Media, Events & News

As the Voice of UK Natural Health,  the HFMA is well placed to help inform and guide stories, features, bulletins and documentaries covering natural health products.

Journalists, health writers, bloggers and other communicators are welcome to get in touch with our COMMS team.


Health of the Nation Survey

This research was conducted by 3gem on behalf of the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) of 10,000 adults in the UK during 29th November and 9th December 2020. The survey, one of the largest of its kind, covered a comprehensive gender, geographical and adult age representation.

HFMA Comms

HFMA Comms is responsible for external communication and all aspects of social media.

Director of Communications
BSc-hons Nutritional Biochemistry, RNutr (AfN), mBANT, mCHNC
Esther Mills-Roberts

Marketing & PR Consultant:
Theresa Cutts

Administration Manager
Philippa Williams

Our Experts

We have expanded the HFMA’s panel of Expert Advisers. As well as being a ‘go to’ for journalists for authoritative and trusted quotations and opinions. This list now includes academic figures, consultants, media savvy nutritional figureheads.

Ben Brown

Ben is a science writer and speaker specializing in nutrition and functional medicine. He’s an author and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations UK, author of The Digestive Health Solution 2nd Ed, and on the Advisory Board and Guest Lecturer at BCNH College of Nutrition and Health. Ben guest lectures at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) and the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM). He hosts ‘Positive Health Podcast’. Learn more at

Jamie Christie

Jamie Christie is a nutritional biochemist with over 20 years’ experience of running a major UK supplement brand and pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, making food supplements for many of the UK leading brands and retailers. He is the founder of Nutrasolve, UK.

Jamie loves all aspects of nutrition, favouring the holistic approach of all-round good health. He is particularly interested in the development of probiotics and nutrition for sporting performance.

He is a nutritionist with the British Nutrition Foundation.

Angela Dowden

Angela Dowden is an award-winning freelance health writer and registered nutritionist.

She has written for many consumer publications, including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Woman’s Own and Mail on Sunday, as well as having authored a number of books relating to diet and the sensible use of supplements.

She has a good understanding of how media works and how to provide accurate information/sound bites relevant to any readership.

Jayney Goddard

Jayney Goddard is one of the world’s leading experts in natural youth and anti-ageing, highly respected President of the Complementary Medical Association and Founder and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.  Jayney is a pioneer of complementary therapies and is a global authority in this area, bringing her extensive understanding of scientific research to both professional arenas and the public. Jayney is a truly inspirational advocate of all things natural, as seen in her extensive media work, publications, seminars and webinars.

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is the UK’s leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health. She is the former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine, is a registered nutritionist, psychologist, author and popular broadcaster. She specialises in all aspects of female hormone health, at all ages, including fertility. Marilyn is a popular international speaker, and the author of 16 internationally bestselling books. As a respected author on women’s healthcare, she gives regular talks on radio and frequently appears on television and in the press.

Rob Hobson

Rob Hobson is a registered nutritionist whose work spans across public health, the NHS, alongside charity organisations and with many of the UK’s leading health and wellness brands.  Rob is regularly featured in the UK health media, having written hundreds of articles for publications including the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Women’s Health, as well as being a regular voice on both radio and TV.  Rob’s simple, realistic approach to living well is infectious and the result of both expert knowledge and personal experience.  He is co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible.

Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford is a leading spokesperson on nutrition and founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. He is the author of 44 books, translated into over 30 languages. Patrick was involved in ground-breaking research showing that multivitamins can increase children’s IQ scores and was one of the first promoters of the importance of zinc, essential fats, low-GL diets and homocysteine-lowering B vitamins and their importance in mental health. He founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London and the charitable Food for the Brain Foundation.

Miguel Toribio-Mateas

Miguel Toribio-Mateas is a nutrition practitioner and clinical neuroscientist who is a real influence on the science of nutrition and application of this to the therapy setting. Miguel is a leading light in consumer education and practitioner training.  He is frequently quoted in national press, health magazines and professional journals; especially with respect his specialist research areas: the microbiome and brain health / mental wellbeing, writing in the Times, BBC World, the Daily Mail and Women’s Health. He is an effective communicator on all levels, able to speak technically, as well as practically and constructively to all who want to improve their health and wellbeing through nutrition.

Suzie Sawyer

Suzie Sawyer is a clinical nutritionist, well known for her passion for nutritional science. Able to communicate effectively on many levels, and to different audiences, Suzie brings the wonders of healthy eating and supplementation to life. As a consultant, she works with many companies bringing product concepts to market and advises on regulatory considerations. She also has her own private practice, helping individuals to reach their own nutritional health goals. Suzie is widely quoted and has worked effectively in all forms of the media for many years.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Clinical Nutritional Therapist, Yvonne Bishop-Weston has held a variety of key roles in the health industry and profession. Having started with a degree in psychology, she has held management roles in health food retail, Cranks vegetarian restaurants, and at The Food Doctor. Yvonne since qualified as a Clinical Nutritional therapist and has run her own health consultancy, Foods for Life, for the last 15 years. As well as practicing as a Nutritional Therapist Yvonne provides corporate health consultancy has co-authored a range of cookbooks. Yvonne can also be seen regularly in the National press and on TV.

The HFMA recognises the impact that key health writers and journalists have on consumer information and education. Our Journalist/Health Writer of the Year Award is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated scientific accuracy, wide consumer reach and support of the natural products industry.

The HFMA announces Rob Hobson as Health Journalist of the Year 2022

The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has awarded Rob Hobson, nutritionist and writer, as the deserving winner of this year’s Health Journalist of the Year Award.

The award, presented at the HFMA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15th June 2022, recognises the best of journalism covering the natural health industry. This prestigious accolade is awarded on behalf of the HFMA members, recognising and acknowledging forward-thinking and progressive writing within the field of natural health.

Esther Mills-Roberts, the HFMA’s Director of Communications, said “Rob has been a beacon of responsible, scientifically sound and qualified advice for consumers around natural health, including supplementation. His profile in National press, as well as print and online channels, makes him a worthy recipient of this years’ Award, as he champions health and wellness within the general population.”

As a registered nutritionist and author of two successful books, Rob is passionate about using his knowledge to help people make sense of the ever-evolving science of nutrition. He has written extensively across all media including national press titles such as the Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Sun and Daily Mirror, health magazines including Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Top Santé as well as many online platforms.

Rob commented, “It’s a huge honour to be recognised for my work in the media. As a nutritionist my work is varied but writing makes up a big part of what I do, and I feel it’s hugely important to ensure people are getting the right information about diet and health.”

He adds, “I have worked closely alongside the HFMA this year helping to create a series of resources on key health topics including menopause and veganism. It’s great to see organisations like the HFMA put the effort into providing a trusted source of information for consumers to turn to.”