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Ian Wylie to leave BDA

Ian Wylie, the Chief Executive of the British Dental Association will stand down at the end of this year. The news was announced by the BDA earlier this month, and he will leave in December to take up health consultancy and teaching work in Hong Kong, with his wife. There had been rumours that he would go ever since the Association lost large sums of money and was forced to make staff redundancies.
Although the former Finance Director, Ian was firmly blamed, Ian did not escape severe censure by the BDA’s internal inquiry under former President Dr Geoff Garnett. Many thought that the shortcomings revealed merited resignation, but the Association’s Representative Body decided to keep the management team in place to implement the recovery plan.
The Association’s Annual General Meeting this year was assured that the BDA was now on a firm financial footing and a Finance Committee has been set up under a new chairman, Dr Martin Fallowfield. The Chief Executive can therefore leave without further questions as to whether he was pushed. Indeed the BDA’s statement tells us that ‘under Ian’s leadership, the BDA has extended its reach beyond the traditional parameters of membership associations, becoming a recognisable name in the wider health community and the media.’ A veil has been discretely drawn over the financial crisis and senior sources at the Association are keen to stress the positive aspects of the management restructuring carried out by Ian.
His successor remains a mystery. Will it be a senior office holder in the Association? There have been examples in the past and at least two committee chairmen have gone on to be very successful Chief Executives. There is, however, an unfortunate precedent 20 years ago when a Chairman of Council resigned to stand for BDA Secretary only to be rejected by his former colleagues. So perhaps no one this time will risk such humiliation. Perhaps a senior member of staff might throw their hat into the ring. But it would be a high risk strategy as they could hardly remain in post if they were not selected and the Association may be reluctant to appoint anyone associated, however remotely, with the financial crisis. So this leaves someone from out side. Traditionally it has been a dentist and there are many around now who have had the right managerial experience that would stand them in good stead for the post.
Ian Wylie broke the mould in that he was from outside the profession, with many contacts both in the NHS and the political field. His was a high profile appointment, but the Association may feel more comfortable with someone with a managerial background to run the multi-million pound business. The question though is this. What do they want the chief executive to do.


 Posted on : Wed 7th - Sep - 2005

 

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