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First Steps Nutrition Trust

First Steps Nutrition Trust acts as an independent and expert source of information and resources in the field of early years' nutrition. They provide nutrition information and resources to support women who may become pregnant, pregnant women and parents of children under 5. Resources are accurate, up to date and evidence based that are not sponsored by food manufacturers or retailers so can be trusted as clear and accurate, The Trust is a registered charity.

The work of the Trust is managed and co-ordinated by Dr Helen Crawley who is a dietitian and public health nutritionist with over 30 years experience in public health nutrition across the lifespan. Helen has worked in Government, academia, research and the NGO and charitable sector promoting good nutrition for vulnerable population groups. She was the Science Director at The Caroline Walker Trust for many years and wrote national guidance on standards for food in schools, early years settings and residential care settings for adults and children.

First Steps Nutrition Trust is a member of Sustain, Baby Feeding Law Group and the Eating Better campaign and works with a range of professional organisations, NGO and charities to promote better nutrition in the early years. First Steps Nutrition Trust also co-ordinates the Action on Additives campaign.


Professor Carolyn Summerbell 
is Principal, and Professor of Human Nutrition, at  John Snow College in  Durham and is also a dietitian and registered nutritionist. Carolyn is a world expert in obesity and is involved in projects internationally which aim to tackle the current rise in childhood obesity.

Dr Lucy Cooke
is a senior research associate at University College London with expertise in children's food preferences and eating habits.

Anna Van Der Hurd 
is the Director of the funding charity The A Team Foundation and brings with her considerable experience in running and supporting charities and ensuring that work is completed efficiently and effectively.