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
Jane has over 20 years experience in diabetes management in primary and secondary care settings in Derby, Leicester, Staffordshire and Nottingham. More recently she has worked full time as Clinical Research Associate for Leicester Diabetes Centre teaching on the diabetes programmes from pre-registration to Masters level. She has extensive experience of supporting General Practice in clinical decision making and best practice in diabetes management.
Jane’s strengths are both in clinical and educational roles. Her interests with diabetes are particularly around supporting health care professionals and people with diabetes in adopting a self-management approach and guiding high quality effective diabetes care.