Daniel Davis shares vision as BDIA PresidentUncategorised
Posted by: The Probe 15th February 2020
The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) is the UK’s national industry association. It represents and supports a spectrum of manufacturers and suppliers across dentistry, bringing their collective interests to the forefront. It champions these topics when representing the profession in Government initiatives and regulatory meetings, and collaborative projects with other national and international bodies.
BDIA members have access to a wide variety of benefits, including regular communications and industry updates, a dedicated journal, the latest industry information, education and training, as well as both UK and international events. It also provides companies with a voice and offers them valuable insight to help with their decision-making and business management.
As a long-established supplier of industry-leading products and materials, J&S Davis has been a member of the BDIA for many years. Daniel Davis, Managing Director of J&S Davis, comments:
“J&S Davis has been involved with the BDIA for over 70 years. The reason for becoming a member in the early days was that companies had to in order to trade in UK industry. Today, being a member provides significant support – especially to small companies – with regulatory issues, training and networking. There are many reasons why modern dental suppliers need to connect with others and being part of the BDIA community allows the easy exchange of information. It is probably the only UK-wide forum people in the dental industry have got to network with like-minded professionals and businesses.”
Daniel became President of the BDIA in June 2019. This followed many years of involvement with the association and a long-term commitment to what the organisation stands for. His term as President traces the steps of previous generations within his own family.
“Personally, I’ve been involved on various committees for around 20 years,” Daniel says. “I’ve been a member of the BDIA Council for four years, Vice President for two and a half years and then President since June.
“My father was President of the BDIA twice, once 1966 to 1967 and then again 1984 to 1986. My grandfather and his uncle were actually founding members of the organisation that became the BDIA, so my family has deep-seated roots with the association.”
Speaking about his current role as President seven months into his term, Daniel discusses why his aims and those of the BDIA reflect the key challenges being faced in the industry right now.
“My role within the BDIA right now is about helping the organisation move forward in what have become and will continue to be rather turbulent times. The new Medical Device regulations due in May 2020 – combined with the many complications of Brexit hovering in the background – have created a huge amount of uncertainty for everyone. As an organisation, we are trying to provide guidance where we can. Of course, this is difficult with the political climate remaining in a state of unknown, but we are here to support our members in any way we can.
“Alongside this, we are aiming to get more members involved with the educational, social and networking events that we organise and support, so that there is a broader range of people attending and offering their insights. These include the BDIA Mid-Winter Meeting and the BDIA Conference. We are particularly interested in welcoming new and younger members of the industry. The BDIA is very much an organisation for all – everyone is welcome and we are keen to work with a spectrum of representatives from across the profession in order to continue steering our goals for their benefit.
“Having built strong partnerships with different organisations and Government bodies, the BDIA is in a very good position to influence regulations and guidelines where appropriate. We have regular meetings with various medical and dental regulatory organisations, and we are widely acknowledged to be a valuable source for them because we represent what is a niche part of the healthcare service. With a more diverse membership, we will have even more power to help shape the future of dentistry.
“There is so much to get back from BDIA membership, like training, marketing support, access to statistics and the chance to join one of the committees or Council. These are all great opportunities to meet and speak with other industry leaders. I would encourage anyone not already part of the community to join!”
For more information on what the BDIA is currently focusing on and the benefits available through membership, please visit www.bdia.org.uk.
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