Introducing the IGD Health Team

Date : 27 February 2023

Within the IGD health team our ambition is to make healthy and sustainable diets easy and accessible for everyone.

We are a team with expertise in nutrition, product development and consumer insights. Through our working groups and networks, including retailers and manufacturers, NGO's, government, and academia, we lead collaboration and build knowledge of what really works to change behaviour to improve diets.

IGD Health Team (from left to right): Hannah Skeggs, Lizzy McHugh, Amber Knight, Cathy Capelin

Meet the team

Cathy Capelin – Head of Healthy and Sustainable Diets

With more than 25 years experience in the food industry, before IGD Cathy led the Nutrition Public Sector Division at Kantar Worldpanel for more than 10 years.

Working collaboratively with the food industry, now she uses her expertise in understanding consumer behaviour and the impact on government policy to deliver on IGD’s ambition to make healthy and sustainable diets easy for everyone.

Hannah Skeggs (ANutr)– Health and Sustainable Diets Manager

Passionate about balancing commercial interest with health and sustainability, before starting at IGD Hannah led reformulation projects at both Danone and Unilever.

Hannah is currently studying for a Master’s in Public Health and Behaviour Change to support her understanding of the complex relationship we all have with food and develop our programme of large scale trials. These trials build evidence on how the food system can empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices.

Amber Knight (ANutr) – Health and Sustainable Diets Manager

Amber has held a variety of positions in the food industry, from product development to regulatory policy, in both Australia and the UK.

Amber began studying a Master’s of Public Health in 2021, to build on her knowledge on the complex environment in which dietary health exists. Amber is looking forward to working with IGD's industry stakeholders as we work towards healthier and more sustainable diets for all.

Lizzy McHugh – Health and Sustainable Diets Associate

After finishing a degree in Food and Human Nutrition from Newcastle University, Lizzy has worked across the UK food industry, including Avara Foods (previously Cargill Meats Europe), Pepsico and Bakkavor developing products for a variety of retailers.

Lizzy recently completed a Master’s in Food Policy at City, University of London to deepen her understanding of how to build a healthier and more sustainable food system which she is excited to apply through the work at IGD.

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