Our bloggers

Dr Kathryn AllenDr Kate Allen is Executive Director, of Science & Public Affairs. Kate is responsible for the science and policy programmes at World Cancer Research Fund International. She was part of the executive team overseeing the development of the WCRF/AICR second expert report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective and the companion policy report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention.

Previously Kate worked at The Institute of Cancer Research in London and Sutton (England), where she set up an Interactive Education Unit. Prior to that she worked at Medi Cine International, a medical education agency. Kate has a PhD in neuroscience, which she carried out at the Institute of Neurology (London) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Susannah BrownSusannah Brown is Science Programme Manager (Research Evidence) at World Cancer Research Fund International. She works on the organisation’s Continuous Update Project.

Prior to this, Susannah was a Deputy Project Manager at the University of Oxford, conducting research into diabetes. She has an MSc in Human Nutrition (specialising in Public Health Nutrition) from the University of Glasgow (Scotland), and has a strong interest in physical activity; having amassed 62 caps over eight years representing Scotland at Rugby Union.


Louise Codling, Head of Policy and Public AffairsLouise Codling is Head of Policy & Public Affairs.

She is a public affairs specialist and human rights advocate with over ten years’ experience of working on global public policy. Prior to joining World Cancer Research Fund International she worked at the Consortium for Street Children, driving forward high-impact advocacy strategies through strategic partnerships with the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

She has also worked at Amnesty International, the Houses of Parliament and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Louise holds a Masters degree in Human Rights from Sussex University and is an elected Fellow of the RSA.


Lucy EcclesLucy Eccles is Press and Communications Officer.

Prior to this, she worked as a Clinical Trial Data Manager at the Institute of Cancer Research (England), working on prostate, penile and testicular cancers. She has a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Southampton (England) and is responsible for Sparkly Science, her blog to make the science behind current trends more accessible to a lay audience.

She is a physical activity enthusiast with strong gymnastic skills; the latter enabled her to compete in cheerleading at both national and international level as a teenager.


Dr Panagiota MitrouDr Panagiota Mitrou is Director of Research Funding & Science External Relations at World Cancer Research Fund International.

She has an MSc in Genetic Manipulation & Molecular Biology from the University of Sussex and a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology from Cambridge University. She teaches on the Nutritional Epidemiology Course at Imperial College London.


Bryony SinclairBryony Sinclair is Senior Policy & Public Affairs Manager at World Cancer Research Fund International.

Bryony leads the process for updating the information on international policy actions for the organisation’s NOURISHING policy database. Bryony holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Alberta (Canada), and has expertise in policies relating to preventing non-communicable diseases through diet, weight and physical activity.

Prior to joining World Cancer Research Fund International she worked at the Canadian Cancer Society reviewing and synthesising health policy research on cancer control issues.


Dr Rachel ThompsonDr Rachel Thompson is Head of Research Interpretation.

Rachel manages World Cancer Research Fund International’s Continuous Update Project and is a Registered Nutritionist. She obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds and a PhD on nutritional epidemiology (on how smoking effects people’s diets) from the University of Southampton.

She spent a total of 17 years involved in teaching and research at Southampton University and has published a number of research papers.


Professor Martin WisemanProfessor Martin Wiseman is Medical & Scientific Adviser at World Cancer Research Fund International; visiting Professor in Human Nutrition at Southampton University; and former Head of Nutrition at the Department of Health in England.

He is one of the country’s leading experts on the links between food, nutrition, body weight, physical activity and cancer.