Meet the Team

Jayne Bullen

Managing Director

Jayne believes research in healthcare needs better funding and strong minds. As the Chief Operating Officer of The Noakes Foundation, she established Eat Better South Africa alongside inspiring colleagues and Prof Noakes and believes in collaboration. After realizing the dichotomy between brand research budgets and human health research, she decided to leave the corporate research world and took the leap into medical and biological research to bring her experience in big biz research into new areas to affect change to human health. Jayne is an MBA, High Dip in Marketing and International Relations, graduate. She completed her MBA at Leeds University where she wrote her thesis on the regulation of marketing to children in the food and fast food categories, later conducting Pan European media research and strategy evaluation. She is also a Movement Medicine Teacher, a Mind Body Medicine Practitioner, and a mom.

Tim Noakes

Chief Medical Director

Prof Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 16 000 times in scientific literature, has an H-index of 71 and has been rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa for a second 5-year term. He has won numerous awards over the years and is considered one of the best critical minds of our time. After coming across research which denounced current international dietary guidelines as fallacy, Prof Noakes started researching the effects of carbohydrates, proteins and fats on the human race. After his research convinced him that a high fat, low carb diet is the healthiest option for many, Prof Noakes founded The Noakes Foundation in 2012. Prof Noakes retired as Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2014 and is now an Emeritus Professor at UCT.

 

 

Candice Spence

Project Manager

Candice is a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Sciences UCT graduate, but her true passion lies in all things health and nutrition related. She is a keen foodie and is knowledgeable about the Banting and LCHF environment. Candice was The Noakes Foundations Communications Executive for 3 years and is excited to now be the Project Manager of the Nutrition Network. She is thrilled to be a part of a team that is attempting to change the way people in South Africa, and possibly the world, think about food.

Tamzyn Murphy

Researcher

Tamzyn Murphy is a registered dietitian and researcher, with a special interest and experience in low carbohydrate high fat (LCHF) diets. Tamzyn’s early work experience as a dietitian in the community sparked her passion for debunking the myths surrounding diet in the quest to find a nutritional therapy that can prevent and reverse the rising epidemics of obesity and related diseases. After her time in the community, Tamzyn worked in nutritional supplement research and development, and as a nutrition editor and writer for a health magazine. While researching articles for the health magazine Tamzyn became aware of the benefits of LCHF diets. This prompted Tamzyn to pursue her Masters degree and research in to LCHF diets, and to become co-founder of Real Food Dietitians, a private dietetics practice focusing on LCHF diets. Tamzyn has just completed her research and submitted her Masters degree investigating LCHF diets in Type 2 Diabetes.

Hassina Kajee

Medical Director

Dr Kajee was instrumental in overseeing and facilitating the Foundation’s first ever Eat Better South Africa! intervention programme conducted in the Ocean View community, and she has since advised on a number of the Foundations subsequent interventions. Her enthusiasm and passion about the LCHF eating science emanates through her and she is always eager to educate her patients about good nutrition.

Neville Wellington

Medical Director

Neville is a GP and managing practitioner at Kenilworth Medicross. He has been working in medicine for over 21 years, with paediatrics and diabetes among his main passions. He completed a two year Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes in 2012 and now runs a Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE), overseeing 3 doctors, a diabetes educator and a dietician. Neville is a staunch advocate of a low-carb lifestyle.

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