Our story

After working together for a London based charitable trust delivering community public health services we decided we wanted to combine our skills and knowledge more effectively to meet the needs of the local communities. We would often meet children with nutritional deficiencies or parents that did not know how to cook with no place to turn. With our knowledge about the impact childhood nutrition can have on adult life we knew that something more needed to be done. We set up Foodtalk in 2013 as a Community Interest Company ensuring all our work is designed to benefit the communities and the people that inhabit them. We believe healthy children lead to a healthy community and want to work with you to achieve that.

Lindsay Gilbert

Our resident northerner, Lindsay was born and raised in Yorkshire and went on to complete an undergraduate degree in physiology and pharmacology at the University of Sheffield before studying dietetics at Leeds Metropolitan University.  After graduating she worked for Doncaster NHS Foundation Trust for 4 years before deciding to fulfill a lifetime ambition and see the world However, it seemed the lure of the small island was too much and Lindsay soon found herself back on British shores practicing as a paediatric dietitian in London for the NHS Hackney and third sector organisations including MEND.  In addition Lindsay is also completing her Masters in advanced dietetic practice.  Oh yeah, and she also just got married– we couldn’t be more excited!

Melissa Little

Melissa was born and raised in a small town in rural Canada.  After completing her nutrition and dietetic qualifications at the University of Alberta, she spent three years practicing in Canada before marrying an english man and making the jump across the pond.  Since then she has specialised in paediatrics working in both the NHS and charitable sectors.  She is also a media spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association doing stints on BBC breakfast, Al Jazeera, Daybreak, as well as interviews for various newspapers, magazines and websites.  She is the nutrition expert for the Essential Parent Company and has done feeding events with Mamas&Papas and John Lewis. She has also recently completed a Masters in Advanced Dietetics from the University of Nottingham

Shirley Serber Souza

Shirley definitely takes the team award for the most passports!  Born in the Middle East, she moved to Brazil when she was five and was raised in Sao Paulo, where she completed her BSc in nutrition and dietetics. She then moved to Australia where she set up a nutrition consulting business.  She also worked as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise at the University of Sydney.  After 6 years, Shirley decided to trade sunshine for rain clouds and packed up to move to London.  Since then she has been working as a paediatric dietitian to deliver some of the key government priorities for a London based charity while completing her Masters in advanced dietetic practice with emphasis in Public Health..  If that wasn’t enough, Shirley and her husband just had their first baby – time to put all the paediatric nutrition knowledge to use!

Verena Trend

The only non-dietitian and born-and- bred Londoner, Verena is a Prince 2 Project Manager and has a background in weight management, sports development, exercise referral/ cardiac rehabilitation and physical activity. Having achieved a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from Brunel University, Verena has combined this with six years experience  working within the leisure industry, seven years experience working for local authorities and five years experience of managing public health projects.  Verena has project managed one-off large scale events such as Big Dance 2012 as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, submitted a series of successful public health tenders and is currently working within Croydon Council as their Active Lifestyle Manager.

Affiliations

  • Health and Care Professionals Council
  • British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
  • Dietitians in Obesity Management (DOMUK)
  • Childhood Obesity sub-group of DOMUK
  • The Paediatric group (BDA)
  • Freelance Dietitians Group  (BDA)
  • Public Health Nutrition Network
  • The University of Nottingham