Guild of Health Writers’ Committee


Mike Wakeman

Chair, Guild of Health Writers

I am Honorary Chair of The Guild of Health Writers, a healthcare writer, business consultant and author of the book-Medicated malnourishment. A pharmacist, with master’s degrees in pharmaceutical analysis, nutritional medicine, clinical oncology and currently completing a Professional Doctorate examining the effects of medications on micronutrient status. Highly commended in the 2019 UK Antibiotic Guardianship awards sponsored by NHS England.

I am an expert member of NHS clinical trials ethics committee and Royal College of Medicine. I contribute to consumer and health publications and my natural product research was used to promote the scientific conference of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. I’m also a guest lecturer at University of Surrey in Nutritional Medicine. Recent presentations at scientific symposia in Canada, US, Hong Kong, Holland, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Vitafoods; FIE and HIE.


Ursula Arens

Treasurer, GHW

Ursula Arens has a degree in dietetics, and works as a freelance writer on nutrition and dietetics. She is a monthly columnist for Network Health Digest magazine (read by 7000+ dietitians).

Her professional interests are on food fortification and supplementation, and on environmental aspects of dietary choices.


Tessa Hilton

GHW Committee Member

I have held a variety of positions on national newspapers and magazines over the years including editor of the Sunday Mirror but health has always been a key interest.

I started the Good Health section at the Mail when David English was editor and now write about all aspects of health and wellbeing for women’s consumer magazines.

Personal therapies – walking in woods, planting perennials and camping with friends. Also, chocolate.

Tracey McAlpine

GHW Committee Member

Tracey is the Founder of Fighting Fifty, an online health, beauty and fitness resource aimed at women over fifty who want to feel well and look good as they get older.

Following a carer in advertising, and a long maternity leave of 25 years, Tracey launched the website in 2012. As well as bringing together wellbeing experts to offer reliable advice, the site also offers a platform for brands to market to this lucrative and often overlooked demographic.

As well as editing Fighting Fifty, Tracey has written for a number of women’s titles and has recently been commissioned to contribute to Fabulous Magazine.

Tracey has a passion for healthy ageing and for encouraging people to see this period of their life as one of growth and not decline.


Jacqui Thornton

GHW Committee Member

Jacqui Thornton is an award-winning health journalist and facilitator who writes for leading medical journals, UK newspapers and international websites, specialising in global health and UK NHS and health policy news and features.

She is a regular contributor to the Lancet and the BMJ, and also writes for CNN, the Sunday Times, Independent, the Observer, Nature, MailOnline, Sunday Mirror and many others. Before Covid, she reported from around the word, including Burkina Faso on malaria, Rwanda on cancer care, Somalia on malnutrition, Myanmar on rehabilitation of child soldiers, Samoa on measles deaths, Tajikistan on palliative care, Mexico on obesity, India on tuberculosis and Uganda on psychological recovery after child kidnap by the Lord’s Resistance Army, amongst others.

She was previously the Health Editor of the UK’s biggest daily newspaper the Sun, and before that health correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph. In 2016 she was named Specialist Journalist of the Year by the Guild of Health Writers, and has also won specialist Freelancer of the Year by the Medical Journalists Association.

She is a visiting lecturer in journalism at City University in London, and also facilitates webinars, advisory boards and medical meetings/conferences, and offers media training.


Jo Waters

GHW Committee Member

I’m a freelance health and medical journalist writing for UK national media and beyond.

I am a regular contributor to the Daily Mail’s Good Health section, as well as consumer magazines and specialist medical titles. These include SAGA, Foresight Global Health Magazine, Community Practitioner and Acuity.

Past jobs include being news editor of GP and features editor at Pregnancy and Birth magazine and Top Sante magazine , plus contributing editor for Yours magazine and Healthy Food Guide magazine.

I’m also the author of three health books, including ‘What’s Up With Your Gut? ( Hammersmith Books) which I co-wrote with Professor Julian Walters, and am a past chair of the Guild of Health Writers ( 2011 to 2013) and current committee member.

I also offer media strategy advice on a consultancy basis to PR companies and charities, as well as a press release and case study writing service.

Here’s some links to my web site and my portfolio site https://jowaters.contentl


Miranda Levy

GHW Committee Member

Miranda Levy is a journalist and author of more than 25 years’ experience. Starting out on magazines including Cosmopolitan and New Woman (RIP), she then hacked it at the Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror before heading back to glossies and the launches of GLAMOUR and Grazia.

Miranda had two babies, wrote the Rough Guide to Babies in 2006, and became editor of Mother & Baby, where she was twice nominated for a British Society of Magazine Editors award.

Now a freelance writer and editor for national newspapers, she covers many topics – but particularly health – for titles including the Telegraph platforms, the Mail on Sunday and the i. Miranda has contributed to the Spectator, the Jewish Chronicle and the New York Post. Miranda’s ‘self-help memoir’: The Insomnia Diaries: How I Learned To Sleep Again is published by Octopus Books on 10th June 2021.


Eva Gizowska

GHW Committee Member

Eva Gizowska is a health journalist. She writes regularly for women’s magazines and national newspapers.


Paul Johnson

GHW Committee Member

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