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The Practice Team

Ruth Gretton

Practice Manager

Ruth Gretton

Practice Manager

Ruth qualified as a Registered Nurse at the Bath School of Nursing in 1980 before working in the NHS at St Martin’s Hospital in Bath in acute medical care for older people where she was promoted to Ward Sister.

Further qualifications followed with a Diploma in Nursing (Distinction) from the University of London in 1995 and a BSC Hons in Specialist Palliative Care from the University of West of England in 2008.

From 2004 Ruth worked at Dorothy House Hospice near Bath as Ward Sister of the Inpatient Unit until her retirement in 2020 as Director of Patient and Family Services.

Throughout her nursing career, Ruth cared for patients experiencing the life-changing impact of chronic ill health. It, therefore, seemed fitting to her that she came out of retirement to work on the creation of the Combe Grove Metabolic Health Retreat, a proactive way to help people improve personal metabolic health thereby reducing the risk of developing life limiting metabolic diseases.

Dr Campbell Murdoch

Consultant GP

Dr Campbell Murdoch

Consultant GP

Campbell is a GP with a special interest in metabolic health. He works within the NHS as a GP in Somerset and delivers programmes with Preventative Healthcare Group to support people to take control of their health.

Having undertaken over 100,000 patient consultations it became very evident that poor metabolic health is the modern-day challenge, causing health conditions that affect most of the population. This spans type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, dementia, high blood pressure, some cancer, fertility problems, heart disease, musculoskeletal conditions, infection risk and many more. Poor metabolic health can also affect mental health and general physical wellbeing. But it’s a problem that cannot be fixed with more pills. The solutions lie in addressing the root causes. Through doing this the expectation is people can reverse prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, improve blood pressure, lose belly fat, and feel well again.

Campbell also has a background in Sports and Exercise Medicine, Quality Improvement, and Teaching. He is a clinical advisor to the Royal College of General Practitioners and a scientific advisor to the Public Health Collaboration.

Dr Rebecca Hiscutt. PhD.

Practice Manager | Registered Dietitian

Dr Rebecca Hiscutt. PhD.

Practice Manager | Registered Dietitian

Rebecca has worked in nutrition for 20 years since graduating from the University of Surrey with a 1st class degree in nutrition and dietetics. She began her career as a research dietitian investigating five popular weight loss diets. Over 6 months Rebecca helped to support 300 people to make significant lifestyle changes and improve their metabolic health.

Rebecca continued researching the effects of nutrition on metabolic health during her doctoral research investigating the effects of low carbohydrate diets on cardiovascular risk factors. Throughout her PhD, Rebecca was a partner in a private dietetic practice providing personalised nutrition advice to help people with metabolic syndrome, gastrointestinal conditions and weight loss.

Rebecca has also worked as an obesity specialist dietitian for the charity Weight Concerns and had dietetic roles in both NHS and private hospitals.

For the past 8 years, Rebecca has run a nutrition and wellbeing company to help people discover how to use food to enable them to thrive. This has involved running nutrition, yoga and mindfulness retreats, providing nutrition coaching to individuals and running nutrition training sessions for organisations.

Cristy Dean

Practice Manager and Registered Dietitian

Cristy Dean

Practice Manager and Registered Dietitian

Cristy graduated from University with a first-class degree in Nutrition and Dietetics where she spent many years working in a range of NHS hospitals, supporting varied patient groups.

Early in her career she helped to facilitate a study 'Investigating the use of app-based dietetic support in the remission of Type 2 Diabetes', which produced favourable results.

From here, she stepped into the digital health arena as a Specialist Diabetes Dietitian and Practice Manager for Oviva. At the time, Oviva were a start-up company, which grew over several years to become a successful company working alongside the NHS.

Oliver Pratt

Nutritional Therapist

Oliver Pratt

Nutritional Therapist

Oli has been practising combined healing for over thirty years following his journey to a more holistic way of life after a virus in his late teens impacted his own physical and mental health. A qualified Nutritionist, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master, mBIT Coach and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Oli uses his unique combination of skills, knowledge, and life experience to help support others to make meaningful and sustainable changes to find their best health and wellbeing.

A strong advocate of the Combe Grove Food Ethos, Oli was the pioneering Executive Chef for Bristol’s iconic Watershed, developing and delivering The Plot to Plate Ethos and transforming the catering operation with ethically sourced, nutrient dense, food at a commercial level. Today Oli uses his love of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and culinary skills as an important element in providing nutritional health to his clients.

In his private practice and at Combe Grove Oli works on the basis that we are all individual and unique and therefore require individual protocols, plans and tools based on the Five Roots of Metabolic Health to facilitate personal change.

Emma Patch

Dining Room Team Leader | Nutritionist

Emma Patch

Dining Room Team Leader | Nutritionist

Emma gained her nutritional experience from working in the food industry. She has also worked with children aged between 5-15 and their families. Emma works across three different sections; leading the Dining Room Team, developing menus and updating nutritiics with the Chefs and working with retreat clients on 1:1 consultations.

Carly Jones

Nutritionist

Carly Jones

Nutritionist

Carly is a registered nutritionist with a first class degree in Human Nutrition and over 10 years’ experience in the food and nutrition industry. She loves supporting others to optimise their health and has a particular interest in managing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes after working as a health coach with NHS patients on the National Diabetes Prevention Programme for 4 years.

Carly is experienced in helping individuals create personalised and sustainable lifestyle habits leading to positive long term changes. In 2020, she gained a diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy enabling her to provide psychological support to clients in overcoming challenges to change, and to help build a positive relationship with food and with themselves.

A strong advocate of the holistic approach at Combe Grove, Carly works with clients to improve their health and wellbeing.

Sarah Bayliss

Nutritional Therapist

Sarah Bayliss

Nutritional Therapist

Sarah, a qualified Nutritional Therapist and Nutritional Genomics Practitioner, brings a wealth of expertise to the field of functional nutrition. As a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), a leading institute in the USA, she has successfully completed the Applying Functional Medicine In Clinical Practice (AFMCP) training.

Over the past 5 years, Sarah has applied her knowledge and expertise in successfully managing a private practice in Bristol. Her specialisation encompasses metabolic health, energy management, stress, and gut health. Employing a personalised approach, she offers individualised nutrition coaching, conducts dynamic metabolic health workshops, and provides corporate workshops and nutrition training. Sarah frequently delivers presentations and talks to diverse audiences.

Prior to her dedication to nutritional therapy, Sarah began her professional journey in the dynamic realm of marketing and events in London. With a 1st class degree in marketing, she held impactful roles with renowned FMCG companies

Adam Johnston

Nutritionist

Adam Johnston

Nutritionist

The initial driving force behind Adam attending Ulster University to complete a BSc in Human Nutrition with 1st class honours and a subsequent MSc in Sports and Exercise Nutrition was a deep interest in both bodybuilding and combat sports. Both of which are heavily influenced and arguably won or lost in the kitchen.

After graduating, Adam founded a company with his friend from University focusing on nutrition for elite level athletes and were fortunate to work with some of the best boxers in the UK. He then moved into performance coaching for individuals who wanted to change their physique and life. This evolved over years and grew to incorporate many of the principles taught at Combe Grove.

Vicky Day

Nutritionist

Vicky Day

Nutritionist

Vicky recently graduated with distinction as a Nutritional Therapist and is currently working to build a NT practice. Having completed over 200 clinic hours as part of her course – along with modules in biomedicine, pharmacology and academic research skills - she has developed a passion for whole person health and firmly believes diet and lifestyle have a vital role to play in optimising wellbeing and preventing non-communicable disease. Her aim is to help people understand their bodies in the context of their day-to-day lives, navigate life stages and feel well.

In addition to her nutrition work, Vicky has studied counselling theory at the Central School of Counselling and Therapy and currently also works as a Business Development Director.

Anna Markusson

Nutritionist

Anna Markusson

Nutritionist

Anna, a clinical nutritionist of both Norwegian and French descent, is motivated by a profound passion for assisting others in making positive changes in their lives.

Following graduation, Anna gained experience working in a hospital setting before dedicating several years to collaborating with Norwegian celebrity nutritionist Berit Nordstrand. In this role, she conducted online nutrition courses, crafted personalised meal plans, developed recipes, and authored nutrition articles for online platforms. Anna also served as a social media manager, effectively disseminating knowledge across various platforms.

The Coach House Team

Chris Spreadbury

Coach House Manager

Chris Spreadbury

Coach House Manager

Chris has recently returned to his hometown of Bath having spent the last 10 years in Kent gaining a vast amount of experience in both Nutrition and Fitness. He has a BSc in Exercise, Nutrition and Health and is an active Nutrition Society Member.

Chris spent 7 years working as a Paediatric Nutritionist in Primary Schools across Dartford and Gravesham helping establish the success of the Don’t Sit Get Fit Program. He is a very experienced NWK Crossfit Coach and has managed a Crossfit gym, staff, and members for the last 7yrs. He has worked privately as an adult nutritionist, helping community members and athletes whilst working closely with healthcare professionals, physiotherapists, osteopaths, personal trainers and nutritionists.

Invaluable to his role as Coach House Manager, Chris has practical metabolic health experience from recently heading up a new pilot scheme in Kent working closely with GPs as a Health and Wellbeing Coach seeing patients on a one-to-one basis to help improve blood sugar levels, BMI, blood pressure and weight, as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Florence Swan

Coach House Team Leader and Nutritionist

Florence Swan

Coach House Team Leader and Nutritionist

Florence hails from Lyme Regis and has an impressive academic and athletic background. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Chichester University and an undergraduate degree in Sports Analysis from Cardiff University.

In addition to this, Florence is a triathlete and she has competed at a high level for over eight years. She has worked with private healthcare companies as a General Health Advisor. Moreover, she was involved with a diabetes company, focusing on workshops related to nutrition and exercise.

Jules Lowrie

Coach House Studio Manager

Jules Lowrie

Coach House Studio Manager

Jules has been teaching popular movement classes at Combe Grove for over 15 years and has enjoyed taking a proactive role in the evolution from Hotel to Centre for Health and Wellbeing.

With level 2 qualifications in Fitness Exercise to Music, Body Pump, Body Balance Advanced and Yoga Teacher Training Jules’ interest in metabolic health is a given. Her other interests include walking, playing tennis, swimming and skiing.

Jules’ advice for clients starting out on their metabolic health journey is to always be ready to try new challenges and make a turnaround in their life.

The Kitchen Team

Marco Appel

Head Chef

Marco Appel

Head Chef

Marco grew up in the Netherlands where he attained his Cheffing Degree before relocating to England.
Marco brings a wealth of experience with him to Combe Grove and is passionate about home cooked, quality food, having worked in some widely recognised restaurants in Bath, including the Green Park Brasserie, the Hole in the Wall, The Olive Tree and the Northey Arms.

Rachel Milsom

Sous Chef

Rachel Milsom

Sous Chef

Rachel trained in General Senior Catering and Patisserie at college in Bristol. Since then she has won prestigious awards as part of a team including Taste of the West at Bath Soft Cheese and Chefs of Distinction for Desserts.
Rachel has previously worked with Chef Marco at Taste Buds Catering.

The Programme Team

Felicity Andrews

Practice Manager - Operations

Felicity Andrews

Practice Manager - Operations

Felicity is one of Combe Grove’s longest-serving and most beloved members of full-time staff. Having come from a background of over 12 years in front-of-house roles Felicity has worked across departments at Combe Grove but always comes back to her first love of hospitality and customer service. Never without a beaming smile and can-do attitude, Felicity welcomes getting to know all guests who visit the Estate and helping them to make the most out of their time. She is exceptionally proud to have mentored 5 Apprentices in Business Administration during her time at Combe Grove and looks forward to supporting many more in the future.

Felicity has a BA Honours Degree in Fashion and Textiles and a lifelong passion for Irish Dancing in which she competes nationally. Competing in such a high-intensity discipline has given Felicity a true appreciation of how important it is to take good care of all 5 roots of metabolic health – nutrition, movement, sleep, mindset and environment.

Hilary Woods

Team Leader

Hilary Woods

Team Leader

Hilary has been a calm and welcoming presence at Combe Grove for the past five years. Familiar to both club members and Metabolic Health Retreat clients alike, if there’s something you need to know Hilary can help.

After University Hilary trained in Law before moves to the Middle East and then the Far East led to some fascinating roles including English Secretary to The Minister of Agriculture based in Yemen before retraining and pursuing a rewarding career as a teacher.

On returning to England Hilary used her years of multi-tasking and customer interaction to set up and run an award-winning guest house near Bath instilling her love of good hospitality.

Hilary has always been interested in health and nutrition, especially in the essential role it plays in the prevention and treatment of cancer and diabetes.

Jon Main

Team Leader

Jon Main

Team Leader

Jon has been a familiar face on the Combe Grove Estate for the past 13 years working in many customer-facing departments including Banqueting, Conferences and Concierge. With a total of 18 years in hospitality, Jon particularly enjoys finding ways to tap into the mindset of customers and developing his skillset accordingly whilst creating a peaceful grounding environment for members and guests alike.

Jon enjoys his role being immersed in a place of such historical beauty and significance where he can combine his interests in customer psychology and history. Frequently found with a metal detector exploring the Estate recent finds have included Roman commemorative coins and a Celtic terret ring from a chariot.

Fitness and wellbeing come high in Jon’s daily focus with running as his main passion and cycling and general sports diversifying his time.