The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall strategic and operational work of the BAA. Board Directors are both responsible for specific work areas and act as a liaison between a committee or work group. The current Board has 14 Directors, supported by our Marketing & Communications Manager and our PA. The Board meets quarterly and holds an annual strategy day to review the forward plan. Board minutes are published on the BAA website.

Executive Team

During the last eighteen months, we have developed a more active executive team to focus and maintain momentum between Board meetings. The President meets regularly with the Vice President, Past President and Comms Executive. Each member of the executive team holds lead responsibilities for key objective areas and in supporting other Board Directors. These areas of responsibility are –

• President – Chairs the Board, is President and supports the Board Directors of EAR, Membership and Policy & Campaigns.
• Vice President – Supports the President and supports the Board Directors of SQC and Early Professionals
• Past President – Supports the President and the Board Directors of Conference, Regional Groups and Pubs & Comms

2021/2022 Board Members
President's Blog 2nd June

Hi everyone,

I want to talk about the HTS scheme and my experience as an examiner. I try to cover at least one exam a year, if possible, to support the profession and keep my knowledge of the scheme up to date, but it is also always useful CPD for me.

As most of you will know, the traditional HTS modules relate to acquiring theoretical knowledge via M-level training, as well as developing practical skills to become competent in clinical practice. Clinical experts in each field developed the content, scope, knowledge required, and learning outcomes for each module. Gaining an externally verified clinical competence certificate can only be a good thing, both for the continuing development of the individual audiologist who can obtain a nationally recognised professional qualification, and for the service itself – to demonstrate that staff competency has been externally verified.

Recently, BAA opened an equivalence route for the Paediatric Assessment HTS module, so that experienced paediatric audiologists trained via other routes could be externally verified. Let’s be honest – putting yourself forward as a candidate for an equivalency exam after you have done the job for years is brave. I’ve seen how stressful it can be – you may not have done an exam for years, and yet here you are – asking yourself why on earth you invited people you don’t know to watch you with patients, all the while scribbling things down on their clipboards so they can ask you tough questions about what you did afterwards. (A bit like when your department has its first IQIPs visit, and they are doling out findings like sweeties, and you are nodding along while secretly wanting to scream… but afterwards you realise it was mostly useful recommendations…). But remember, the examiners actually want you to pass! And they will likely ask questions in the viva where you can explain why something didn’t go well, and you can redeem yourself.

But being a HTS candidate and being an examiner are excellent for that thing called lifelong learning, which is something we all must embrace. Nothing is the same as when I qualified as an Audiological Scientist in the 90s. I’ve had to continually update my knowledge and practice. It’s too easy to do what you have always done, and forget why.

Gaining an HTS certificate means the candidate has proven they can not only pass academic modules and are safe clinically with patients, but also that they can justify what they do scientifically and think on their feet in a real-life situation. The HTS ensures actual evidence-based practice, and as one candidate said, “it removes any institutionalised thinking”.

I found being an examiner may be the next best thing to doing the whole module all over again, as I had to remind myself of the HTS requirements, check up to date evidence, etc. But then I find myself checking that my own practice is good enough, and feeding back about keeping things tight when I go back to your own department. Plus, who doesn’t like going to other departments, meeting lovely audiologists, and getting ideas to take home?

We need more therapeutic skills, tinnitus and cochlear implant examiners, so we would take applications for these three areas. Or if existing examiners can examine in these areas, please let us know and we can update our records. In most other areas, we have a backlog of trainee examiners needing to observe exams, so don’t need any more at this moment in time. The criteria to be an examiner are:

Examiners examine in one or more areas of expertise, and are required to meet the following:

  • HSCF level 6 and above practitioner, or equivalent
  • Hold the HTS module in the specialist area in which they are examining (or equivalent), and have at least 2 years post qualification experience
  • Full member of the BAA
  • Registered with the relevant registration body e.g. RCCP, HCPC
  • Be performing an active clinical role (usually 2 clinical sessions per week in that area) or have previously had significant experience as HSCF level 6 or above practitioner in each examined area and have maintained close knowledge of the area (e.g. through a service management/leadership role, employment in formal education of M-level practitioners or research).
  • Complete examiners training every year for the first two years, and a minimum of once every three years thereafter, or when significant changes to the scheme have occurred.
  • Be available to carry out at least one set of exams annually (averaged over three years).
  • Keep up to date with the latest HTS regulations, module specifications and guidance

If you are interested in becoming an examiner in therapeutic skills, tinnitus or cochlear implants, please email

So keep on with lifelong learning, and as always, share your thoughts at

Take care


BAA President


Board Annual Awards

British Academy of Audiology Annual Awards

Every year at the BAA annual conference, we take the time to acknowledge those individuals and teams who have excelled or shown exceptional commitment to the Audiology profession over the past year.

Previous award winners can be found here.

The BAA award for the Audiologist of the Year, in memory of Peggy Chalmers, recognises an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to patient care. We look for an individual who has gone above and beyond to put the patient first, or improve their experience in even a small way, making a significant difference to them. This award is focused on patient care and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from patients, or colleagues, highlighting the reasons their Audiologist should be nominated.

Peggy Chalmers contributed immeasurably to audiology in many ways, improving professional standards and training and supporting hundreds of students from the UK and overseas. Her hard work and enthusiasm inspired many professionals in Audiology and with this award, we hope each winner will continue to inspire with their excellent work.

The BAA Team of the Year Award was created in 2004 to celebrate the coming together of the different professions within Audiology. The prize is awarded to a team which has worked together to improve the quality of service in their area. Teams which work within an audiology department, in education, in research, or in an organisational capacity are all eligible. Past winners have shown particularly innovative and original ideas or worked on a specific project directly connected to audiology. Anyone can make a nomination, the winning team is chosen by the BAA board and will have the opportunity to share their accomplishments via the BAA magazine.

Lisa Bayliss was a 20-year old student Audiologist working at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Sadly, in 1992, Lisa’s life was tragically taken on her way home from work. Lisa is greatly missed by all who met her but especially her family, colleagues and her patients. Lisa was kind, caring and worked well with everyone she met. She was described as a great people person. When it was suggested that an award be named in her honour, it came as no surprise that the award would be given to someone who showed the qualities Lisa possessed in abundance.

The Lisa Bayliss award was traditionally given to the student who performed best at the BAAT part 2 practical exam. With the introduction of the BSc, the award is now given to the student who performs the best during their BSc (PTP) placement.

The BAA award for the Placement Supervisor of the Year recognises an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to supervising and supporting a student while on placement. We look for an individual who has gone above and beyond to provide a supportive learning environment on placement for students, providing leadership and guidance as well as inspiration. The award is focused on the mentoring of students and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from student, colleagues and university placement teams highlighting the reason a particular audiologist should be nominated.

The award is given in honour of Paul Doody, an extraordinary Audiologist who was totally committed to training; he made a huge difference in the lives of numerous Audiologists. Shortly before the 2016 annual conference and after organising the Associate lecture track for the conference, Paul sadly passed away. Although he would not consider this an honour or indeed necessary, his family, friends and colleagues strongly disagree with him. They and the BAA Board feel he had the qualities all nominees for this award should aspire to.

This award, sponsored by Phonak, is for Audiologists working in the field of paediatrics who, it is felt, have influenced the audiological world. We welcome nominations from colleagues, patients and families highlighting why this person stands out from the crowd. We just ask that the nominated Audiologist has worked in their current position for at least six months.

The Student of the Year, sponsored by Oticon, is presented to the student who has achieved academic success in their course, particularly in their final dissertation. This award is open to students on all audiology courses leading to qualification or registration. All High Education Institutes will be invited to nominate students who they feel have achieved a high standard of work in their course. These students will be invited to submit an abstract on their dissertation to be judged by a panel.

The Jos Millar Shield is a long-standing award given each year for the best contribution to a BAA publication. The recipient is chosen from all articles printed in the previous year’s magazine and newsletter and is chosen by the publicity and communications team.

Jos Millar started his career in audiology at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He had an interest in sound and radio and when an opportunity within audiology came along, he moved to this field and went to Manchester to complete his training. He was always fond of paediatric audiology so returned to the Royal Belfast Hospital for sick children. Later in his career he embarked on a new challenge to set up a paediatric service in his home town of Ballymena.

With his dedication to Audiology, it was only fitting for an award to be named in his honour.