Debbie Provan Deputy Scotland Council Constituency Member
Who you are and how you got to where you are?
My name is Debbie Provan and I hold the position of Deputy Scotland Council Constituency Member on BDA Council, which means I am the Deputy Chair of the BDA Scotland Board. I have two day jobs; the first is Regional Lead for Transforming Care After Treatment with the West of Scotland Cancer Network, and the second is National Macmillan AHP Lead for Cancer Rehabilitation. Both positions have taken me out of Dietetics but they allow me to use a number of skills and experiences which I gained during my years as a Dietitian.
Why you wanted to be on BDA Council?
A number of years ago I held a position on the BDA Communications and Marketing Board, and I have also been Chair of the West of Scotland Branch of the BDA. Whilst both positions were demanding I gained a lot of knowledge and they provided great opportunities to learn and network. I felt that by sitting on Council and contributing to the BDA Scotland Board I would be able to use the skills I have gained through my working career, and also better understand how the BDA works whilst contributing to the profession.
What is your role on Council?
I deputise for the BDA Scotland Chair: Joyce Thompson and attend at least one Council meeting per year. Collectively Joyce and I are there to represent members in Scotland; making sure that the policy context in Scotland is understood and the voice of the membership is strong.
What are the objectives of your Board?
The BDA Scotland Board hopes to support members in Scotland by representing the interests of the profession and membership to key stakeholders and at BDA UK level.
Who inspires you and why?
There are a number of people who inspire me from a dietetic and leadership perspective. Anyone who is willing to consider a new way of doing things, who practices with compassion and respect, and aims to teach and inspire is likely to be someone I would admire.
I would encourage anyone who is considering a voluntary position with the BDA to take up an observer seat at BDA Council or Board level, or to go along to your local Branch or Specialist Group committee meeting. I know they would be welcomed and it is a great opportunity to make new links and better understand what the role entails. There really is a lot to gain from a voluntary position but it does require some commitment.