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Everyone who works at First Steps Nutrition Trust feels passionately about the need for better information and support for good nutrition – and good food – from pre-conception to five years.

First Steps Nutrition Trust is virtual, with no offices or full-time staff, and all those who work for First Steps do so on a part-time and freelance basis to fit in with other work commitments.

Dr. Helen Crawley 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.

Helen was the Science Director at 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. She currently has an honorary research fellow post at City University London, sits on the WHO Scientific and Technical Group on the inappropriate marketing of foods to infants and children, the CODEX e-working party on follow on formula standards and the NICE panel on maternal and child nutrition.

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.


First Steps Nutrition Trust has three Trustees

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. She is involved in work to develop children's healthy food preferences and to consider the impact of the family food environment on children's 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. Anna currently lives in New York and combines her charity management with developing her fine art.


First Steps Nutrition Trust relies on charitable and research grant funding to do its work.

We only accept funds from registered charities, research funding and appropriate individual donations and remain wholly independent of commercial funding. First Steps Nutrition Trust will not engage with any organisation that is involved in the trade of tobacco, alcohol, breastmilk substitutes or any other food or drinks which undermine the health of children and their families.

Registered Charity No: 114640