Raul Garcia-Medina has been elected as the new Vice President of BSHAA.
BSHAA members were also asked to endorse four applications in the Council member election. Elizabeth Adesugba, Paula Cook, Robert Donnan and Jasmine Opoku-Ware (pictured from the left below) all received the threshold number of endorsements required to join Council, the Society’s governing body.
In a close-run Vice President election with only a handful of votes between each of the three candidates, Raul secured 34.1% of the votes, with David Foley polling 33.2% and Alan Hopkirk 32.7%.
Online voting took place from 18 November to 16 December and turnout was 16.4%.
Raul Garcia-Medina has been a BSHAA Council member since 2015 and is the current chair of BSHAA’s Professional Standards Committee and Delivery Committee. He is a partner and panel member of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS), an IDA Fellow and a past clinical member of the UK Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Ear Surgery.
He is currently the founder and clinical director of The Audiology Clinic, a private independent clinic established in 2014 and operating in London and Chelmsford. Raul has been a consultant audiologist, providing clinical audiological services and ear care for almost 25 years After qualifying in Barcelona in 1996, he came to the UK and devoted much of his career to the NHS before entering the independent sector.
He has wide experience in paediatric and adult audiology departments and specialised in diagnostic and rehabilitation services. He has also been a practical tutor and assessor for the University College of London audiology degree programmes. He holds a postgraduate diploma in audiology from the University of Manchester and an MBA from London South Bank University.
BSHAA president Andrew Coulter, pictured right, said: “I’d like to thank Raul, David and Alan – all excellent candidates – for standing for election, and to our four new Council members. The Society can only operate thanks to the commitment of members who step up to play their part. I’m now looking forward to working closely with Raul and all Council members to continue developing strong relationships within our sector and to embrace the huge opportunities for our profession and our members. I’d also like to thank all members who voted; it’s so important that Council members receive a strong mandate for the important work they do.
“Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to Sarah Vokes, Ian Croft, Steve Edmunds, Sam Godkin and Paul Harrison, who are all standing down from Council after giving valuable service to BSHAA over many years.”
BSHAA chief executive Prof David Welbourn added: “The close result in the election for Vice President is vindication of our decision to put the choice of our next President into the hands of members. Congratulations to Raul, and thanks to both Alan and David for ensuring that this was a close-run election.
“I’m also delighted to congratulate our four new members of Council, who between them bring widely differing experiences, and help us in our drive to ensure that BSHAA’s leadership more closely mirrors the diversity of our members.”
New Council members, and the Society’s new Vice President, will officially begin their roles early next year at the first Council meeting of 2020 on 9 January in London.
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