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Staff vacancies at the BDA

The BDA is an award winning employer based in central Birmingham. We have recently moved to innovative new premises and our work environment is second to none. We have a wide range of supportive and attractive benefits which include a money purchase pension scheme, health reimbursement benefits, part time/flexible working and other family friendly policies.

Member Roles at the BDA

Trade Union National Executive Committee (TUNEC) interim vacancies

The TUNEC has been set up as a statutory requirement to ensure the proper management, leadership and direction of the BDA Trade Union. The role of committee members includes making major policy decisions, agreeing nominations to outside bodies and conferences, and reflecting the concerns of the members in their constituency.

Following the statutory elections to our inaugural TUNEC it has been agreed that interim vacancies should be advertised on a co-opted basis. Successful applicants will attend meetings and contribute to our work but will not have voting rights. Statutory by-elections will be held in due course.

Current vacancies are:

  • Member representing Wales
  • Member identifying as disabled
  • Member identifying as LGBTQI+

The BDA welcomes applications from any member fitting the criteria for any of these seats.

Members representing disabled and LGBTQI+ members will also be invited to join the new BDA Equality and Diversity Committee to ensure consistency and accountability in our equality work across the organisation.

The role descriptor can be found here

To apply please submit a CV and letter (no more than two sides of A4 each) addressing how you would meet the role criteria and what you would add to the work of the committee, by email to:

Annette Mansell-Green, Director of Trade Union and Public Affairs, The British Dietetic Association

Closing date for applications is 16 July

Interviews are due to be held w/c 2 August (TBC)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee members

The BDA Board of Directors and the Trade Union National Executive Committee have agreed that as a professional body and trade union it is vital that we commit to tackling all forms of inequality in the profession, the NHS, employers and society. It has therefore been agreed to set up a committee to carry out an extensive work programme which will necessitate both internal and external engagement. The leadership and involvement of members of the EDI committee will be crucial in ensuring that the lived experiences and relevant experience informs our work.

The agreed objectives of the committee are:

  1. To promote equal access to employment, goods, services and information for BDA members who identify as BAME, disabled, LGBTQI+ and women.
  2. To raise awareness about EDI issues within the BDA organisation and membership, employers, patients and the general public.
  3. To advise, influence and develop BDA and Government policy on EDI issues.
  4. To offer support to members who are experiencing problems relating to EDI on a personal and professional level, e.g., discrimination or harassment.
  5. Promote equality, diversity and inclusion by encouraging representation of all equality groups throughout the BDA.
  6. To campaign for full civil rights for all people.
  7. To promote equality of opportunity and access for all BDA members in professional, educational and employment issues.
  8. To work with others such as the BDA Board of Directors, Country Boards and the TUNEC, other diversity organisations, AHP organisations and the TUC to achieve this.
  9. To support the work of other BDA organisational bodies in their work and be willing to tackle all forms of discrimination against BDA members wherever they may arise.

The full terms of reference of the committee can be found here

Applications are now open for any member who identifies as the following:

  • Member with a disability
  • LGBTQI+ member
  • Black, Asian or minority ethnic member
  • Woman member

The term of office will be for three years.

To apply please submit a CV and letter (no more than two sides of A4 each) addressing how you would work to the objectives of the committee and what you would add to the role, by email to:

Annette Mansell-Green, Director of Trade Union and Public Affairs, The British Dietetic Association

Closing date for applications is 16 July 2021

Interviews are due to be held w/c 2 August (TBC)

Student Rep

The BDA student rep sits on the Board of Directors to advocate for the interests of dietetic students, supports student engagement and recruitment activity and contributes to our student communications, including RD2B, our student e-zine

This experience is a great addition to a student CV, as it will demonstrate that you have been involved in strategic leadership at a national level, as well as working alongside senior dietitians.

If you are a student member who would be interested in getting involved in the running of the BDA, learning more about the work we do, networking with senior colleagues and getting to lead on student initiatives, then the student rep role might be for you.

Applications open on 16 June. In the case of a contested election, voting amongst BDA student members will run 2 – 20 August 2021, with the elected rep taking up the role in September.

A role descriptor can be found here.

Induction and training will be provided. 

For an informal discussion on the role please contact either the current student member (, the Chairman ( or the Chief Executive below.

To apply, send a short letter of application and your CV, explaining how and why you believe you meet the criteria and what you will add to the role.

If there is more than one application then the student members will be asked to vote on their preferred candidate. 

Letters of application and CVs must be returned by email to:

Andy Burman

Chief Executive

The British Dietetic Association

c/o Karen Leek, Director of Business Administration 

Email address: 

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 16 July 2021.