Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Association. Its role is to ensure the smooth running and development of the Association as a whole, recognising that the Branches and Sections operate in a semi-autonomous fashion. The committee is also responsible for publications, facilitating the President’s Symposium, and organising the Annual Conference and other major events. The Officers are elected annually, while the other members serve a three-year term of office – two being elected each year.

Officers and Executive

From May 2024

  • Dr Sue Andrew (Chair)
  • Richard Pocock (Vice-Chair)
  • John Haslam (Hon. Treasurer)
  • Prof. Malcolm Hart (Hon. Editor – Transactions)
  • Dr Bridget Gillard (Executive Secretary)
  • Prof. Willie Hamilton
  • Hazel Harland
  • Mark Norman
  • Derek Smithers
  • Dr Ian Varndell
  • Jane Whittaker


Rules of the Association

A copy of the DA’s rules (2004 version, incorporating 2019, 2021 and 2023 approved revisions) can be downloaded here.


As part of the Association’s governance arrangements, the Executive Committee has approved a set of policies covering the following areas, subject to annual review:

1. Conflicts of interest
2. Risk management
3. Complaints
4. Vulnerable beneficiaries
5. Pay
6. Investment
7. Volunteer management
8. Data privacy

A document giving details of these policies is available here.

Business Plan

The Business Plan is intended to give shape to the Association’s ambitions and to give members and others an understanding of our purpose, priorities, plans and financial standing. You can see a copy of our Three Year Business Plan, 2018–2020 here.


A Forum, comprising the Executive Committee and representatives of the Sections and Branches, meets twice a year to discuss matters related to the running of the Association as a whole, and to exchange news, views and ideas.