HENRY staff interacting with child
Joanna Dyson
Joanna Dyson

Chair of the HENRY Board

Jo works for FareShare, a charity who redistribute surplus food to those in need, drawing on her commercial background and experience in the food industry.

She also has experience working as a consultant, including acting as an adviser to the Department of Health supporting their work with industry to promote healthy eating and combating obesity across a broad range of issues.

She enjoys cycling and has undertaken a number of long distance fund raiser cycle rides.

Otto Balsiger
Otto Balsiger

Otto is HENRY’s treasurer and is a certified accountant with twenty years’ experience in the charity sector, first auditing charities and then leading charity finance teams. He is Finance Director at the British Society for Immunology. He keeps healthy practising the art of taekwondo.

Sylvia Cheater MBE
Sylvia Cheater MBE

Sylvia Cheater has worked in the NHS, for the Department of Health and in the third sector. Nationally she has contributed to policy development with a focus on children and families, school food and food and nutrition in early years. Since leaving the Department of Health Sylvia has worked as an independent consultant.

She is a member of the Governing Body of Wirral NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (Patient Champion) and President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in for her voluntary work with women and communities in Cheshire.

Dr Anne Lloyd
Dr Anne Lloyd

Anne has worked in the journals publishing industry for more than 25 years and is currently a Publishing Director in the medical journals division of Elsevier. As a parent herself, she is extremely concerned about the challenges and increase in childhood obesity, believing that if this can be tackled at an early stage, children will feel the benefit for the rest of their life.

Tom Spencer
Tom Spencer

Tom is a previous employee of HENRY and has returned to become a trustee. He is committed to the vision and mission of HENRY and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to support families to lead healthy lifestyles. Throughout his career, Tom has worked in and with local government in a range of roles delivering large transformation programmes that improve outcomes for communities. He is currently working as Lead for Learning and Development at Camden Council.

Adam Buckles
Adam Buckles

Adam has worked in the charity fundraising sector for over a decade and has worked with large and small NGOs, such as Amnesty International and British Red Cross, to increase their legacy income. He is currently Head of Legacy Giving at Alzheimer's Society. 

As an active sportsman and a parent of two even more active daughters, he is keen for every child to have the best start in life via understanding the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Dr Anne Coufopoulos
Dr Anne Coufopoulos

Dr Anne Coufopoulos is currently Associate Dean (Enterprise & Commercial) at Coventry University, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. Prior to this Anne has been employed in a number of academic roles across the course of her career in nutrition and public health.

Anne is also a registered dietitian and an accredited workplace dietitian with the British Dietetic Association. Over recent years Anne has also been focussing upon workplace health and has been working closely with the rail industry in the North-West of England to improve the nutrition related health of employees. This work has been recognised as an example of good practice in managing railway workers’ health by the independent regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Anne is also Associate Editor of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, with particular emphasis on nutrition in the workplace.

Samantha Olsen
Samantha Olsen

Samantha is the Deputy Director for Social Work Reform within the Department for Education (DfE). She is responsible for advising, designing and implementing social work reform to secure policies, promote pilots, commission accredited assessment standards, and create a new social work regulator, Social Work England. She chairs the department’s disability group, focusing on improving inclusion and diversity.

She is a passionate skier and supporter of her kids playing rugby, cricket and hockey, and loves to cook.

Alex Vlassopulos
Alex Vlassopulos

Alex is a commercially-minded business developer with 16 years of experience - from content owner (major record labels) and technology (start-ups/Google) vantage points. Currently working at Google, his work is focused on Android partnerships in the EMEA region.

Alex is passionate about cooking, food and particularly the food waste sector and is dedicating time to focus on the issue of food waste - especially in the kitchen, having just launched an app called Kitche. Alex enjoys time with his family and two young children and loves to keep fit.