Special advisor panel

Slimming World’s special advisor panel brings together leaders in a range of obesity and behavior change disciplines, including nutrition, physical activity, psychology, child health and public health. The eminent panel members include:


Dr. William Bird MBE—William is a GP with a special interest in the promotion of outdoor physical activity and the Founder and Chief Executive at Intelligent Health.

Professor Judith Buttriss—An experienced nutrition scientist and a registered Public Health Nutritionist, Judith is director of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

Professor Ken Fox—Ken is Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Health at the University of Bristol and has served a specialist advisor to the Government on physical activity, behavior change and obesity and helped Slimming World to develop its Body Magic activity program.

Professor Andy Hill—Andy is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor in the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Leeds University School of Medicine.

Professor Mike Kelly—Former Director of the Centre for Public Health at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Mike holds the positions of Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Jennifer Percival—A qualified nurse, midwife, health visitor, and person-centered counselor, Jennifer has provided expert advice to the Department of Health, Open University, Royal College of Nursing and hospital and community trusts

Professor James Stubbs—Professor of Appetite and Energy Balance at the University of Leeds, U.K. James’s core expertise and 25 years research experience is in appetite science, nutrition, exercise and energy balance, incorporating body composition, human behavior, physiology and psychology of food intake, diet composition and obesity. He has worked with Slimming World for many years to develop and provide research expertise for the evidence of the effectiveness of its program.

Dr. Paul Sacher—As well as Paul’s role as Chief Research and Development Officer for the USA, he also plays a role in advising Slimming World U.K. and Ireland. As co-Founder and Science Director of MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!), the largest and most well evaluated, international family-based weight management service, Paul is well-placed to offer strategic advice in areas including weight management in young people. He is part of a wider research project team leading on Slimming World’s participation in the EU Horizon 2020 funded project. This large research trial aims to develop and evaluate a multi-country, digital weight maintenance solution.