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BCAM Builds On 2021 Successes With New Vice President and Expanded Board

The British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) is building on last year’s 20th anniversary success and development, growing its professional team to 13 with the addition of a third new Board member and the appointment of a vice president.

BCAM celebrated its milestone anniversary in 2021 with a programme of modernisation including the launch of a new logo and website and the introduction of a Masters-level membership examination, plus the 20th Anniversary Mindfulness and Wellbeing Initiative which has been shortlisted in the 2022 Aesthetics Awards.

President Dr Uliana Gout said: “As BCAM enters the next chapter of its history, our aim is to broaden our remit and outreach. We feel this can be best achieved by strengthening our team, adding new trustees with additional roles and responsibilities, and we are incredibly excited to move forward with a dynamic Board and professional services team.”

The College has appointed trustee Dr Catherine Fairris as Vice President/President Elect to work alongside Dr Gout, with plans to increase public outreach, work with stakeholders on regulation issues and expand events such as the annual conference and members’ educational brunch sessions.

BCAM trustee Dr Bhavjit Kaur, who is responsible for membership engagement, said: “Members have already seen big changes in the way we engage with them, represent their views to government, and promote the College’s aims in the media.  Regulation is a key issue and one that we’ll be pursuing with vigour this year so it’s important that we have a diverse and knowledgeable Board to take this forward.”

Dr Fairris, who is the trustee responsible for education and events, said: “I feel incredibly privileged to have been given the opportunity to take on this role. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board in this new capacity to accomplish more great things for BCAM, its members and the aesthetic medicine community as a whole.”

Following the appointment of Dr Darren McKeown and Dr Sophie Shotter at the end of last year, the BCAM Board has been further strengthened by the addition of Dr Rupert Critchley, who has a keen interest in education, bringing the total number of trustees to eight.

Dr Critchley said: “It's an absolute privilege to be selected as a trustee for BCAM. I am passionate about creating change in the UK aesthetics sector and I believe in improving safety standards and regulations, standardising training pathways and educating responsible injectors to help this industry evolve. I look forward to joining BCAM on this exciting and important journey."

Dr Gout, who was re-appointed President in November, said: “2021 was a phenomenal year for BCAM with so many incredible initiatives coming to fruition so we wanted to build on the success. BCAM has assembled a fantastic team to progress its work, leading with fact not opinion, supporting its members and educating the public. Congratulations to Dr Fairris for being voted in as Vice President, I look forward to working together, and we welcome Dr Critchley whose expertise and enthusiasm will be a great asset to the College.”

Dr Paul Myers, who has been a BCAM trustee for many years, has stepped down to take on the role of chair of the College’s Revalidation and Appraisal Committee. Visit the BCAM website here to find out more about the Board of Trustees and the College’s work.

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