It was a great honour to attend this special meeting with so many outstanding dietitians recognized.

The final award for the evening was a brand new award – the Chair’s Lifetime Achievement Award – with three inaugural winners.

The award is presented at the discretion of the Chair to honour an individual who has spent the vast majority of their career promoting the profession, having had a major and enduring contribution.

This year three well respected EFAD collegues were awarded for this precious price:

Carole Middleton:          former EFAD EC member and BDA delegate to EFAD

Dr Joan Gandy:               European Healthy Hydration Awareness Campaign Project

Andy Burman:                BDA member of EFAD


Carole Middleton: Carole has worked as a Dietetic Services Manager at the John Radcliffe Hospital and was Chair of the BDA from 1991 to 1993. Carole has also represented the profession internationally; for many years Carole was our representative on the European Federation of Associations of Dietetics as well as being a Director of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations. She has long acted as a BDA representative with many external organisations and has ensured there are strong links between them and the BDA Board of Directors. Carole received a Fellowship in 1993 and was also a founding trustee of the European Foundation of Dietetics and Nutrition.


Dr Joan Gandy: Dr Joan Gandy has led the BDA’s research and publishing profile over many years. After her initial clinical career she moved to the Medical Research Council to work alongside Professor John Garrow. Since then she has pioneered research and publishing, having authored over 80 published papers, been appointed editor of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 2006 and is the outgoing editor of the Manual of Dietetic Practice. She has acted as a consultant for the Department of Health as well as being a previous member of the BDA Research Committee.


Andy Burman: After more than 19 years as Chief Executive of the BDA, Andy has decided to retire from the role to focus on his external Board and consultancy work. During his time at the BDA, Andy has made a significant contribution to the dietetic profession and to the BDA as a professional body and Trade Union.


Congratulations to all, well done!

All three of them are a big example for us as dietitians!

Annemieke van Ginkel-Res

Honorary President