TOP slimming group leader Neil Doherty has achieved a male first.
Bognor Regis resident Neil has become the only man to win a prestigious national accolade for his services to WeightWatchers.
He was presented with the Jean Nidetch Award at the company’s annual conference.
The award is named after the woman who founded WeightWatchers in New York more than 50 years ago. It is only given out once every two years to the UK’s two most outstanding WeightWatchers leaders.
Neil, 55, of Annandale Avenue, said: “I have been a leader for nearly 15 years after losing five stone. I’m the only male to have won this award.”
He is celebrating his 15th year of maintaining his goal weight.
He runs 12 WeightWatchers meetings in Bognor, Chichester, Littlehampton and Portsmouth.
Neil’s area manager, Zoe Lysandrou, said: “I am over the moon for Neil. He is such a deserving winner of this very special award.
“Neil has a warm, genuine and caring style and an amazing will to help all his members see amazing success of the scales and change their relationship with food for good.”
Regional manager Ruth Hardy said: “At the heart of WeightWatchers’ success are wonderful leaders like Neil.”