HETN’s People


CEO – Geoffrey Douglas KStJ  MSc  MA  FRCP  MFOM

Geoff Douglas is a physician and occupational medicine specialist, with 30 years of work experience in Africa.

Geoff has an extensive working knowledge and practice within Southern Africa. Ranging from infant nutrition and feeding in Zambia and Swaziland in the 1970’s, Corporate Social Responsibility towards holistic health and well-being of employees in Swaziland in the early 1980’s and tackling HIV awareness and training in the late 80’s.

Always promoting holism, Geoff has developed his interest and awareness of the significant role nutrition can and should play in health. In his spare time Geoff is a computer buff and, as systems analyst and programmer, he created an application to successfully run his clinics in Swaziland.

Research Director – Gary Orr MSc MB BS MRCPsych

Gary has lived in the UK for many years, but was born and brought up in South Africa, and his passion for that country and its rich cultural diversity has never left him.

Gary qualified as a doctor in the UK, and after his early medical training settled on postgraduate training in Psychiatry. It was during his training in Psychiatry that Gary developed an interest in the mental health problems that people living with HIV and AIDS face. He has been fortunate to have spent time working and conducting research with some of the leading experts in HIV Psychiatry in the UK.

Gary has experience of working in the NHS as a consultant psychiatrist and has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry, leading on the development of clinical trials in the UK.

Gary brings his HIV knowledge and research skills to HETN, working with the team to expand the evidence base for nutritional intervention in the management of chronic illness.

Board Of Trustees

Chairman – Peter Wallace BSC(Hons)

Peter Wallace is a businessman who spent the first part of his career in marketing and product development with companies such as Knorr, Findus / Nestle, Cavenham Foods, and Trebor, where he became the Personnel Director.

During his time at Trebor he became interested in their approach to the personal development and empowerment of employees. Peter helped develop and run a management personal development course which incorporated new ideas about diet and nutrition, meditation, exercise, complementary therapies, and vision- building techniques. For many participants it was a life changing experience.

Peter was a founder Director of the College of Natural Nutrition. From 1994-8 he was Chairman of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre. Today he is the Chief Executive of Nature’s Own and Cytoplan.

Ian Marks  CBE

Ian Marks’s career has been a mixture of business and philanthropy, with an underlying theme of respect for people, and a special understanding of how to bring out the best in individuals, communities and businesses.

It was as a successful businessman that he was awarded his CBE – growing the Trebor Group to £350 million annual turnover during his time as CEO, as well as chairing the Cocoa, Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance of manufacturers.

Since leaving Trebor, Ian has been actively involved in 3rd World debt relief with the Jubilee 2000 project and community work with the Essex Community Foundation . He was the Founder and Chairman of theFoundation for Integrated Health with HRH Prince Charles.

Ian is very interested in nutrition and its role in health, and his charitable foundation is the major shareholder in Nature’s Own Ltd.

Fiona Duby OBE

Fiona Duby has 30 years’ experience in West, East and Southern Africa, South East Asia, the Far East, Latin America and Eastern Europe in the design, management, strategic planning and evaluation of public and private sector health and development programmes in reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS, safe motherhood, adolescent health, NGO organisational development and capacity building.

Fiona has had long term employment in Swaziland, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan and Kenya.

She has had short-term assignments in India, Nepal, China, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Malawi, Kosovo, Brazil and Cambodia.

Scientific Advisory Board
Paul Clayton (Medical Pharmacology) (UK)
Mark Draper (Nutrition) (UK)
Harold Foster (Medical Geography) (Canada)
Edward Green (Applied Medical Anthropology) (US)
John Pettifor (Paediatric Nutrition) (RSA)
Vala Ragnarsdottir (Environmental Sustainability) (UK)

Advisory Panel
Rosy Daniel (Integrated Medicine) (UK)
Basil Kransdorff (Food Fortification) (RSA)
Philippa Lawson (AIDS Activism) (US)
David Patient (AIDS Activism) (RSA)
Ian Sanne (HIV/AIDS Research) (RSA)
James Sparling (Respiratory Medicine) (Canada)