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Check out our 2022 Awards gallery and round-up here.

The British Dietetic Association awards and prestigious honours recognise the outstanding contributions individuals make in promoting the BDA and advancing dietetics. We bestow these annually to our members who do so much for us.

The General Education Trust Fund has a long history of supporting the science and practice of dietetics through the promotion of national awards which recognise the excellent work carried out by many BDA members, from publishing original research work, through to innovation in practice and educational resources. Awards include Rose Simmonds Award; Elizabeth Washington Award and Dame Barbara Clayton Award.

BDA Honours

It is so important to thank colleagues when they make a difference. The BDA Honours recognise and reward BDA members who go above and beyond, those who inspire others and are making a real difference. 

If you know someone who has made a real impact on dietetics nominate them for a BDA Honour today! 

The BDA Honours Committee considers nominations for the Ibex and Fellowship honours. Honours can be considered all year round.

To find out more about the Honours Committee, please click here

The Roll of Honour recognises and rewards BDA members who have gone above and beyond to make a significant contribution to a defined piece of work or activity in the past year. The Roll of Honour is awarded by the BDA Board of Directors throughout the year. Nominations can be received at any time of year.

The Ibex honour for Professional Achievement recognises individuals who have shown personal commitment and made significant contributions to the BDA and the dietetic profession, either locally or in a specific speciality, over at least 5 years.

Fellowship is the BDA’s highest honour. It is given in recognition of over 10 years of committed and inspirational service to the BDA and dietetic profession at a national or international level. Fellows have promoted the highest standards in the science and practice of dietetics and gained recognition as a leader, role model or mentor.


BDA Awards 

BDA Awards celebrate outstanding individuals within the dietetic profession. In 2019 a number of new awards were developed to recognise a fuller range of dietetic achievement.

The awards are currently closed for applications further details will be announced in early 2023.

The Digital Innovation Award recognises outstanding achievements in integrating technology into dietetic practice.

This award recognises a dietetic support worker who has made a valuable and significant contribution to the profession.

This award for extraordinary circumstances celebrates members who go above and beyond to support the dietetic community in times of rapid change and disruption.

This award is to recognise one person who has created significant impact in the profession throughout their career and has been working in the profession for ten years or more.

This award is to recognise a rising star who has been in dietetics for ten years or less who has created significant impact in the profession in the early stages of their careers.

This award is to celebrate an individual or group who has been particularly influential on social media. It could be across a range of social media channels or just one, and could be a specific campaign or a range of activities.

This award celebrates a student who has contributed over and above the requirements of their course to promote the dietetic profession.

This award is to recognise an outstanding contribution to the PEN® system throughout the year.

The following are awarded from our office to thank member volunteers who have made the most significant contribution to the way in which we represent our members and the profession. 

With this award, our office thanks the ambassador who has made the most significant contribution to the way in which we represent our members and the profession.

This award thanks one representative who has demonstrated the qualities of excellence and commitment.

This award recognises a spokesperson who has gone above and beyond in their role, by tackling difficult or high-profile stories or through providing consistent high-quality support.

Each year the BDA says thank you to one group which has demonstrated why it should be regarded 'Specialist Group of the Year'.

The BDA recognises one branch which has typified excellence and best practice each year.

Click here to view past award winners.

Previous Winners

BDA Specialist Group of the Year

  • 2022 - Joint Winners - Oncology and Renal Nutrition Specialist Group
  • 2021 - Obesity Specialist Group
  • 2020 - Joint winners Critical Care Specialist Group and Paediatric Specialist Group
  • 2019 - Diabetes Specialist Group
  • 2018 - Oncology Specialist Group
  • 2017 - Freelance Specialist Group
  • 2016 - Renal Nutrition Specialist Group
  • 2015 - Critical Care Specialist Group (Dietitians in Critical Care)
  • 2014 - Older People Specialist Group (NAGE - Nutrition Advisory Group for Older People)

BDA Branch of the Year

  • 2022 - South East England
  • 2021 - Glasgow & West Scotland Branch
  • 2020 - Glasgow & West Scotland Branch
  • 2019 - Yorkshire Branch
  • 2018 - East Scotland Branch
  • 2017 - Yorkshire Branch
  • 2016 - South West England Branch
  • 2015 - Glasgow & West Scotland Branch
  • 2014 - London Branch

BDA Media Spokesperson of the Year 

  • 2022 - Joint Winners -  Bahee Van De Bor & Marcela Fiuza
  • 2021 - Dr Duane Mellor
  • 2020 - Aisling Pigott
  • 2019 - Clare Thornton-Wood
  • 2018 - Linia Patel
  • 2017 - Anna Daniels
  • 2016 - Abigail Wilson
  • 2015 - Priya Tew
  • 2014 - Sioned Quirke

BDA Ambassador of the Year 

  • 2022 - Not awarded
  • 2021 - Jill Stewart
  • 2020 - Dr Hilda Mulrooney
  • 2019 - Ursula Arens
  • 2018 - Dr Megan Whelan
  • 2017 - Alison Smith
  • 2016 - Anne Donolan
  • 2015 - Alison Nelson
  • 2014 - Rhiannon Williams

The Mary Turner Award

for BDA Trade Union Representative of the Year

  • 2022 - Christine Christie
  • 2021 - Katrina Evans
  • 2020 - Awarded jointly to Diana Markham and Suzanne Wong
  • 2019 - Awarded jointly to Hazel Cheung and Susan Walsh
  • 2018 - Victoria Gray
  • 2017 - Alison Campbell
  • 2016 - Bronagh Kelly
  • 2015 - Clare Jones
  • 2014 - Alison Green

Extraordinary Circumstances Award

  • 2022 - COVID-19 Pandemic Response - Nutrition & Clinical Dietetics - NHS Fife
  • 2021 - COVID-19 Pandemic Response - BDA Critical Care Specialist Group

Outstanding Achiever Award

  • 2022 - Tanya Haffner
  • 2021 - Chris Cheyette

Social Media Influencer of the Year

  • 2022 -  Ro Huntriss
  • 2021- Jointly awarded to: NHS Fife - Nutrition & Dietetic Department and Nutribytes Ltd

Dorothy Hopwood Award

  • 2022 -  Not awarded
  • 2021 - Julie Mason

Digital Innovation Award

  • 2022 - Dietitians are Digital - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC)
  • 2021 - Implementing a Digital Healthy Weight and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Management Service in Argyll and Bute HSCP (Submitted by Jessica May Fletcher and Jackie Barron)
  • 2020 - Professor Kevin Whelan for FODMAP by FM

Student Champion Award

  • 2022 - Marta Buczkowska from Newcastle University
  • 2021 - Linsey Cockburn
  • 2020 - Elaine Penman from Glasgow Caledonian University

Rising Star Award

  • 2022 -  Laura Caley
  • 2021 - Dr Eirini Dimidi
  • 2020 - Dr Sammie Gill

BDA PEN® Achiever Award

  • 2020 - Sue Acreman



  • 2022 - Dr Elizabeth Weekes, Fiona Huffer & Dr Julie Langian
  • 2021 - Maxine Cartz, Fiona Moor, Alison Smith
  • 2020 - Kate Hall and Sian Porter
  • 2018 - Francesca Annan, June Copeman and Dr Fiona McCullough
  • 2017 - Professor Kevin Whelan 
  • 2016 - Anne Holdoway, Mary O'Kane, Sian O'Shea, Dr Clare Shaw and Carina Venter 
  • 2015 - Marjory Macleod and Sue Kellie


  • 2022 - Gillian Regan, Janie Gordon, Lauren Bowen, Ruth Wood-Martin 
  • 2021 - Anna Julian, Karen Ward, Rhys White
  • 2020 - Melanie Baker, Sue Brierley-Hobson, Elaine Gardner, Chris Jarvis, Dr Jacklyn Jones, Sue Perry, Pete Turner, Maria Tynan
  • 2019 - Carole-Anne Fleming, Frances Hanson and Sian Lewis 
  • 2018 - Lisa Cooke, Alison Culkin, Kirstine Farrar, Stuart Galloway, Helen Ream, Laura Stewart and Lynne Thomas
  • 2017 - Marion Harvey, Julie Royal and Jennifer McBratney 
  • 2016 - Mandy Gilmore, Nicola Henderson, Ailsa Kennedy, Pamela McIntosh, Najia Qureshi, Dr Sara Smith, Ella Segaran and Louise Sutton
  • 2015 - Anne Holdoway, Anne Lamb and Sian Porter 
  • 2014 - Debbie Provan and Candice Ward

Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Carole Middleton, Dr Joan Gandy and Andy Burman

Honorary Associateship

  • 2018 - Graeme Copestake
  • 2015 - Dr Trevor Brown
  • 2014 - Dr Sumantra Ray

Mary Turner Honour

  • Presented in 2015 to Caroline Bovey to honour the BDA Past President Mary Turner