What is the PEC?
The Principal Executive Committee (PEC) runs the BDA and functions as a board. It balances what is right for the Association with what is right for individual members, and what is right for the profession.
The PEC is comprised of 15 elected seats, nine for England, one each for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and three UK-wide seats.
The BDA is a democratic organisation and relies on the input and drive of our Committees to work towards improving the working lives of all sections of dentistry.
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.
What’s in it for me? / What will I get out of it?
That depends really. You get to try and influence the development of the profession you work in, but you also get to meet colleagues who may be able to offer advice and help in and with your career, either now or in the future.
PEC positions attract an annual stipend of £15,000 per annum.
The BDA will cover reasonable travel expenses for members attending meetings.
Lunches are provided for all day meetings.
What sort of time commitment is it?
The PEC meets five times a year and the meetings are usually for a whole day.
Ideally you will need to commit some time before meetings to reading the relevant papers and also to liaising with constituents where appropriate.
This will depend on the amount of work that is currently ongoing.
Obviously the more our representatives read and consider, the more likely they are to understand the nuances of each subject and contribute more to the discussion and decision.
How long are seats elected for?
PEC members are elected by their constituents on a three-year basis.
Five of the 15 PEC seats are up for election each year on a rolling basis, to enable new people to stand.
Do I need any specific skills/experience to stand?
There is no checklist as to what makes a good board member. However, the ability to digest complex committee papers, think clearly and independently, express your opinion and listen to and appreciate the opinions of others is always welcome.
If you’ve not been involved in the BDA or dental politics before, a good way in is to get involved at a local level, through the BDA Branches and Sections or Local Dental Committee (LDC).
You’ll get to learn about current issues in dental politics and you’ll learn valuable negotiating skills. It’s also a great networking opportunity – you’ll get to meet dentists from other fields of practice, and from across the UK.
You’ll also get a sense of satisfaction that you are making a difference and influencing the future direction of dentistry and the BDA.
Who can stand?
Only BDA members can stand for election to the PEC (excluding student members) and we welcome applications from members in all crafts and from all areas of the UK..
See our current members here – we currently have GDPs, practice owners, associates, private practitioners, dental academic and research staff on our board.
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:
Yorkshire and the Humber
You just need to fill out your details on our online nomination form, including a short personal statement of why you are standing.
What happens if the seat I stand for is contested?
If you are eligibile (you must be a BDA member) your nomination will be put through.
If the seat you are standing for is contested (i.e there is more than one candidate standing), then there will be a vote.
All BDA members are entitled to vote.
If you are standing for a regional seat, we recommend that you speak to colleagues locally, and garner support for your nomination.
Getting support from colleagues for your candidacy
Canvassing for votes is an integral part of an election.
However, candidates must not use BDA resources to canvas voters and should not send unsolicited communications to them, but they can use their own social media to encourage votes.
Candidates should think carefully about using other networks to support their candidacy.
Here are some dos and don'ts of canvassing:
- Do role model BDA behaviours at all times in the election process
- Do highlight your strengths and experience
- Don't post negative comments about rival candidates
- Do contact the Secretariat immediately if you believe other candidates are behaving inappropriately
- Do discourage heckling during any hustings or on social media
- Don't put pressure on people to vote for you or ask others to do the same
- Don't make promises you can't keep - you will be held to account in the next round of elections
If you're not sure what is and is not acceptable, ask for advice from our elections team.
Will I get training?
There is no formal training for PEC members but it can be arranged by the Board Secretary if it is thought to be helpful.
Your colleagues, BDA staff, and the Secretariat will be there to help support and guide you.
Will there be any public-speaking or media appearances?
Not necessarily. Ideally all committee 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 us to spread the message of our work and our strategy.
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 required to do this.