David Richardson is a specialist consultant in nutrition and food science. He is Visiting Professor at Reading University, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy. He began his career in teaching and research at the University of London and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then embarked on a 20-year career with Nestlé UK Ltd, ultimately becoming Group Chief Scientist.
Professor Richardson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Dr Richardson was formerly a member of the UK Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy. He chaired a section of a European Union Concerted Action Programme (PASSCLAIM) to develop a process for the scientific substantiation of health claims. He was Chairman of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe Consumer Science Expert Group on Consumer Understanding of Health Claims and author in another ILSI Europe project, PROCLAIM, which has developed further guidance on substantiating health claims on foods. Professor Richardson has authored several reports on the scientific substantiation of health claims, nutritional benefit/risk analysis and food innovation for improved nutrition. Professor Richardson has been directly involved in several successful applications for health claims in the European Union.