Mandie Lavin has been appointed as the new Director-General of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA). The Practising Barrister with a clinical background will look to lead the Association forward as it pro-actively tackles the challenges facing the healthcare industry.

Taking over the role from interim Director-General Andrew Barker as of the 12th June 2018, the Association says Mandie’s wide-ranging and extensive healthcare, trade association and legal experience make her the ideal candidate to lead the organisation.

Alastair Maxwell, BHTA Chair, commented: “Mandie Lavin brings great experience to the BHTA. She has tremendous ability, management and leadership skills and her previous roles as a barrister, in healthcare and in regulation will help us to take the next steps forward to promote the BHTA vision of ‘better health, better care, better value’.”

Beginning her career as a nurse at Guys Hospital working across a range of surgical specialities, Mandie has held positions at the Brook Hospital in Greenwich, Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust and the Anglia and Oxford Regional Health Authority.

She went on to become the Director of Professional Conduct at the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting (now the Nursing & Midwifery Council), the Director of Professional Standards at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and then the Director of Legal Affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Also serving as the Director of the Bar Standards Board, Mandie helped to establish the independence of the regulator within the Bar Council (the approved regulator of barristers).

“The BHTA needs to speak up loudly and effectively on their behalf in order to support their successful growth and ensure that people can continue to buy with confidence from BHTA member companies” Mandie Lavin

In September 2011, she joined the General Optical Council as Director of Regulation, where she remained until December 2014. In January 2015, she became the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a leading training organisation and membership body for lawyers.

Commenting on her appointment, Mandie Lavin said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed as the new Director-General of the BHTA and am looking forward to working with the members and the entire team.”

Most recently she re-joined chambers, changing from being an employed barrister to a self-employed barrister, having previously spent a period at the helm of a leading funeral trade association.

Mandie added: “The healthcare and assistive technology sector is growing due to demographic changes but faces many challenges ahead. The BHTA has an essential role to play in helping to fairly promote the interests of nearly 500-member companies and ensuring that they have a very high reputation for serving the interests of their many vulnerable customers.

“The BHTA needs to speak up loudly and effectively on their behalf in order to support their successful growth and ensure that people can continue to buy with confidence from BHTA member companies.”

In addition, she is a trustee of the Board of the Patient’s Association, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, and chairs the Registration Panel of the General Medical Council and the Appointments Committee of the Institute of Osteopathy. She is also a member of several high-profile legal and medical associations.

Alastair Maxwell added: “The challenges the healthcare industry faces in an ever-changing political and economic landscape can’t be underestimated and I firmly believe that the BHTA, led by the Director-General, is best placed to assist its members in facing those challenges head-on.”

The appointment comes following the resignation of former Director-General Tracey White, who left the Association to become the CEO of the Institution of Lighting Professionals at the end of March of this year.

Having recently celebrated its centenary in 2017, the BHTA is one of the UK’s oldest healthcare trade associations, providing support to and working on behalf of almost 500 companies in the healthcare industry.

In the near term, the Association has confirmed that Andrew Barker will continue to work with the BHTA to facilitate an effective handover to Mandie as she establishes herself in the new role.

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