Nominations have now closed for the election of Council members.

I am delighted to report that seven of our members have been nominated, with five places to fill. Thank you to each of the following for standing – it is great to see the level of interest and the wide range of different perspectives they represent.

Eleanor Cadman

David Foley

Jay Jindal

Joseph Munyanga

Simon Myhill

Brenda Quinn-Hays

Ayan Saleiman

We will be posting their profiles ahead of the election which will run from 4th December and close on the 30th December.  Civica will be emailing election papers to all fully paid-up members on the 4th.  As well as voting for new Council members, the election papers will include a resolution seeking a few changes to the Articles of Association to bring them up-to-date.

Prof. D Welbourn
What do Council Members do?

Council is the governing body of your Society where all important decisions are made to ensure that the Society is well managed on behalf of both the members and the profession. Council members are responsible for making sure that all the work that the Society undertakes on behalf of the profession is consistent with our threefold statement of purpose:

 Care: We believe in delivering the highest level of care.

 Support: We are passionate about supporting our members to achieve this.

 Advocate We are the voice of our community and will always be an advocate for the future of our profession.

The smooth working of BSHAA depends on the willingness of members to serve on Council. BSHAA couldn’t function without Council Members’ voluntary commitment to planning, delivering and overseeing its work, and taking key decisions in members’ interests. With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, BSHAA played a vital leadership role for the audiology profession, working in partnership across the sector to produce clear and safe clinical guidance. This ensured that no-one was left without access to emergency hearing care services at a time when there was a major concern about the effect of isolation on mental health. BSHAA has continued to play a major role: repeatedly refreshing the guidance in line with the growing body of evidence about spread of the virus, appropriate standards of infection control, and use of PPE. Work continues to develop fresh guidance pushing the development of audiology into areas such as telehealth. BSHAA has also taken this opportunity to accelerate the digitising of our membership offer, making it more comprehensive and accessible. We’ve had a major thrust on professional development resources and training materials including webinars on hot topics, all supported by a new CPD App. BSHAA People is also moving on-line on a refreshed website. This activity to support our members through these most difficult times has happened because of the dedication of BHSAA’s Council Members. This is your chance to play your part in continuing to lead the profession forwards.

Is it for me?

Audiology is a diverse profession, and to function at its best, we need Council to be equally diverse. The pandemic and wider social issues have brought a sharp reminder of the need to look afresh at the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. We have published a firm policy statement, committing to making it a central theme through all our work. During their term of office as Council Members take on statutory responsibilities as Directors of the Association, and we need our debate and decision making to be as informed as possible, whether we are seeking to respond to practical matters affecting the profession today, or considering the future needs of members who will be practising in a market environment that will be very different.

Currently, women, minority ethnic groups and those very early in their audiology careers are under-represented. Council would especially welcome more nominations from these groups. We are particularly looking to strengthen the following areas of expertise on Council:

 strong networks, connections and understanding of education and training;

 innovation and digitization of both content and member engagement tools;

 ability to lead and oversee implementation of key areas of change;

 relevant technology trends and understanding of new technologies;

 clinical leadership across the breadth of practice settings;

 influence and policy making. As the recognised Professional Body representing audiologists in private practice, BSHAA expects all Council Members to sign a Directors’ Code of Conduct to demonstrate their willingness to uphold the highest values of professionalism.

Do Council Members get paid?

The work isn’t paid, but if you lose income as a result of being a Council Member there is a modest loss of business allowance and of course the Society pays your travel expenses.