Members of the board

Nadim Haboubi – Chair Welsh Obesity Society

Nadim Haboubi is a Professor in clinical nutrition and obesity for the University of South Wales.  He is a Consultant Physician in Adult Medicine with a special interest in gastroenterology.  He is also a Bariatric Physician who pioneered the level 3 weight management service for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board since 2001.  He is fellow and an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians. Currently he is a chairman of the Welsh Obesity Society and Course Director for Diploma/ MSc in Obesity and Weight Management, University of South Wales. He acquired an MD from Birmingham University in 1989.  He is a National and International Fellow of Specialist Certification of Obesity of Professional Education (SCOPE). In 2006, he was asked to be Expert Reviewer for NICE guidelines on the prevention and management of obesity.  He is a member of the Association of Physicians for the study of obesity (APSO UK).  He is also a professional advisor for Obesity Empowerment Network UK (OEN-UK).  He was the founder member of BAPEN Medical.

Sioned Quirke BSc RD
Professional Manager, Adult Weight Management Service in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Sioned is the Professional Manager of the Adult Weight Management Service in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which is the only one of its kind in Wales. Sioned was responsible for establishing  the service in 2014, which mirrors the all Wales Obesity Pathway and delivers level 1-3 of the pathway with strong links with level 4.

She is a highly specialised Dietitian in weight management and has had an interest in weight management for over 10 years. She qualified as a dietitian from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2004. She has been a bariatric surgery dietitian and primary care lead in previous roles. She has been on the board of the Welsh Obesity Society since it launched in 2016 and previously to that she was on the committee for the National Obesity Forum Wales since its inception. She is on the committee for the British Dietetic Association’s Bwrdd Cymru (Welsh Board). She is also a member of the Welsh Dietetic Leaders Group. She is actively involved with weight management policy and strategies on a national level. She is passionate about weight management and lobbying for it to be a priority in Wales. She is involved with the Association for the Study of Obesity in the UK. Sioned was heavily involved in developing the All Wales Obesity Pathway and the Welsh Adult Level 3 Obesity Service Specification. She is a gatekeeper for bariatric surgery referrals for ABUHB.

She still delivers a clinical caseload and strongly advocates behaviour change skills via motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and compassion focused therapy. She is also interested in professional identity in integrated teams, counselling skills in Dietetics, practice supervision, compassion focused therapy and the professional use of social media.

She is a media spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association and won the BDA award for her media work in 2014. She is currently involved in the steering group developing the NHS Confederation Wales obesity strategy. She is Quirky by name, Quirky by nature.

Dr Dev Datta MB BCh MD FRCP FRCPath
Consultant in Metabolic Medicine, Cardiff

After completing medical school in Cardiff, Dev trained in cardiology and general medicine in Wales and Edinburgh. During this period he was awarded a BHF junior research fellowship at Cardiff University and was subsequently awarded his MD. Having developed an interest in preventative cardiology and vascular medicine, he then completed training in medical biochemistry and metabolic medicine in Cardiff, which included training at the Imperial Weight Centre, Charing Cross Hospital. He was appointed as a consultant in 2011.

He is clinical lead for the lipoprotein apheresis service in Cardiff and is medical lead for FH Wales, the Welsh Familial Hypercholesterolaemia cascade testing service. He runs a clinical nutrition service addressing medical complications of eating disorders and is clinical lead for the specialist weight management service in Cardiff. His research interests are in FH and vascular biology. Dev is course director for the distance learning MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine at University of South Wales.



Sally F Lau, FFRPS, FHEA, MPhil, MRPharmS

I have been a pharmacist for over 4 decades and had been an educator in health and social care for the last two decades.

I am passionate in applying motivational skills to empowering people to change health-related behaviour. I have been a member of the Welsh Obesity Forum since its inception and it is a pleasure to become a board member of the WOS. This will allow me to continue promoting the roles and responsibilities of Healthcare professionals in addressing and tackling the obesity epidemic. I am currently working as a practice clinical pharmacist in three general medical practices in Newport East. I have ample opportunities to practise what I preach.

Mr Samir Rahmani Dip, MSc, MD, FRCS (Eng)
Consultant Upper GI, Laparoscopic and General Surgeon

I qualified from Baghdad Medical School in 1999 and then undertook most of my Basic Surgical Training in Leeds Teaching Hospital, Yorkshire. During this time I obtained two degrees from the University of Hull (Diploma in Social Health and MSc in Education & Development) as well as a further third degree from the University of Leeds (Medical Doctorate in Surgery). I then moved to South Wales for my Higher Surgical Training and spent most of my time performing cancer resections of the stomach and oesophagus. My academic degrees have bridged the gap between clinical practice and research methodology. I am a JAG (Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy) accredited endoscopist and therefore, competent to a standard commensurate with independent specialist practice. I am appointed as a Consultant Upper GI, Laparoscopic and General Surgeon in Aneurin Bevan Health Board, based at Nevill Hall Hospital. I am currently undertaking a wide range of laparoscopic procedures throughout the Health Board. I consider myself honest, hard working, friendly, and very motivated, always aiming for clinical excellence. I have outstanding communication skills, evident from patient and colleague feedback. I am regularly involved in teaching and training doctors and students at various levels.

I am a trained General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon. My main interest is in Laparoscopic (keyhole) Surgery. I have a special interest in Obesity and prevention of related metabolic diseases. I have published and presented in this field and done a fellowship in Leeds Nutrition Centre for 2 years. I have gained a wide experience in managing malnourished as well as morbidly obese patients. Having worked in a few big centres in the country has enabled me to gain invaluable surgical experience over the years. I am also interested in managing reflux disease and have very successful results. My special clinical interests are: Laparoscopic inguinal, umbilical, incisional and epigastric hernia. Laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures and Hiatus hernia. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and bile duct exploration. Laparoscopic Heller’s Cardiomyotomy for Achalasia. Appronectomy (abdominoplasty) to remove extra abdominal wall fat. Upper and lower GI endoscopy. General lumps and bumps under local anaesthetics.

Research interests

1- Doctor of Medicine (MD). The University of Leeds, October 2013. The physiological effects of pre-operative adjuvant chemo and/or radiotherapy in patients with colorectal cancer awaiting resection. 2- Master of Science (MSc) in General Surgery (Education, Research & Development), The University of Hull, 2008.

3- Diploma (Dip) in Health and Social Care, The University of Hull, 2007.

4- Malnutrition Screening Tools (MUST), The University of Hull, Oct 2006.

5- ADEPT in prevention of Post Operative adhesions in the major abdominal surgeries. (Combined Gastroenterology Research Unit, Scarborough General Hospital, Jan 2005).

Dr Simon Williams
Course Leader – MSc Obesity and Weight Management at the University of South Wales

Dr Simon Williams (BA Hons, MA, PhD, FHEA), is Subject Leader for Public Health and Course Leader for the MSc Obesity and Weight Management at the University of South Wales. Simon is also a Trustee and Chair of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity and a member of the National Exercise Referral Scheme Advisory Board. Since completing his PhD in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease in 2002, Simon’s research interests have focused on the epidemiology of obesity and physical activity, in particular the metabolic and vascular disturbances associated with visceral adipose tissue, the association of cardiorespiratory fitness, obesity and metabolic syndrome in children, identifying barriers to physical activity in socially disadvantaged people and the identification of the overweight and obese child using magnetic resonance imaging and anthropometry. Simon was a co-investigator on a recently completed National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded clinical trial examining the effect of a behavioural intervention on weight loss maintenance in adults (WILMA) and was co-founder of the Active Health Kids (Wales) report card.  Simon teaches epidemiology, research methods and physical activity & health to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of South Wales and is a tutor and project supervisor for Obesity and Weight Management students.

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, MBChB, MA,

Dr Suzanne Wood graduated with a degree in Medicine from Sheffield University in 1997. Having an interest in vulnerable groups and population health, she completed GMC full registration and went on to study a Masters in Development Studies at Leeds University, for which she obtained a Distinction. Following on from placements in Psychiatry, she entered a career in Public Health Medicine and has over fourteen years experience in the subject. She obtained a Masters in Public Health at Cambridge University. Subsequent placements included: three different Primary Care Trusts in England; a Department of Health Regional Office and the Department for International Development. She became a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2009, and took up her first Consultant post in Newham PCT.

Since 2012, Dr Wood has worked as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine for Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team, leading on obesity amongst other portfolio areas.  Obesity prevalence in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is the lowest in Wales for both reception year children and adults. Dr Wood was pivotal in developing the Welsh Adult Level 3 Obesity Service Specification, which has been widely used across Wales. She also project managed the implementation and evaluation of the Cardiff and Vale adult level 3 obesity service, launched by the Minister for Health and Social Care in November 2015.

Her interests include:  tackling health inequalities; policy making and partnership working; and prevention of ill-health at a population level.

Dr Rebekah Pryce
Consultant Paediatrician Bm Bch, MA(Ox hons), MRCPCH

 I completed medical school in Oxford University and spent the early part of my paediatric training in London including work as a junior in Great Ormond Street prior to completing my training in Wales.

I have completed training in paediatrics with experience to satisfy the competencies required to declare an interest in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes. Since becoming a consultant, I have worked in Australia and several hospitals in Wales.

I currently work in the Royal Gwent Hospital and I am joint lead for diabetes and endocrinology and metabolic conditions.  I am the Health board lead for paediatric obesity and have actively participated in the formulation of a business case for a Paediatric Weight Management service and will continue to try to develop a local service for this. I am also the RCPCH Wales officer for Paediatric obesity and would be keen to continue to raise the profile for obesity services within Wales for our paediatric patients.

Some of my recent achievements / workstreams have included;

SEREN ; I initiated training for all units in Wales to begin the Welsh journey in structured education within diabetes and with a colleague this project has blossomed. We have led the formation of a multidisciplinary team to develop a structured education programme for paediatric diabetes in Wales. This group has gone from strength to strength (has become SEREN) and we have received interest from many networks in England and presented our work at national and European meetings. This project has also been nominated for an NHS quality improvement award.

I strive to always maintain an active personal development plan and am on the “A” list of the RCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) Continuous Professional Development Scheme (CPD). I have participated fully in Appraisal and have obtained a certificate of Revalidation from March 2015

Helen Nicholls
Manager – Community Dietetic service in Cardiff and Vale

Helen qualified as a Registered Dietitian in 1987 and worked as a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian before moving to a community dietetic post in Wales in 1996. Helen manages the Community Dietetic service in Cardiff and Vale which includes adult, paediatric and public health services. Helen leads the Cardiff and Vale dietetic services for obesity across Levels 1-3 of the All Wales Obesity Pathway. She has worked with a wide range of community groups to widen access to health care and believes that education and self management are an essential part of chronic condition management and improving health and wellbeing.


Sue Kenneally
General Practitioner

Sue is a GP with an interest in lifestyle medicine and weight management; her General Practice work is based mainly in Merthyr. She has degrees in Medicine and Nutritional Medicine and has been working as a GP since 2001. She is a founding member and regional director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and is a tutor for the Postgraduate Diploma in Obesity via the University of South Wales. She is SCOPE certified and regularly works with the ‘GPs with an interest in Nutrition’ group promoting the importance of healthy lifestyle and weight management in the Primary Care environment