Our Team

Meet the people behind mychange

Our team is made up of professionals up and down the UK that all share a similar passion – food and education. Outside of our day jobs, we spend our time creating programmes to get more people interested in food.

Being a CIC, each member donates time to make the company what is it today. Any profit we make goes straight back into making our programmes the best they can be.

Meet the team

Leigh Longhurst

Founder

Leigh is a qualified Personal Trainer and Tutor who has worked with children and young people since completing a Sport & Exercise Science degree in 2008.

While working with young people he discovered that their food choices were poor, which significantly affected their mood and behaviour in class. He put together a workshop to educate these young people around food and soon after My Change CIC was formed.

Since 2017, Leigh has used his knowledge and experience to developed a range of food education programmes that My Change CIC now deliver in local primary schools.

Emma Armstrong

Registered dietitian

Emma is a registered dietitian with a passion to provide some sense in a world of nutritional nonsense.

Emma works within the NHS as a children’s dietitian specialising in childhood obesity and eating behaviours, whilst providing vital dietary advice for mums and mums to be to help keep baby, mummy and the whole family healthy.

Emma uses her dietetic knowledge to help people manage a range of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome and eating disorders.

Emma’s training includes a first class degree in Human Nutrition and a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from King’s College London. She is registered by the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Dietetic Association.

Haydn Bettles

Food education leader

Haydn is currently Lead of Food Education in a primary school in Manchester and has held this position for 4 years. Prior to working in the classroom, he was a former chef working in award winning restaurants through his culinary career.

Over the last 5 years, Haydn’s work has led him to sit on the All Parties Parliamentary Group for School Food and an invitation to become an Ambassador for Love British Food.

Haydn also independently advises primary schools in teaching food education and helps organisations create and develop their education work in food and farming with interactive resources.

Grace Hollinrake

Registered nutritionist

Grace is a registered Nutritionist, currently working as a Healthy Lifestyle Advisor supporting adults and families with weight management. She is passionate about providing evidence-based nutrition information and teaching food skills to primary school aged children and their families, to empower them and help them make healthy food choices.

Her other interests are early years feeding, reducing weight stigma, and reducing food waste.

Grace’s training includes a first class degree in Nutrition from the University of Nottingham and Masters degree in Child Public Health with Distinction from Swansea University. Also, she is registered with the Association for Nutrition.

Jennifer O'Mara

Jennifer O'Mara

Registered nutritionist

Jennifer is a Registered Associate Nutritionist with a passion investigating food insecurity, children’s access to healthy nutritious food and those living with obesity including children and adolescents along with non- communicable diseases.

Jennifer works within the not-for-profit sector as a Policy & Public Affairs officer working within the area of cancer prevention and non- communicable diseases in relation to diet, weight, and physical activity. Her work includes using her nutritional knowledge to inform and promote policies within these areas.

Jennifer’s training includes a BSc (Honours) degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Management from TU Dublin and a MSc degree from The University of Westminster in London. She is registered with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).