​Could you represent dentistry? BDA elections 2017

5 July 2017

BDA elections are gearing up for September 2017 – this year, all of the seats on our current Committees and Councils are up for election. We need dentists from all fields of practice and at all stages of their careers to stand up and help us represent the diversity of dentistry across the UK.

If you think you've got what it takes to represent your profession, we are seeking early expressions of interest from dentists, especially those who may not have sat on a BDA Committee before.

You may be active in one of our BDA Branches and Sections or in your Local Dental Committee, or you may just feel the time is right to help make a difference in dentistry.

If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch with our elections team for an informal chat about how the process works and what you need to do to stand.

BDA Committees and Councils

You can represent your peers either by you field of practice and/or the UK country you are working in.

Representation by field of practice

The BDA has 14 'craft' committees, represented by the field of practice you are working in, ranging from the armed forces, through to academics, young dentists, community, hospital and salaried dentists, and those working in general dental practice.

Representation by country

You can also stand to be a representative depending on the UK country you are are working in:

England: Seats are up for election on the English Country Council.

Northern Ireland: Seats are up for election on the Northern Ireland Council, the Northern Ireland General Dental Practice Committee.

Find out what the Northern Ireland Council and Committees do.

Scotland: Seats are up for election on the Scottish Council, the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, the Scottish Committee of Hospital Dental Servics and the Scottish Salaried Dentists Committee.

Find out what the Scottish Committees and Council do.

Wales: Seats are up for election on our Welsh Council, the Wales General Dental Practice Committee and the Wales Committee for Community De ntistry.

Find out what the Wales Council and Committees do.

Standing for the BDA's Board: Principal Executive Committee

In September, five seats will also be up for election for the BDA's Principal Executive Committee, effectively our Executive Board, which sets our policy and strategic direction.

This year, seats will be up for election in the Eastern region, the North West, Wales, the West Midlands, and one UK-wide seat.

Working for you

Through our policy and campaigning work, the BDA is able to ensure that the concerns of all sections of the profession are raised, and that dentists' voices are heard at a national level: join us.