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Marie McGrath
ENN Technical Director

Marie has been a Technical Director with ENN for 17 years and is also a member of ENN’s Board of Trustees. Marie is the longstanding Co-Editor of ENN’s flagship technical publication, Field Exchange, overseeing significant growth in its impact, readership and authorship. Marie is ENN’s technical lead on a growing portfolio of work on the management of at risk mothers and infants under six months (MAMI) including on process evaluation of an upcoming randomised control trial in Ethiopia in a LSHTM/GOAL/Jimma University partnership.  She is also the coordinator of an established UN/NGO interagency collaboration on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE Core Group), co-chair of the Wasting Thematic Working Group of the Global Assistance Mechanism on Nutrition (GTAM), and a member of the Council of Research & Technical Advice on Severe Acute Malnutrition (CORTASAM) of the No Wasted Lives Initiative. Marie leads on, and contributes to, a wide range of normative (WHO) and programmatic guidance, such as HIV and infant feeding, HIV and infant feeding in emergencies, breastfeeding and ebola virus disease, breastfeeding and zika virus and Operational Guidance on infant feeding in emergencies.

Prior to joining ENN, Marie studied Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Trinity College, Dublin, from where she began her career as a Senior Paediatric Dietician before working for several years in the field as an Emergency Nutritionist with Merlin and Research Nutritionist with UCL/Centre for Global Health and Save the Children. Her ambition through all her workstreams is to nurture practical common ground across Humanitarian and Development programming and sectors.

 

Tanya Khara
ENN Technical Director

Tanya joined ENN in 2017 bringing with her more than 20 years’ experience as a Public Health Nutritionist spanning University research contexts, INGOs, Valid International, the UN, UK government, and as an independent consultant. She has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA in Human Science from Oxford University.

Tanya is driven by a desire to better shape and translate research into doable, effective and equitable programmes. As an integral member of the research team responsible for developing Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and subsequently driving the uptake of the approach within UNICEF, she was able to do exactly that. She subsequently broadened her focus, developing a number of technical reviews, exploring neglected areas in international nutrition, including maternal and adolescent nutrition, and the relationship between wasting and stunting, always highlighting key opportunities for improvements in programming and policy. At present, Tanya is ENN’s technical lead on our body of work on the relationship between Wasting and Stunting, including our USAID supported study in West Africa, the knowledge management and monitoring of the Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM), with whom she works closely with partners in UNICEF and World Vision, and also leads ENN’s resource forum for field practitioners,  en-net.

 

Emily Mates
ENN Technical Director

Emily has worked for over 20 years in international public health and nutrition programming. Emily has been an ENN Technical Director for 9 years where she leads several technical areas including Adolescent Nutrition and Stunting in Emergencies as well as our knowledge management work supporting the Irish government in donor decision making for nutrition. Since joining ENN, she has managed monitoring and evaluation for the organisation. Emily was ENN lead in Ethiopia to deliver a highly successful conference to capture government experiences of scaling up community based management of acute malnutrition.  She has particular interests in bridging the (sometimes artificially divided) sectors of nutrition and health, and in supporting governments to develop strategies and policies for longer-term solutions to the problems of malnutrition.

Prior to working in the international public health field, Emily trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and started her career with 8 years working in paediatric, psychiatric and HIV/AIDS units in the UK and Australia. She then held a senior healthcare position in H.M. prison service, where responsibilities included public health safeguarding for 650 male inmates.  Emily moved to Ethiopia in 2000, living and working there for 11 years for International NGOs as well as UN and donor agencies as an independent consultant. Here she gained broad-ranging country level experience of health service delivery and systems including nutrition, universal health care and community programming initiatives. She has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

Natalie Sessions
Senior Nutritionist

Natalie works with ENN as a Senior Nutritionist.  Natalie has recently been responsible for the global coordination of ENN’s Knowledge Management work for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Perhaps the most significant of her responsibilities has been to oversee the development of a portfolio of case studies on sub-national, multi-sector nutrition programming. Natalie is part of the ENN team supporting knowledge management of the GTAM on nutrition and COVID-19 while working across several of ENN’s portfolio including co-authoring an ENN position on wasting in the context of undernutrition. She has particular interests in Wasting and Stunting, the Humanitarian and Development nexus of Nutrition programming and in situating Nutrition within the broader Humanitarian and Development landscape.

Natalie has an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before joining ENN, she worked internationally for Concern Worldwide as an Emergency Nutrition Programme Manager, spending most of her time in South Sudan and Bangladesh, with Action Against Hunger UK and held nutrition roles with Philani Maternal Nutrition centre in South Africa and GOAL Ethiopia. Prior to this, Natalie worked in the field of HIV/ AIDS in Southern Africa.

 

Natasha Lelijveld
Senior Nutritionist

Natasha is an ENN Senior Nutritionist working across ENN’s portfolio, with specific focus on Adolescent Nutrition, MAMI, Concurrent wasting and stunting (WaSt), and a new project on food systems.

Natasha completed her PhD at University College London, where her research considered the long-term effects of severe acute malnutrition in Malawi (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4985564/). She continued her research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) exploring interventions for the management of at-risk mothers and infants less than 6 months (MAMI) (www.ennonline.net/mamicasedetectionreview) and adolescent stunting. Natasha also spent time at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto where she studied alternative treatment options for children with moderate acute malnutrition (pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29690916/ and www.ennonline.net/fex/60/himamstudy). She also taught the "Nutrition in Emergencies" course for Masters students at the University of Southampton. Besides academia, Natasha has spent time working in a policy-steering position within the No Wasted Lives initiative at Action Against Hunger supporting research projects in Bangladesh, South Sudan, Kenya, and Mali. 

 

Chloe Angood
Nutritionist and FEX sub-editor

Chloe is a Public Health Nutritionist and has worked with ENN for the past 12 years across several key technical areas. She is Field Exchange Sub-Editor and is part of the ENN team providing real time knowledge management support on COVID 19 and nutrition to the GTAM. Chloe has implemented and co-authored global research prioritisation exercises on MAMI, the links between wasting and stunting and wasting prevention and, most recently, co-wrote a forthcoming paper on ‘ENN’s position on wasting in the context of undernutrition’.

Prior to ENN, Chloe had several years’ experience working in African countries in development and nutrition programming, including on the quality of inpatient management of severe acute malnutrition and development of national guidelines in Tanzania. She holds a MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Southampton and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Development Studies. Chloe is also an ABM qualified breastfeeding counsellor and supports breastfeeding counselling and training to women with young infants in North Wales.

 

Kelsey Grey
MAMI Specialist

Kelsey works with ENN as a MAMI Specialist.  She has responsibility for managing the update of the MAMI Tool (pathway of care), a key programming resource to identify and manage at risk mothers and infants under six months of age (MAMI). This involves coordinating programmers and researchers across several specialities including nutrition, paediatrics, early childhood development and maternal mental health. Kelsey joined ENN from LSHTM where she completed her MSc in Nutrition for Global Health and subsequently worked as a Research Assistant.  Prior to this, Kelsey was a Technical Advisor at Nourish Global Nutrition working on nutrition research and programming in the Pacific Islands and Nigeria in consultation with UNICEF. She has also held different research roles with UNICEF in Burundi and Rwanda.
 
Gwénola Desplats
Nutrition Advisor

Gwen works with ENN as a Nutrition Advisor. She provides surge sub-editorial support to Field Exchange and as a native francophone, engages on translation quality assurance and French en-net. Building on her considerable experience of working in West Africa, she is supporting ENN to refresh and develop our francophone approach, including our regional and country level engagement, reach and content generation for our future strategy. 

Gwen gained her MSc in International Nutrition from Tufts University in 2001. Since then she has worked in senior Nutrition roles in regional and country positions with several agencies including UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme. She has a particular interest in Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Vitamin A supplementation and the generation, management and curation of knowledge for different audiences, including through the design and implementation of large-scale surveys and research projects.

Operations Team

Rebecca Lewin
Operations and Finance Director

Samantha Owen
Grants and Projects Manager

Aimee Keeble
Project Manager

Megan Titchell
Project Manager

Jon Mayo
Finance Manager

Joanne Parsons
Senior HR Officer

Judith Fitzgerald
Office Manager and HR Officer

Clara Ramsay
Finance Assistant

Laura Delfino
Administrative Officer

 

 

 

 

Board of trustees

Dr Bruce Laurence is Director of Public Health in Bath and North East Somerset, UK. He previously worked as a Consultant in Public Health, the Medical Director of the medical UK-based NGO, Merlin and has also worked with Oxfam and MSF.

 

 

 

Nigel Milway is a former British Telecom senior executive, Nigel is Head of Coaching at First Ascent - specialising in executive, leadership and career development.

 

 

 

Anna Taylor is Executive Director of the Food Foundation, with many years experience working in international nutrition and an OBE for her work to address the global burden of undernutrition.

 

 

 

Dr Graham MacKay is Bond’s chief operating officer. He has a background in humanitarian work where he has worked in over 20 different countries and crises as well as a background in scientific research where he has a PhD.

 

 

 

Dr Jane Cocking has 25 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector and has responded to multiple crises across the world. She worked for the ODA and Save the Children before spending almost 20 years with Oxfam GB. She was Chief Executive at The Mines Advisory Group from 2017 to 2020.

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