Nutrition Futures

An event for students thinking about roles in nutrition

This event will take place online. In order to join in, access this link at the time of the event.

Who are the speakers?

Dr Lisa Gatenby (Nutritionist)

As a nutritionist and food enthusiast, my main interests are around encouraging people to eat tasty and healthy food.  I started my career in catering and food development and worked in the catering and food industry for 8 years. I am able to use this knowledge to develop healthy menus for both businesses and individuals. I then studied a Masters of Medical science in Human Nutrition and completed a PhD at Hull University on children’s nutritional intakes.
After my PhD I worked at the University for 8 years in Research and as a Lecturer in Nutrition on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. I also worked in Public Health at Leeds City Council, where I set up various programmes to help reduce health inequalities and improve the nutrition of at needs groups with the area. 
For the last 10 years I have being working on a consultancy basis, offering food and nutritional advice to companies and individuals. I deliver training and corporate wellbeing sessions as well as the RSPH qualifications in Food and Nutrition. I also undertake specialist work on complex medical cases, providing a person-centred approach to support the adoption of a healthy balanced diet, controlling weight and supporting healthy development through good nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits.

Nusrat Kauser (Dietitian, NHS and self-employed)

Nusrat is a specialist diabetes dietitian working in the NHS as well as Freelancing. She has recently obtained a PGCert in Sports and Exercise Nutrition. Where she hopes to work with athletes particularly with Type 1 diabetes and help them perform at their best. 

After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008, she worked at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. There, she worked as a general dietitian in the acute and community setting. For the last 6 years, she has worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, as a specialist dietitian. There, she worked in several specialities such as colorectal, HPB, Upper GI surgery, critical care and diabetes. This year, Nusrat has started working part-time for a community diabetes team in an NHS trust. 

Nusrat is a proactive volunteer for the British Dietetic Association (BDA). She is the chair of the BDA Yorkshire Branch; winner of Branch of the Year 2019! She is also an ordinary member of the Public Health Specialist Group. 

For the past five years, Nusrat has also volunteered with Diabetes UK as an events volunteer, on the Type 1 children’s events. Despite being the senior dietitian, the children have somehow managed to soak her every event she's been to! 

he is very much looking forward to discussing all things dietetics with you at the Leeds University Study Day in March.


Natasha Evans BA(Hons) Account Manager, (Spoon Guru)

I've had a diverse career to date, starting off in private equity and consultancy, before moving in-house into tech. I have now been working in tech for 5 years, starting off with forecasting and analytics at, before joining Spoon Guru in a commercial role 2 years ago. Spoon Guru combines AI and ML technology with nutritional science to improve the health and lives of millions. We started off as an app, to help people find foods for their dietary requirements, but now partner with grocers worldwide to power a suite of different health & wellness products. I'm an Account Manager at Spoon Guru, but the nature of working for a startup means I have a very broad remit!


Joanne Elsdon Head of Food, Greencore.

Jo works as Head of Food for Greencore Prepared Meals and previously has worked across product development roles both in food manufacturing and UK retailing. Jo has an MMedSci in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield. Whilst her career has not directly been in nutrition, she has not failed to see the impact nutrition can have in the industry! Nutrition has been by her side every step of her food career journey (especially when developing cake products!)