Professor Graeme Close


Graeme is the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby and nutrition consultant to Everton FC and Nottingham Forest. Graeme is the Head of Performance Nutrition to the European Tour Golf, the Lawn Tennis Association and several world class athletes.

A former professional Rugby League player, Graeme is now a Professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University where he is the programme leader for the MSc in Sport Nutrition. Graeme has published over 100 papers and review articles and spoken at over 50 conferences across the globe. Graeme is the only person in the world accredited with the UKSCA, BASES and SENr.  Graeme formerly worked as head nutrition consultant for Munster rugby from 2008-2014.  As well as working with elite athletes, Graeme delivers seminars and workshops to corporate clients translating lessons from the sporting world to the office floor to improve health, wellness and productivity.

Graeme is ranked in the top 10 most followed sport scientists in the world on twitter. He regularly appears on British National TV and radio discussing various aspects of nutrition in relation to health and sporting performance.

Professor Graeme Close, ASCC, PhD, rSEN, fBASES, fECSS



  • Expert nutrition consultant England Rugby
  • Head of performance nutrition Everton Football Club
  • Head of performance nutrition British Ski & Snowboard
  • Head of performance nutrition European Tour Golf
  • Head of performance nutrition Lawn Tennis Association
  • Formerly head of performance nutrition Munster rugby (2008-2014)

Education & Qualifications

  • Professor Graeme L. Close PhD, rSEN, fBASES, fECSS
  • Professor Of Human Physiology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Honorary Lecturer, University of Liverpool
  • Accredited United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA)
  • Member of the British Society for Research into Ageing (BSRA) Executive Committee
  • Accredited Sport and Exercise Nutritionist (SENr)
  • Deputy Chair of SENr
  • Trained in Muscle Biopsies, Advanced Life Support and Phlebotomy
  • BSc Hons. Sport and Exercise Sciences, LJMU
  • Fellow of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Fellow of European College of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath)
  • Reader in Applied Physiology and Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University