About Greg continued
Greg was a firefighter for seventeen years, toward the end of which he undertook an MSc in Human Nutrition. His dissertation focused on the dietary behaviour of firefighters and concomitant prevalence of overweight and obesity within this occupational group, which led to the development of a fire-station based dietary and lifestyle intervention pilot trial. This pioneering work yielded significant results and showed high feasibility. Greg presented his work at the 2017 Nutrition Society Winter Conference, winning the award for best original communication.
Greg's determined campaign to expand his intervention across more London fire stations was authorised early in 2018 and marked his career change, becoming the first full-time registered nutritionist employed by any fire brigade. Consistent with the pilot trial, significant results were seen across a larger sample over an extended duration. He is now undertaking a PhD which focuses on the innovation of novel tools for the assessment of
firefighter nutritional status alongside the development and rollout of his intervention programme. In addition, Greg is a part-time associate lecturer in sports and exercise nutrition at London Metropolitan University, is a voluntary member of the Nutrition Society's strategic communications committee, and in November 2019 Greg received the Caroline Walker Trust award for 'Nutritionist of the year'.
Greg has presented to the Deputy Mayor and members of the London Assembly at City Hall, and to Parliamentarians at the House of Commons to a positive reception. He regularly speaks at academic and fire service conferences, communicating nutritional science in understandable language. His work was recently featured on BBC London news https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-50976939/london-fire-brigade-nutritionist-helps-firefighters-keep-fit as well as in several nutrition/health related magazines: (NHD https://issuu.com/nhpublishingltd/docs/nhd_issue_150_face_to_face ; Men's Fitness https://mensfitness.co.uk/nutrition/qa-with-2019s-nutritionist-of-the-year/ ; Public Sector Catering https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/010d21a2#/010d21a2/34 ; Occupational health and wellbeing; and Emergency Services Times).
Greg has been shortlisted for a further two Public Sector Catering awards: The Health & Nutrition award and the Unsung Hero award. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the London Hilton Metropole in September 2020. If you would like to meet Greg and hear more about his award winning workplace nutrition programme, he is due to present at the Emergency Services Show at the NEC Birmingham in September 2020, and the National FireFit conference in October 2020.