The best in dietetics celebrate in Birmingham

06 Jun 2024

The BDA Awards and Honours for 2023/24 were presented to the most deserving members of the dietetic workforce at Birmingham’s prestigious Council House this week. The event brought together the great and the good and was the perfect setting for an afternoon of celebrating and networking.

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Thank you to our sponsors Yakult and Danone and also to Wiltshire Farm Foods for supplying the desserts.


Chair of the BDA, Caroline Bovey, said “Each year, the BDA recognises excellence in the science and practice of dietetics, the contributions that individuals make in promoting the BDA and the profession and for ‘going the extra mile’. Our members are the association. This is our chance to say thank you to all the members who do so much.”

View the photos from the Awards here:

BDA Awards and Honours 2024

The Mary Turner Award

Winner - Rachael Hawthorne 

BDA Awards 2024 Rachael Hawthorne

Rachael is a TUNEC member and Chair of the Northern Ireland employment relations committee. This award was presented in recognition of the work that she did in leading the industrial action in January. 

Media Spokesperson of the Year 

Winner - Nichola Ludlam-Raine

BDA Awards 2024 Nichola Ludlam-Raine

Nichola’s experience on live TV is vast and means we feel confident that she is a trusted pair of hands to carry important dietetic messages from the BDA. It also helps that she’s a lovely person and that conveys in her work with the media and why journalists keep asking her back. We’re grateful for her ongoing support and are excited to see where her media work goes. 


Aisling Pigott and Clare Thornton-Wood

Digital Innovation Award

Winner - Simple App: Nutrition Scores and Food Feedback

BDA Awards 2024 Simple App: Nutrition Scores and Food Feedback


MUST on Vitals Reporting & Dashboard 

Outstanding Achiever Award - Sponsored by Yakult 

Winner - Moira Taylor 

BDA Awards 2024 Moira Taylor


Nicky Wyer

Rising Star Award - Sponsored by Danone 

Winner - Critical Care Specialist Group Social Media Team: Lisa Corrigan and Chloé McMurray

BDA Awards 2024 Critical Care Specialist Group Social Media Team: Lisa Corrigan and Chloé McMurray

Social Media Influencer of the Year 

Winner - @CUH_dietitians 

BDA Awards 2024 @CUH_dietitians

Watch the video here.

  • Cinematographer: Umme Ali 

  • Video editing for social media (Instagram reel) and starring role: Sophie Barnett

  • Starring role: Nelly Brooks

Student Champion 

Winner - Shona Wells, Newcastle University (The third time in a row that a student from Newcastle has won!)

BDA Awards 2024 Shona Wells, Newcastle University


Mya Bromwich – Nottingham University

Kyle Kennedy – Glasgow Caledonian University

Eric Cui Wu – King’s College, London

Volunteer of the Year **NEW AWARD FOR 2024**

Joint Winners - Eleanor Coles and Krishna Kholia Parmar 

BDA Awards 2024 leanor Coles and Krishna Kholia Parmar


Natasha Guildford

Branch of the Year 

Winner - West Scotland

The West Scotland Branch have showcased their ongoing dedication, teamwork, and achievements in the area of member engagement. Working to support members in West Scotland they have delivered events, led social media campaigns and used their platform to educate, influence and promote the dietetic profession.

The branch has spent considerable time developing their stakeholder relationships, working across the BDA with specialist groups, staff and the Scotland Country Board to deliver member engagement activities. The committee have been particularly successful in engaging with students, hosting a popular event showcasing dietetics to students across Scotland.

The committee have seen a considerable increase in their social media engagement resulting in more followers and a broader reach to promote dietetics in Scotland. 

BDA Awards 2024 West Scotland


South East 

South West England 

Sub-Group of the Year

Winner - Neonatal Sub-Group 

The Neonatal Sub-Group have been enthusiastic in their work to influence and develop support for dietitians working within neonatal units. They have worked hard to build their stakeholder relationships, allowing them to lead and contribute to national initiatives, and to represent the dietetic profession in a number of forums. 

The sub-group has placed a strong focus on supporting members education, practice and research by producing national guidance, contributing to national groups, consultations and policy. They have focused on building a strong community of supportive dietitians using key communication channels to create a healthy dialogue and peer support system.

As a committee they have demonstrated their member first approach, seeking the opinions of their members and delivering key projects, communications and events in response. 

BDA Awards 2024 Neonatal Sub-Group



Specialist Group of the Year 

Winner - Paediatric Specialist Group 

The Paediatric Specialist Group has demonstrated excellent work in supporting and developing education, resources and tools for their members. The group has continually placed the members at the heart of all that they do, listening and responding to their needs and looking to the future in order to develop aspiring paediatric dietitians. Their work this year has been impactful, considered and extensive with key projects such as the Childhood Obesity Toolkit and the NHS e-learning programme coming to fruition.

The group has worked hard to cultivate meaningful engagement with strategic partners, benefiting both members and the advancement of the profession. They have worked to align the group's work plan with the broader BDA strategy and have incorporated relevant campaigns and social media activities into their activity to raise awareness and promote the role of the paediatric dietitian. 

The committee is vibrant, innovative, and committed to supporting their community, advocating to improve practice and support the work of the BDA. 

BDA Awards 2024 Paediatric Specialist Group


Food Services

HIV Care


The General and Education Trust (GET) has a long history of supporting the science and practice of dietetics through the promotion of national awards which recognise the excellent work carried out by many BDA members, from publishing original research work, to innovation in practice and educational resources. 

Dame Barbara Clayton Award 

BDA Awards 2024 Dr Claudine Matthews

Advancing Dietetic Practice and Policy Development in Sickle Cell Nutrition

Dr Claudine Matthews 

Elizabeth Washington Award

BDA Awards 2024 E-learning for health training programme – Complications from excess weight (CEW) in children and young people

E-learning for health training programme – Complications from excess weight (CEW) in children and young people 

Dr Laura Stewart, Kiranjit Atwal, Rachael Brandreth, Lisa Cooke, Shelley Easter and Julie Lanigan

Rose Simmonds Award 

BDA Awards 2024 Cristian Costas Batlle

A dietitian led coeliac service helps to identify and reduce involuntary gluten ingestion with subsequent reduction in the frequency of repeat endoscopies 

Cristian Costas Batlle 

BDA Honours 

The BDA Honours recognise and reward BDA members who go above and beyond, those who inspire others and are making a real difference. 

Honorary Associate

Simon Langley Evans

BDA Awards 2024 Simon Langley Evans


Nicki Ruddock

BDA Awards 2024 Nicki Ruddock

Professional Achievement

Lisa Cooke

BDA Awards 2024 Lisa Cooke


Dr Barbara Engel

BDA Awards 2024 Dr Barbara Engel

Azmina Govindji

BDA Awards 2024 Azmina Govindji

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