Meet Our Friendly & Efficient Team
College Principal, Head of Education, Programme Leaders and Administrator
Breda Gajsek PgCert
BCNH Proprietor and Principal
Breda is responsible for smooth running of all aspects of the college and works closely with the Head of Education and Programme Leaders.
Breda completed a 3-year Diploma in Nutritional Therapy at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in 1995. Her nutrition career started at ION where she first worked as an academic tutor. She was then promoted to the post of Senior Tutor and finally Head of Education.
In 2000, Breda formed her own college; her ambition is to help facilitate the integration of Nutritional Therapy into orthodox medicine.
Breda completed a Postgraduate Certificate course in Nutritional Therapy at Worcester University in 2008. Her passion remains researching the latest discoveries in nutrition and writing article for BCNH Blog.
Beverley Shergold BA DipBCNH mBANT
Head of Education & Year 3 Programme Leader
Beverley is responsible for all academic issues related to the Level 4, 5 & 6 of BSc and Diploma programmes and as such she oversees all academic tutors and the Programme Leaders. Beverley works closely with all team members, including the University of Greenwich staff. Beverley also has a very close working relationship with the College Principal, with whom she is constantly liaising to maintain and improve educational standards.
Beverley graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in International Business with French, and spent several years afterwards travelling and working in the United States as a nanny. Whilst living in California, Beverley began to develop an interest in food and nutrition, in particular the connection between food and mood. This interest remained and after various jobs in management consultancy and private equity, Beverley decided to enrol on the BCNH Nutritional Therapy Diploma course, graduating in 2005. After graduation, Beverley worked in clinical practice and began tutoring at BCNH. Over the years, her role at the college has expanded from Tutor to Programme Leader and Head of Education. Beverley is also studying an MSc in Workplace Health & Wellbeing with the University of Nottingham.
Magdalena Wronska MSc
Level 4 Programme Leader
Magdalena is responsible for smooth running of the BCNH Level 4 (Year 1) of the Diploma course.
Magdalena has a special interest in the optimum nutrition and lifestyle approaches to mental health, stress and longevity. She has over 10 years experience working as a Lecturer and Assessor in both nutrition and business related subjects. Apart from her role as a Programme Leader for SFC and Year 1 at BCNH, Magdalena is currently running a fitness and wellness clinic in Windsor which provides high intensity resistance training for individuals suffering from sarcopenia.
Magdalena completed an MSc in Personalised Nutrition and is also an NLP practitioner.
Isabel Thompson BA DipBCNH mBANT
Level 5 Programme Leader
Isabel is responsible for smooth running of the BCNH Level 5 (Year 2) of the Diploma & BSc course.
Having graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Modern History, Isabel spent a few years working as a tax lawyer in the City before giving it all up to look after her family full-time. Whilst living in Dubai, she decided to turn her growing interest in health and nutrition into a new career, enrolling with BCNH in 2010 and graduating with Distinction in 2015. Isabel is currently working as Y2 Programme Leader and is in practicing in south-west London.
Zahra Browne BA DipBCNH mBANT CNHC
Clinical Practice Programme Leader
Zahra’s role as Clinical Practice Leader is to manage BCNH clinical training and meet with student practitioners on a regular basis to monitor and discuss their progress throughout their clinical training.
After graduating from Royal Holloway University of London with a BA in Drama and Theatre studies and completing her post graduate actor training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Zahra worked as an actress; a profession within which maintaining great health and stamina was of paramount importance! This grew into an passion for nutrition and fascination with the workings of the body, as well as with arts. In 2013, Zahra enrolled in the BCNH Level 6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy course and graduated with distinction in 2018. Zahra also practices Nutritional Therapy in north London.
Melanie Shiffman BA(Hons)
Melanie graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies. After moving from Leeds to London, Melanie has enjoyed working in finance since graduating at various banks and wanted to gain further office skills in a new field and joined the BCNH team as the student administrator.
Melanie is responsible for all aspects of student’s administration and the smooth running of the college / day to day office duties.