About Us

UK Team – Compass Lifestyle Medicine

Our mission is to share with our communities a message of health and hope for a better life!

Matt Hawker

BMedSci (Hons), MBChB, DM, FRCOphth, MA (theology, spirituality and health)

Matt has trained as a physician, ophthalmologist and lifestyle medicine physician. He has completed a doctorate in clinical ophthalmology (glaucoma) and a master’s degree in theology, spirituality and health (Durham University). He is convinced that a whole person model of medicine is required to enable people to move towards health. He is a member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr Peter Phillips


Peter trained in General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Stroke Medicine. This has given him an academic understanding and broad experience of multisystem physical and psychological impairments, disabilities and the impact of social and environmental factors on health. He is a strong advocate for a holistic approach to health care and for primary and secondary prevention of disease.

Hilda Barrett

BA PGCE MSc (Applied Positive Psychology)

Hilda Barrett brings to the group past experience as a Human Resources Director in the high-tech sector with Apple, Microsoft and Electronic Arts and an MSc in Positive Psychology. She is now a pioneer in applying her knowledge of positive psychology and optimum performance in the human resources environment. Her considerable business and organisational skills are highly valued by the Compass Lifestyle Medicine group.

Jackie Richmond


Jackie Richmond practised as a solicitor in property and family law before working as a Director with Deloitte. After taking a break she moved into charitable work and developed a passion for studying and teaching positive psychology, resilience and lifestyle medicine.

Elsie Friel

BSc Dietetics (Hons) PgCert Sport and Exercise Nutritionist

Elsie Friel has worked as a registered dietitian within the NHS in a wide range of specialties. Recently she has focussed on diabetes and sports nutrition. She is currently completing a NIHR funded MSc in Clinical Research at the University of East Anglia and has a key role in delivering nutritional aspects of the CHIP programme.

Preye Griffith


Preye is a certified food scientist working as a food and technology consultant to the food industry. Preye is fascinated by food and how diet, as well as culture, affects health. Her experience is varied and includes developing recipes for Fortnum and Mason and Selfridges as well as working in public health nutrition. One of her major interests is the relationship between diet and health.

Hannah Stanwell-Smith


Hannah is an integrative counsellor/psychotherapist, working with young people and adults in private practice. Her major interest is working with trauma victims including survivors of sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence. She also has pastoral care roles in her community and church. Alongside this Hannah is interested in the role lifestyle factors play in the development and recovery of mental illness.

Ike Nnene


Ike Nnene is a General Practitioner working in Norwich. Recognising the complexity of factors affecting health and wellbeing, he takes a holistic approach to his medical practice. He also has experience in using psychological approaches for chronic disease management delivered through group interventions.

Brian Hopkins


Brian a General Practitioner  in Sheffield and is committed to teaching and training. He is an Honorary Teacher and a member of Primary Care Trust subcommittee for Coronary Heart Disease. Other interests include prescribing. His experience of general practice has taught him the importance of lifestyle factors in chronic disease and the need for a whole person approach in medical care.

Steve Shirley

Steve has had a career in Civil Engineering, project management and a property rental business. Having personally experienced major benefit of diet and physical fitness in recovery from his own serious medical illness, he works with health professionals teaching the five essentials of Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends.

Ebenezer Foster-Nyarko

Ebenezer is a second year PhD student in Professor Mark Pallen’s group in the Quadrum Institute. His PhD research is focused on “Foodborne infection and the Microbial Ecology of the Vertebrate Gut”.  His curriculum vitae includes BSc in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, majoring in Clinical Microbiology at University of Ghana and MSc in Molecular Biology at Staffordshire University. He had wide research experience and publications in microbiology and molecular biology.'

Dr Deborah Lycett

RD. Dr, BSc (Hons), PGCHE

Deborah is an Associate Professor of Nutrition, Dietetics and Spiritual Health at Coventry University. She researches faith-based, whole-person interventions, to help those with long-term conditions in the community. She is experienced in the design and clinical trial of interventions to improve eating behaviours in primary care and within churches. She brings to Compass years of clinical practice as a dietitian as well as a health research background.
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Compass Lifestyle Medicine is receiving business advice from the Cambridge Social Ventures entrepreneurship programme in the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Team at Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH


"Our goal is to help you die younger…as late as possible." --CHIP

Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH


"Do the best you can unitl you know better. Then when you know better, do better." --Maya Angelou

Cathy McDonald, APD, M Nutrition & Diet


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

Travis Young, MBA


"Be quick, but don’t hurry." --John Wooden

Scott Martell, MS, PMP, ECMP


"Every day is a Friday. It’s all about your attitude at the start of the day!"

We Believe...

Enough is enough. We've lost our way. And we've lost our health. Over half of us live with chronic disease. Lifestyle disease. Disease of our choosing. It needn't be this way. It shouldn't be this way. We believe it's time to turn things around. Starting today. We're designed to be healthy and happy. And while lifestyle can be our downfall, it can also pick us back up, give us a second chance. Bottom line. We're sick and tired of being sick and tired.

It's time for an intervention. We are that intervention. Let's reverse lifestyle disease. Join the movement.

Compass Lifestyle Medicine


King Street House
15 Upper King Street
Norwich, NR3 1RB


0330 133 0696