Registration Panel Members

From July 2016 applications for the practitioner categories of the Register will be assessed by a panel of experts.  Find out more about the senior members of the profession involved:

Louise Sutton, Chair
Chair of BDA Sports Nutrition Group
Deputy Chair (Registration & Accreditation) SENr Board

Louise is currently a principal lecturer in sport and exercise nutrition at Leeds Beckett University and has a diverse applied work profile alongside her academic role. With a background in sport science and clinical dietetics Louise has a particular interest in the practical application of sport dietetics in elite and extreme environments. She has applied her dietetic knowledge and skills into a range of contexts including Himalayan expeditions, Polar challenges, Atlantic rows and round the world solo-ocean racing record attempts.


With a more mainstream sport nutrition focus she has advised many elite sports professionals from a range of sports, both Olympic and Professional, including athletics, cricket, cycling, football and rugby. She is currently lead nutrition consultant for Leeds Rugby providing support to Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union, as well as the National Race Walking Squad based in Leeds. Known for her very practical approach, Louise has extensive experience in delivering nutrition education programmes, particularly aimed at supporting junior athlete development.


She is Chair of the British Dietetic Association Sport Nutrition Interest Group and holds a Deputy Chair position on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) Board with responsibility for Registration and Accreditation, and has twice been awarded the BDA Roll of Honour for her contribution to the development of the SENr. In recognition of her significant contribution to the profession, Louise is the 2016 recipient of the BDA IBEX Professional Achievement Award.


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Ruth Wood Martin, MSc, RD, SENr

Ruth Wood-Martin has worked as a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years. She is a registered Sports and Exercise Nutritionist (SENr UK), and is a Professional Member for Nutrition with the Irish Institute of Sport. She currently works full time as the Head of Nutrition with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).


Ruth leads a team of Performance Nutritionists across the island of Ireland who are working with professionally contracted players as well players in the Academy and Age-Grade structures. More recently, the IRFU have invested in the provision of nutrition services to younger aspiring players across the country to support their development throughout the IRFU Elite Player Pathway.


Ruth works directly with the National Senior Men’s squad when they are in national assembly where she continues the work of the Performance Nutritionists in the Provinces on the nutrition education and supplementation of players as well as advising on catering schedules, hydration and recovery strategies. She has developed a managed evidence-based, policy driven health and sports supplement programme within the IRFU.



Laurent Bannock, DProf(c), MSc, FISSN, CSCS, SENr

Laurent is the founder and director of Guru Performance LTD, a Human Performance Laboratory and Professional Education Institute based in central London – that specialises in Exercise Physiology and Performance Nutrition. He has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years, and for the past 10 years has been working primarily in elite level sport, with a wide variety of clients including boxing, triathlon, cycling, football, rugby and fencing. He is currently the Performance Nutritionist to the British Fencing World Class Program including the GB Fencing Team that will be competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Previously, Laurent was the performance nutritionist to a variety of professional rugby teams including Bath Rugby, London Irish, London Scottish and the London Broncos.


As well as running a thriving practice, Laurent is an active researcher with a number of publications in peer reviewed publications. As an educator, he is the program director for the international ISSN Diploma post graduate program in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, and is also the program leader for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition program at Middlesex University, where he is also completing his Professional Doctorate (DProf). Laurent was the SENr 2016 (and first ever) recipient of the ‘Professor Clyde Williams OBE Award for Sport and Exercise Nutrition Research & Education’.