Meet Our Editors and Contributors

Better Retailing is dedicated to real advice for independent health food & lifestyle stores. A panel of expert contributors bring an abundance of talents to complement our core team of expert authors led by Better Retailing’s editor Alistair Forrest.

Alistair Forrest - Editor of Better Retailing

Alistair Forrest draws on years of experience as a journalist, editor and author, including 15 years in the natural health sector. Alistair previously edited Health Food Business magazine and is now a published author of historical fiction. His career has included daily newspaper journalism, editing magazines in the health, photographic and travel sectors, and for a decade he was principal of a Public Relations company.

Stuart Jackson - Business Editor of Better Retailing

Stuart will be remembered by many retailers from his many years writing popular articles and giving seminars on how to improve all aspects of retail business. Stuart is Managing Director of Force of Nature, a specialist consultancy which over the years has provided advice to many health food retailers in our industry. Stuart is also Chairman of Real Foods, Scotland’s largest health food retailer with over 8000 products in store and with a state of the art online business; he lives and breathes health food retailing.

Guest Writers Spring 2018:

Tej Lalvani

CEO of Vitabiotics and panelist on BBC 2’s Dragons’ Den TV programme.
Cover Story: Innovation is key for independents

Dr Rupy Aujla

The adviser to the Royal College of General Practitioners addresses the Health Food Institute.
A conversation to have with your GP surgery?

Richard & Nicola Eckersley

Pioneers of a zero waste shop in Devon.
Zero waste shopping

Alison Angus

Head of Lifestyles Research at Euromonitor International.
Take a look at your new customers

Gary Trickett

Pointers on negotiating credit card charges from the NAHS Chairman.
Credit crunch time

Sean Hargrave

The UK editor at reveals what customers expect from the advent of GDPR.
GDPR and you

Chris Robinson

CEO at Yonder Digital Group, provider of outsourced customer contact solutions.
The personal touch

Kasia Wilk

Associate Director for European Affairs at The Whitehouse Consultancy.

Steve Hasler

Marketing consultant to independent retailers (
Quickire marketing

Dr Jennifer Tamblyn

Author of a report on Vitamin D in pregnancy, funded by Wellbeing of Women.

We always like to hear from our readers. Please let us know what you think of Better Retailing, or tell us if you would like to contribute or if you have a success story you would like to share with other retailers. Just email our editor Alistair Forrest at