Who we are


The Malnutrition Task Force is supported by Age UK, apetito, BAPEN, Nutricia and the Royal Voluntary Service. Age UK manage the Malnutrition Task Force.

Meet our board

Dianne M Jeffrey CBE DL, Hon D Univ. Hon Doc SHU

Dianne Jeffrey is the chair and founder of the Malnutrition Task Force. She is a passionate advocate that dignity and compassion must be at the heart of our health and care system and committed to making the world a better place for older people in the UK and internationally.

Dianne is the former chairman of Age UK. She is Chair of the Peak District National Park Advisory Group and the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant. She is a trustee of Age International and the Devonshire Educational Trust at Chatsworth.

Dianne was Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the board of the University of Derby from 1999 until 2011. Dianne served as an NHS Trust chairman for 13 years, and was a founder and chairman of the NHS Confederation from 2000 – 2003. She was chairman of Anchor Trust, providing housing care and support to older people in England, for five years.

Dianne was appointed CBE in the Birthday Honours in 2011. She was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Derby in 2012 and from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014.

Matthew Norton

Dr Matthew Norton joined apetito as Director of Corporate Affairs in March 2019 and is part of the Executive Strategy Board. Prior to this, he was Director of Policy and Strategy at Alzheimer’s Research UK where he led on organisational strategy, policy development and stakeholder engagement. During his time at Alzheimer’s Research UK he was part of the senior leadership team that saw the charity grow from circa £9m income in 2013 to circa £38m in 2018.

He has a PhD in Public Policy, has worked in academia for the University of York and has experience of supporting the design and running of bio-medical and clinical research for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Matthew has also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and in policy, communications and research for Age UK.’

Kate Hall MSc RD

Kate is a registered dietitian, and started her career in the NHS before moving to work with Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition. Kate has been focusing on external affairs, which involves working with other organisations to try to improve the nutritional care to which individuals have access. Kate says: "It is only right that an individual whatever their age, or wherever they live, should have access to timely nutrition support whether that be access to information or advice or more intensive support; nutrition and hydration is such an important but basic right and should not be overlooked. The evidence is there, the guidelines and pathways are there but it is the doing that needs to happen and everyone has a part to play."

Dr Trevor Smith

Trevor is the current BAPEN President. He is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Southampton where he leads a clinical nutrition and regional intestinal failure service. Trevor previously chaired the British Artificial Nutrition Survey and is also a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology Small Bowel and Nutrition Committee and the British Intestinal Failure Alliance (BIFA).

Mark Oliver

Mark is Director of Retail and Property at the Royal Voluntary Service, where he is responsible for the charity’s activities in more than 200 NHS locations throughout the UK. RVS supports volunteers in hospital settings in a host of activities – from serving refreshment and comfort to patients, their carers and families in a hospital coffee shop, to delivering of on-ward trolley services.

In 2018, we invited associate members to join the MTF board. The associate board members are:

Professor Jane Murphy

Jane Murphy is Professor of Nutrition, Registered Nutritionist and Dietitian and co-leads the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University. Her research is committed to key nutrition-related problems in ageing and translation of nutrition science into practice. She leads funded research projects on nutrition in older people and in people living with cognitive impairments and dementia. She has produced a number of materials for those working with older people, both in care homes and more recently in the community (http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/nutrition-dementia).

She is the Clinical Lead (Nutrition) for the Healthy Ageing Programme at the Wessex Academic Health Science Network and has developed and validated new tools to identify malnutrition in the community, ensuring that people have access to appropriate nutrition support and advice. Read more about the Nutrition Wheel [link to Nutrition Wheel/Resources page].

Email jmurphy@bournemouth.ac.uk

Phil Shelley

Phil has worked in the NHS for 26 years, having also worked in the hospitality industry.  As Past Chair of the Hospital Catering Association, he is committed to raising the profile of malnutrition with a focus on prevention, quality of food choice and access to appropriate hydration. He believes that Health and Social Care should provide integrated support for our public particularly as they recover from surgery and illness.

Phil hopes that his involvement with MTF will enable him to link positively with other healthcare teams in driving consistency of standards, which encompasses the role of the supplier in partnership with the NHS.


Caroline Lecko

Caroline is a registered Nurse and is currently working within the Nursing Directorate as a Clinical Improvement Manager at NHS England and Improvement, supporting a number of improvement initiatives. Prior to this Caroline led on nutrition and patient safety at the National Patient Safety Agency and NHS England.

Caroline is one of the leads for the global Nutrition and Hydration Week campaign and she has worked on a range of national and international projects to raise awareness of the importance of good nutritional care.

Sarah Wren

Sarah Wren is Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, a thriving not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers a range of services to older and vulnerable people to help them stay happy, healthy, and independent in their homes for as long as possible.  These services range from meals on wheels, to specialist exercise provision, and nutrition support, delivered to over 14,000 beneficiaries every year.

Sarah is a passionate believer in the power of social business to deliver high quality and sustainable services at great value for the public purse.  Having spent many years as a lecturer in business and management, and served as a local politician, Sarah’s background also includes the chairmanship of several charitable businesses in Hertfordshire.  In 2012, she was awarded an MBE for services to the community sector.

Naomi Campbell RGN

Naomi is recognised as the UK's first Hydration Care Nurse Specialist. Since 2010 she has dedicated her career to raising greater awareness about the problem of dehydration in elderly care. She identified that the NHS and Social Care system did not have a risk assessment tool to highlight the level of support a person needs to drink and eat. In response to this she created a holistic hydration care assessment tool called ‘Reliance On a Carer’ (ROC). This simple tool now has growing recognition from the Care Quality Commission and NHS England. In 2016 she became the Chair of the National Hydration Network (NHN) [link to NHN page], which operates as a representative, multi-disciplinary expert group concerning the management of oral hydration; focused primarily on elderly care needs.

In 2018, Naomi founded Hydration Care Consultancy Ltd [www.hydrationcareconsultancy.co.uk ] as a means to promote and support the uptake of her ROC Hydration Care Tool, and is working closely with commissioners and care providers.

Linda Hindle

Linda Hindle is the Lead Allied Health Professional for Public Health England, responsible for increasing the contribution of the 12 Allied Health Professions to improving public health across England.

Linda’s previous roles include Consultant Dietitian, with responsibility for the strategic planning and commissioning of interventions to prevent and treat obesity across Birmingham; and Head of Birmingham Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service.

Project team

Age UK provide the secretariat and programme management for the MTF. The project team is:

Lesley Carter

Lesley is the Programme Lead for the Malnutrition Task Force. She is a registered nurse and Clinical Lead at Age UK.

Lesley’s background is in nursing; she was a Director of Nursing and has clinically led acute mental health, criminal justice and older people services.

Lesley has a real interest in change management and practice development. Posts have seen her leading service transformation and redesign at The London Development Centre, The Kings Fund, The Care Services Improvement Partnership, Commissioning Support for London and NHS London. She was the Registered and Commissioning Manager for a new build specialist dementia nursing home.  

Meriel Cochrane

Meriel joined Age UK in July 2019 as a Policy and Practice Officer. She supports the Malnutrition Task Force on a number of projects. Prior to joining Age UK, Meriel spent time studying for a masters in Social Research and Social Policy.