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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, Membership Support 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

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

Abir Hamza-Goodacre

Abir Hamza-Goodacre – Membership Support Manager

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 Community and Partnerships Director role

BANT responsibilities

  • Employed with BANT on a part-time basis.
  • This role is responsible for supporting the Membership Director and Membership Steering Group (MSG) to achieve its annual objectives.

Clare Grundel – Centre of Excellence Manager

MSc Nutritional Therapy, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Graduated from The Northern College of Acupuncture in 2014
  • Practices nutritional therapy in private practices in Scotland and Cambridge
  • Previous background in international development, banking and finance

BANT responsibilities

  • Manage BANT’s educational programme, including the production of webinars, learning zone materials and toolkits
  • Support and management of the Nutrition Evidence Database
  • Manage the Centre of Excellence volunteer team involved in enhancing Nutrition Evidence Database scientific articles and webinar production

Lara Seago – Volunteer Manager

Dip CNM, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Employed with BANT on a part-time basis
  • Graduated from The College of Naturopathic Medicine in Nutritional Therapy in 2015
  • Practices nutritional therapy in private practices in the West Midlands
  • Previous background in Executive Support, Team Management and Project Management

BANT responsibilities

  • Recruitment, management and development of BANT’s Volunteer community
  • Inducting and training of new volunteers
  • Supporting leads and managers in motivating and leading their volunteer teams
  • Active member of the Volunteer Steering Group, contributing to the future direction of BANT’s volunteer community