Helen Knight, Operations Manager
After spending many years in executive recruitment and as an Office Manager within a private respite care company Helen returned to her home-town of Hebden Bridge and joined X-PERT Health as Operations Manager in January 2014. Helen is responsible for all new licensees, the audit database and supporting the “X-PERT Team” exceed customer expectations and have fun whilst doing it!!
Trudi Reeves, Diabetes Specialist Educator
Trudi is a Specialist Educator with X-PERT Health and has enjoyed a career in diabetes spanning more than twenty five years. Her interest in diabetes started when challenged with setting up diabetes clinics as a practice nurse in primary care later moving onto become a Diabetes Specialist Nurse working across primary and secondary care. Trudi’s ambition to widen her understanding of how the delivery of diabetes services could be improved lead her to a Regional Manager role with NHS Diabetes and later to become Head of Commissioning and Primary Care, a national role aimed at working in collaboration with commissioners, providers, national diabetes leaders and Department of Health to improve both policy and delivery of services across England. Throughout her career Trudi has developed a belief and commitment to the value of structured education for people with diabetes to support them in managing their condition and enjoys working with the large network of organisations and individuals who share the same ambition to make education available for everyone.
Lisa Graham, Customer Services Administrator
Lisa joined the X-PERT Health team in 2015 and works in the Customer Services Department as a first point of contact and deals with any customer queries and the X-PERT shop.
She has worked in various sectors of the NHS in secretarial and executive assistant roles for over 10 years.
Megan Kelly, Customer Service Administrator
Megan began working part-time for X-PERT Health in March 2015 as a Customer Service Administrator to fit alongside her career as a Personal Trainer. Her role includes being the first point of contact, processing the online shop orders and representing X-PERT Health at local events. Megan has been involved in many of the local X-PERT projects, namely the Prevention of Diabetes and Lifestyle Course, offering personal training and continued support to people attending the courses.
Through personal training, Megan works with many people who suffer from various long-term conditions, such as diabetes. Seeing them achieve their goals – whether it be weight loss, becoming fitter/stronger or reducing pain – and helping them to manage their condition is what drives her.
Dr Sean Wheatley, Research & Trainer in Public Health
Sean started working for X-PERT Health as a researcher and trainer in public health in September 2016, and is leading the development of X-PERT Heart; a programme designed to help people with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. Before starting at X-PERT Sean was a part-time lecturer in physiology and biomechanics at Leeds Beckett University, where he also completed his PhD looking at cardiometabolic health in young people. Sean has undergraduate and master’s degrees in sports science from Kingston University and Loughborough University respectively; and it was through completing these degrees that his keen interest in the prevention and management of chronic disease was developed.
Matthew Whitaker, Researcher & Trainer in Public Health
Matt's fascination with nutrition and its impact on health began in 2010 when he self-educated himself around the basics to aid his own weight loss journey where he totalled 6 ½ stone loss in excess weight. After experiencing the ‘feel good’ sensation that came with achieving his health related goal he knew he wanted to pursue a career based on helping others achieve their goals.
Matt studied Nutrition, Health & Lifestyles (BSc) at Sheffield Hallam University. Whilst undertaking his undergraduate degree he specialised more in performance nutrition, working with a gym, several individual personal trainers and directly with athletes. This work led Matt into his postgraduate degree in Sport & Exercise Nutrition (MSc) at Loughborough University. Whilst completing his MSc Matt carried on applied work working with a football development academy and with the ECB as the England & Wales National and Regional Deaf Cricket Performance Nutritionist. Whilst sports nutrition is clearly an area of interest to Matt his passion still remains in public health and helping others achieve their goals. Matt is currently working in the ongoing expansion of X-PERT Diabetes in addition to training future educators delivering the programmes. Lastly he has taken the lead in the development of X-PERT Weight which is aiming to be launched Autumn 2017.
Kirstie Lamb, Researcher & Trainer in Public Health
Kirstie began working for X-PERT Health in May 2017 as a Researcher and Trainer in Public Health, following on from a year lecturing in Food and Nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University. Throughout her education, she has had a keen interest in health, physical activity and nutrition, completing degrees in Sport and Exercise Science (undergraduate, BSc) and Human Nutrition (postgraduate, MMedSci) at the University of Bath and University of Sheffield respectively. Following completion of her master’s degree, Kirstie was accredited by the Association for Nutrition as a registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr). Kirstie believes that a multi-disciplinary approach is key to preventing and managing health conditions and so wishes to combine and use both degrees to help others help themselves.