Leadership development for professional association leaders is rare. The BDA is at the forefront of developing its own members with a unique award-winning programme, developed by us and approved by the Institute for Leadership and Management.
Professional associations are led (governed) through formal structures made up of members and non-members who provide strategic leadership and direction. It is widely recognised that diversity at the most senior levels of organisations helps improve the way they are run and managed. Increasing diversity within the governance of the BDA (i.e. our Board/ Council and Committee structures) is essential for us to stay informed and responsive and to navigate the fast-paced and complex changes facing this sector. Boards whose members have different backgrounds and experience are more likely to encourage debate and to make better decisions.
To ensure that future association leaders have an opportunity to learn in a multi professional environment and are supported to govern and lead their association with vision and courage.
While the programme does not have any formal assessment, at the end of the programme participants will:
Participants will enjoy the following benefits:
For the first tranche in 2024 please ensure the BDA receives your application by 31 January 2024.
The deadline for submissions for the second tranche will be 30 June 2024.
To apply as a BDA member, please send a letter of application covering:
The BDA welcomes applications from members of other associations via their association. Your association will be able to provide you with details of their specific requirements.
You will be asked to send a letter of application, which will be shared with the BDA, covering:
The BDA welcomes applications from individuals. Please send a letter of application, which will be shared with the BDA, covering:
For more information about the Future Leaders Programme, including content, 2024 course dates, and costs, please download the guide.
Participants on the programme are expected to complete one session from each of the below sessions
Dates for modules in 2024 are:
Leadership and Professional Development Module:
Note, these are subject to change and additional dates may be added.
Working in the NHS, careers can sometimes feel stagnant for periods, and opportunities like this are key to maintaining a motivated and progressive workforce! BDA member
My experiences of the BDA Future Leaders programme is really helping me on the first step of that journey - becoming a better leader. Sharing experiences with other likeminded professionals and discussing topics from self-development to management and strategy within an organisation such as the BDA is enabling me develop a broader understanding of what I need to do to achieve my goals.
It’s been an honour to feel valued as a member and be included in the program, which makes me want to give back to an organisation that I value even more now I understand some of the complexities in how it’s run! BDA member
From a personal perspective, it’s given me the confidence to realise that there is no ‘right time’ or ‘stage of career’ to engage in leadership opportunities, but that we are all continuously learning and developing our leadership skills.