What is HETN?

  • HETN is a Charitable Foundation (1116097), registered in the UK
  • Our primary aim is to create awareness of Hidden Hunger (Type B Malnutrition)
  • Our methods include advocacy, education, networking and research
  • HETN’s approach is based on numerous scientific studies that demonstrate the importance of good nutrition in the prevention and management of chronic disease.



  • HETN has benefited several thousand people in South Africa by partnering with NGOs in the field, in an attempt to ensure that their nutritional interventions are appropriate and cost effective

Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) - Crèche Feeding
South African National Tuberculosis Association (SANTA) - Community Based TB Support
World Vision South Africa (WVSA) - Orphans & Vulnerable Children

  • We have provided wholegrain food supplements, with all the cereal fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals intact, and with the addition of all the required micronutrients in a form that is bio-available (chelates or food form)
  • HETN supports the philosophy of nutrition in a food form, and  has challenged the beliefs of International Agencies (WHO, WFP, the Global Fund, World Vision, GAIN) and the Food Industry (Nestle, Nutriset) concerning nutrient form. This has included criticism of Plumpy’Nut
  • HETN facilitated a pilot study assessing the impact of e’Pap on the health and well-being of crèche children and adult TB patients in South Africa. The outcomes from this study were delivered through multiple presentations in South Africa, Botswana, Israel and other international venues.
  • HETN's CEO, Geoff, has spoken at many meetings, both local and international. He has written blogs. He has been on a lecture tour. He has written a book - Life is a Fatal Illness - and several pamphlets. He has spoken on radio and television. He has answered numerous nutrition queries on social media.


HETN's People

CEOGeoffrey Douglas  KStJ  MSc  MA  FRCP  MFOM

9781848974982Geoff is a physician and occupational medicine specialist, with 30 years of work experience in Africa.

He had extensive working knowledge and practice in Swaziland, ranging from family healthcare to employee well-being. He was active in promoting HIV awareness and training in the late 80s.

As an holistic practitioner, Geoff has developed his interest and awareness of the significant role nutrition can and should play in health. He now lives with his wife, Penny, on the farm - Saint Laurent - in France, where they practise permaculture.

Geoff has written a fascinating memoir - Life is a Fatal Illness

Research Director - Gary Orr  MSc MB BS MRCPsych

Gary lived in the UK for many years, but was born and brought up in South Africa, and his passion for that country and its rich cultural diversity has never left him.

He has worked in the NHS as a consultant psychiatrist, and also in the pharmaceutical industry, leading on the development of clinical trials in the UK. He now lives in New Zealand.

Gary brings his research skills to HETN, working with the team to expand the evidence base for nutritional intervention in the management of chronic illness.


Board Of Trustees

Chairman - Peter Wallace  BSc(Hons)

Peter Wallace is a businessman who spent the first part of his career in marketing and product development with companies such as Knorr, Findus / Nestle, Cavenham Foods, and Trebor, where he became the Personnel Director.

During his time at Trebor he became interested in their approach to the personal development and empowerment of employees. Peter helped develop and run a management personal development course which incorporated new ideas about diet and nutrition, meditation, exercise, complementary therapies, and vision-building techniques. For many participants it was a life changing experience.

Peter was a founder Director of the College of Natural Nutrition. From 1994-8 he was Chairman of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre. 

Ian Marks  CBE

Ian Marks's career has been a mixture of business and philanthropy, with an underlying theme of respect for people, and a special understanding of how to bring out the best in individuals, communities and businesses.

It was as a successful businessman that he was awarded his CBE – growing the Trebor Group to £350 million annual turnover during his time as CEO, as well as chairing the Cocoa, Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance of Manufacturers.

Since leaving Trebor, Ian has been actively involved in 3rd World debt relief with the Jubilee 2000 project, and community work with the Essex Community Foundation . 

Ian is very interested in nutrition and its role in health, and his charitable foundation is the major shareholder in Nature's Own Ltd.

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