The first ever in person allergy conference for parents and carers took place in Kent on the 24th September ‘Understanding Allergies’

We are extremely proud of the day and our amazing Allergy specialists in the fields of Dermatology, Dietetics and Psychology.

The fantastic Dr Helen Cox a consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Imperial College NHS Trust, London and Dr Ola Smith consultant Paediatrician with Allergy & Respiratory interests at our very own William Harvey Hospital, East Kent were also there to give in depth talk on Allergies, anaphylaxis and the bodies response to food allergies and asthma.

Dr Evans-Howells a GP with a specialist interest in Allergies gave a great talk on the journey she had as a GP and her son being diagnosed with allergies. She is a trustee for Anaphylaxis campaign and runs Dorset Allergy

Heulwen Wyatt RGN, RSCN, MSc a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Dermatology, Misbah Primett is the founder of Little People Dietitian, a nutritionist and a registered Childrens Dietitian (RD) who has specialised in Allergy. Special thank you to Dr Leah Kugelmass is a clinical psychologist and Odile Scherrer an assistant Psychologist Evelina Children’s Hospital of which we our family are lucky enough to have appointments at.

We also welcomed our guests speakers Natalie who is the founder and lead trainer at the Allergy Badge, an accredited allergy training provider, Jay Dhanjal an Allergy Life Coach founder of AshFriendly, Catherine Sutton from Airborne Allergy Action and Simone Miles from Allergy UK, all dedicated to bringing their expertise to parents and carers.

Thank you to our Sponsors ThermaFisher, Kitt Medical Allergy Companion, and Lexi’s treats. If you would like to sponsor our next event please get in contact with Clare.

More About Our 2022 Speakers


Helen is currently a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Imperial College NHS Trust, London, and previous clinical lead of one of the largest paediatric allergy units within the UK. Together with her dermatology and nursing colleagues, she established and now runs a tertiary combined allergy/dermatology clinic, receiving referrals from all over the country. She regularly lectures at Imperial College and is one of the clinical course leaders for the MSC in Clinical Allergy, an international training course, based at Imperial College. (website) She is an annual speaker at the British Paediatric Dermatology Congress and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Dr Ola Smith MB.BS; MRCP (UK); FRCPCH (UK); MSc (Imperial); DCH (London)

A Consultant Paediatrician with Allergy & Respiratory interests, William Harvey Hospital, East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) Honorary Consultant Paediatric Allergist, King’s College Hospital, London. He has an MSc in Allergy from Imperial College, London. He established the Paediatric Allergy Service in East Kent in 2002 and has further developed the service with the comprehensive arrangement involving school nurses, health visitors, dieticians and other primary care professionals for whom he provides regular training.


Dr Helen Evans-Howells

Dr Helen Evans-Howells BM Hons DCH DOHNS MSc Allergy. GP With Specialist Interest in Allergy. Owner of Dorset Allergy


Heulwen Wyatt RGN, RSCN, MSc

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Dermatology, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Gwent.

Heulwen Wyatt is a CNS in Paediatric Dermatology. Having worked on acute paediatric wards and paediatric oncology units in South Wales, Heulwen started working as an eczema nurse in 1993. In 1998, she commenced work as Wales’ first CNS in dermatology. She is a non-medical prescriber and runs many nurse led clinics around Gwent . Heulwen’s particular interests within paediatric dermatology are the inflammatory conditions and safeguarding issues.

Dr Leah Kugelmass

Dr Leah Kugelmass is a clinical psychologist who has been working within paediatric psychology services for the past four years. She joined the Allergy service at Evelina London Children’s Hospital in June 2022.


Misbah Primett

Misbah Primett is the founder of Little People Dietitian, a nutritionist and a registered Childrens Dietitian (RD) who has specialised in Allergy. George’s Hospital in London as the Lead Specialist Allergy Dietitian where she has supported research within the field. She is also a committee member of the Food Allergy Specialist Group for Dietitians.

Natalie Hopkins

Natalie is founder and lead trainer at the Allergy Badge, an accredited allergy training provider. She provides in-person allergy awareness and auto-injector training to schools, businesses, parents and carers. She is a Mum to three young children, one of which suffers from life-threatening food allergies so the training courses not only provide key information but are delivered from real life experience.

Jay Dhanjal - Allergy Life Coach NLP Practitioner/Master Practitioner

I started this journey so that I could help parents with their children and those living with food allergies. It gives me great satisfaction knowing I can help encourage others to find ways to empower themselves, taking ownership, and not allowing the allergy diagnoses to define them, to be able to lead full and happy lives.

Catherine Sutton

Catherine Sutton is the Founder of Airborne Allergy Action CIC which raises awareness of the benefits of inhaled allergen avoidance and improved indoor air quality (alongside prescribed medication), for asthma and other allergic illnesses. Airborne Allergy Action also provides personalised advice and audits for home and school environments.

Simone Miles - Operations Director, Allergy UK

I have worked for Allergy UK for 3 years with an ambition to ensure that people living with allergy are able to access support services from Allergy UK that helps towards an improved quality of life. I am also passionate that as a charity we can shape change, which we hope the Patient Charter may contribute towards such change. I am honoured to be invited to the conference to share information about Allergy UK and to support the Sadie Bristow Foundation.

Odile Scherrer

I have a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Clark University, USA and a MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from University College London. I have been an Assistant Psychologist at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital since October 2021 working across the Paediatric Allergy Psychology and the Complex Feeding Services.

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