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Board elections

Five seats on the BDA's board are now up for election, with new representatives taking their seats in January 2020.

Four seats are available for regional representatives and one seat is for a UK-wide representative (you can live/work anywhere in the UK). The board's official name is the Principal Executive Committee (PEC).


The seats up for election for this year are:


  • East Midlands and Central
  • London
  • Scotland
  • South East
  • UK-wide

All full members (excluding student members) are eligible to nominate themselves for a PEC seat if they have been a member since 27 September 2018.


You can self-nominate for the relevant regional seat, or for the UK wide seat, take a look at our map showing the regions covered by each seat.


We have also produced a series of FAQs (see below) for those interested in finding out more about the role and its responsibilities.


Self-nominate now



  • 27 September: Nominations open
  • 25 October: Nominations close
  • 11 November: Ballot mailing begins
  • 5 December: Ballot closes at noon
  • 1 January: Successful candidates commence their three-year term


Board elections: Frequently asked questions

What is the PEC?

The Principal Executive Committee has overall control and direction of the policy and affairs of the BDA. It is the Association’s board of directors, and as such it holds all requisite statutory, commercial and common law duties and responsibilities. It is also the body responsible for the lawful conduct of the Association as a recognised trade union.

The PEC seeks to balance the competing interests of what is right for the Association with what is right for individual members, and what is right for the profession. 

The PEC comprises of 15 elected seats, nine for England, one each for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and three UK-wide seats.

What sort of issues does the PEC work on?

The PEC’s role is to guide the direction and strategy of the BDA in terms of governance. Although you will be elected to the Board you will also be a director of the Association and hence required to adhere to the seven principles for directors established in the Companies Act. More details on the formal role of the PEC and the duties and responsibilities of PEC members can be found here.

What’s in it for me?/What will I get out of it?

As a PEC member you have the opportunity to shape the strategy undertaken by the only fully representative and political dental body in the UK. In shaping that strategy and ensuring it is delivered you will be having an impact on your profession in a profound way.

Principal Executive Committee positions attract an annual stipend of £15,000 per annum as well as reasonable travel expenses for official meetings.

What sort of time commitment is entailed?

The Principal Executive Committee meets five times a year and the meetings are usually for the whole day.

Given the nature of the subjects discussed and decisions taken by the PEC you will need to commit some time before meetings to reading the relevant papers and to liaising with constituents where appropriate. The extent of this will be somewhat determined by outside developments.

How long are seats elected for?

PEC members are elected by their constituents on a three-year basis.

At the first meeting following each election the members elect a chair and vice-chair to serve for the three-year term.

Five of the 15 PEC seats are up for election each year on a rolling basis, to enable new people to stand. 

Do I have to be a BDA member to stand?

Yes, only BDA members can stand for election to the PEC.

Who can stand?

Anyone who was a member from 27 September 2018 can stand for the board and we welcome a wide range of people working in different fields of practice, across the UK.

You can be any age, or at any stage of your career to stand. 

How do I stand for a PEC seat?

The seats up for election this year are:

  • East Midlands and Central
  • London
  • Scotland
  • South East
  • UK wide
You just need to fill out your details on our online nomination form, including a short personal statement of why you are standing and gain the support of three other members.

Will I get training?

There is no formal training for PEC members but it can be arranged by the Secretary if it is thought to be helpful.

Is there any public-speaking or media appearances?

Not necessarily. Ideally all members will contribute to discussions at meetings. Outside of meetings, there is no obligation on members to speak at other meetings, but obviously if they can it helps spread the message of what the BDA is trying to achieve.

The BDA’s experienced media team is on hand to support you for any public speaking or media appearances and training and support is provided, if you are asked to do this.

More information

We hope we’ve answered your questions, if not please get in touch by emailing or calling 020 7563 4141.