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Executive Nominations 2018

There is one seat available for the BAC Executive

There is one place on the BAC Executive up for election at the AGM in Nottingham. The Executive is bound by the aims and objectives of the BAC and is responsible for setting the strategic direction.

Voting forms are now out in the post, with a deadline for returns by 7th October. You must vote for only one of the candidates:


(Proposed by Elaine Allsworth)

I am an Advanced Specialist Biomedical Scientist in the Cytology Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, resuming a role in a laboratory in late 2013 following 8+ years employment at the Institute of Biomedical Science.

This role involves the primary screening and checking of cervical samples, taken using the ThinPrep LBC methodology. I am the laboratory lead for diagnostic cytology amd am also involved in the "initial microscopy" and quality checking of diagnostioc cytology samples. I have also been asked to lead a project aimed at developing non-medical reporting roles in diagnostic cytology.

Latterly, my role at the IBMS involved the administration and support for professional examinations. I was able to bring to this appointment much of my teaching, question setting and examination experience to help ensure these examinations were set and assesed at the appropriate level. Particularly, my organisation led to the first biomedical scientists to have a role that involved the reporting of histopathology samples.

Regsitered as a Biomedical Scientist since 1978, I have gained extensive experience in the practice of histology and cytology, together with experience in education and training. During my NHS career I also became an IBMS National Council member in 1995, representing the profession on a variety of local and national committees. I served as Chair of the Science Committee, stepping down in 2005 to become an IBMS employee.

I have been a long time member of both NAC and BSCC, and now BAC, who has a history of professional nominations and representation. Previously I have been an IBMS Council member, the IBMS Specialist Advisor in Cytopathology and was the first formal IBMS nominee to BSCC Council. My BAC role has proven interesting over the previous three years leading to an invitation to join the National Gynaecological EQA Steering Committee and membership of a small project group engaged in the development and introduction of a Cervical Screening Programme into Moldova.

I look forward to representing the BAC membership over the next three years, during what will be a challenging and uncertain period leading up to and following the introduction of HPV primary screening.


(Proposed by Ula Mahadeva)

I am a Consultant Biomedical Scientist currently employed by Viapath since 2014 and based at St Thomas' Hospital in London. 

My current role incorporates the review and presentation of cervical cytology at several colposcopy MDTs across South East London. I am also scientific Professional & Clinical Advisor (PCA) for London SQAS.

My first consultant grade role was in 2009 in Stafford and previous posts include Consultant Biomedical Scientist and Hospital Based Programme Coordinator (HBPC) at the Royal Berkshire NHS FT and HBPC at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS FT. I was also the HPV Pathway Manager for Berkshire.

Before these, I held posts in cytology in Warwick and Oxford and also have considerable prior experience in histology.

I was a member of both the NAC and BSCC and would be delighted to serve as an Executive member of the BAC during what promises to be interesting, if challenging, times ahead for all cytopathology professionals during the implementation of Primary HPV Screening for the UK.