Plenary Session 2 Speakers


Dr Jo Harrold (Chair)

Head of Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool

Dr Joanne Harrold is a Senior Lecturer in Appetite and Obesity in the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool. She is a behavioural neuroendocrinologist with an interest in the processes involved in food intake and energy balance. Her research covers a broad spectrum of the control of the appetite system from preclinical models through to man. Her early research characterised the homeostatic and hedonic control systems within the brain before progressing to examine pharmacological, dietary and psychological manipulations of human eating behaviour. She has carried out a number of weight management interventions including involvement in the WRAP trial investigating the role of commercial weight management providers in primary care. Recently, her research has focused on early eating experiences and the development of dietary behaviour. Joanne is Director of the Human Ingestive Behaviour Laboratory where she has established an Infant feeding laboratory. Here studies examine the development of food preferences in children and in particular the impact of prenatal nutrition, maternal feeding style and parental feeding practices. The laboratory also handles proof-of-concept studies and interventions for the food and beverage sectors. Joanne participated in the EU FP7 Satiety Innovation SATIN project to develop novel foods for appetite control using novel processing technologies to alter food structure and is currently a lead on the SWITCH trial examining the impact of artificial sweeteners on appetite in the context of appetite weight management and the EU H2020 SWEET trial examining the impact of sweeteners and sweetness enhancers on health, obesity, safety and sustainability.Joanne contributed to European regulatory work on the scientific substantiation of health claims as a scientific expert on EFSA’s sub-working group on weight management, glucose and insulin control, and physical performance.


Professor Tim Lang

Professor of Food Policy, City University of London

Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK Tel: +44-(0)20-7040-8798 email: t.lang@city.ac.uk

Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University of London’s Centre for Food Policy. Hill farming in Lancashire UK in the 1970s formed his interest in the relationship between food, health, environment, culture and political economy. He is co-author of Sustainable Diets (2017), Food Wars (2015), Unmanageable Consumer (2015), Ecological Public Health (2012) and Food Policy (2009). He was policy lead on the EAT-Lancet Commission proposing the planetary diet (The Lancet, Jan 16, 2019). His new book on the UK food system will be published by Penguin in early 2020.


Professor Barbara Stewart-Knox

Professor of Psychology, University of Bradford

Barbara’s research interests are concerned with understanding food related behaviour and span consumer food choice (including sensory factors), nutrient/food mediated psychological functions and attitudes toward food and
eating. Most recently, interests have focussed on understanding the public perspective and consumer response to personalised nutrition. Barbara has been part of several large EU projects the most recent of which was the EU Food4Me project which employed a mixed-method design to understand public perceptions and attitudes toward personalised nutrition as well as psychological response to the personalised nutrition internet–based intervention. The research results are relevant to dietary health promotion and to the food and health industry.


Dr Anna Macready

Associate Professor in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing, The University of Reading

Dr Anna Macready is an Associate Professor and Programme Director for BSc Consumer Behaviour and Marketing at the University of Reading. As a Psychologist and Registered Public Health Nutritionist, Anna is particularly interested in the factors and mechanisms underpinning consumer trust and dietary behaviour change to support consumer health and sustainability in the food system. Recent research projects include Food4Me, an EU FP7 funded project focusing on personalised nutrition as a vehicle for promoting healthy dietary behaviour change. Anna’s current work, funded by EIT Food, focuses on consumer trust, attitudes and solutions to food waste, and sustainable diets.


Dr Tom Quested

Lead Analyst, WRAP GLOBAL

Dr Tom Quested is Lead Analyst at WRAP, specialising in food waste. Over the past decade, he has researched the topic from a number of different angles: quantifying the amounts generated, understanding the reasons why it is wasted, and applying innovative methods to understand the underlying dynamics. He advises governments and other organisations across the world on this topic, including solutions for tackling food waste.