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Governing Council

Miguel Toribo-Mateas

Miguel Toribio-Mateas – Chair of Council

BSc (Hons) Nutritional Medicine, MSc Clinical Neuroscience, FBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Multidisciplinary academic background includes a first class degrees in Nutritional Medicine (BSc Honours), International Business (MSc) and Systems Complexity (PgDip), as well as extensive professional training in functional medicine and ageing science.
  • Completed an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Roehampton in 2016 with distinction on his laboratory research project on mitochondrial transcription factor activation in murine neural stem cells.
  • Previously held senior consulting and education positions for some of the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical publishers, including LexisNexis, Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research / Ovid, and Springer Science / Nature.
  • In 2016 Miguel was awarded a Santander Bank transdisciplinary doctoral research scholarship to fund his professional doctorate on patient-reported outcome measures and their clinical application by healthcare professionals to support their patients’ brain health upstream from the gut.
  • Miguel is also working as Innovation Consultant at the Bowels and Brains™️ Lab at the London Agri-Food Innovation Clinic (LAFIC). LAFIC is a European Regional Development Fund-sponsored research programme where Miguel is lead investigator in a series of human interventions to assess the effects of food-based sources of probiotic microbes on mood, alertness and cognitive function. The Bowels and Brains™️ Lab and LAFIC are hosted by London South Bank University, where Miguel is a visiting scholar and guest researcher in psychobiotics.
  • Miguel works in corporate health, healthcare consulting, and is guest lecturer in the UK and internationally. He also runs specialist gut and brain health clinics in London.

BANT responsibilities:

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

Sarah Green

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

BSc NT, Dip NT, IFMCP, mBANT and CNHC Registered

  • Sarah studied Nutritional Therapy at the University of Bedfordshire, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and the University of West London
  • She is also a Certified Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine. These postgraduate studies included Advanced Practice Modules in Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice®, Gastro Intestinal, Detox, Immune, Hormone, Cardiometabolic and Energy Regulation
  • Sarah runs a private Nutritional Therapy consultancy in Harley Street, Fulham and Chelsea
  • She gives regular talks on healthy eating to schools and community centres
  • 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, corporate treasury and risk management

BANT responsibilities

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


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

BANT responsibilities

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

Daniel O'Shaughnessy

Daniel O’Shaughnessy – 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

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


Satu Jackson – Operations Director

MSc Personalised Nutrition, DipION, CertNLP, mBANT, mIFM, CNHC Registered

  • Graduate from the University of Middlesex/Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM) with MSc in Personalised Nutrition in 2014 and from Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2011 (DipION, FdSc)
  • Satu further focuses on Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice® (AFMCP) and has a keen interest in gastrointestinal wellbeing, healthy longevity and performance nutrition
  • Satu practises Nutritional Therapy in Hertfordshire and works with CNELM as a Module Leader at BSc level and as a Research Supervisor for MSc students
  • Previously Satu gained a BA Degree with focus on marketing and has spent 20+ years in corporate world working in sales, marketing, operations, and business transformation, leading and managing local and global programmes

BANT responsibilities

  • Strategy Team co-chair
  • Audit and Assurance Team
  • Budget setting and annual reporting
  • Review of performance targets against strategic objectives and operational targets

Abir Hamza-Goodacre

Abir Hamza-Goodacre – Community and Partnerships Director

BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy, MSc International Development, Administration & Planning, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Graduated from UWL with a BSc in Nutritional Therapy in 2012
  • Background in running her own small businesses, offering private consultations, design and delivery of nutrition/cooking courses and talks at schools and businesses
  • Abir gained her MSc in international poverty and aid work, specialising in community-based projects
  • BANT Networks Team Lead since October 2015, developing the Local Networks and establishing the Regional Branch Meetings initiative. Abir will also be overseeing the establishment of the new BANT Worldwide Branch Committees aimed at supporting overseas members in their practices
  • More recently Abir has taken on the Membership Support Manager role, which is enabling the Membership department to expand its support for members

BANT responsibilities

  • Establish ‘Nutritional Therapy in the Community’ projects
  • Develop partnerships with targeted organisations and individuals to support BANT’s work
  • Expand the reach and scope of the BANT Networks