Our Core Team
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of British Obesity Society. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our charity as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Jane is an independent nurse consultant and a freelance journalist who has recently retired from a part time position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.
She has a career spanning over 40 years working at the cutting edge of innovation having had much national and local press coverage and appearing on many TV and radio shows. Since 1997 she has run men’s health surgeries and weight management clinics in many unusual places including pubs, barber’s shop, Harley-Davidson show room, truck stops, crown green bowling clubs, working men’s clubs and fishing fairs. Her research on ‘diabesity and male truck drivers’ was presented at the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Montreal and published in the American Journal of Men’s Health.
Over the past 20 years she has been involved in improving health in the workplace working not only with many small businesses but also larger companies such as Royal Mail, BT, MOD and Arriva PLC.
Jane runs training courses for nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other health care professionals throughout the UK and has also worked in Europe the Far East and Bermuda, where she was commissioned by the Department of Health to run training programmes to health care professionals specialising in Diabetes. She is recognised as a leading expert in her field and has written many published chapters, articles and papers on the subject. She has won several awards for her innovation in nursing and has been nominated for Nurse of the Year on two separate occasions.
Jane is currently Chair of the British Obesity Society an organisation she set up in August 2011. She is also a member of the NICE Programme Development Group for Overweight and Obese Adults and an advisory board member for the British Association of Plastic Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) who are currently developing the National Guidelines on body augmentation following weight loss. She is an external advisor for Sunderland University and a judge for General Practice Awards.
In the past she was a director, trustee, vice chair/treasurer of the National Obesity Forum and vice chair/president/treasurer of the Men’s Health Forum, positions she held for over 10 years
Dr Andrew Heartland
Dr Hartland qualified in Medicine in 1991, having won a scholarship whilst at medical school. His interest in Bariatric Medicine developed during his postgraduate medical training. He was appointed Consultant Chemical Pathologist at North West London Hospitals NHS Trust in 2002, initiated the NorthWest London Hospitals NHS Trust Specialist Medical Weight Management Clinic with Dr Anthony Leeds in 2003 and was appointed Consultant Chemical Pathologist in 2004, with a Special Interest in Diabetes at Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust and becoming the Trust’s Medical Lead for Obesity Services.
Dr Hartland became Medical Lead in the Development of Walsall PCTs Level 3 Medical Weight Management Services and is currently President of the Pathology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and Quality Lead for the Pathology School, West Midlands Deanery, a position he has held since 2009.