Meet Our Friendly & Efficient Team

College Principal, Head of Education, Programme Leaders and Administrator

Breda Gajsek PgCert

BCNH Founder 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. 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.

In 2000, Breda formed her own college, BCNH College of Nutrition & Health. The college was created from her passion for nutrition and for high quality education and since its foundation, Breda has worked tirelessly to promote the integration of personalised nutrition advice into orthodox medicine.

Beverley Shergold MSc BA (Hons) DipBCNH mBANT

Head of Education & Year 3 Programme Leader

Beverley is responsible for all academic issues related to the Level 4, 5 & 6 of the 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 and University of Northampton 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 has also completed an MSc (Distinction) in Workplace Health & Wellbeing with the University of Nottingham.

Sarah Kenny BSc (Hons)

Level 4 Programme Leader

Sarah is responsible for smooth running of the BCNH Level 4 (Year 1) of the Diploma course.

Sarah graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Biological Sciences. She has lectured in a variety of colleges and universities in London and across Europe; teaching students  on a variety of health related programmes including nursing, physiotherapy, and osteopathy. Working as a biomedical lecturer, she has led international programmes for entry level medical students. Sarah also has experience as a content developer and assessor for nutrition, sport and health courses. She has qualifications in fitness and meditation, and enjoys combining her knowledge of science with her interest in health and wellness.

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 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 a 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 Shiffman BA(Hons)

BCNH Administrator

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.

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