The British Acupuncture Council's Governing Board (GB) is made up of five practitioner members and four lay representatives.
The GB oversees the work of the BAcC and agrees the Council's position regarding negotiations with government and statutory bodies. The Board ensures that the BAcC meets its constitutional responsibilities: maintaining a professional register of members, setting and overseeing professional standards of safe, ethical and competent practice, supporting developments in education and training, and encouraging research into traditional acupuncture.
The GB is helped by a number of subcommittees and advisory groups working on specific areas, including finance, education, professional conduct, and research. Lay representation throughout 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. Members of all BAcC committees 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 each member is required to declare any conflicts of interest. The Board regularly reviews its good governance practice
BAcC Governing Board meeting dates for 2013
Tuesday 12 Feb
Wednesday 12 June
Friday 20 September: BAcC AGM
Thursday 17 October
Suggested dates for 2014, tbc
Tuesday 11 February
Wednesday 11 June
Thursday 16 October
Current practitioner members on the BAcC Governing Board
- Ron Bishop
- Charles Buck (interim chair)
- Dr Ming Cheng
- Deb Connor (co-opted for February and June meetings)
- Norman Savigar
Current lay representatives on the BAcC Governing Board
- David Abrahams
- Charles Cecil
- Lucilla Evers
- Donald Watson
The day-to-day work of the BAcC is carried out in our West London office by a small team, led by Chief Executive 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 rapid and authoritative responses to members of the public.
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; 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).