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Gillian Swan

Gillian Swan is a Senior Scientific Officer in the Dietary Surveys and Food Composition Team, which forms part of the wider Diet, Obesity and Physical Activity Division of the new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) at the Department of Health and Social Care. She manages the contract for the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey rolling programme, working closely with the contractor team on the design of the survey and the content of the reports.

Gillian has long experience of dietary survey and nutrient composition work in government, working for ten years for the Food Standards Agency, previously for the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, more recently for Department of Health and, from 2013 for its executive agency Public Health England, before transferring to OHID in October this year. Gillian has worked on NDNS from its original format of a series of stand-alone surveys of different age groups in the 1990s through to setting up the rolling programme in the mid-2000s, and most recently on the major change from a diary to an online recall method of dietary assessment.

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