Education and Professional Practice Board

Education Board

The BDA’s Education Board has members from senior positions across academia and practice.  It is tasked with overseeing strategic governance of the BDA’s education/training activity.  This work covers final oversight of the accreditation of pre-registration education and training, including the development of the curriculum framework.  In addition, the Education Board has responsibility for setting continuing professional development strategy to enable the BDA to support members in meeting HCPC CPD standards.

The Education Board meets three times per year in the BDA Offices in Birmingham.  It is supported by two operational / advisory groups, the Quality Standards Committee and the Higher Education Institution Sub-Group.

Current Membership

Fiona Moor, Head of Dietetic Services, Royal Derby Hospital (Chair)

Amanda Avery, Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nottingham

Thushara Dassanayake, Acting Clinical Service Lead Dietitian (Renal), Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust

Alyson Hill, Course Director MSc Human Nutrition & MSc Dietetics, University of Ulster

Judyth Jenkins MBE, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics Services, Cardiff and Vale UHB 

Dr Deborah Lycett, Reader in Nutrition, Dietetics and Spiritual Health, Coventry University (Chair of Quality Standards Committee)

Dr Anne Payne, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) Academic Lead for Dietetics, University of Plymouth 

Susan Shandley, Programme Lead, AHP Practice Education Programme), NHS Education for Scotland.

Professional Practice Board

The purpose of the Professional Practice Board is to promote, advance and develop the profession and dietetic practice now and in the future. 

It achieves this through leading the profession to influence and drive change through engagement with national consultations, representations, lobbying, policy statements, guidance documents, and engaging membership and stakeholders. The Board leads on the advancement of dietetic practice and the supporting career and workforce development; research and evidence based practice; ethics and professionalism and informatics.

The work the Board leads on can be found in the Professional section of the website 

The Board members are 

Steven Grayston (Chair) Head of Dietetics, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

I work as a dietetic manager responsible for services to acute and community sites across North Wales. I also hold a small clinical caseload for paediatrics.

Paul McArdle, Lead Clinical Dietitian & Deputy Head of Nutrition, Birmingham Community. Nutrition.

I lead the adult clinical services for Birmingham Community Nutrition. His team include specialists in gastroenterology, coeliac disease, diabetes, maternal health and weight management. Paul specialises in Diabetes and recently Co-Chaired the Diabetes Education and Management Group (DMEG) of The BDA.

Tess Mewton
Freelance Dietitian in Wiltshire.

Ruth Boocock, Diabetes Specialist Dietitian and Diabetes Team Leader for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

My specialist areas of interest are diabetes, obesity, working with people from a South Asian background, structured patient education, teaching.

Sue Perry, Deputy Head of Dietetics based at Hull Royal Infirmary, specialising in Renal Medicine.

I have worked as a renal dietitian for over 18 years and was chair of the RNG between 2008 and 2011. I am currently a member of a working group, initiated by the RNG, looking at Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.

I have been a member of a NICE Guideline Development Group (between 2010 and 2012).
My main areas of interest and experience are in supporting and developing new staff, encouraging all staff to use evidence based / best practice and to provide a quality service for patients.

Donna Duncan, Deputy Head of Service for Nutrition and Dietetic Service, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board.

I am based in Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend and have a clinical case load of eating disordered and moter neurone disease patients. I also maintain an active interest in research working with South East Wales Trials Unit and representing therapies on the ABMU research committee.

Dr Paula Regan 

Carole Weir (maternity  leave) 

The Board is supported by members of the Education and Professional Development  team.