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Governing Board

The British Acupuncture Council's Governing Board (GB) is made up of five practitioner members (including the Chair) and four lay representatives. The GB oversees the work of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and, for example, agrees the Council's position regarding negotiations with government and statutory bodies. The Board ensures that the BAcC meets its responsibilities to promote the benefits of traditional acupuncture as a valid system of healthcare; safeguard the public; promote members' interests and uphold benchmark standards of education and practice.

The GB is helped by a number of subcommittees and advisory groups working on specific areas, including finance, education, professional conduct, and research. Appropriate lay representation ensures that the BAcC's processes for developing policies and guidelines are fair, transparent, free from bias, and serve the public interest at all times. A patient and public involvement group also reviews the BAcC's Strategy, Business Plans, and public facing activity, such as complaints procedures. Members of all BAcC committees and advisory groups agree to abide by the seven key principles of public office - the Nolan Principles. Please contact us for an up-to-date list of BAcC subcommittees and advisory groups.

At every meeting of the GB its members are required to declare any conflicts of interest. The Board regularly reviews its good governance practice.

Dates of Governing Board meetings for 2014:

Thursday 16 October

If you wish to attend a Governing Board meeting as an Observer, please review the policy below for more information and contact details.

Current practitioner members on the BAcC Governing Board

  • Charles Buck (chair)
  • Ron Bishop
  • Dr Ming Cheng
  • Isobel Cosgrove
  • Philip Rose-Neil

Current lay representatives on the BAcC Governing Board

  • David Abrahams
  •  Charles Cecil
  •  Shelley Adams
  • Peter Ward

A further lay representative is to be appointed in 2014.

In addition, non-voting attendees of the BAcC Governing Board include a lay Treasurer, Rob Strange MBE, and a Company Secretary, John Wheeler.

The day-to-day work of the BAcC is carried out in our West London office by a small experienced team, led by Chief Executive Officer Nick Pahl. Many of the staff are qualified acupuncturists who also offer skills in other specialist areas; the rest of the team bring vital knowledge and experience from other fields of business. This wide spread of expertise helps us provide a rapid and authoritative response to both members of the public and our members.

The BAcC funds several important initiatives including: the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB), an independent body responsible for setting standards in teaching institutions providing undergraduate training in acupuncture; the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC), which provides information, advice and support on research to acupuncturists; and the European Journal of Oriental Medicine (EJOM), published twice a year.

The BAcC is also a founder member of the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA).