The executive team are responsible for leading the operational and academic staff who are dedicated to the day to day running of the organisation.
BA (Hons) PGDip
Chris has over 25 years experience of working in the voluntary sector.
Chris brings a wealth of experience of building and developing organisations. As an Ambassador for Excellence her goal is to improve organisational effectiveness. In her previous role as CEO of Community Options (mental health charity), Chris lead the organisation to achieve a number of awards for people involvement and development (IiP Silver, London Excellence), leadership (London Excellence) and Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit organisations to work for (33).
DipION fBANT fHEA
Heather Rosa became Dean of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in October 2014. She is passionate about standards of education in nutritional therapy. With her she brings 15 years of experience as a Course Leader and Principal Lecturer in higher education. At the University of Westminster lead the first degree in Nutritional Therapy. Key additional roles included research supervision, working to embed academic integrity, leading learning and teaching, and quality enhancement. Heather is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Heather has a thirty year association with ION as it is where she trained as a nutritional therapist. At that time the ION diploma was revolutionary… the first course of its kind in a Complementary Medicine approach to nutrition. Now this approach is quite familiar to the public, in newspapers, magazines and on television.
Heather was involved in the setting of National Occupational Standards, the Nutritional Therapy Core Curriculum and its review. For services to nutritional therapy education and standards she was awarded Fellowship of the professional body BANT. Heather is also an external examiner, accreditation officer, and education advisor to the professional body and other education organisations.
BA (Hons) ACA
Rowena is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience of financial management within the not-for-profit sector.
Having qualified in 1987, she worked as an auditor at Stoy Hayward before moving to the not-for-profit sector. She was Director of Finance and Administration at the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals for 11 years.
Rowena joined ION as Finance Manager in 2014.
BSc (Hons) PGDip
Gareth joined ION as Business Manager in 2015 bringing with him 10 years of cross-sector project, operations and people management experience.
Gareth started his career in management, specialising in project management with global consultancy Turner & Townsend before moving to lead the operations of a busy NHS department that provided care to over 3 million residents. Gareth moved back to the private sector with a move that saw him head up the business operations for a market-specific recruitment firm. More recently he has contracted for NHS England delivering a change management programme for one of their primary national workstreams and has since become an London Excellence Ambassador.