Brought up on a farm in the South of Ireland Vanessa developed an early interest in the role eating well and being active plays in improving (physical and mental) health and wellbeing. Complementing her upbringing she completed a degree in Food Technology at the Northern Ireland College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development before moving to the UK to study for a Masters in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Reading. Since then she has held a number of leadership positions in global food companies such as Kellogg’s, Premier Foods and General Mills, working across multiple food categories & geographic regions. Vanessa recently moved into what she calls a ‘new and exciting world of nutrition supplements’ championing scientific, regulatory and technical excellence for The Nature’s Bounty Co. An alumni of the 2015 ENLP Advanced Seminar and a manager of a large team she is intensely aware of the importance of good leadership – whether that be in terms of her own personal development or developing others.
Vanessa takes over the coordination and leadership of ENLP’s outreach and networking activities from Dr Anne Mullen who has worked diligently to advance ENLP’s activities, co-ordinating a team of motivated ENLP alumni for the past 18 months. Asked what enticed her to this position, Vanessa stated ‘As a health and wellness leader I am acutely aware of the importance learning and development plays in helping individuals achieve higher levels of self-worth, confidence and skills, enabling them to ultimately influence health improvements. I am delighted to be taking over the baton from Anne, continuing to drive ENLP visibility, provide education opportunities and inspire the next generation!’