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Directors and Country Board Chairs

Company Directors  

"Having the opportunity of being a company director enabled me to immerse myself in the BDA company, its financial planning and propose meaningful strategies for the dietetic profession. It also allows you to widen your national network at the same time and get to know the BDA staff employees better. Give it a go!" 

Michele Rae FBDA, Professional Lead and Clinical Services Manager Dietetics, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

"I have thoroughly enjoyed and gained from being a Director on BDA Council in a number of roles. It is a fabulous opportunity to work at national level and to contribute to the development and  promotion of the dietetic profession to a wider audience. I have enhanced my own knowledge and experience of the role of a director on Council and also of the wider BDA system including specialist groups, post registration training and office operational and senior management responsibilities. As a BDA Director I greatly expanded my networks of Dietitians, Professional Bodies – AHP and other contacts across the UK. I gained invaluable experience of working at a national strategic level which has enhanced my current Dietetic Manager role in NI. 

Pauline Mulholland MBE FBDA, Lead Dietitian, South Eastern Trust


The BDA Board of Directors leads the profession and, more importantly, has strategic oversight of the company. Following a major governance review in 2018, Directors are appointed against a skills audit and against an agreed set of criteria and competencies. There is a Selection Committee which interviews candidates and makes recommendations to the Board on Director appointments.

The Board consists of at least 12 Directors, including a Chair, a Treasurer and members from across all four UK countries. The Chair must be a member of the Association. Up to one third of the Board can be appointed from outside the profession.

All Directors must fulfil their obligations under the Companies Act and ensure the company meets its statutory and other obligations. The Directors will also lead the strategic direction for the company and the office of nearly 40 staff.


Country Board Chairs

We are recruiting a member to Chair the BDA’s Scotland Country Board. The Country Boards steer the leadership of the profession and development of policy in each country. Although not a member of the Board of Directors, the Country Board Chairs are essential to the BDA’s governance structure and will work closely with Directors from each country.

All applicants will be assessed against the core skills and competencies which can be found in the role descriptor here.

Recruitment and Selection

The BDA actively welcomes applications for all roles, from members who represent all sections of the community.  The BDA works towards eliminating discrimination in all forms.

Term of Office

Country Board Chairs are recruited for a period of 3 years with the opportunity to serve a maximum of two terms of office.

All actual expenses incurred will be reimbursed and an annual fee, currently £3000, will be paid. This will cover the time taken, such as in reading papers and attending meetings, along with any ad hoc working groups.


Induction and training will be provided.

How to Apply

The BDA Council welcomes applications from suitably experienced members. To have an informal discussion about the role please contact the BDA Chair or the Chief Executive, Andy Burman, on 0121 200 8080.

To apply please submit a CV and letter (no more than 2 sides of A4 each) addressing how you meet the role criteria and what you will add to the role of Scotland Country Board Chair, by post or email to:

Andy Burman
British Dietetic Association,
3rd Floor, Interchange Place,
151-165 Edmund Street,
B3 2TA
United Kingdom

Closing Date for applications is 7 April 2020

Interviews will take place in Scotland