Deputy Director/Chief Nutritionist, Diet, Obesity & Physical Activity Division, Public Health England

Dr Alison Tedstone

Dr Alison Tedstone is Public Health England’s (PHE) Chief Nutritionist and leads expert nutrition programmes including the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, composition of foods, scientific advice (including the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition), and actions to improve diet. She also leads work to promote physical activity. Her team coordinates, across PHE, work aimed at tackling the nation’s obesity problem nationally and locally by addressing the environmental causes of obesity and inactivity.

Alison works closely with the Department of Health on obesity policy. She contributed to the development and delivery of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plans (Chapters 1, 2 & 3). This includes oversight and evaluation of food industry action to reduce the sugar, salt and calorie content of everyday foods, and evaluation of the soft drinks industry levy.

Over the years Alison has contributed to UK actions on improving diet including the salt reformulation programme, front of pack labelling, controls on TV advertising and numerous expert reports on, for example, folic acid, salt, carbohydrates, iron and vitamin D.

Alison transferred with other nutrition colleagues from the Department of Health in 2013 and before that from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2010. Before joining the FSA, in 2001, she was an academic at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Alison completed post doctorate research in Oxford and has a BSc and PhD in physiology. She is registered public health nutritionist and has a fellowship from the Association for Nutrition. She has honorary fellowships from the Nutrition Society and Royal Colleges of Physicians and Paediatrics. She is a member of the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Policy Actions.