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Directors and Management

Governing Council

Miguel Toribo-Mateas

Miguel Toribio-Mateas – Chair of Council and Comms Director

BSc (Hons) Nut. Med., PgDip, MSc, mBANT, NTCC and CNHC Registered

  • BSc (Honours) in Nutritional Medicine from the University of West London (formerly Thames Valley University)
  • Miguel consults for the scientific publisher Springer on specific projects, creating and delivering task-based research training to the academic and medical research communities worldwide
  • Practises in London and is involved in a number of corporate health, research/consulting activities
  • Previous background is in information and research management and held various consultancy roles with some of the major scientific, technical and medical publishers, such as Wolters Kluwer / Ovid / Lippincott William Wilkins and Springer Science

BANT responsibilities:

  • Oversight of all workstreams
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Strategy Team Member

Sarah Green

Sarah Green – Deputy Chair and Rules, Regs and Stakeholder Engagement Director

FdSc, DipION, mBANT and CNHC Registered

  • Sarah studied Nutritional Therapy at the University of Bedfordshire, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and the University of West London.Gained FdSc from University of Bedfordshire and DipION from Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2012
  • She has completed all the onsite Advanced Practice Certification Modules with the Institute for Functional Medicine in the US. These postgraduate studies focus on Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice® (AFMCP), Gastro Intestinal, Detox, Immune, Hormone, Cardiometabolic and Energy Regulation.)
  • Sarah runs a private Nutritional Therapy consultancy in Fulham and at Neal’s Yard in Chelsea
  • Her previous background is in legal documentation, sales & marketing, strategy & planning and credit control. Sarah qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Her studies included law, management, marketing and planning, accounting, tax management, corporate finance, corporate strategy and risk management.

BANT responsibilities

  • Deputy Chair of BANT
  • Regulatory Steering Group leader
  • Political Engagement Group leader

Karen Slattery

Karen Slattery – Operations Director

DipION (FdSc), BEng (Hons), mBANT, CNHC Registered, MAPM

  • Graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2011 (DipION, FdSc)
  • Runs her own project management consultancy business

BANT responsibilities

  • Strategy Team co-Chair
  • Audit and Assurance Team
  • Budget setting and annual reporting
  • Website Upgrade Project team member

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen – Finance Director and Honorary Treasurer

MSc, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Gained MSc at the University of Worcester
  • Has taught on the MSc programme at University of Worcester and at a number of other establishments
  • Runs Nutritional Therapy clinics in the UK and the Middle East
  • Previous background: Entrepreneur, accountant, financial trouble-shooter and consultant

BANT responsibilities

  • Company accounts, finances and budgets
  • Webinar Programme leader
  • Members Website Audit team leader
  • Audit and Assurance Team member
  • Regs Steering Group member

Barbara Powell

Barbara Powell – Membership Director

BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, mBANT, NTCC, CNHC Registered

  • Graduated from CNELM (University of Middlesex) with BSc (Hons) in 2003
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics, Cardiff University
  • Practises as NT in Epsom, Surrey
  • Worked P/T at private clinic in Richmond, Surrey and London Victoria
  • Has worked with Education Authorities, Residential Home, Healthcare Commission Private Diet Clinic, Supplement company
  • Worked at Institute for Optimum Nutrition (5 years) as Module Leader, Academic Tutor, Programme Leader and Lecturer
  • Previously background is in Retail and IT Project Management
  • Member BANT PPC

BANT responsibilities

  • Growing BANT membership
  • Chairing the Membership Committee
  • Acting Chair of the Professional Practice Committee

Daniel O'Shaughnessy

Daniel O’Shaughnessy – External Comms Director

Dip ION, FdSc, mBANT and CNHC Registered

  • Graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2012
  • Runs own Nutritional Therapy Consultancy and delivers training courses in Addiction & Nutrition
  • Co-founder of a luxury international retreat company
  • Previous career in Substance Misuse and Addiction working for 8 years in a clinic setting and for government projects . Gained his first BSc (Hons) in Criminal Justice with Law

BANT responsibilities

  • External Comms Lead
  • Comms Steering Group Member
  • Council Support Executive – Providing support for BANT Council Meetings
  • Company Secretary


Nigel Penny – Centre of Excellence Director

BSc (Hons), PGCE Nutritional Therapy, mBANT and CNHC Registered

  • Undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences – specialising in diet, exercise and health
  • Taught at Further Education for 18 months
  • Worked in the Fitness industry, going from a self employed Personal Trainer and Diet Advisor to eventually working for a Health and Wellness company as Director of Nutrition/Education Officer/Team Trainer & Personal Trainer
  • Has taught in Higher Education at Birmingham City University for over 8 years
  • Love for cycling, crossfit/weight training, running and just generally keeping fit. Loves anything to do with nutrition (being a self-confessed “nutrition nerd”) from the science to eating it

BANT responsibilities

  • Centre of Excellence team leader
  • Chair of Excellence Steering Group

Matthew Edwards

Matthew Edwards – Student Representative

BBus (Mktg), MBA, BANT (Sdnt.)

  • Student Network Deputy Team Leader
  • Studying Nutritional Therapy at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition
  • Founder of PrestoVita; a social network website for health
  • Professional background in marketing within the telecommunications and cloud computing industries
  • Obtained a marketing degree in 1996 and an MBA in 2003

Administration and Management

Melanie de Grooth

Melanie de Grooth – General Manager

BSc (Hons), NTCC

  • Graduated from the University of Westminster in 2001
  • Practises remedial massage in a private practice

BANT responsibilities

  • Employed by BANT as the General Manager on a full time basis
  • Responsible for all aspects of running BANT
  • Ensuring that the Head of Communications and all other committees are running smoothly and meeting targets
  • All administrative tasks including the maintenance of the membership database, website and renewals
  • Project manages all website and system developments and improvements
  • Webmaster, responsible for maintaining and updating the BANT website
  • Generating working reports for the year end accounts, quarterly budgets, monthly accounts and allocation/analysis of income and expenses
  • Responsible for introducing new systems for the efficient and cost effective running of the company
  • Co-ordinates projects and is a member of several working groups and teams