UK-SBA Board Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of up to 12 elected members and up to 4 Directors may be nominated by the Board. There are four officer roles within the Board; President, Chair, Secretary and Treasurer plus the elected Student Representative. Job descriptions are given in the UK-SBA Directors Manual.

Jennifer Austin (Chair) Maggie Hoerger (President)
Kate Grant (Treasurer) Suzy Yardley (Secretary)
Nick Barratt Mecca Chiesa
Jo Coulson Tracie Coultas-Pitman
Leah Fennema Hall Aimee Giles
Mikaela Green Rebecca Sharp
Jo Westley Marianne Wooldridge
Adele Yellow Chris Seel (Student Representative)

Please click on the link to see the UK-SBA Structure Chart.   We operate through the elected board and its committees, the Advisory Board representing consumers, all supplemented by our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). You may also view our Strategic Priorities for 2020-2021.


UK-SBA Committees

Advisory Board

Purpose: The Advisory Board is made up of consumers of different UK behaviour analytic services, and informs the work of the Public Protection and Benefit Committee, ensuring that the UK-SBA board has real and current insights into the concerns and needs of the consumer groups it serves.

Tracie Coultas-Pitman (Chair)

Public Protection and Benefit Committee

Purpose: The Committee membership includes all officers of the board and ensures public protection and benefit underpins the UK-SBA Board and its activities. This committee is also where the Complaints Secretary first brings complaints and where complaint review panels are assembled. This committee includes a working group for our Register of Behaviour Analysts, as well as our PSA Application Task Force.

Jenn Austin (Chair) Mecca Chiesa Kate Grant Mikaela Green
Maggie Hoerger Tracie Coultas-Pitman Jane McCready (co-opted) Suzy Yardley

Strategic Planning Committee

Purpose: Ensure that through the process of effective governance the UK-SBA has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these. This committee includes working groups for Governance and Finance.

Leah Fennema Hall (Chair) Jenn Austin Kate Grant Maggie Hoerger Suzy Yardley

Executive Committee

Purpose: The committee membership is the four officers of the Board.  The committee ensures the UK-SBA is in compliance with its legal and fiduciary duties, reporting its findings and recommendations to the board, recommending action to the board for structural changes and is accountable for the board’s and the Society’s governance guidelines and policies with an emphasis on: Strategic / Policy Leadership, Clear Distinction of board roles, Encouragement of diversity in viewpoints and Collective rather than individual decisions.   This committee includes a working group for Elections.

Jenn Austin (Chair) Kate Grant Maggie Hoerger Suzy Yardley

Membership Committee

Purpose: Ensure the sustainability and growth of the Society by maintenance and recruitment of members. This committee includes working groups for Student Awards and Special Interest Groups.

Aimee Giles (Chair) Mecca Chiesa Kate Grant
Chris Seel Rebecca Sharp Adele Yellow

Education Committee

Purpose: Establish and maintain high standards of education for trainee and practising behaviour analysts. This committee includes a working group for Events and the Credentialing Task Force.

Jo Coulson (Chair) Jenn Austin Mecca Chiesa
Claire Cotterill (co-opted) Louise Denne (Co-opted) Maggie Hoerger

Marketing and Communications Committee

Purpose: Ensure effective and accurate dissemination of all aspects of behaviour analysis, to allow members of the public to make informed choices. This committee includes a working group on Public Education.

Nick Barratt (Chair) James Kiamtia-Cooper (co-opted) Jo Westley Marianne Wooldridge Suzy Yardley
UK-SBA Governance

The UK-SBA is constituted as a Company Limited by Guarantee and was incorporated on 27th April 2012.  The Company is registered under the Companies Act, registration number 08049087 England and Wales.

The governance of the Company is defined by its Model Articles of Association of UK-SBA which are filed at Companies House and by additional rules and regulations as determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.

Role of a UK-SBA Director

The Directors of the Board for the UK-SBA are collectively responsible for developing the long term strategy of the organisation. They also ensure the Board meets its legal obligations and its accountabilities as required by law.

The role descriptions are outlined in the UK-SBA Directors Manual This document also gives a full description of who can legally be appointed as a Director.  Directors must declare conflicts of interest and a register of Directors’ interest is maintained by the Board.

Co-opted Directors

The Directors may ask the membership to co-opt Directors on to the Board by putting a special resolution to the Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The Board may also co-opt Directors with specific skills between AGMs, but Directors co-opted between AGMs must stand down at the next AGM and do not count towards the third of Directors that must retire at the AGM.

Director (Consumer Interests)

The elected chair of the Advisory Board is the Director responsible for ensuring the views and interest of consumers are prioritised by the Board as per the Advisory Board Terms of Reference . The two roles; chairing the Advisory Board and serving as a Director (consumer interests), run co-terminously.  The Director (consumer interests) must retire from both positions by rotation in line with the rules for retirement for all directors as specified in the Model Articles of Association of UK-SBAThe Director (consumer interests) also sits on the Public Protection and Benefit Committee.

Terms of Office of Directors

One third of the Board of Directors must retire each year at the Annual General Meeting.  If the number of Directors is not a multiple of three, then the nearest number to one third must retire.

Student Representative

The student representative attends Board meetings and is elected bi-annually. They ensure the views and best interests of students are considered by the full Board. They are not a Director of the Company and can speak at Board meetings but do not have voting rights.

Board Meetings

Directors of the UK-SBA Board are expected to attend quarterly meetings in January, April, July and October.  Meetings typically last six hours and are held in London.  Additional meetings may be held. The proceedings of the Board meetings are conducted in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the  Model Articles of Association of UK-SBA

Reimbursement of Expenses

The UK-SBA reimburses reasonable travel expenses to enable Directors to attend meetings.

Elections and Appointment of Directors

The election and appointment of Directors is governed by the Model Articles of Association of UK-SBA Elections are held annually and the result is announced and formally confirmed at the Annual General meeting.

The election process is overseen by the Election Committee, who will publish the process and criteria prior to the election.  The current paid up members are asked to nominate individuals, who must give their consent and be members of the organisation at the time of their nomination.  Candidates will be asked to submit a statement which will be made available to members prior to voting.


The Directors may delegate any of their powers or functions to a subcommittee of two or more Directors. All proceedings of any committees have to be fully and promptly reported back to the Board. All Directors may be asked to serve on sub-committees or represent the Board at formal and informal events.

Annual General Meeting

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) must be held each year. Not more than 15 months may elapse between successive AGMs. All members who have paid their dues for the membership year in which the AGM is held may attend. If a member can’t attend they may appoint another member as a proxy. The procedure for the AGM, including the timetable and regulations regarding proxy notices are contained within the Model Articles of Association of UK-SBA .  Directors of the UK-SBA give a full account of their work and their plans for the future at the AGM. The results of elections to the Board are announced and new Directors are formally ratified and appointed.