Northern Ireland Board

Who we are

Board Members

Kathryn Duff

NI Constituency Council Member and Chairman

Karen Robinson

Deputy Northern Ireland Constituency Council Member



Claire Holmes

Member without portfolio

Rachael Hawthorne

Trade Union / NIERC Representative

Elizabeth McKnight

AHPFNI Representative

Lucy Hull

Dietetic Managers Forum Representative

Alyson Hill

Education Representative

Zoe Fletcher

Member without portfolio

Katie Hunter

Member without portfolio

The Board are supported by Ruth Balmer, BDA Policy Officer.

Latest Updates

Cross Border Study Day

‘Future Leaders - Succession Planning’, Tuesday 1 October 2019, 9.15 – 16.00

Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT36 5QA

An engaging and informative learning event, with Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional for Public Health England, confirmed as key note speaker. The study day is open to all BDA members in Northern Ireland as well as Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute Members. This cross border event is funded by safefood. For further information and booking:

Northern Ireland Confederation for Health & Social Care (NICON) 2019

BDA Northern Ireland Board hosted an information stand at the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care (NICON), conference and exhibition, which took place in La Mon Hotel, Belfast on 16 and 17 May 2019. The theme for the conference was, ‘Leading from the Edge – Transforming our System together’. The event indicated the real and substantial progress that is being made to transform services and implement the Northern Ireland strategy, Health and Wellbeing 2026 – Delivery Together.

Dietitians in Northern Ireland along with other Allied Health Professions, have an essential function in working together with health and social care colleagues to lead on the necessary change.  Transformation in primary care, delivering a multi-disciplinary approach has been identified as a key vehicle for change. The event provided an effective platform for dietitians to influence change by engaging with senior leaders in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, the majority of dietitians work in Health and Social Care settings - hospitals, community services, general practice and public health. With the theme, ‘Dietitians in Primary Care’, the BDA stand at NICON 2019, highlighted the critical role of dietitians in supporting primary care services. Case studies were used to showcase the diversity of primary care roles of dietitians in Northern Ireland; from specialist palliative care, to prescribing support, virtual clinics in diabetes care, to innovative dietetic care and management of cow’s milk allergy, irritable bowel syndrome and care home patients.

A ‘Big’ Thank You’ to all the BDA Northern Ireland members who supported this event.


Northern Ireland Call to Action launched

BDA Northern Ireland Board has created a 'Call to Action' for the government in Northern Ireland. The Call to Action sets out four key areas where the dietitians believe the NI Government needs to act to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Northern Ireland. Read the Call to Action here

AHPs - who we are and what we do

Published in March 2017, this document highlights how AHPs in Northern Ireland, including dietitians, are best placed to deliver the outcomes of 'Health and Wellbeing 2026'.



The Board continually seeks to highlight the key role of the profession through engagement in government policies and strategies including:

Health and Wellbeing 2026

In October 2016, the Minister for Health in Northern Ireland published Health and Wellbeing as a 10 year vision to transform the Northern Ireland health and social care system.

Making Life Better

A framework for public health in Northern Ireland. Department of Health strategy launched in 2013.

A Fitter Future for All

Published in 2012 as a cross government department framework to address overweight and obesity in Northern Ireland. The BDA is a member of the implementation group for A Fitter Future for All, with representation on the group from the BDA Northern Ireland Board.

Promoting Good Nutrition

The BDA Northern Ireland Board has membership on the implementation group for Promoting Good Nutrition, the Department of Health strategy for good nutritional care and prevention of malnutrition for adults in all care settings in Northern Ireland.


The Allied Health Professions Federation Northern Ireland (AHPFNI)

The BDA is a member of The Allied Health Professions Federation Northern Ireland.  The AHPFNI provides collective leadership and representation for its member professional bodies.

More information can be found on the AHPFNI page of the AHPF website.