Meet the team
Healthy Life Media is staffed by a dedicated, tight-knit team of professionals with many years’ experience across both the health and media sectors. They are passionate about helping people by delivering useful, credible and practical information that makes it easy to live more healthily and sustainably.
Phil Ryan Llb, BCom, Managing Director
Phil is an experienced magazine publisher who founded the award-winning NetGuide magazine in NZ and Australia. He is a former winner of the NZ Publisher of the Year, at the Magazine Publishing Association Awards. After many years of consumer research and discussion with health experts, Phil realized there was a need to cut through the confusion around healthy eating. Consumers need easy access to evidence-based information on healthy eating and health issues affected by diet. And if this was presented in an easy to read and inspirational format, it would make eating better, enjoyable and easier. So Healthy Food Guide was born in 2005, consumers loved it, and the awards piled up. Food products and science are always evolving so there is a never ending supply of topics to cover and update.
In family life Phil has two energetic teenage sons well known for their ability to eat their way through a week’s worth of food in a day or two, but increasingly becoming more interested in healthier options. Along with his lovely wife Ann, Phil tries to encourage spirited conversation around the issues of the day, including health claims and where things are at with evidence-based science.
Jenny is on a mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone. She believes that food is the glue that binds people together and loves nothing more than sharing a delicious meal with family and friends. Jenny’s background as a health reporter and a digital journalist has provided her with a strong journalistic ethic, and maintaining Healthy Food Guide’s reputation as a legitimate, trustworthy source of evidence-based nutrition advice is at the core of her work on the publication. Jenny is mother to a teenage Instagram star, partner to a juice maven and the harried owner of two badly behaved dogs.
Niki Bezzant is a writer, speaker, editor and commentator. She’s the founding editor of Healthy Food Guide magazine, a columnist for the Herald on Sunday and a frequent contributor to broadcast media. Niki has been involved in the food media for nearly 20 years. She is currently president of Food Writers New Zealand and a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table programme which helps kids learn how to grow, cook and share food. She is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, a global coalition of health professionals dedicated to sharing a science-based message of what we know for sure about lifestyle and health. Niki is on the Board of the NZ Nutrition Foundation.
Rose is a registered nutritionist with a BSc and an MSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition. Prior to retraining, she had a successful career in marketing ‘fast-moving consumer goods’ – that’s ‘grocery products’ to the rest of us – before making the change to nutrition. Rose has since worked in a private nutrition clinic, lectured at Massey University, and undertaken project work for the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.
Katrina Pace, New Zealand Registered Dietitian, MSc
Katrina has over 25 years’ experience as a dietitian, both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Before joining the Healthy Food Guide team she worked for both Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards. Drawing on her experience working alongside the gastroenterologists, Katrina is the HFG resident gut bacteria nerd and digestion expert including advice on FODMAPs and coeliac disease. When not writing features and the shopping section for HFG, Katrina works with wellness businesses.
Claire trained as a Dietitian and fitness instructor in the UK and after working in the NHS for several years, moved to New Zealand in 2005. For several years Claire worked as a nutritionist at Diabetes New Zealand, taught fitness classes and did personal training in the community as well as working as a nutritionist for a professional rugby team.
Claire has been part of the team here at Healthy Food Guide for over 12 years, as well as contributor to the magazine and representing Healthy Food Guide on TV, Radio and in print media, she works as part of our Workplace Wellbeing team.
In addition to her work with Healthy Food Guide, Claire is the owner and director of the private nutrition practice and corporate wellness company Mission Nutrition where she has a wonderful team of people working alongside her. She is a professional speaker, has published two best selling books with Penguin Random House, Lose Weight for Life and Feel Good for Life and she has also released a wellness diary called ‘It’s a beautiful day’. Outside of work, Claire loves the gym, travel and spending as much time as possible with her two little boys Zac and Josh along with her friends and family.
Hayley Pearce BDes (VisCom), Senior Designer (part-time)
Hayley has worked in the magazine industry across many NZ titles before coming aboard at Healthy Life Media. She has a keen interest in cooking healthy meals for her young family and teaching her daughters the basics in the kitchen. Hayley also runs her own screen-printing business The Art Room, specialising in printing designer pillowcases, bedding, homewares and limited-edition art prints.
Trish Turney, Media Manager Health TV
Industry veteran Trish Turney is the Media Manager of our out-of-home Health TV network. Trish has been in the advertising and media industry for close to 36 years, having worked on Healthy Food Guide magazine as well as the Health TV network before taking a 2 year break to travel. She was persuaded to return to the fold and is now continuing to look after our portfolio of TV screens in hospital and doctor’s waiting rooms nationwide. Our screens show licensed TV programmes interspersed with appropriate health and lifestyle advertising.
Tim is passionate about people, health and overall wellbeing. He’s also a champion of positive change for workplace culture and employee care. He doesn’t like to think of wellbeing so much an initiative, but rather it’s about creating a culture and environment where people thrive and something you integrate within the workplace culture.
Tim makes it a daily practice to care for himself mentally and physically and makes the most out of day-to-day life by finding every opportunity to live with humour, power and positivity.
Dave Smith BMS, CA, Accountant/Office Manager
A fully qualified chartered accountant, Dave has nearly 20 years’ accountancy experience dealing with NZ businesses. He has a young family, which takes care of any spare time! The office eye candy, Dave is loved by all.
Sarah is an Olympian and trained physiotherapist who is passionate about living a full life by looking after your health and wellbeing. She draws on her long career in track and field as a heptathlete and high jumper and her experience as a physiotherapist to provide sensible fitness advice. Sarah’s sporting career highlight was fulfilling a lifelong dream to compete at the Olympics, which she did in the heptathlon at the 2012 London Olympics. She has been contributing to the Healthy Food Guide since 2015.
When not writing for Healthy Food Guide and other media outlets, Sarah enjoys spending time with her young family and husband Angus, preferably outdoors doing something active. She loves time in the kitchen and gets a lot of enjoyment from sitting round the table with family and friends, solving the world’s problems and enjoying a delicious meal made with love.
An Accredited Practising Dietitian and health journalist. She loves translating the science of food and nutrition into helpful everyday language, and influencing healthier relationships with food. As a media and public relations dietitian, Karissa works with credible health brands as a conduit to better health outcomes. Connect with her on Linked In linkedin.com/in/karissadeutrom/
Before joining The Healthy Food Guide TV Series, Sam Campbell worked as a private chef, designing specialised menus for a variety of diets and palates.
Dr Tim Crowe is a dietitian, nutrition research scientist and freelance health and medical writer. Founder of thinkingnutrition.com.au, Tim is proactive in providing credible, evidence-based nutrition messages in straightforward language.
Catherine Saxelby is Nutritionist and an Practicing Dietitian. Founder of foodwatch.co.au, she aims to help busy women eat nutrient-dense foods so they maintain a healthy weight while having heaps of energy. Catherine has written 11 books on eating and special diets, including her best selling book, Nutrition for Life.
Stephanie Osfield is a healthy and lifestyle journalist and has twice won the Dietitians Association of Australia Excellence in Nutrition Journalism Award for her stories in HFG.
Brooke Longfield is is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and the editor of the Australian Healthy Food Guide. Brooke is on a mission to make healthy eating easy and enjoyable, and loves to share her passion for delicious, nutritious food.
Melissa Meier is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and founder of Honest Nutrition. Melissa is passionate about helping others to lead healthier lives and teaching people to use nutrition to better their health. Melissa has her own private practice in Sydney, where she sees people for a range of nutrition-related problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol and weight loss. Melissa regularly contributes to a range of media outlets.
Angela Berrill is a NZ registered dietitian and director of ABC Nutrition. As a nutrition educator and accomplished speaker, writer and presenter, Angela is passionate about health and nutrition and believes in finding ways for people to enjoy food, while also nurturing their bodies.
Nicola Jackson is a NZ-registered nutritionist with a passion for helping people to develop a healthier relationship with food. Nicola’s blog Eat Well NZ tells you why you don’t need to quit foods, follow rules or go to the extreme to be healthy.
Kaye Dennison is a registered Dietitian with a special interest in advocating for older peoples nutrition and wellness. Kaye is Managing Director at Optimize Health Solutions (optimizehealthsolutions.co.nz), offering Independence, Innovation, and Insights for cost effective solutions to advance community health and health service provision.
Amanda Ursell is a nutrition editor. She has a degree in nutrition and post-graduate diploma in dietetics. Winner of the HFMA Health Writer of The Year award and twice voted the most influential health professional in the UK, Amanda has over 25 years of experience of working in the area of nutrition. Visit amandaursell.com for more information.
Karen Fittall is a leading health journalist with more than 20 years experience, who writes for a number of professional health organisations and publications.
Dawn Harper works as a GP in England and runs regular clinics on Woman’s health and weight management. Dawn is also a a leading media medic. For more information visit drdawn.com.
Melanie McGrice is a dietitian focusing on fertility, pregnancy and women’s health as well as general nutrition and dietary issues. Her success has made her an in-demand practitioner, author, conference speaker, and researcher. Visit Melanie’s website melaniemcgrice.com.au for more information
Catherine Milford has been a health, wellness and food journalist and editor for over 20 years, both in New Zealand and the UK. Catherine’s writing is aimed at New Zealanders who love cooking, eating and drinking, and who are looking for more recipes, inspiration and information, but are also aware of budget and food ethics.
Juliette Kellow is a registered UK dietitian who has worked in the health service, the food industry and within the media.
New Zealand Editorial Advisory Board
Healthy Food Guide enlists the expertise and guidance of the following Editorial Advisory Board members, who give their assistance voluntarily: Professor Lynnette R Ferguson Head of Nutrition, University of Auckland; Penny Jorgensen Allergy Advisor, Allergy New Zealand; Jim Mann Professor of Human Nutrition and Medicine, University of Otago; Jenny Reid Manager for Food Science and Risk Assessment, Ministry for Primary Industries; David L. Katz Founding Director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center; Niki Bezzant, President Food Writers New Zealand.
Jim Mann, CNZM, PhD, DM, FRACP, FRSNZ
Jim Mann is a Professor in Medicine and Human Nutrition at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for the past 30 years. Previously Mann lectured at the University of Oxford and was a Physician in the Radcliffe Infirmary.
Professor Mann is Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, the ‘Healthier Lives’ National Science Challenge and the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre and; co-Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR). He is principal investigator for the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University.
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM
Founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/President of the True Health Initiative. Katz earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). The recipient of many awards for his contributions to public health, he has received three honorary doctorates. He holds 5 US patents, with others pending. He invented the research method known as “evidence mapping;” is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI™) algorithm; and invented the dietary intake assessment method called Diet Quality Photo Navigation (https://www.dqpn.io/). In 2018, Katz was selected as the new Chair for the annual Art & Science of Health Promotion conference. He has authored roughly 200 peer-reviewed publications, many hundreds of health columns both on-line and in print, and 16 books to date including leading textbooks in both nutrition and preventive medicine. His most recent book is The Truth about Food, with all proceeds going to support the True Health Initiative. Katz is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease. He has served as one of the expert judges for the annual rankings of diets by US News & World Report for much of the past decade. He reaches a social media following of nearly one million.
Niki Bezzant is a writer, speaker, editor and commentator. She is currently president of Food Writers New Zealand and a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table programme. Niki is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative and on the board of the NZ Nutrition Foundation.
Australian Editorial Advisory Board
Jennie Brand-Miller, PhD, FAIFST
Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Sydney; founding researcher of the Glycemic Index; author of 16 books. Interest areas: all aspects of carbohydrates, including diabetes, insulin resistance and diet.
Catherine Saxelby, BSc, Grad Dip ND, APD
Accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist at Foodwatch Nutrition Centre, author of best-seller Nutrition For Life, Honorary Governor, Nutrition Research Foundation, University of Sydney.
Janet Franklin, BMedSc (Hons), MNutr/Diet PhD
Senior clinical dietitian at Metabolism and Obesity Services, RPA Hospital, founder of DAA’s National Obesity Interest Group. Interest areas: all areas of obesity including metabolism and public health.
Helen O’Connor, BSc, Dip ND, PhD, APD
Accredited practising dietitian and sports dietitian with 30 years dietetic experience, Senior lecturer in nutrition at the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney. Interest areas nutrition in metabolism and obesity; sports dietetics.
Tim Crowe, BSc (Hons), MNutrDiet, PhD, APD
Senior lecturer in nutrition at Deakin University, director of the Weight Management Council of Australia. Interest areas: nutrition and disease prevention; particularly cancer and diabetes.
Antigone Kouris BSc (Hons), Grad Dip ND, PhD, APD
Accredited practising dietitian and adjunct professor, Department of Dietetics at La Trobe University, Melbourne, with over 30 years’ experience as a clinician, researcher, author, educator and more recently food product developer (Be Fit Food, Skinnybik). Interest areas: Functional foods (especially with legumes/lupins) and food product development, nutraceuticals/herbs & spices, gut health/microbiome, diabetes, weight management, vegetarian nutrition, Mediterranean diet, drug nutrient herb interactions.