BANT has appointed current director Catharine Trustram Eve as its new vice chair.
Catharine, who has been on the BANT Council for more than a year as the director overseeing its programme to raise awareness of nutritional therapy among GPs, will take up the post immediately.
Mother of two, Catharine, who is a practising nutritional therapist with a focus on poor cognitive function and fatigue, replaces Niki Gratrix who stepped down in April.
Catharine, whose background is in market planning and strategy and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, is also a health analyst – computerising cognitive function tests for screening for mild cognitive impairment – and is about to be published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “Catharine has brought strong strategic planning, market research, modelling and analysis skills to the BANT Council, which have been invaluable in changing the way BANT works for its members in recent months.
“Working with Catharine for the last 14 months has been very exciting. I value her ability to think outside the box and to see the bigger picture whilst keeping her feet on the ground. I can honestly say that I couldn’t have done my job as Chair without her, which is why I am really looking forward to working more closely with her.”
Catharine said: “The healthcare environment in the UK is very exciting at the moment; we have a growing degenerative and chronic disease burden, substantial scientific evidence supporting the role of nutrition in health and increasing awareness of the role of nutrition amongst both the public and clinicians. BANT has established a good position to respond to these opportunities and I am honoured to continue to contribute from within our vibrant and committed council.”