Are you looking for a life-changing experience? Would you like to meet inspiring people? This is what ENLP provides: Training for non-scientific skills such as communication, leadership and strategic influence and a network open to all food, nutrition and dietetic professionals across Europe.

The first initiative – Essentials Programme – was designed to help recently graduated food, nutrition and dietetic professionals build their skills in this area and start to build relationships with fellow professionals across Europe. Today, ENLP consists of two annual training programmes, and the ENLP Network that organizes sessions in conferences, events and local circles.

The ENLP Essentials leadership training and development programme is designed to support recently graduated food, nutrition and dietetic professionals building their skills in this area as well as relationships with fellow professionals across Europe. The ENLP Advanced leadership training programme is designed to provide skills in the specific areas of most relevance to mid-career food, nutrition and dietetic professionals.

Our network is a growing network of over 750 food, nutrition and dietetic professionals from over 230 different organizations, including academia, governmental and non governmental organizations, non-profit organizations and the private sector. We support each other via seminars, information sharing and peer-to-peer learning.

President ENLP: Professor Alison Gallagher (2015 – present)
Alison is Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Subject Head for Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at Ulster University, Northern Ireland.

"I feel privileged to be in a position where I can pursue my passion for my subject area of nutrition and health by contributing to the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (the future generation!) alongside research within our research centre, NICHE. I have been actively involved with ENLP for almost 20 years, initially as a participant of the ENLP Essential programme (1997), ENLP Junior Faculty (1998), then past-president of the ENLP-Alumni, and more recently (in 2011) a participant in the ENLP Advanced. It has been an absolute honour to take over as Chair of ENLP and for me personally ENLP has been a constant source of inspiration and hope for the future! Food and nutrition leaders need both a strong understanding of nutrition combined with influential leadership and communication skills. Our programmes provide unique opportunities for participants to develop key skills necessary for effective leadership. Our expanding ENLP network includes highly influential members working within academia, industry, international and not-for-profit agencies and as we continue to grow our ENLP network by educating and inspiring the next generation I am confident that we will continue to have a strong and positive impact on nutrition and health.

ENLP Coordinator: Vanessa Goodenough, RNutr (2017-present)

Vanessa joined the ENLP board in 2017, where her passion for health and wellness is bought to life through the ability to inspire and educate the next generation of nutrition leaders.In this role sheleads and coordinates of an active network of volunteer alumni to advance the mission and vision of the ENLP. 

Vanessa is a Registered Nutritionist with over seventeen years’ experience in the food and food supplements industries, developing scientific and regulatory strategies for multinational organizations including The Nature’s Bounty Co., General Mills, Premier Foods, Kellogg’s and Kerry Foods. Brought up on a farm in the Republic of Ireland, she has a First Class Honours Degree in Food Technology from the Northern Ireland College of Agriculture & Rural Affairs, a Master’s Degree, with Distinction, in Nutrition from the University of Reading, England and a mini-MBA from the University of Minnesota, US. 

Having joined The Nature’s Bounty Co. in 2016 she now holds responsibility for Global Regulatory Affairs based in London. Outside of work she enjoys being outdoors, going to the gym, healthy tasty food (cooking and eating) and generally having fun. Her guilty pleasure is binge watching a good TV box-set.  

Director ENLP Advanced Programme: Dr Milka Sokolović (2017 – present)

Milka holds a degree in Biology from the University of Belgrade, and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam.

She has spent 15 years appreciating the magic of science, studying the intermediary metabolism of starvation and obesity. Sharing knowledge has been her passion throughout career, so she took on teaching subjects like medical biochemistry, DNA technology, metabolism or genomics of disease at the University of Amsterdam. 

It is the same passion for communicating science that has then brought her to EUFIC, Brussels, where she oversees the departments of Nutrition & Health and Food Safety and Quality. That is where the complex food and nutrition science gets translated into “human” language, to help people make sense and use of it. 

The same enthusiasm has led her to the ENLP, where she acts as a Director of the ENLP Advanced Seminar. The Seminar equips senior food and nutrition professionals with leadership skills to support them in making a difference in the European nutrition and health landscape.