I recently put myself forward for a role on BSHAA council, and was delighted to be successful. So what prompted me to apply?
Firstly, I’m a big believer that if you want to change things or help with things then you get involved! This has been in my nature for years, in my early 20’s I sat on a national and regional team for girlguiding UK, I then spent a number of years in various committee roles on hobby groups (chairman, treasurer, general dogsbody!) and then more recently as chair of a local ladies circle and the CHSWG. There’s definitely something in the saying “If you want something doing, give it to a busy person!”
So, why BSHAA and why now? I recently finished working for the NHS and I am now working in an independent practice. I’ve spent the last couple of years looking into independent practice and so joined BSHAA, whilst developing the practice and have attended BSHAA events. I found them to be well organised, varied in content and helpful in stretching us and our knowledge which I think is vital for our profession. As my children are just hitting an age where I actually can utilise my time better again (and I have a very useful house husband!) it seemed a perfect time to try to give back to the audiology community. I have spoken to various BSHAA members along the way and have been impressed with their help and guidance.
I am always the first person to say that I don’t know everything – no one can do! So hopefully my strength is in listening to opinions and collating information to move things forward whilst upholding the high standards to be expected from council members. I look forward to using my skills in the committees and looking at how we can continue to develop as a profession. I look forward to meeting more and more of you – if COVID ever allows us!