Our Spokespeople

Australian Capital Territory

Lisa Donaldson

BEdu, M Nutr & Diet, APD AN

Areas of interest: Weight loss, children’s health, healthy lifestyle, family nutrition, sports nutrition, nutrition education, cooking, weekly food planning and organisation, allergies and intolerance, body image, recipe and menu development

Lisa is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who commenced her career as a school teacher. With qualifications in Education and Dietetics, Lisa has successfully combined both careers during the past ten years, teaching students at the University of Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Lisa juggles a variety of roles and has built a successful dietetic practice FEEDinc. with a team of senior and emerging dietitians. She is the Nutrition Lead and Recipe Developer at Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation Program where she has helped expand the number of calorie levels offered and prompted recipe development and meal planning for a variety of nutritional needs.

Lisa is a skilled presenter, presenting for a number of organisations including Nutrition Australia and the ACT Department of Health. She writes for a variety of online sites and has extensive experience in radio and television interviews. Lisa has recorded a children’s album and has recently written a book under the guise of The Food Detective to help educate children about nutrition through song and story.

New South Wales

Professor Clare Collins

PhD, BSc, Dip Nutr&Diet, Dip Clin Epi, AdvAPD AN

Areas of Interest: Children’s health, evidence based practice, weight loss and fad diets, family nutrition, cystic fibrosis, nutrition research methods.

Professor Collins is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences and Deputy Director, Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition, the University of Newcastle. She leads the largest team of research dietitians internationally in developing food and nutrition eHealth tools, programs and evaluating the impact on eating patterns and diet-related health across key life stages and chronic disease conditions. Professor Collins has published over 350 manuscripts and supervised 28 Higher Degree Research candidates to completion. In 2018 she was awarded the Dietitians Australia (DA) President’s Award for Innovation in Honour of the Memory of Josephine Rogers and in 2017 Hunter Medical Research Institute, Researcher of the Year.

Professor Clare Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Australian (DA) and has been a DA spokesperson since the program’s inception in 1999. Prof Collins is passionate about nutrition communication and a sought after media commentator having completed thousands of media interviews, and is a regular guest of Dr Karl on TripleJ Science Hour. In 2018 she was an ABC Catalyst presenter on Feeding Australia. She co-created the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The Science of Weight Loss – Dispelling Diet Myths, has been completed by over 45,000 people across 180 countries. Professor Collins is the most read Australian author for The Conversation with over 75 articles and 8 million readers.


Dr Trent Watson


Areas of Interest:
Obesity, diabetes, general nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements, fad diets, men’s health, sports nutrition, nutrition and fatigue.


Trent is the principal consultant dietitian of Ethos Health, a Newcastle-based multidisciplinary allied health business. Trent has completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle, which looked at oxidative stress, antioxidants and exercise. He is continuing his research interests in obesity, workplace health and fatigue.

Trent has extensive consulting experience. He has worked with a diverse range of individuals and groups from coal miners to elite athletes. Trent is a sought-after speaker and media commentator and is passionate about providing accurate nutrition, health and lifestyle information that cuts the confusion and can be used in the real world. He has been a DA spokesperson since 2001.


Dr Alan Barclayawb-2016

Cert III (Commercial Cookery), BSc, Grad Dip Dietetics, PhD, APD AN

Areas of Interest: Diabetes and pre-diabetes, heart disease and stroke, metabolic syndrome, overweight and obesity, food allergy and intolerance, carbohydrates (sugars, starches, maltodextrins and dietary fibre), food law (e.g. labelling), food science and commercial cookery.

Alan is an accredited practicing dietitian and nutritionist, with over 25 years of experience. He completed a Certificate III in commercial cookery in 2018 and is also a qualified chef. He completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in the mid 2000’s on the association between glycemic carbohydrate (e.g., sugars and starches) and the risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases (e.g., type 2 diabetes and heart disease) and continues to conduct research in this area.

Alan has extensive experience as a consultant and also works in clinical dietetics maintaining a private practice in Sydney since 1995. He is able to translate complex nutrition science in to practical advice for people from all walks of life and is also able to help with the development of new foods and recipes.

Alan has been a DA Spokesperson since 2004 and has given interviews for a broad range of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations. He has authored or co-authored nearly 40 peer reviewed articles, and has presented the research at scientific conferences around the globe. Alan is also the author or co-author of 5 books for consumers and also manages a monthly blog on healthy eating.



Kate Gudorfkate-gudorf

BA (Telecommunications), MSc (Nutr&Diet), APD AN

Areas of interest: General nutrition, wellness and prevention, food and cooking, obesity, weight loss and weight management, diabetes, and sports nutrition.


Kate is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and also a Credentialled Diabetes Educator currently working with Diabetes NSW & ACT, delivering education programs across Sydney and NSW. Kate has 10 years of experience working as a dietitian, with much of her experience specialising in diabetes, weight management and behaviour change. Her previous experience includes work in private practice and in corporate health, working one-on-one with individuals and delivering group education. She has developed weight loss and behaviour change programs for corporate health and written for a variety of publications and audiences.

Kate takes pride in her ability to facilitate group education, teach and elicit behaviour change using a patient-centred approach, helping others to identify their agenda, motivation and goals. She is skilled at being able to translate scientific evidence for a general audience and in presenting to groups, large and small.

She has been a media spokesperson with the Dietitians Australia since 2012.


Nicole Dynan

MND (USYD), B.A.(psychology) Dip Sc. Dip Ed. Cert. E.M. APD, AN, Accredited Sports Dietitian

Areas of Interest: Gut health, IBS, food intolerances and FODMAPs, workplace health and nutrition, vegetarian / vegan diets, weight management & the psychology of eating, sports nutrition.

Nicole is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian. She specialises in gut health, optimising digestion and food intolerances and is one of a handful of dietitians in Australia with qualifications in dietetics and psychology.

Nicole is known as ‘The Gut Health Dietitian’ and runs a network of private practice clinics in Sydney for ‘The