Meet the Tutors
Meet our Tutors
In addition to guest lecturers, our students are supported by Academic Tutors who provide academic and pastoral support to BSc and Diploma students to help them achieve their full academic potential.
Clinical Tutors and Supervisors guide Year 4 students through their clinical training year, preparing them for independent clinical practice upon qualification.
The majority of our tutors are BCNH graduates who have been invited to join our academic team. All tutors are also members of the BCNH Academic Board, which meets twice a year to discuss students’ feedback, progress and various academic issues.
Zahra Browne DipBCNH mBANT CNHC
Year 4 Clinical Tutor, Supervisor & Programme Leader
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.
Vanessa Buchheim, BSc (Hons), Dip BCNH, mBANT, CNHC
Year 3 Academic Tutor
After her graduation in Economics and International Business from New York University, Vanessa worked for 10 years in marketing in consumer goods company in her native country, Brazil. In parallel, she always pursued her personal interest in health and nutrition, which had started at the age of 16. After her corporate career, Vanessa decided to pursue her real passion and started working in the wellness industry: she trained as a yoga teacher, also owning an organic raw food store as well as a yoga clothing company. When she moved to the UK in 2013 she enrolled at BCNH in order to become a trained nutritional therapist, graduating with distinction in June 2018. Vanessa has also a Food Therapy certificate from the Natural Gourmet Institute (NY) and has completed several modules of the Institute for Functional Medicine certification program. She currently practices in South West London. Her main interests in nutrition include healthy aging, auto-immune conditions and digestive disorders.
Tanya Cohen BSc(Hons) DipBCNH CNHC mBANT RNutr
Year 4 Clinical Supervisor
After graduating with a Nutrition degree from Oxford Brookes University, Tanya joined BCNH to complete her clinical practice to become a Nutritional Therapist.
Due to her own health struggles from a young age, Tanya has firsthand experience witnessing the positive effects that diet and lifestyle can have in the management of a disease. This inspired Tanya to help improve the lives of others facing health challenges.
Tanya offers one-to-one consultations from her practice in London (St Johns Wood) as well as online consultations with clients overseas (mainly USA, South America and the Middle East). She works alongside specialists and functional medicine practitioners who refer their patients to Tanya. Aside from private clients, Tanya has developed corporate health programmes and teams up with a nurse to carry out health MOTs. She also occasionally does interactive workshops in schools to educate children on the importance of nutrition, health and positive body image.
Donna Harvey DipBCNH BSc(Hons) mBANT CNHC
Year 1 and Year 2 Academic Tutor
After completing a BA (Hons) degree at the University of Stirling, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Donna moved back to her home in Guernsey and spent 8 years there as a teacher. Wanting a change, and looking for a better work-life balance, she travelled solo for 8 months before returning home and taking up a job in finance. Having experienced digestive issues since childhood, Donna went to see a nutritional therapist on the advice of her now-husband. She was impressed to find that a few changes to her diet greatly improved her health and so her passion for nutrition began. Donna is excited to be combining her previous experience in education with her knowledge of nutrition in her role as a year 1 tutor.
Radoslav Kanalev BSc(Hons)
Year 1 Academic Tutor
Along with being a year 1 tutor, Rado enjoys developing a number of skills and knowledge simultaneously. This is why, along with being a Year 1 Academic tutor, he works full-time as a Coffee Specialist for a top-brand coffee company. There he focuses on coffee expertise while gaining sales experience. Previously, he has worked in a number of positions that involve 1-2-1 or group consultations, such as Nutritional consultant, Health promoter, Academic tutor, Food product advertiser and even Lifeguard.
Rado enjoys coming up with new recipes (at least the ones that turn out to be tasty). He is a firm believer that ‘healthy food leads to a happier you’. He also enjoys being active, and occasionally participates in dance workshops.
Claire Kimber BSc(Hons) DipBCNH mBANT CNHC
Year 4 Clinical Tutor
Claire graduated in 2014 with the BCNH Diploma and a BSc from the University of Greenwich after a 20 year career in Finance.
Claire runs her private practice from the West Country and also sees clients regularly in London, working together in their business environments where appropriate. Claire has a particular interest in nutrition for performance and energy management, working with ‘person centred’ approach to optimising health and performance.
Claire is passionate about nutritional education and coaching; delivering talks on nutrition for sports performance, designed and delivered whole-school programmes to support the run up to exams (academic performance) and has designed and delivered a module to support Sports Science Extended BTEC award.
Abbie Rudman BSc(Hons) DipBCNH mBANT CNHC
Year 2 Academic Tutor
Following a successful career as a journalist and digital media producer at the BBC, Abbie took the leap to pursue her lifelong interest in nutrition and its impact on health. Abbie graduated from BCNH with distinction and a First Class Honours Degree in Nutritional Therapy from Greenwich University. As well as running her NT practice from Reigate, Surrey, Abbie also combines her journalism background with nutrition, in the writing and editing of nutritional content for books.
Limor Shub DipBCNH mBANT
Year 4 Clinical Tutor
After finishing 2 years of mandatory military service as a drill sergeant in Israel, Limor travelled to Argentina to study culinary arts. In 2010 Limor moved to London to work for Gordon Ramsey in a Michelin star restaurant where she gained enough experience and confidence to embark on her new career as a private chef in the luxury yachts industry. For 4 years she worked as a private chef for high profile guests on different yachts around the world. It was on the yachts that she discovered her passion for preparing healthy food adjusted to the individual guest’s needs and dietary restrictions.
Limor felt she needed to learn more about the healing power of nutrition which made her embark on her journey to study nutritional therapy with BCNH. Limor graduated with a distinction in 2019 and currently runs a nutritional therapy clinic providing one on one consultations in 3 languages (English, Spanish and Hebrew) on the island of Mallorca where she lives with her husband and 3 children.
Anja Springthorpe BSc (Hons) DipBCNH
Year 3 Academic Tutor
After graduating from BCNH, Anja developed a business providing one-to-one consultations as well as formulating and implementing corporate wellness programs. Her real passion however is educating and writing about nutrition. Anja is the nutritional editor for a number of US-based health and wellness publications. To deepen her knowledge and to progress her opportunity to teach nutrition, she currently is embarking on a Masters Program in Nutritional Science. Anja lives with her husband, daughter and two dogs in New Orleans.
Victoria Makepeace-Warne BSc (Hons) MSc DipBCNH mBANT CNHC
Year 4 Clinical Supervisor
Victoria retrained as a nutritional therapist after a career in finance and graduated from BCNH. She now practices at clinics in central and southwest west London seeing a wide variety of patients and also delivers corporate wellbeing and nutrition talks. Victoria has completed a MSc in Human Nutrition.