Biographies

Gemma Pond, Founder of The Hudson Group

Gemma Pond, Founder of The Hudson GroupAs a mother of two young children, Gemma was shocked to discover the amount of sugar, artificial sweeteners and preservatives in soft drinks, even the supposedly healthy options.  She wanted to make a difference and set up Nuva, a natural drink company, in 2014. Gemma followed this up by founding The Hudson Group earlier this year. It is now campaigning for change in the soft drinks industry to encourage healthier choices by consumers. In her spare time, Gemma has a strong interest in yoga, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle.

Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East

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The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP chairs The Hudson Summit, following a political career marked by an interest in health issues. Mr Vaz was the first person of Asian origin for 65 years to sit in the House of Commons when he was elected as an MP in 1987. In 2007, he became Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee. His political interests have included health issues, in particular diabetes, and he currently chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes.