Who we are

We are a consortium of scientists, researchers and health experts that have come together to help create the Hawthorn Tracker, a system that helps you monitor your health status over time – based on your own, not someone else’s, perception of your health. The key project leads are:

David Balen
Managing Director | Balens

T: 1684 893006

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David is the Managing Director and Spearhead of Balens. An advisor to Professional Bodies on Insurance and Practice Management Issues, he lectures widely and regularly writes articles for journals. David is a third-generation Insurance Broker and Advisor, his Grandfather and Mother ran a successful Brokerage in the West End of London for many years. David later joined the family business in 1970 after debating for some time whether to become a Health Professional himself. Balens (then known as H & L Balen and Co) was started by his parents in 1950. David joined in 1970 and by 1981 he had risen to the proprietorship of the Company. He has always retained a keen interest and involvement in Health Matters and has a wealth of knowledge in this area. David has connections with many different health professional organisations and executives and keeps abreast of the latest developments, often acting as an adviser to them.

Robert Verkerk PhD
executive and scientific director | Alliance for Natural Health

T: +44 (0)1306 646 600

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Robert Verkerk PhD is an internationally acclaimed scientist with over 30 years experience in sustainability, specifically in the fields of agriculture, food production and healthcare. He has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he continued his research for a further 7 years as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 2002 he founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), an independent non-profit organisation that promotes natural, sustainable and bio-compatible approaches to healthcare—using ‘good science’ and ‘good law’. Its four core activities are education and awareness-raising, research, legal and advocacy. ANH-Intl’s mission of ‘love nature, live naturally’ covers a wide range of issues related to natural health.

Meleni Aldridge
executive coordinator | Alliance for Natural Health

T: +44 (0)1306 646 600

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Meleni Aldridge has been immersed in the field of natural and integrative medicine for over 27 years. She is a practicing clinical psychoneuroimmunologist, functional medicine practitioner and certified Metabolic Balance coach. For 11 years, before joining the Alliance for Natural Health International, Meleni lectured at St Mary’s University College, Middlesex on the Sport Rehabilitation programme. In her position as executive coordinator, Meleni works closely with the founder Rob Verkerk PhD, positively shaping the scientific and regulatory environment required to facilitate the future development of natural and sustainable healthcare.