Early Life Nutrition Alliance


Early Life Nutrition Alliance aims to support health care professionals advocate for the role of nutrition during the first 1,000 days through the provision of training, coaching and resources. 

The first 1,000 days (being the period from pre-conception through to toddlerhood) provides a window of opportunity where a healthy environment, particularly good nutrition, can positively influence lifelong health by reducing the risk of allergies, weight complications and chronic diseases.

Scientific Advisory Board

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Melanie McGrice

Melanie is a fertility and prenatal dietitian.  Melanie was rewarded for her work in ELN by being awarded Australian ‘Dietitian of the Year’ at the Allied Health Awards in 2018.  She has a wealth of knowledge in nutrition having contributed to eight peer-reviewed published journal articles and decades of practical expertise having worked on the maternity ward of a large metropolitan hospital and managing an ELN-focused private practice.

Sally Marchini

Sally Marchini

Sally is a certified fertility and prenatal dietitian who has been a Early Life Nutrition Alliance member since April 2017. Sally has trained other dietitians on the topics of avoiding gestational diabetes, pregnancy in T1DM and pregnancy and coeliac disease, relating to her personal experience of type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease. Sally was nominated for ‘Dietitian of the Year’ in 2021, and has sat on and chaired advisory committees to the board for Dietitians Australia, and also sits on the Advanced Medical Nutrition Education Centre board.

Claire Ward

Claire Ward

Claire is the director of Ward Nutrition in Orange NSW and has been an Accredited Practising Dietitian for over 20 years. Claire has worked in a variety of clinical nutrition-related roles in Australia and England providing nutritional support in a variety of women’s health issues. Claire has been a member of Early Life Nutrition Alliance team since 2016, who assists other Accredited Dietitians in providing a quality dietetic service to people around the world in the early life nutrition space.

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Anita Beckwith

Anita is a UK Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of experience and has been an Early Life Nutrition Alliance member since 2020. Currently, Anita leads the Specialist Diabetes Dietetic and DAFNE services at King’s College Hospital, London. In both her NHS role and private practice, Anita supports women and men with and without diabetes (type 1 and type 2) through their fertility, preconception and pregnancy journeys.

Anita is a certified fertility dietitian who contributes to the development of fertility and prenatal dietitians through education and mentoring through their fertility and pregnancy courses. Anita sits on both the BDA Diabetes and Maternal and Fertility Specialist Group (DSG and MNFSG) Committees, and is the dietetic representative of the iDEAL Diabetes Group and DAFNE Executive Board. Within her role at DSG Anita developed the Advanced Practitioner role and specialist qualities of a dietitian practicing within diabetes, particularly focusing on pre- and post-qualification dietetic training. This resulted in the inception and development of a Masters level Medicines Management course and post-registration Diabetes Dietetic MSc modules.

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We know that you are too!  So we’d love you to help us raise funds for our Mumma and Baby Centre in rural Tanzania