All companies must hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the company accounts are reported. The BDA’s AGM is also an opportunity for members to hear about the achievements of the last 12 months and hear any important news about the strategic direction of the Association.
Our next AGM will be online - Wednesday 7 July 2021 from 6pm, read the agenda.
Elsie Widdowson lecture
We also take this opportunity to deliver the annual memorial lecture dedicated to the legacy of dietetic pioneer, Elsie Widdowson.
This year’s lecture 'Diversity and inclusion in Dietetics – where we are and where we need to be' will be delivered by Susan Price, Deputy Director (Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing, Social Cohesion and Cultural Development) and Critical Care Dietitian.
Susan will discuss why we need to look at equality, diversity and inclusion in the dietetic workforce and why they cannot just be words on a page, but values that we truly live and demonstrate in all parts of our lives.
Susan will be addressing how we must be more inclusive now to ensure our future dietetic workforce is fit for purpose and that all feel they can join. She will also get us to think about our own bias and how we can change our behaviours to be a true ally to others.
Dietetics and the BDA are moving into the future. Be part of it - join us online at 6pm, Wednesday 7 July. Join the conversation on social media with #DiversifyDietetics.
Susan graduated from Robert Gordon University in 1995 and undertook her first role at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham working in elderly care. Her career has then stayed in the West Midlands/Black Country where she's worked in a wide range of adult clinical areas in both acute and community services. Susan has also spent time as a Sports Dietitian, working with footballers, horse riders and ballerinas. She has also been part of the BDA PR committee where she has been active both locally and nationally.
After a career break to travel the Southern Hemisphere, she took up a post as a Research Dietitian at The University of Birmingham looking into sarcopenia in older people, it was during this time she completed her Master’s Degree in Health Care Sciences.
Following this, she returned to work at Selly Oak hospital where she was appointed to the role of Deputy Head of Service and her clinical role was in gastroenterology and in critical care during the period of the Afghanistan war.
She was appointed to be the Head of Nutrition and Dietetics at University Hospital Birmingham where she continued with her clinical work in critical care (trauma and cardio thoracics) and gastroenterology. In 2020, Susan was appointed to the role of Deputy Director (Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing, Social Cohesion and Cultural Development) and still continues her clinical work in critical care.
Susan enjoys running and has completed the London Marathon twice!
BDA Chair Caroline Bovey:
I am particularly looking forward to this year's lecture, it is a subject that is very close to my heart and is being delivered by a much-respected colleague who is doing important work in this area. Of course, the Elsie Widdowson lecture is just one reason to take part in this year's AGM. It is also an opportunity for you to hear about the achievements of the last 12 months and get an insight into the strategic direction of the Association.
Last year's AGM
Our 2020 AGM was held on Wednesday 2 September.