HENRY staff interacting with child
Joanna Dyson
Jo Dyson

Chair of the HENRY Board

Jo has worked in the food industry for over 30 years including acting as an adviser to the Department of Health’s Nutrition Team. During this time, she supported their work on promoting healthy eating and combating obesity across a broad range of issues including reformulation of foods to reduce salt, sugar and fat, promotion of foods to children and the 5 A DAY programme.

She also lectures in Marketing and Retail at the Oxford Brookes University Business School. She enjoys cycling and has undertaken a number of long distance fund raiser cycle rides.

Otto Balsiger
Otto Balsiger

Otto is HENRY’s treasurer and is a certified accountant with over ten years’ experience in the charity sector, as both an internal and external auditor. He is Director of Finance and Resources at Gingerbread and keeps healthy practising the art of taekwondo.

Sylvia Cheater MBE
Sylvia Cheater MBE

Sylvia Cheater has worked in the NHS, for the Department of Health and in the third sector. Nationally she has contributed to policy development with a focus on children and families, school food and food and nutrition in early years. Since leaving the Department of Health Sylvia has worked as an independent consultant.

She is a member of the Governing Body of Wirral NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (Patient Champion) and a trustee of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in for her voluntary work with women and communities in Cheshire.

Dr Anne Lloyd
Dr Anne Lloyd

Anne has worked in the journals publishing industry for more than 25 years and is currently a Publishing Director in the medical journals division of Elsevier. As a parent herself, she is extremely concerned about the challenges and increase in childhood obesity, believing that if this can be tackled at an early stage, children will feel the benefit for the rest of their life.

Michael Blane
Michael Blane

Michael has been a Trustee since HENRY’s inception. A lawyer by profession, he has been a regulatory counsel for a number of major financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, WestLB and Danske Bank. Michael is currently the adviser to the Association of Foreign Banks in the UK and is a member of the Board of the UK Joint Money Laundering Steering Group.

Tom Spencer
Tom Spencer

Tom is a previous employee of HENRY and has returned to become a trustee. He is committed to the vision and mission of HENRY and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to support families to lead healthy lifestyles. Throughout his career, Tom has worked in and with local government in a range of roles delivering large transformation programmes that improve outcomes for communities. He is currently working as Lead for Learning and Development at Camden Council.

Adam Buckles
Adam Buckles

Adam has worked in the charity sector for over a decade and has worked with large and small INGOs to increase their Legacy fundraising income. His current role is working with Amnesty International’s fundraising teams to build and establish Legacy programmes all over the world.

As an active sportsman and a parent of two even more active daughters, he is keen for every child to have the best start in life via understanding the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Dr Anne Coufopoulos
Dr Anne Coufopoulos

Dr Anne Coufopoulos is currently Associate Dean (Enterprise & Commercial) at Coventry University, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. Prior to this Anne has been employed in a number of academic roles across the course of her career in nutrition and public health.

Anne is also a registered dietitian and an accredited workplace dietitian with the British Dietetic Association. Over recent years Anne has also been focussing upon workplace health and has been working closely with the rail industry in the North-West of England to improve the nutrition related health of employees. This work has been recognised as an example of good practice in managing railway workers’ health by the independent regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Anne is also Associate Editor of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, with particular emphasis on nutrition in the workplace.

Samantha Olsen
Samantha Olsen

Samantha is the Deputy Director for Social Work Reform within the Department for Education (DfE). She is responsible for advising, designing and implementing social work reform to secure policies, promote pilots, commission accredited assessment standards, and creating a new social work regulator, Social Work England. She chairs the department’s disability group, focusing on improving inclusion and diversity.

She has also been a Director at two children’s charities. She worked in the private sector for 15+ years, specialising in international business strategy. Additionally, Samantha is a dedicated distance runner, passionate about healthy food, and a mother of two.

Alex Vlassopulos
Alex Vlassopulos

Alex is a commercially-minded digital media business developer with 15 years experience - from content owner (major record labels) and technology (start-ups/Google) vantage points. Currently working at Google, his work is focused on Android growth partnerships across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Alex is passionate about cooking, food and particularly the food tech sector and is dedicating time to focus on the issue of food waste, especially in the kitchen. Alex enjoys time with his family and two young children and loves to keep fit.