ARFID AWARENESS UK

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TRUSTEES

OUR BOARD

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Alison Beasley - Trustee 

Alison holds a Bsc (hons) in Psychology and a level 5 certificate in leadership and management. She has worked in the charity sector for the past 18 years and is currently Head of Development for P3 charity. She holds a wealth of experience of working in and leading services for young people, advice and guidance services and supported housing. She holds a keen interest and knowledge of charity development and growth.

 

 

                                 

 

 

Dr. Gillian Harris - Trustee

Dr Gillian Harris has carried out research into infant and child feeding behaviour and appetite regulation at the University of Birmingham, School of Psychology, UK, for the past 38 years. She was also a Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist for 30 years, and led a feeding clinic at The Children’s

Hospital, Birmingham, UK, where she worked with infants and children who were food averse. 

Her specific research and clinical interest is the development of food acceptance and rejection in early infancy and early childhood, and the effect of early experience on later food preferences. She has written around 100 published papers, articles and book chapters on these areas, and been awarded multiple research grants to support her research. She has also made many media appearances, both on television and radio. Her latest book, on Food Refusal and Avoidant Eating in Children, was published in 2017.

 

 

 

                                 

 

 

Jill Hayman - Trustee

Jill Hayman is a lifelong ARFID sufferer, it was first noticed at 8 months old but due to lack of knowledge and awareness was not diagnosed until she was 36 years old.

Facing a range of issues relating to ARFID including multiple health problems and dealing with the widespread ignorance and lack of understanding which can make simple daily tasks a traumatic battle.  This has given Jill a wealth of experience to understand the needs and fears of other sufferers and the ability to communicate and educate others.

Jill made a documentary for YouTube to help raise awareness about ARFID which went viral with at least 17 million views worldwide. It has helped other sufferers to recognise the disorder, giving them the comfort of speaking to someone who truly understands their daily battles and helped raise worldwide awareness of ARFID.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Mason - Trustee

Sarah Mason is a speech and language therapist who has worked in the field of feeding difficulties for over 25 years, most of this time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Her particular interests are the impact of tube feeding in infancy on later oral feeding, sensory feeding difficulties and Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). She currently works as a freelance speech and language therapist and runs workshops on feeding difficulties with Dr Gillian Harris.

 

 

 

                       

 

 

Dr. Rosan Meyer - Trustee

Rosan completed her degree in Dietetics in South Africa and specialised in paediatric nutrition in the UK. In 2004, she finished her MSc in Paediatric Nutrition and in 2008 her PhD at Imperial College London. She was the principal research dietitian at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children until December 2015, leading a project on the impact of gastrointestinal food allergies on children and their families and after this worked with the allergy team at St. Thomas Hospital as research dietitian until 2018. In addition, she has a busy paediatric dietetic practice specialising in food allergy, feeding difficulties and faltering growth in London.  She has published numerous articles on paediatric nutrition, food allergy, feeding difficulties and is in particular interested in the association between growth and food allergy.

She is currently module leader for the Food Hypersensitivity Module that forms part of the MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London, and is honorary senior lecturer in paediatrics at the same university. She is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, on their MSc on Deglutology (swallow disorders).  She is the chair of the European Section of the International Network for Diet and Allergy, secretary of the Allied Health and Primary Care Interest Group of EAACI and member of several EAACI task forces on food allergy.

 

 

 

Amy Waters - Trustee & Treasurer

Amy Waters is a highly experienced Speech and Language Therapist who has worked in a wide range of NHS settings from special schools to inpatient adult mental health units.  She currently works at Evelina London Children’s hospital in their Complex Feeding Service, as part of the multidisciplinary team offering a diagnostic and therapeutic service to children and young people with ARFID.   Amy teaches on the MSc Speech and Language Sciences course at University College London, and also runs a busy private practice in her local area.  She gained years of experience in the charity sector working as a telephone counsellor for an organisation called Family Lives.  When not at work, Amy can be found either at the gym, drinking coffee, or running around with her two young children.