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Melanie de Grooth – General Manager

BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy, 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
  • Line managing the Assistant Manager, Volunteer Manager, Supervision Manager, Centre of Excellence Manager, Business Development Manager and the Communications Manager
  • Performance management of 6 direct reports
  • Oversight of the CPD Committee
  • Overall accountability for the smooth day to day running of BANT supported by the Assistant Manager
  • Providing guidance to the directors and managers to enable them to perform their duties, comply with legal responsibilities and implement good governance
  • Providing advice and support to team leads, committees and steering groups
  • Overseeing the correspondence, ensuring it is dealt with it and delegated appropriately to  committees or council members
  • Regular review of processes and systems to ensure the most efficient and cost effective running of the company
  • Member of audit and assurance team responsible for ensuring robust governance and procedures
  • Stakeholder management – building relationships with suppliers, partners, wider industry players, regional coordinators
  • Management of Membership via the Membership Steering Group and Membership Committee
  • Website management and maintenance
  • Scoping and designing Admin and IT projects
  • Responsible for generating the BANT Accounts and general bookkeeping


Kate Alexander – Assistant Manager


  • Graduated from CNM Manchester in 2011
  • Practises Nutritional Therapy in private practice
  • Previous background in administration, IT training and communications in industrial sector

BANT responsibilities

  • Employed by BANT as Assistant Manager on a part-time basis
  • Responsible for general administration, supporting the General Manager
  • Membership administration, including processing of applications, renewals and CNHC portfolios
  • Administration of events, including CPD, regional and supervision events
  • Website administration, including publication of BANT News and e-blasts


Michelle Chester – Volunteer Manager

BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health, BANT stdnt

  • Currently studying BSc in Nutritional Therapy at the University of West London & sports massage with Cambridge School of Sports massage
  • Previous background is in recruiting for specialised roles for the public sector for Morgan Hunt and fitness training

BANT responsibilities

  • Annual volunteer planning and implementation
  • Supporting Directors and team leaders to develop their resource requirements
  • Management of recruitment processes for all volunteer vacancies
  • Inducting new BANT volunteers
  • Coordinating a BANT volunteer network

Helen Monk – Supervision Manager

BSc (Hons) Nutritional Health, DipION, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Helen graduated from ION and the University of Greenwich in 2011. She now practises nutritional therapy in private practice in Hitchin, Watford and Victoria Dock
  • Her previous background is in project management, and leading teams to deliver specialist support services

BANT responsibilities

  • Bring the opportunity to join a Supervision group to every BANT member
  • Motivate and develop the Supervision programme
  • Support and lead the Supervision team
  • Manage and oversee continuous improvement projects


Jessica Fonteneau – Communications Manager

DipION, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2014
  • Practises Nutritional Therapy in private practice
  • Previous background in consumer and corporate communications, specialising in issues and crisis management

BANT responsibilities

  • Manage planned communications including BANT monthly newsletter, CNHC monthly newsletter, monthly Women’s Health article, and Adhoc CAM Magazine articles
  • Manage media enquiries including identifying the appropriate expert from the media register and/or spokesperson within BANT
  • Grow BANT social media engagement
  • Management and organisation of BANT stand in events such as CAM Expo and Conferences, London Health Show, Allergy/FreeFrom and others


Emma Hendricks – Centre of Excellence Manager

DipION, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Graduated from ION in 2015 and was awarded top performing student. Also has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Exeter.
  • Practices Nutritional Therapy in a private practice.
  • Her previous background is in applied social research, information management and analysis.

BANT responsibilities

  • Employed with BANT on a part-time basis.
  • Responsible for developing and managing the Nutrition Evidence Knowledge Base.
  • Manage the BANT educational programme.
  • Manage volunteers to deliver CoE projects.