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CWT Announce Winners of the 2020 Annual Awards

The Caroline Walker Trust is delighted to announce the following winners of their Annual Awards 2020.  A reception will be held in 2021, subject to restrictions imposed by Covid-19.  This year, the trust offered six awards, which also included a Lifetime Achievement award, Food Hero of the Year, Media Campaigner of the Year and Charity Food Campaigner of the Year, The Nutritionist of the Year and the Freelance Nutritionist of the Year.

“The Caroline Walker Trust Awards were intended to highlight distinctive and outstanding work in promoting public health by maintaining and advancing standards of food and nutrition. Each year we find inspiring individuals who have done exceptional work. This year our theme ‘To Triumph Through Adversity’ showcased some exceptionally dedicated individuals who work to improve the quality of our food.” explained Kathy Lewis, Acting Chair of CWT.

CWT would like to congratulate all the winners and runners-up of the CWT Awards 2020, and a special mention to all those shortlisted who also show exceptional courage and hard work.

Below are the award winners and runners-up for each category:

The Caroline Walker Trust Lifetime Achievement Award

Recipient: Lord John Krebs

The CWT Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to Lord John Krebs, Chairman of the House of Lords Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee, Principal of Jesus College, and Former Chairman of the Food Standards Agency (FSA). “Food campaigners take many forms: Lord Krebs has taken a more formal route than most, yet he has had a direct impact on our food,” stated Kathy Lewis, Acting Chair of CWT.

Lord Krebs was appointed the first Chairman of the Food Standards Agency in 2000 until 2005, a post in which he was outspoken regarding the role of food and health. Just after the launch of the FSA, precisely twenty years ago, Lord Krebs spoke at the CWT Annual Awards regarding the FSA’s role to improve food and nutrition and what he hoped to achieve. Since leaving the FSA, Lord Krebs has continued to campaign for the improvement of our food, diet and health. He has worked with industry, campaign groups, academia and regularly speaks in the House of Lords on matters ranging from Food Supply and Security to the National Schools Breakfast Programme.  More recently, Lord Krebs chaired the Select Committee report on “Hungry for Change: Fixing the Failures in Food” published in June 2020.

“Lord Krebs is an ardent campaigner, full of passion and commitment to improving our food and our health. His outspoken, collaborative approach continues to make the inroads to maintaining and advancing the standards of food and nutrition.  We are honoured he has accepted the CWT Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Charity Food Campaigner of the Year

Joint Winners: Feast with Us! and Feeding Britain

Hannah Style, Founder and Chairperson, Feast with Us
“In multiple sites across London, FEAST provides nutritious community meals using surplus food, eating with vulnerable and homeless people before lockdown, and now distributing food parcels. We thank our volunteers and staff who continue to fight food poverty and deliver vital FEAST services to relieve hardship as the need grows.”

Click here for more information on Feast with Us!

Andrew Forsey, National Director, Feeding Britain

‘We owe a debt of gratitude to the staff, volunteers, and supporters across the Feeding Britain network who, on a daily basis, transform people’s lives with good food. This award from the Caroline Walker Trust is a fitting reflection of their hard work.’ 

Click here for more information on Feeding Britain.

Food Hero of the Year

Winner: Andrea Zick
Runner-up:  Haleh Moravej and the MetMUnch team

Andrea Zick, Chef and Nutritionist, PA

“I am thrilled to have won this award and while I was personally recognised, this work would not have been possible without the help of so many others. Dedicated people, some of whom I have only gotten to know in this year of crisis, such as the team from the Irish Centre and Catford Fridge in Lewisham. Secondly, this is also an incredible credit to the team at the OXO Tower Restaurant who bought into the idea of using the space for community meals. Without the leadership of the business and our many community contacts from various routes, we would have not been able to help so many people. A big thank you must go to the team at OXO.”

Click here for more information on Andrea Zick nomination

Media Food Campaigner of the Year

Winner: Early Start Nutrition
Runner-up: @AfNutr.,

Edwina Revel, Programme Director, and Georgia Leech, Senior Nutritionist

We’re extremely honoured to win the CWT Media Campaigner of the Year Award 2020! This year more than ever, it’s been imperative to ensure families are supported with practical, evidence-based guidance and we hope our social media accounts and online resources have been useful and provided a source of positivity at this time. We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award, as The Caroline Walker Trust is held in such high regard and we’re so grateful there is a platform that champions the importance of food and nutrition in improving health outcomes for all. The award has certainly inspired us to continue to use social media as a positive platform to share evidence-based nutrition advice with families and professionals. Thank you CTW!

Click here for more information on Early Start Nutrition nomination

Nutritionist of the Year

Winner: Suzanne Fletcher, R.Nutr.,

Suzanne Fletcher, Registered Nutritionist and Founder at Nutrition Scotland

“I love who and what the Caroline Walker Trust represents, it’s a great privilege to receive recognition for my work with Nutrition Scotland. I feel incredibly grateful and thoroughly motivated to keep contributing and exploring ways we can make a difference to communities most in need.”

Click here for more information on Suzanne Fletcher’s nomination

Freelance Nutritionist of the Year

Winner: Dr Lucy Williamson
Runner-up: Barbara Bray, MBE

Dr Lucy Williamson, Freelance Registered Nutritionist at LWNutrition

“I’m just overjoyed to have been given this award which recognises the importance of communicating the value of our fabulous British food for our future health, and the passion of those producing it, at the very start of the food chain. This year I have learnt more than ever, the value in working collaboratively to achieve more, especially when working freelance. I’m proud to be part of our profession reaching out together to inspire better health, and I look forward to forging stronger links between producers, consumers and good food. I can’t thank the Caroline Walker Trust enough for this opportunity”

Click here for more information on Dr Lucy Williamson’s nomination

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Kathy Lewis, Acting Chair for CWT
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Notes to the Editor

  1. For information on the background to the awards and how the result was arrived see: https://www.cwt.org.uk/cwt-announce-awards-short-list/
  2. The Caroline Walker Trust was founded in 1989 after the death of the distinguished nutritionist, writer and campaigner Caroline Walker. Established to continue her work and in her spirit, the CWT works tirelessly to promote the improvement of public health through good food. The work of CWT is particularly targeted towards vulnerable groups and people who need special help.
  1. This year the theme is ‘To Triumph Through Adversity’ to reflect the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 on our food and diet.
  1. The Caroline Walker Trust Logo:
  1. The Nutritionist of the Year award has been sponsored by the Nutrition Society nutritionsociety.org and the Association for Nutrition www.associationfornutrition.org  
  2. The Nutrition Society of the UK and Ireland was established in 1941 and is one of the largest learned societies for nutrition in the world. With over 2,600 members internationally, the Society is dedicated to delivering its mission of advancing the scientific study of nutrition and its application to animal and human health. The Society disseminates and promotes nutrition science through its six journals and six textbooks, in addition to regularly organising CPD endorsed conferences and webinars. Working with universities, parliamentarians, industry representatives, academic researchers, and other membership organisations, the Society aims to create opportunities for building relationships that strengthen research and collaboration within the field. Membership is open to any individual with an interest in nutritional science.
  3. The Freelance Nutritionist of the Year award has been sponsored by SENSE and the Nutrition Society nutritionsociety.org                     
  4. SENSE is the original unique network for professional self-employed Registered Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians. It exists to provide members with professional development, support and advice. Founded in 1996 by Dr Margaret Ashwell as  ‘Self Employed Nutritionists’  Support and Enlightenment’. SENSE now has more than 70 members and a flourishing CPD programme of twice-yearly meetings. http://www.sense-nutrition.org.uk   
  5. The Association for Nutrition (AfN) holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a register of competent, qualified nutrition professionals who meet our rigorously applied standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition and its use in practice.  The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health EnglandNHS Choices and NHS Careers                                                                                                     

CWT launches hospitality’s first World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea

The Caroline Walker Trust (CWT) is delighted to announce Blue Orchid Hotels will be hosting the first World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea in hospitality to raise money to improve the quality of food for children living in poverty.  The fundraising event will be hosted at the Tower Suites Blue Orchid Hotel in London, overlooking the Tower of London on Thursday 3rd September.

The World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea event is to be held in the hotel’s new Centro restaurant adjacent to the Tower of London, where attendees will enjoy a nutritious and healthier selection of savoury and sweet items. They will then proceed to the roof terrace for a glass of champagne whilst enjoying live music and a spectacular view over London’s skyline.

“We are proud to be spearheading the hospitality industry’s participation in the World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea, advocating a healthy diet, and raising funds for the vital work of the Caroline Walker Trust and St Andrew’s Youth Club, through Integrity International Trust, ensuring we make a positive difference to the communities in which Blue Orchid Hotels operate.” Tony Matharu, Chairman and Founder of Blue Orchid Hotels.

“The Blue Orchid Hotels is the first hotel to host this timely fundraising event.  Not only does this initiative raise funds to support children living in poverty during term breaks, holidays and after school, but it also challenges our perceptions of the traditional afternoon tea, thus acting as world leaders in encouraging healthier options.”  Kathy Lewis, Acting Chair, The Caroline Walker Trust.

Attendees include corporate travel buyers, community partners and Integrity International Trust charity ambassadors who will be joined by Caroline Walker Trust’s friends, Nutritionists and Dietitians whilst adhering to social distancing and Covid-19 protocols.

“A non-conventional afternoon tea is also intended to stimulate both the taste buds, hospitality providers and others so that we can offer confidence and reassurance in today’s new normal together with healthy, nutritious and safe dining and entertainment options.”  Tony Matharu.

Covid-19 has made fundraising a seemingly impossible task for the Caroline Walker Trust.  In a world where the temptation has been to close down and retreat, Blue Orchid Hotels, led by the former Hotelier of the Year, Tony Matharu, ensured that Tower Suites remained open throughout ‘lockdown’, accommodating critical care key workers and those seeking safe refuge.  Consequently, The Caroline Walker Trust resolved the Blue Orchid Hotels was an ideal charity partner for the launch of their World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea fundraising initiative in hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new Tower Suites property, and enjoying our rooftop hospitality and spectacular views over the renowned world heritage site of the Tower of London.” Tony Matharu, Chairman and founder of Blue Orchid Hotels.

The Caroline Walker Trust

Kathy Lewis, Acting Chair, kathy@cwt.org.uk

+44 02085364100, 7961317621,

Blue Orchid Press Enquiries

Nadia Perrier, nadia.perrier@blueorchid.com

+44 7487 792913

Notes to the Editor

  1. Venue: The Blue Orchid Hotel’s World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea will take place at the Tower Suites, 100 Minories, Tower Hill, EC3N 1JY
  2. Time: Afternoon tea is served from 4 pm to 9 pm.
  3. Booking on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/31ChM3j
  4. The funds raised will go to the Caroline Walker Trust and Integrity International Trust, who are working to build brighter futures, fight health inequalities caused by food poverty and provide healthier food options for young children, especially during term breaks, holiday periods and after school.
  5. The Caroline Walker Trust was founded in 1989 after the death of the distinguished nutritionist, writer and campaigner Caroline Walker. Established to continue her work and in her spirit, the CWT works tirelessly to promote the improvement of public health through good food. The work of CWT is particularly targeted towards vulnerable groups and people who need special help.  cwt.org.uk
  6. The World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea is a Caroline Walker Trust fundraising initiative aimed to raise awareness and funds to improve the quality of food provision for children living in poverty during term breaks, holidays and after school.
  7. Participants register to host an afternoon tea on worldshealthiestafternoontea.org.uk and money raised for the afternoon tea are donated to the Caroline Walker Trust on https://worldshealthiestafternoontea.org.uk/donations
  8. Projects supported by the World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea: include Registered Nutritionist led food clubs, holiday and after school food-based projects, healthy food workshops, sourcing healthier food options for term breaks, and expertise for holiday lunch provision particularly for special dietary needs, the malnourished and those living in obesogenic environments.
  9. The Caroline Walker Trust Logos:   
  10. Integrity International Trust’s mission is to build positive futures for the most vulnerable people and enriches the lives of children living in poverty around the world.
  11. More locally, Integrity International Trust supports the St Andrew’s Club, the world’s oldest community-based youth club located in Westminster, where 40% of children are classed as living below the poverty Supporting around 700 local young people, St Andrew’s Club gives them the chance to thrive and give back to society through their varied youth programmes – helping them develop educationally, socially and personally through a wide range of activities – sport, art, practical skills, trips out, training, career develop together with weekly cookery class nurturing their understanding of nutrition and building vital life skills.
  12. Blue Orchid Hotels is a new private collection of independent luxury hotels located in the heart of London; the world’s most exciting city. Featuring some of the best-located properties in the capital, just minutes from the myriad delights of London’s arts and cultural attractions, Blue Orchid Hotels provides a wealth of history and local tradition, skilfully combined with contemporary luxury. You will always find interesting architecture, exquisite furnishings and warm, friendly service – the hallmarks of Blue Orchid Hotels.  With its unrivalled experience, state-of-the-art technology and unique wellness offering, Blue Orchid Hotels is the most COVID-19 adopted hotel, providing safe and independent living options in the heart of London.  blueorchid.com
  13. An advocate of partnerships and collaborative working, Blue Orchid hotels are committed to the idea of sharing and giving, respecting the environment and making a positive difference to the communities in which they operate.
  14. Blue Orchid Hotel Logo       

 

 

Interview with Freelance Nutritionist of the Year Dr Laura Wyness   

Dr Laura Wyness, Registered Nutritionist, was awarded the title of ‘CWT Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2019’ at last year’s CWT 30th Anniversary and Awards Reception for her outstanding and distinctive work in promoting public health and advancing standards of food and nutrition.

The judges were thrilled at how Laura’s work echoed the variety of work that Caroline Walker herself carried out.  Similar in many aspects to Caroline Walker’s own work, Dr Laura Wyness has worked in a variety of roles from nutritionist, writer, author and campaigner for better food.  Just like Caroline had experienced, the journey has been one full of surprises but also fulfilment.  The road forward has many dips and turns, and there are many routes on how to make a contribution to improve the food we eat and understanding of the effects on our diet.  Laura certainly demonstrated how she had followed in Caroline’s footsteps.

Laura’s work as a freelance nutritionist involves researching and writing nutrition content for publications and company websites, providing workplace wellness talks to businesses and personalised nutrition advice to staff.

She is part of the team of coaches at Edinburgh’s InsideOut Personal Training, where she provides nutritional support to members in the form of ‘Ask the Nutritionist’ sessions online and has developed menu plans and healthy recipes.  She regularly assesses catering establishments for the Health Scotland’s ‘Healthy Living Award’ and provides advice on how to improve menu options.

Laura also regularly provides comments on nutrition for the media by working with journalists on articles, speaking on the radio, and writing nutrition tips for the recipes in the Ocado magazine.  She has helped build up a network of nutrition colleagues through volunteering as AfN Scottish Regional Rep and co-founding the @AfNutr twitter chats.

Since winning the CWT Freelance Nutritionist award, Laura has joined the expert team at Ocado magazine, and has featured in The Telegraph, NutraIngredients, Happiful magazine and Delicious magazine.  She has also spoken to nutrition students at various universities on nutrition careers and using social media as a nutrition professional.  She is continuing to grow her consultancy business and client base.

We caught up with Laura to see what life has been like since winning Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2019 award.  Here’s what she had to say…

How did you feel when you were awarded Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2019?

I was delighted to be invited to London for the Awards event.  I loved being in the same room as so many talented nutritionists and getting to meet and chat with others working in such a variety of nutrition roles.  It’s not often that the work of a Freelance Nutritionist is acknowledged, so I feel extremely grateful. To be recognised by the Caroline Walker Trust is such an honour.

Have you found your role as a Freelance Nutritionist a comfortable journey?

I worked in a variety of roles for several years before becoming a Freelance Nutritionist.  The experience I gained from working in academic research, policy development, supporting the food industry and nutrition communications provided such a useful insight and understanding of the role of nutrition in health and wellbeing.

When I first started as a Freelance Nutritionist almost 4 years ago, it was a very steep learning curve and quite a lonely experience.  However, I soon started to make use of the support available by going on business courses, attending networking events and joining groups like SENSE for self-employed nutritionists.

I love the work that I am able to do now and enjoy the opportunities that freelance work brings.   The recent lockdown situation has meant revising my business plans and ‘pivoting’ some of my services so I can now offer nutritional consultations and workplace nutrition talks online.

I wouldn’t say the journey into Freelance nutrition has been comfortable, as the growth (or magic) usually happens when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.  It’s certainly been an enjoyable experience and one that I continue to relish.

What is your advice to other Freelance Nutritionists?

Starting your own business can be hugely rewarding although quite scary at the same time.  I have found regular networking to be a vital part for growing my business and have learnt a great deal from connecting with freelancers in nutrition and other industries.

Seek out the support that is available.  The Association for Nutrition and the Regional AfN Facebook groups offer great support, and there are also lots of other useful Facebook groups for business advice, or for nutritionists working in specific areas where you can share advice and experiences.

It is also useful to give back and help others.  Being a Food and Drink Ambassador, mentoring early career nutritionists, volunteering as an AfN Rep, and delivering career talks to nutrition students are all ways to support other nutritionists and improve our profession. It can be a hugely rewarding experience.

What is the most rewarding part of your role as a Freelance Nutritionist?

It is an amazing learning experience, not just about nutrition, but also learning about running a business and your own self-development.  I feel is really important to communicate evidence-based nutrition information. I love being able to translate nutrition science into clear and practical messages and, above all, being able to pursue work that I find most interesting.

What have you gained from the award ‘Freelance Nutritionist of the Year’?

Winning this award has boosted my confidence.  I feel I am still learning (and making mistakes) every day working as a freelance nutritionist, so to gain this recognition has given me a great sense of achievement.

What are the benefits of being recognised by CWT as an inspirational Nutritionist?

As a freelance nutritionist herself, Caroline Walker was passionate about improving public health through good food.  With the increasing issues we face in food security and inequality, Caroline left an inspiring legacy for nutritionists to continue.

I am extremely grateful for the support and recognition from the Caroline Walker Trust.  It has greatly inspired me to continue to promote the importance of public health nutrition.

 

 

Written by Kathy Lewis, RNutr.

 

Interview with Freelance Nutritionist of the Year Dr Laura Wyness   

Dr Laura Wyness, Registered Nutritionist, was awarded the title of ‘CWT Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2019’ at last year’s CWT 30th Anniversary and Awards Reception for her outstanding and distinctive work in promoting public health and advancing standards of food and nutrition.

The judges were thrilled at how Laura’s work echoed the variety of work that Caroline Walker herself carried out.  Similar in many aspects of Caroline’s Walker own work, Dr Laura Wyness has worked in a variety of roles from nutritionist, writer, author and campaigner for better food.  Just like Caroline experienced, the journey has been one of surprises and fulfilment, and as the road curves, dips and turns there are many ways to make a contribution to improve the food we eat and the understanding of the effects on our diet.  Laura has certainly demonstrated how she’s followed in Caroline’s path.

Laura’s work as a freelance nutritionist involves researching and writing nutrition content for publications and company websites, providing workplace wellness talks to businesses and personalised nutrition advice to staff.

She is part of the team of coaches at Edinburgh’s InsideOut Personal Training, where she provides nutritional support to members in the form of ‘Ask the Nutritionist’ sessions online and has developed menu plans and healthy recipes.  She regularly assesses catering establishments for the Health Scotland’s ‘Healthy Living Award’ and provides advice on how to improve menu options.

Laura also regularly provides comments on nutrition for the media by working with journalists on articles, speaking on the radio, and writing nutrition tips for the recipes in the Ocado magazine.  She has helped build up a network of nutrition colleagues through volunteering as AfN Scottish Regional Rep and co-founding the @AfNutr twitter chats.

Since winning the CWT Freelance Nutritionist award, Laura has joined the expert team at Ocado magazine, and has featured in The Telegraph, NutraIngredients, Happiful magazine and Delicious magazine.  She has also spoken to nutrition students at various universities on nutrition careers and using social media as a nutrition professional.  She is continuing to grow her consultancy business and client base.

We caught up with Laura to see what life has been like since winning Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2019 award.  Here’s what she had to say…

How did you feel when you were awarded Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2019?

I was delighted to be invited to London for the Awards event.  I loved being in the same room as so many talented nutritionists and getting to meet and chat to others working in such a variety of nutrition roles.  It’s not often that the work of a Freelance Nutritionist is acknowledged, so I feel extremely grateful. To be recognised by the Caroline Walker Trust is such an honour.

Have you found your role as a Freelance Nutritionist a comfortable journey?

I worked in a variety of roles for several years before becoming a Freelance Nutritionist.  The experience I gained from working in academic research, policy development, supporting the food industry and nutrition communications provided such a useful insight and understanding of the role of nutrition in health and wellbeing.

When I first started as a Freelance Nutritionist almost 4 years ago, it was a very steep learning curve and quite a lonely experience.  However, I soon started to make use of the support available by going on business courses, attending networking events and joining groups like SENSE for self-employed nutritionists.

I love the work that I am able to do now and enjoy the opportunities that freelance work brings.   The recent lockdown situation has meant revising my business plans and ‘pivoting’ some of my services so I can now offer nutritional consultations and workplace nutrition talks online.

I wouldn’t say the journey into Freelance nutrition has been comfortable, as the growth (or magic) usually happens when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.  It’s certainly been an enjoyable experience and one that I continue to relish.

What is your advice to other Freelance Nutritionists?

Starting your own business can be hugely rewarding although quite scary at the same time.  I have found regular networking to be a vital part of growing my business and have learnt a great deal from connecting with freelancers in nutrition and other industries.

Seek out the support that is available.  The Association for Nutrition and the Regional AfN Facebook groups offer great support, and there are also lots of other useful Facebook groups for business advice, or for nutritionists working in specific areas where you can share advice and experiences.

It is also useful to give back and help others.  Being a Food and Drink Ambassador, mentoring early career nutritionists, volunteering as an AfN Rep, and delivering career talks to nutrition students are all ways to support other nutritionists and improve our profession. It can be a hugely rewarding experience.

What is the most rewarding part of your role as a Freelance Nutritionist?

It is an amazing learning experience, not just about nutrition, but also learning about running a business and your own self-development.  I feel is really important to communicate evidence-based nutrition information. I love being able to translate nutrition science into clear and practical messages and, above all, being able to pursue work that I find most interesting.

What have you gained from the award ‘Freelance Nutritionist of the Year’?

Winning this Award has boosted my confidence.  I feel I am still learning (and making mistakes) every day working as a freelance nutritionist, so to gain this recognition has given me a great sense of achievement.

What are the benefits of being recognised by CWT as an inspirational Nutritionist?

As a freelance nutritionist herself, Caroline Walker was passionate about improving public health through good food.  With the increasing issues we face in food security and inequality, Caroline left an inspiring legacy for nutritionists to continue.

I am extremely grateful for the support and recognition from the Caroline Walker Trust.  It has greatly inspired me to continue to promote the importance of public health nutrition.

 

Written by Kathy Lewis, R.Nutr., 2020