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Meet The Team

The Nutritionists

Professor Don MacLaren - Nutrition X Head Nutritionist

Nutrition X Head Nutritionist

Professor Don MacLaren - Cert.Ed., BSc., MSc., PhD., FBASES, FECSS

Don is an emeritus professor of Sports Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, which is a testimony to his many publications on the subject in journals and books as well as his presentations at scientific and coaching conferences. He has been research active since 1980 in the fields of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, nutritional ergogenic aids, and applied aspects of sports nutrition. His lecturing duties have resulted in many successful PhD, MSc and BSc students ‘passing through his hands’. In addition he wrote, organised, and was programme leader for the BSc Coaching Science degree in the early 1990s – the first coaching science undergraduate programme in the UK. He was chair of the BASES ‘Sports Nutrition Interest Group’ and a member of the working party on sports nutrition accreditation; a joint initiative between BASES, Nutrition Society, the BOA, and dietitians. He was secretary of the ‘physiology section’ of BASES and is an accredited physiologist with the BOA. He has been made a Fellow of both BASES and ECSS – a credit to his national and international standing in sports science/nutrition.

Don has been nutritional consultant with Liverpool FC., Derby County FC., Colchester United FC., Hull F.C., Wigan Athletic FC., Sunderland FC., Sale Sharks RUFC, and Northanpton Saints RUFC. Currently (and over the last 9 seasons) he is nutritional advisor to Everton FC as well as with Bolton Wanderers FC. Don has undertaken significant contracted research with such companies as Novartis, Mars, GSK, Red Bull, and Penta water. Together with another sport science colleague, Don has been responsible for the development of the Nutrition X range of sports nutrition products. 

Dr Graeme Close - Nutrition X Scientific Advisor

Nutrition X Scientific Advisor

Professor Graeme L. Close - BSc., PhD

Graeme is a Reader in Applied Physiology and Sports Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, UK where he is the programme lead for the MSc in Sports Nutrition. His research is focused upon the effects of vitamin D deficiencies in athletic performance, the role of antioxidants in the recovery of muscle function and the etiology of age-related loss of muscle mass.  From an applied perspective, Graeme is accredited with the UK Strength and conditioning Association (UKSCA), he is an accredited physiologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is on the Sport and exercise Nutrition register (SENr). Graeme has worked with GB Rowing and Munster Rugby and is currently working with England Rugby, Salford Red Devils RLFC, he is the lead nutritionist for British Ski and Snowboard as well as working with professional European Tour golfers. Prior to his academic studies, Graeme was a former professional rugby league player and has represented his country at youth and student level.

Mark Hearris - Nutrition X Sports Scientist

Nutrition X Sports Scientist

Danny Webber - BSc., MSc

Danny graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc in Sports Science and an MSc in Sports Physiology under the supervision of Professor Don MacLaren and Dr Graeme Close, respectively. He is a member of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr), an ISAK accredited anthropometrist and a UK Anti-Doping Accredited Advisor. Since graduating, Danny has focused on applying his knowledge and experience in sports nutrition to deliver an honest and evidence-based practise to maximise athletic performance, and has worked with Cheshire Phoenix Basketball Club, Bury FC, Shrewsbury Town FC, Shrewsbury Rowing School, Chester RUFC, Table Tennis England and International Championship boxers. Danny is also the nutritionist for The Athlete Factory UK; an elite performance team led by ex-England rugby union player, Phil Greening.

James Morehen - Nutrition X Sports Scientist

Nutrition X Sports Scientist

James Morehen - BSc., MSc

James is currently studying his PhD in Sports Performance Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University. The 25 year old has a supervisory team specializing in sports nutrition, muscle metabolism and molecular biochemistry consisting of Dr. Graeme Close, Dr. James Morton and Dr. Rob Erskine. Following on from his 1st class honors degree in Sport and Exercise science from LJMU, James continued his studies in Liverpool completing his MSc in Sports Physiology in September 2014. Following on from various internships with the likes of Colchester United Football Club, Saracens Rugby Club and St. Helens Rugby League, James' PhD is now with Widnes Vikings Rugby League where he is the Sports Performance Nutritionist for the senior, academy and youth players. James is also a lead strength and conditioning intern coach at LJMU.



Strength and Conditioning

John Noonan - Nutrition X Strength and Conditioning Advisor

Nutrition X Strength and Conditioning Advisor

John Noonan - BSc (Hons), ASCC

John is an elite Strength and Conditioning Coach currently working with GB Snow Sport athletes within Snowboard Cross, Freestyle and Alpine Ski in preparation for World Cup and Olympic competitions.

As an accredited UK Strength and Conditioning Coach with UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), John has worked with a number of professional sport teams in Soccer and Rugby, such as Chelsea FC and Leeds Carnegie RUFC, and developed a number of players credited at International level. John is currently undertaking his PhD in Applied Physiology at Liverpool John Moore’s university researching the physiological demands of elite snow sport competition, with special attention on application of training and competition methods to enhance performance.