Research at Leeds Beckett
About Louise Sutton
Head of Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Louise has a diverse applied work profile alongside her academic role. With a background in clinical dietetics she has a particular interest in the practical application of sport dietetics in elite and extreme environments.
Louise has applied her dietetic knowledge and skills into a range of contexts including Himalayan expeditions, polar challenges, Atlantic rows and round the world solo-ocean racing record attempts. With a more mainstream sport nutrition focus she has advised many elite sports professionals from a range of sports, both Olympic and Professional, including athletics, cricket, cycling, football and rugby. She currently leads the provision to the National Race Walking Squad based in Leeds. Known for her very practical approach, Louise has extensive experience in delivering nutrition education programmes, particularly aimed at supporting junior athlete development.
She is Chair of the British Dietetic Association Sport Nutrition Interest Group and holds a Deputy Chair position on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) Board with responsibility for Registration and Accreditation. She has twice been awarded the BDA Roll of Honour for her contribution to the development of the SENr. In recognition of her significant contribution to the profession, Louise was a 2016 recipient of the BDA IBEX Professional Achievement Award.
A senior fellow of the HEA, Louise has a wealth of teaching experience having lead the development of many programmes from Certificate through to Masters level. She currently focuses her teaching on the MSc in Sport & Exercise Nutrition. Having lead the programme development it was the first to receive accreditation by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register. This nationally recognised programme offers students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working with athletes and coaches from a range of sports through an applied practice programme. In addition, Louise was instrumental in the development of the PG Certificate in Sport & Exercise Nutrition for Health Care Practitioners that offers the opportunity for those in full time employment a blended learning approach to continued professional development.
In addition to the evaluation of dietary intakes, knowledge and behaviours of elite athletes, particularly junior athletes, Louise’s research interests focus on the nutritional considerations of extreme challenges or challenges in extreme environments.