Food Composition Expert
Susan Church BSc (Hons), RNutr (Public Health) is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist with over 20 years experience in food composition and dietary assessment.
Susan spent 13 years working for the UK government on nutrition surveillance and policy, specialising in dietary surveys, such as the National Diet and Nutrition Survey and the Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey, and food composition, including management of McCance & Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods.
She provided advice on food composition, food consumption and nutrient intakes to individuals, organisations and committees at local, national and international level, including participation in European projects. Susan managed surveillance and research and development programmes on dietary surveys and nutrients in food, from design, commissioning, and monitoring of projects, to evaluation, reporting and publication of results.
Nutritionist to Business
Since 2005, Susan has been a freelance nutritionist, remaining closely involved in this area, initially through the European Food Information Resource network and currently as a sub-contractor on the UK FoodComp project, which manages Public Health England’s nutrient analysis programme and is responsible for the production of McCance & Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods. She also undertakes nutrient analysis of recipes, menus and diets using nutritional analysis software; recent major projects include providing nutritional information for a recipe book, reviewing and analysing example menus for use in catering guidance, and the nutrient analysis of a range of recipes to encourage healthy eating. Susan provides training to nutrition professionals and under-graduate students on food composition and nutrient analysis of recipes, including the established Recipe Analysis: Maximising Accuracy course.