Chair's Update July 2021

Dear Members,

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s BSA AGM. For the second time it ran online, a concession to our regulations that was allowed because of COVID. In the run up to the AGM members were asked to vote whether we should look to retain the option to hold AGMs online in the future, and unanimously voted in favour. I do hope and expect however that next year’s meeting will be face-to-face and during conference in June 2022.

During the AGM, I gave an overview of BSA activities and achievement for the reporting year to March 31st, reflecting significant progress against the Strategic plan for the BSA 2020-2023. You can read the full annual report and financial statements on the BSA AGM page here:

This year’s awardees were also announced at AGM, and further congratulations to the very worthy winners.

  • Shamella Munir was awarded the Thomas Simm Littler Prize, for her novel research on sound generators and tinnitus support.
  • Rachel Humphriss was awarded the Ruth Spencer Prize, in recognition of notable contribution to clinical services.
  • Thomas Richard Davis was awarded the Jos Millar Shield, for his Audacity article “12 Australian Labours”.
  • Samantha Batty was appointed a lifetime honorary member of the BSA in recognition of her clinical leadership and major contributions to the BSA as a member and Vice-Chair of the Professional Guidance Group.

AGM also marks the end of term for some trustees and we said goodbye and sincere thanks to Nathan Clarke and Rob Gardner who led on external relations on behalf of BSA Council. We also welcomed and look forward to working with three new trustees on Council: Christine DePlacido, Gabrielle Saunders, and Ned Carter.

Finally, I would just like to remind members of our Roger Thornton award scheme to support UK-based students to attend and present at scientific conferences. Individual awards of up to £1000 are available. Full details and the application form are on the BSA website here:

As always, stay safe and well.

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