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Leadership development for professional association leaders is rare. The BDA is at the forefront of developing its own members with a unique 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.

“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.”

It is recognised that member associations have overwhelming gender and racial bias and do not represent our professions. We are committed to making improvements in the governance of the BDA and we are funding access to a leadership programme which will support members to take on strategic leadership roles within the BDA. This programme covers strategic corporate issues such as finance, governance, leadership skills, risk management and many other aspects that will help prepare you to become more involved in your association.

“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.”

This leadership programme will see you take on a six month programme, alongside Future Leaders from other professions. Using expert tutors you will cover high level strategic topics covering strategic finance, good governance, leadership skills, diversity training and much more.

“It’s been an honour to feel valued as a member and be included in the programme, 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!”


Access our Future Leaders Programme
If you are interested in finding out more about our award winning programme, either as a BDA member interested in applying for a place, or a professional association interested in how this programme can support your governance, please contact