The Ménière’s Society team


Mrs Marie B Nobbs MBE

Mrs Marie B Nobbs MBE

1 Feb 1922 - 13 Aug 2016

Marie founded the Meniere’s Society in 1984 after she met people who had set up a telephone self-help network for Ménière’s sufferers in the Netherlands. With support and encouragement from other hard of hearing colleagues, Marie decided to establish a similar support group in the UK. The Meniere’s Society acquired charitable status in 1987. Since then the Society has gone from strength to strength. Marie sadly passed away on 13 August 2016. 


  • Lady Marjorie Clark
  • Mr Ian Chapman CBE

Board of Trustees

The Ménière’s Society is governed by a Board of Trustees. There are currently 11 trustees, elected annually by the membership. All trustees are directly acquainted with the symptoms and challenges vestibular disorders present, either as a sufferer, carer or health professional working in the field.

Members of the Trustee Board (pictured with the Director)

  • Mr Peter Joiner, Chair of Trustees
  • Mr David Renton, Vice-Chair
  • Mr Iain (Spike) Bromley, Treasurer
  • Mrs Barbara Bromley
  • Mr Andrew Clements
  • Mrs Carol Evans
  • Mrs Pennie Ford
  • Mr Geoffrey Howard
  • Dr Alan Jacques
  • Mr Simon Webster
  • Mr Richard Wheen

Office team

The Ménière’s Society currently employs two full-time members of staff. The small office team is supported by volunteers. The office is staffed Monday to Friday during office hours.

Natasha Harrington-Benton, Director

Natasha is responsible for the day to day running of the Ménière’s Society. Her role involves a wide range of activities including fundraising, strategy, publicity, attending events and liaising with health professionals, researchers and related organisations; as well as remaining a hands-on member of the office team – responding to enquiries and calls on the telephone information line. Natasha has 22 years’ experience of working in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector and has worked for the Ménière’s Society for eleven years.

Elaine Fenner

Elaine Fenner, Membership Manager

Elaine manages the Society’s membership database, ensuring members’ records are kept up-to-date and all donations and subscriptions are processed swiftly. She is also responsible for the Society’s Gift Aid claims, administering the annual conference and facilities management for the Society. Elaine has been a key member of the office team for 20 years and, if you’ve called the information line at any time, chances are you’ve spoken to Elaine.

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Annual reports and accounts

Our annual report and accounts reviews the Meniere’s Society performance for the financial year. Download our reports as PDFs via the links below.