Session 6 Speakers


Professor Jason Halford (Chair)

Chair in Biological Psychology and Health Behaviour, Head of Department Psychological Sciences, The University of Liverpool

Professor Jason Halford is Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, former Chair of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity – ASO (www.aso.org.uk), and Treasurer of the European Association of Obesity (EASO). He is a Chartered Health Psychologist. His early research focused on anti-obesity drugs and appetite and this has progressed to the behavioural assessment of potential anti-obesity drugs in early clinical development. Over the past 10 years his research has focused on drug-induced weight gain, the effects of nutrients and fibre on appetite and hormone release, the effects of stress on eating behaviour, the effect of marketing of children, and on lean-obese differences in the expression of appetite. In 1999 he co-founded the Human Ingestive Behaviour Laboratory at Liverpool and in 2004 he also cofounded the Liverpool Obesity Research Network (LORN). Professor Halford is the co-ordinator of the 8 million Euro EU Framework Seven Satiety Innovation SATIN project (www.satin-satiety.eu) to develop novel foods for appetite control using novel processing technologies to alter food structure. He is also a leading scientist on the WRAP trial investigating the role of commercial weight management providers in primary care and the lead investigator on a new trial to examine the impact of artificial sweeteners on appetite in the context of active weight management.


Dr Paul Christiansen

School of Psychology, The University of Liverpool

Dr Christiansen is an experimental psychologist and statistician who has been researching unhealthy decision making for ten years. His focus is on unconscious cognitive processes and how they drive unhealthy behaviour. He also explores how these process are moderated by underlying personality and motivational constructs as well as situational factors. He has published over fifty-peer reviewed research articles on these subjects. He has received funding for this work UK research councils, charity, and industry. In addition to this he has worked as a statistician on a range of projects funded by UK (Home Office, National Crime Agency) and US (FBI, CIA) government agencies.


Dr Maddy Power

Research Fellow, The University of York

Dr Power is an expert on food poverty and food insecurity. She has published widely on food insecurity in developed countries; food aid, including food banks; and food insecurity and food aid in relation to social determinants of health more broadly. She is Chair of the York Food Justice Alliance, a cross-sector partnership working to understand and tackle food insecurity at the local level, and Co-Chair of the Independent Food Aid Network, a representative body of independent food aid providers.


Anna Taylor OBE

Executive Director, Food Foundation

Anna joined the Food Foundation as its first Executive Director at the beginning of June 2015, having previously led the policy team on nutrition at DFID and worked for a number of international organisations including Save the Children and UNICEF. She has been at the forefront of international leadership on nutrition for several years and in May 2017 Anna became a member of the London Food Board to advise the Mayor of London and the GLA on the food matters that affect Londoners.