Steven Grayston - Honourary Treasurer

StevenI would never have thought setting out in dietetics that I would be in any of the roles I have been in. I didn’t have a master plan and my philosophy is you don’t really need to have one. Work hard, do a good job and the rewards will follow.

Who you are and how you got to where you are:

I am Steven Grayston, Honorary Treasurer of BDA Council, a new role that I have taken up from July 2018 having formally been Chair of the Professional Practice Board, which has now been merged with the Education Board and has co-chairs.

This is shift in focus for me and one that I am very much looking forward to getting my teeth into. I have been on BDA Council for 7 years now and this gives me an excellent insight into the historical financial management of the BDA, which is on a very sound footing. I am looking forward to the future opportunities this allows Council to make on behalf of the BDA to ensure the BDA remains current and indeed leads the way in terms of technological advances.

My day job is as an Assistant Area Director for Therapy Services in North Wales (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – BCUHB), having served as a Head of Dietetics for 10 years prior to this appointment, which I have been doing now for 3 years. Having responsibility for all of the therapy services does take some adjusting to and there is some stepping out of comfort zones at times, but shared learning and development and transferable skills are very evident.

Why you wanted to be on BDA Council:

I started out with the BDA working on a task and finish group in relation to Practice Supervision some time ago now and I found my way on to the Professional Development Committee, which later became the Professional Practice Board and now I am in my new role as Honorary Treasurer. I have really enjoyed my role on the BDA and feel I have been able to bring my NHS management experience to the table and have benefitted from having insight into Council matters.

Your role on Council:

As Honorary Treasurer, my role on Council is to oversee all matters relating to the financial management of the BDA including chairing a Finance and Risk Committee to ensure sound financial governance is maintained. I work with the financial accountants for the BDA who really do all the hard work in terms of providing the financial reports for Council.

Who inspires you (dietetically and non-dietetically) and why:

Having stepped out of direct dietetic management some 3 years ago as part of the inevitable change cycles in the NHS, I was thrust into a role that exposed me to the wider management and leadership of therapies. I am inspired by my former Therapy Manager who instilled discipline in every aspect of leadership, from people management to sound financial management. I am also inspired by the 3 Heads of Dietetics who I have been involved in appointing for BCUHB. They are all relatively new to management but their enthusiasm, drive and undoubted ability is inspirational.

Outside of work I am inspired by sport in pretty much every shape and form, but particularly cyclists such as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. If you have ever cycled up the Alps or the Pyrenees (and I have), then you cannot help but be inspired by what they can do!

And finally…

I would never have thought setting out in dietetics that I would be in any of the roles I have been in. I didn’t have a master plan and my philosophy is you don’t really need to have one. Work hard, do a good job and the rewards will follow. You do have to volunteer to put your hat in the ring to achieve some of the things you want to in life though and your career, so don’t be shy and push yourself a little and get outside your comfort zone, you never know, you might like it and who knows where it may lead you.

You can contact Steven by email: treasurer@bda.uk.com