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, Treasurer and Marketing & Comms Manager. 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 Membership and Professional Development.
• Vice President – Supports the President and supports the Board Directors of Education, Early Professionals, and Professional and Workforce Support
• Past President – Supports the President and the Board Director of Service Quality Committee
• Treasurer – Supports the President and the Board Director for E-Learning
• Marketing & Comms Manager – Supports all Board and links with the Board Directors for Conference, Regional Groups and Promoting Audiology & Publications


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Vice President's Blog 24th July 2024

Monday 22nd July 2024

While Sam is away on her summer break, I’m temporarily stepping in to cover the blog. As we see a glimmer of hope that the weather may be less damp, I’m assuming many of you are in the same boat – either off on your holidays or covering at work for those on theirs.

On Friday 12th July, we hosted over 60 Heads of Service in Birmingham for a day of updates, presentations and networking. The agenda was arranged to hopefully address some concerns, conversations and comments the Board has been hearing over recent months. We listened to updates on the work BAA has been doing, including a trailer for the hotly awaited new Scope of Practice document. Ruth Vickerstaff discussed a review of feedback from trainees to investigate what makes a good placement and how to keep your students and new staff happy.

There was a practical and incredibly useful update following the recent Head of Service webinar about innovative ways of dealing with long waiting times. This was particularly inspiring, as Board Directors Laura Turton, Michelle Foster and Susannah Goggins presented ideas both small and large scale. There was something for everyone in there that could make a difference.

Some of you may have been involved in the project led by Ruth Thomsen about hearing checks in residential schools. Ruth gave an update on the next steps – implementation of the project, and how departments can now get involved.

After a lunch spent catching up, networking and following up on the ideas from the morning, the talk where most phones were up in the air taking photos was Keiran Joseph delivering the Joy of Audit. It can be really hard to know where to begin, as we are all told to assure ourselves of the quality of the services being delivered. Keiran, some may say surprisingly, made what can be a dry subject informative, memorable and accessible.

The day ended with a session from Janet Monkman from the Academy for Healthcare Science. She focused on how we can all look after our own wellbeing, whilst delivering services in extremely challenging times and whilst looking after the team. This is work BAA will continue to develop with Janet, as we know that our members often struggle to find appropriate wellbeing support from Trusts, Boards and employers.

It just so happens that on the 12th July, in honour of the late Michael Mosely, the BBC declared it “Just One Thing Day” after his successful podcast. I would urge everyone who attended the Heads of Service day to try and implement just one thing they heard. Managing the challenges the profession faces currently can be overwhelming – start with changing just one thing.

Normal service will be resumed in a fortnight, with Sam back in charge. As ever, you can contact me or any of our board directors here:

Take care


BAA Vice 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.

This award will recognise an Audiology clinician who has gone above and beyond to improve the experience for a patient. The award is focused on patient care, and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from patients or colleagues, highlighting the reasons they should be nominated.

This award is presented in honour of Peggy Chalmers.  She contributed immeasurably to Audiology, 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. With this award, we hope each winner will continue to inspire with their excellent work.

The prize is awarded to a team that has worked together to improve the quality of service in their area, in particular showing innovative and original ideas.  Teams that work within an audiology department, in education, in research, or in an organisational capacity, are all eligible.

The BAA Team of the Year Award was created in 2004 to celebrate the coming together of different professions within Audiology.

This award will recognise a clinician who has gone above and beyond to provide a supportive learning environment for students in placement, providing leadership, guidance and inspiration. The award is focused on the mentoring of students, and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from students, colleagues and university placement teams highlighting the reason a particular person should be nominated.

The award is presented in honour of Paul Doody, an extraordinary Audiologist committed to training. He made a huge difference to the lives of numerous Audiologists.

This award is given to the student who performs well during their clinical placement.  Nominations are welcomed from departments to highlight exceptional students who have had a positive impact on the service during their placement.

This award is presented in honour of Lisa Bayliss, a 20-year-old student Audiologist who worked at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Sadly, Lisa’s life was tragically taken on her way home from work in 1992. 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.

This award is for Audiology clinicians working in paediatrics. It is aimed at those in any area of paediatrics who, it is felt, have influenced the field. We welcome nominations from colleagues, patients, and families, highlighting why this person stands out from the crowd.

The nominated person should have worked in their current position for at least 6 months.

This award is open to students on all Audiology courses, leading to qualification or registration.  We invite Higher Education Institutes to nominate a student you consider an outstanding Early Audiology Professional. Whether Foundation degree, undergraduate or post-graduate (for undergraduate students, consider those in the second year and above).

The student may have made significant contributions to their group, mentored other students, experience hearing loss themselves, and overcome barriers to communication to work in the profession, be studying against the odds, or have developed innovative practice or project work. Equally, the student you choose may have achieved a high academic standard that you wish to celebrate and recognise.

The award is given for the best contribution to a BAA publication.  The recipient is chosen from all articles printed in the previous year’s publications, and is chosen by the BAA publicity and communications team.

This award is presented in honour of Jos Millar, who showed a long-standing dedication to Audiology.  He started his career in audiology at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, and later in his career, he embarked on a challenge to set up a paediatric service in his hometown of Ballymena.

This award is given to the person who has exceptional feedback during the examination process of the Higher Training Scheme. The HTS committee selects the winner based on examination feedback.

This award is presented in honour of Richard May, who loved Audiology.  He was a student in the first intake of the MSc Audiology course in ISVR in 1972, and was the first Audiological Scientist in the country, at the Sussex Throat and Ear Hospital in Brighton.  He died suddenly in 1982, aged 32, and was described by his family as a wonderful, kind and clever man.

This award is presented for outstanding research by a student or early professional.  The award winner will be selected from all free papers presenting at the BAA conference, delivered by a student or early professional. A student is classed as anyone training and not yet qualified in Audiology, e.g. PTP, STP students, those doing apprenticeships, and an Early Professional is classed as those up to 5 years post-qualified.

This award is presented in honour of David Baguley, who loved to share knowledge. He was a prolific publisher of his research, and he spoke at conferences for professionals and the public to share that knowledge for the benefit of those with Hearing Loss and Tinnitus.

One of David’s passions was to encourage and support trainees and young professionals. He gave freely of his time to support others in their research, and this award, aimed at early professionals, is a fitting tribute to a man who will live on through the impact his writing and research has on the audiology community.