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 Membership Manager, Volunteer Manager, Science & Education Manager, Communications Manager and the Practice Governance Manager
  • Performance management of 5 direct reports
  • Oversight of the CPD Committee
  • Overall accountability for the smooth day to day running of BANT supported by the Membership 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
  • Website management and maintenance
  • Scoping and designing Admin and IT projects
  • Responsible for generating the BANT Accounts and general bookkeeping


Kate Alexander – Membership 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 Membership Manager on a part-time basis
  • Responsible for member management and supporting the General Manager
  • Membership administration, including processing of applications, renewals and CNHC portfolios
  • CPD Committee Member

Clare Grundel – Science & Education 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
  • Manages the CPD Committee and all things CPD related
  • Support and management of the Nutrition Evidence Database
  • Manage the Science & Education 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

Lisa Fossey – Practice Governance Manager

Dip BCNH, BSc. Nutritional Therapy, mBANT

  • Graduated from BCNH in 2013
  • Employed with BANT on a part-time basis
  • Previous background in banking and finance admin support

BANT responsibilities

  • Managing all Practice Governance related issues
  • Supporting and coordinating the PPP
  • Liaison for BANT Professional Supervision

Claire Sambolino – Communications Manager

MSc Personalised Nutrition, NTPD CNELM, mBANT, CNHC Registered

  • Graduated from Middlesex University in 2017 with an MSc in Personalised Nutrition
  • NTPD from Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM) in 2017
  • Practices nutritional therapy in private practices in Surrey and Italy
  • Previous background in consumer marketing & corporate communications, specialising in FMCG

BANT responsibilities

  • Manage media enquiries and journal/magazine contributions identifying the appropriate expert and/or spokesperson within BANT
  • Responsible for BANT PR and Press releases
  • Internal communications – Coordinate BANT member communications: Newsletters, CPD & Educational Updates, Practice Governance, Volunteering opportunities, Membership & Events.
  • External communications – Responsible for growing BANT profile and communications to the general public: social media, consumer campaigns and community initiatives & events
  • Grow BANT social media engagement