Lecture & Award 2009
This year’s Annual Lecture and Awards took place at Kensington Town Hall on Tuesday November 10th 2009, from 6.30pm-9.30pm. It was the first joint event with The Food Commission and the speaker was food writer and historian Bee Wilson. Bee gave an entertaining talk entitled Death in the Pot! Food Adulteration Past and Present, which focussed on the changing face of food fraud.
Bee Wilson conducting an experiment
Bee Wilson has written the Kitchen Thinker column in the Sunday Telegraph magazine since 2003 and was previously the food writer for the New Statesman magazine. Bee has twice been named Guild of Food Writers Food journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2008) and was also awarded the Radio 4 food writer of the year in 2002. She is the author of two books: The Hive: the Story of the Honeybee and Us (2004) and Swindled: the Dark Story of the Food Cheats (2009, shortlisted for the Andre Simon prize).
Winners of the Caroline Trust Award 2009
A joint lifetime achievement award given by The Caroline Walker Trust and the Food Commission was presented to Dr Mike Rayner in recognition of his work in public health nutrition over many years.
Mike Rainer who received his award from Jane Landon, Trustee of the Food Commission
Mike currently heads the Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University and has been instrumental in much of the expert evidence and advice which has been used in the development of public health nutrition policy.
Mike has worked on a number of projects including the development of nutrient profiling, mapping and modelling obesity and heart disease patterns and predictions, modelling the impact of food taxes and reviewing healthy sustainable diets.
The Food Commission presented a Local Food Hero Award to Duncan Campbell.
Jessica Mitchell presenting Duncan Campbell with his Local Hero award
Public Analysts are a small group of scientists working to protect our food. Their work is largely invisible but essential to detect fraud and contaminants such as Sudan I and Melamine. With diet and health high on the agenda, work monitoring the nutritional quality of institutional catering and other meals has become more important. Dr Duncan Campbell, after a short spell researching in soil chemistry, has worked in this area for over 20 years and he is currently President of the Association of Public Analysts.
Based in Leeds his laboratory has been at the forefront of method development in the analysis of illegal dyes and his other areas of special interest include institutional nutrition, milk and whiskey. He has been of considerable support and help to The Food Commission, particularly with regard to stories for The Food Magazine. He gives his time generously, and his knowledge of his field is second to none.
A special award was given to Bill Mayblin.
Bill Mayblin accepting his award
Bill Mayblin, who is retiring this year, has designed all the CWT publications since 1995 and has been instrumental in giving us our strong visual image. An intuitive and creative designer, Bill has spent his working life ensuring that many publications in the health arena are both easy and clear to read and visually appealing. He will be greatly missed by CWT as well as by many other groups, but we wish him a long and happy retirement.
Winner of the Maggie Sanderson Student Award 2009
This award was established originally in Caroline’s name to reward undergraduate achievement and to encourage future nutritionists in their work.. We re-named it the Maggie Sanderson award in honour of our past Chair Maggie Sanderson who spent most of her working life encouraging and supporting nutrition education.
This year we asked students on accredited nutrition courses in the UK to submit an essay with the title “What public health nutrition initiative(s) should the Government focus on over the next 5 years to improve the nutritional health of the population?”
We would like to congratulate the 3 short listed essay writers:
John Greenwood (Roehampton University)
Melissa Walkey (University of Sheffield)
Elizabeth Campling (University Hertfordshire)
This year’s prize was awarded to Elizabeth Campling;
download her winning essay - What public health nutrition initiative(s) should the Government focus on over the next 5 years to improve the nutritional health of the population? - (PDF 55k).
Elizabeth Campling, Essay prize winner
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