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Meet the team

Nutrition and research team

Jacquie Lavin, MMedSci, PhD, RNutr

Head of Nutrition and Research

Jacquie Lavin

Jacquie has a masters degree in Human Nutrition and completed a PhD in 1998. She manages Slimming World’s Nutrition and Research team, whose activities include providing nutrition advice, developing partnerships with the public health sector and co-ordination of internal and external weight management research.

Carolyn Pallister, BSc, RD

Public Health Manager

Carolyn Pallister

Carolyn joined Slimming World in 2006 having graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a first in Dietetics. She is responsible for developing and managing Slimming World's public health programme including contributing to public health consultations, managing the ongoing health research programme and developing information for health professionals, while also continuing to provide dietetic support to the referral service.

Jenny Barber, MSc, APHNutr. (Public Health)


Jenny Allan

Jenny joined Slimming World in October 2008 with a masters in Public Health Nutrition. She works with the nutrition team helping to check all health and nutrition based literature published by Slimming World. In addition, she has a key role in reviewing the latest literature and guidelines on weight management and nutrition to ensure that Slimming World’s policies and advice to members are always at the forefront of current nutrition research.

Emma Dowse

Emma DowseResearch Manager

Emma joined Slimming World in July 2014 and brings a wealth of strategic research and insight expertise to the team. Her research career has spanned a breadth of industry sectors and includes solid experience in both academic and commercial organisations. Emma is proficient in project management and has a real passion for research work in response to human health issues. Emma manages the research team in the development and shaping of scientific evidence and its application to Slimming World's approach to members.

Prof. James Stubbs, BSc, PhD

Dr James Stubbs.Research Specialist

James Stubbs received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He has over 20 years experience in conducting large scale-human trials and interventions, concerned with weight control and obesity. He has conducted over 70 studies on aspects of eating behaviour, appetite control, diet composition and energy balance. Dr Stubbs Joined Slimming World as a Research Specialist, to develop applied dietary and behaviour change solutions to weight control among consumers, with a special interest in sustained weight loss, relapse prevention and weight maintenance strategies. James has visiting research fellowships at the Universities of Surrey and Leeds and currently holds a join appointment as Senior Research Specialist at Slimming World and Professor of Behaviour Change and Weight Management in the College of Life and Natural Sciences at the University of Derby. He continues to publish widely on obesity, energy balance and behaviour change.

Amanda Avery BSc (Hons), RD (University of Surrey, 1981-85)

Amanda Avery

Consultant Dietitian in Weight Management

Amanda initially joined Slimming World, on a part-time basis, after project managing the Slimming World on Referral feasibility study. She worked in Southern Derbyshire for over 20 years as a community dietitian, with both a public health remit and as a clinician working in primary care, before moving to Nottingham University in 2009 as a lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics. Whilst previously helping to develop the Slimming World on Referral programme Amanda’s remit at Slimming World now focuses on helping to establish a growing body of evidence to support the role of commercial slimming organisations in providing weight management services.

Liam Morris

Liam MorrisData Quality Co-ordinator

Liam joined the research team in February 2012 having previously worked in private and public sector roles, most recently as an Intelligence Analyst at Derbyshire Constabulary. He fulfils a specialist role to enable the team to work with multiple and large databases. His primary responsibilities are ensuring all data within research projects is of the highest quality, working to develop new standards and processes in collection, collation, processing and storage of data.

Sarah Hillier, BSc (Hons), PhD

Sarah HilierResearch Assistant

Sarah joined Slimming World’s Nutrition and Research team following the completion of her PhD in Nutrition and Reproductive Physiology at Oxford Brookes University. Her research expertise include women’s health, glycaemic control, energy balance and satiety. Her role involves co-ordinating projects within the company’s on-going research programme, working closely with our collaborative research partners in a number of national universities, supporting the development of Slimming World’s evidence base and preparing scientific manuscripts for publication.

Sue Smith BSc (Hons), PhD

Sue SmithResearch Assistant

Sue joined Slimming World’s Nutrition and Research team in January 2014 as Research Assistant. She gained a doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of Southampton having studied insect and plant interactions in commercial crops. On completing her PhD thesis Sue worked for the NHS in Dorset on a variety of research projects within the maternity and oncology departments. She is currently working on a specific project looking at long term weight management outcomes in current and past members.

Partnerships team

Paul Sharpe

Paul SharpeBusiness Development Manager

Paul is responsible for the Partnerships Department, who deliver all of the many and varied patient referral schemes in operation. He brings extensive communications experience to the team, having worked in public, private and third sector roles. Building on the significant foundation of these patient referral schemes, Paul is now developing our workplace offering in order to extend this bespoke service to employers throughout the UK.

Rosie Coulton

Rosie CoultonReferral Scheme Manager

Rosie joined Slimming World in March 2010 having previously worked for a government funded training provider as a Data Manager. She undertakes the responsibility of account managing Slimming World on Referral Super Services schemes, implementation of new contracts ensuring we meet continuing contractual agreements, leads on identifying and implementing opportunities for continuous improvement of our database & reporting systems and supports a team of 5 Account Coordinators to provide the highest quality customer service and data to the Local Authority/our employer customers.

Sabbah Janvier

Sabbah JanvierPartnerships Development Manager

Sabbah recently joined the Partnerships Department with the backing of several years of Public Sector commissioning experience as well as significant success as a Slimming World member having maintained a loss of over 6 stones. Sabbah enjoys the responsibility of account managing a number of our Slimming World on Referral schemes as well as supporting the growth and development of Slimming World on Referral to support weight management partnerships across Local Authorities, Health Professionals and the NHS.

Account Co-ordinators

Each of the following Account Co-ordinators is responsible for supporting a number of Slimming World on Referral schemes in their designated area, ensuring both patient and commissioner needs are met. They collate the latest data and use this to report back to the commissioners against pre-determined key performance indicators.

Penny Pavitt

Penny PavittSenior Account Co-ordinator

Penny recently joined Slimming World in November this year having worked as Data Management Team Leader for a work based training provider. Penny is responsible for the day to day management of Super Service schemes and their reporting processes ensuring the required data is delivered to our partners in a timely manner and she is also responsible for supporting the Partnerships scheme co-ordinators in their roles.

Lou Barlow

Lou Barlow

Lou joined the company in 2008. She has responsibility for the schemes in the central region. Her role also includes organising the team's participation in national and regional health conferences and events.

Nigel Reilly

Nigel Reilly

Nigel joined the team in 2012 and is also responsible for providing day to day support for many schemes. His wider role includes identifying potential process and system improvements and working alongside internal teams to generally improve the presentation of our summarised data reporting. Nigel is also responsible for the invoicing within the department.

Jane Beecroft

Jane Beecroft

Jane joined Slimming World in 1998 and is responsible for supporting a number of Slimming World on Referral schemes within the UK, ensuring both patient and commissioner needs are met. She is also responsible for collating questionnaire data to report back to the commissioners on how the members feel about the scheme. Jane co-ordinates field-based events to ensure that events are supported with representatives from the area and appropriate materials.

Josie Duncan

Jane Beecroft

Josie joined Slimming World in 2008 and is fully responsible for the administration of our enhanced service schemes within the UK. As part of her role, Josie ensures patients receive their joining instructions to attend group, prepares data reports to commissioner desired formats and liaises with her internal colleagues and the 4,000+ Consultants who run the 12,000 groups we currently deliver each week.



Sophie joined Slimming World in 2013 and is responsible for supporting a number of Slimming World on Referral schemes within the UK, ensuring both patient and commissioner needs are met. She is also responsible for collating the latest data to report back to the commissioners against pre-determined key performance indicators.

Slimming World groups have the expertise and experience to help in behaviour change. They are also another brick in the wall of social support that is necessary to tackle obesity in the UK.

Andy Hill, Professor of Medical Psychology, Leeds University School of Medicine