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The BAPEN Board of Trustees comprises Senior Executive Officers and a number of external trustees who have a wealth of experience in Nutrition and the Charity sector. As with any charity, the board has a legal responsibility to ensure good governance with the rules of the charity commission and provides oversight of BAPEN activities.

Phil Lyons

Phil Lyons MBE

Trustee and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees

Phil has an extensive background in organisational development and leadership particularly within colleges and strategic partnerships. As well as overseas commissions, he has chaired Employment ∓ Skills Boards, Big Lottery groups, NHS Provision Review and a National Commission Group on Testimony.

Phil has recently retired as CEO of a national charity.

Roger Phillips

Roger Phillips

Trustee and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees

Roger has recently retired after a long career working for several companies in healthcare. For the last 20 years Roger worked for Nutricia, where he was a Vice President and a member of the executive board. His roles have included Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager of Nutricia UK. Over this time, he has worked closely with several BAPEN members on many initiatives.

Dianne M Jeffrey

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


Dianne M Jeffrey is the former chairman of Age UK, the foremost age charity in the UK providing support and information to people in later life, and of Age International which supports older people in the developing world. Dianne chairs the Malnutrition Task Force, the Peak District National Park Advisory Group, and the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant. She is a trustee of the Devonshire Educational Trust at Chatsworth.

Dianne was Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the board of the University of Derby from 1999 until 2011, and served on the board of University and Colleges Employers’ Association [UCEA], where she also chaired the National Health and Safety Committee in higher education. 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.

In 2008 Dianne became chairman of Digital Outreach Ltd, a community messaging start-up company. She has served on the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands regional committee, and on the historic Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Derbyshire.

Dianne served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2002/3 and is now an appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Derbyshire. Dianne served as Honorary Colonel, Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, [Mercian Regiment] 2003 – 2014.

Dianne, who was educated at Badminton School, Bristol and Sheffield University, was appointed CBE in the Birthday Honours in 2011, and was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Derby in 2012 and from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014.

Nick Thompson

Dr Nick Thompson

BAPEN President and Trustee

Nick is a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has helped develop a regional Intestinal Failure service over many years and also helped to establish the Northern Nutrition Network which meets biannually. Nick has had management roles in Trust as Clinical Director and Assoc Medical Director and was a previous senior Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology. He has also been the Programme Director for the registrar training programme in the northern region.

Nick has been a member of BAPEN for many years, has been a recent committee member of BAPEN medical and co-authored the BIFA guidelines on blood monitoring of HPN patients.

Dr Barry Jones

Dr Barry Jones

Chair of BAPEN Faculty and Trustee

Barry is the Chair of BAPEN Faculty, a past chair of the British Artificial Nutrition Survey (BANS), BSG small bowel/nutrition and RCP nutrition committees and past BAPEN HPN coordinator. He is a retired Consultant Gastroenterologist in Dudley, West Midlands, and is the Lead of the PINNT Virtual Nutrition Team.

Dr Dan Rogers

Dr Daniel Rogers

BAPEN Secretary and Trustee

Dan is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospitals of Leicester and has a particular interest in patients with intestinal failure. He co-runs the home parenteral nutrition clinic and also runs a multi-disciplinary high output stoma clinic as well as regularly providing specialist nutrition input on the surgical wards. He also champions good nutrition, the posh tea round initiative and homegrown produce.

Dan is the Undergraduate Lead for Gastroenterology at the University of Leicester Medical School and has been steadily increasing the amount of nutritional care that medical students are taught and examined on.

Dr Sheldon Cooper

Dr Sheldon Cooper

BAPEN Treasurer and Trustee

Dr Sheldon Cooper is a consultant gastroenterologist and Intestinal Failure lead for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, now a regionally NHSE commissioned Severe Intestinal Failure Unit. He his also an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Birmingham. His Masters degree in Nutritional Medicine was undertaken with the University of Surrey and Doctoral thesis examining the causes of oesophageal cancer at the University of Birmingham. Current research interests include vitamin D and inflammatory bowel disease, sarcopenia notably in Crohn’s disease and developing within intestinal failure, and examining aspects of clinical care in intestinal failure.

Dr Cooper is the Honorary Treasurer and a Trustee for BAPEN, previously sitting on BAPEN Council 2010-16, previous chair of the Education and Training committee for 3 years (including a position on the Executive at the time), and past-chair of the doctors core group, BAPEN Medical. He is also a registered nutritionist and Fellow of the Association for Nutrition.