Become a BDA Council Member

BDA Council members are responsible for the strategic leadership of the BDA, agreeing major policy, managing the Association’s finances and representing the membership. It is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. After all, who else can determine the fate of the professional body except people like you?

What does it involve?

BDA Council meets around five times a year, using face to face meetings and teleconferences. You may also spend some additional time on your own portfolio of work or responsibility on Council, e.g. Chairing a Board or representing the Association on working parties Papers are sent out to Council members a week before the Council meeting, so there is plenty of reading to do in advance.

Council has several different posts, representing all areas of the business from professional practice to communications and marketing. For example, as Chair of the Education Board you would work with your Board, university tutors and dietetic trainers on issues relating to pre-registration training. With devolved governments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, the constituency members on Council represent the interests of members and the profession in their constituency country.

Working with BDA staff, the Boards lead the direction of the BDA. So whether your interest or passion is trade union, education, devolved government, communication, research, policy, professional practice, dietetic support worker or student issues, now is your chance to influence how the BDA works for you and your colleagues.

What’s in it for me? Who can be nominated?

While there are two roles dedicated to Dietetic Supprot Workers and Student members, any full member can apply for the other roles. We need members who are enthusiastic and committed to representing the wider membership and from all walks of the profession....academia, clinical practice, industry, public health, freelance and so on. Getting involved can bring a range of benefits to you. Through Council you can question dietetic practice and see how the BDA is run; you will see the profession from the inside out. Being a Council member is a very valuable experience and superb CPD and a significant personal development opportunity.

What’s in it for my employer?

Council members are entitled to ‘backfill’ for their employer (or themselves if they have their own registered company). The fee is a token towards their time and contribution. Your employer will also benefit from having an employee with enhanced skills and knowledge, often within a BDA role that is key in influencing future policy. Reimbursement is also made for expenditure on travel and expenses incurred on Association business.

How can I find out more?

Any BDA member can come along and observe a Council or Board meeting. Just contact the office, tell us which type of Board you are interested in, when you may be interested in coming along, and we’ll make the arrangements for you.

Every year elections are held for vacancies that arise on Council. Look out for the details in Dietetics Today and the links to information on the members’ website.

For further information or a chat about Council’s work, contact either Andy Burman, Chief Executive, on 0121 200 8080 or email or contact the Chairman on