Simon Poole is a Cambridge based medical doctor, author, broadcaster and commentator and is an internationally renowned authority on the science and application of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. He is an expert scientific consultant on extra virgin olive oil and a member of the Advisory Board of the Olive Wellness Institute, Australia and an advisor to the Yale Olive Institute. His particular area of interest is in the communication of the science of the Mediterranean Diet to populations.
He is a member of Council of the US based True Health Initiative. He is a Fellow of the British Medical Association has been a Council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a founding member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the European Lifestyle Medicine Organisation. Simon is an international senior collaborator with the NNedPro Global Center for Nutrition and Health, Cambridge and has previously been involved in teaching at Cambridge University primary care department.
Simon has regularly published on the subject of nutrition, lifestyle and public health in scientific journals including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He has written articles for the Guardian, magazines such as Cook Vegetarian and Body Language and has presented on national and international radio and television, including the BBC programme “Nadiya’s Family Favourites”.
Conference addresses in recent years on the subject of the Mediterranean Diet have included institutions such as;
The National Association of Primary Care, The Royal College of General Practitioners and the International Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, The Food and Drink Network, The Italian Trade Commission, the Fine Food Fair at OIympia as well as the Institute of Health Sciences of the USA, The Boston Common Ground Convention, Food Matters Live, London 2016. Simon was co- organiser and chair, in association with the University of Florence, of the Food Values 2017 conference at the Academy of Pontifical Sciences, privileged to be hosted at the Vatican. He has presented to audiences at the Universities of Cambridge and Yale.
Simon has taught at the London Olive Oil Times Sommelier course, the London International Olive Oil Competition and presented at the North American Olive Oil Association Conference in 2018 and 2019, New York, as well as the World Olive Oil Exhibition 2019 in Madrid and the World Olive Health Awards in Malaga 2017 and the Old Parliament in Athens in 2018, himself receiving special commendation award for contribution to the promotion of olive oil and communication of the health benefits to consumers.