatrician and acute physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He leads the Complex, Interface and Ambulatory Medicine service and is the Translational Research Fellow in Acute Ambulatory Care with a particular focus on Acute Frailty. He is passionate in finding innovative and multi-faceted approaches to deliver complex personalised care closer to home.

Dr Jordan Bowen

Dr Helen Roberts

Helen Roberts is Professor of Medicine for Older People at the University of Southampton and her research interests focus on the identification and management of poor nutrition in older people and those with Parkinson’s disease. Helen is the national lead for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Comprehensive Research Network Ageing Speciality Group, leads the Ageing and Dementia theme for the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care: Wessex and is a faculty member of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. Her research group is based at the University of Southampton and she has published and presented nationally and internationally.

Dr Jordan Bowen