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 (President) Mecca Chiesa (Chair)
Kate Grant (Treasurer) Suzy Yardley (Secretary)
Nick Barratt Aimee Giles
Mikaela Green Maggie Hoerger
Jane McCready Adele Norman
Rebecca Sharp Jo Westley
Vicki Markham (Student Representative)

Please click on the link to view a chart showing "The Governance and Structure of the UK-SBA".   We operate through the elected board and its committees, the Advisory Committee representing consumers, all supplemented by a series of Special Interest Groups, (SIGs).


UK-SBA Committees

Advisory Committee

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

Jane McCready (Chair)

Consumer Committee

Purpose: The Consumer Committee, informed by the Advisory Committee (see above), aims to ensure that consumers' interests are strongly represented, discussed and - where necessary - acted upon at UK-SBA board level.

Jane McCready (Chair) Athene Burdge (co-opted) Mecca Chiesa Mikaela Green Jo Westley

Education Standards Committee

Purpose: To ensure the UK-SBA works to establish over the longer-term a framework for the professional recognition and certification of behaviour analysts across the breadth of behaviour analytical practice.  To promote, encourage and develop training and educational opportunities for the general public and professional behaviour analysts, those pursuing certification and allied health professions interested in and supporting practising behaviour analysts.

Louise Denne (Co-opted - Chair) Jenn Austin Mecca Chiesa Aimee Giles
Kate Grant Maggie Hoerger  Adele Norman Rebecca Sharp

Elections Committee

Purpose: To ensure fair and transparent nomination and election of Board members.

Mecca Chiesa (Chair) Nick Barratt Sam Evans (UK-SBA Administrator)

Events Committee

Purpose: To ensure that the UK-SBA provides educational opportunities for the general public and professional behaviour analysts, with an aim toward ensuring best practices and consumer protection.

Jenn Austin (Chair) Nick Barratt Kate Grant Mikaela Green Victoria Markham

Membership/UK-SBA Register Committee

Purpose: To recruit new members to the Society, review applications, and expand member benefits.  To protect consumers by setting up, maintaining and working towards the accreditation of a Register of those who work in the field of Behaviour Analysis.


Mecca Chiesa (Chair) Sam Evans (UK-SBA Administrator) Aimee Giles Mikaela Green
Adele Norman Rebecca Sharp Jo Westley

PR/Communications Committee

Purpose: To address issues of public interest with the aim of providing accurate information for consumers and the wider public, and to highlight and respond to media or policy issues relevant to the practice of behaviour analysis in the UK.

Nick Barratt (Chair) Jane McCready Suzy Yardley

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committee

Purpose: To facilitate the formation and support of Special Interest Groups

Rebecca Sharp (Chair) Victoria Markham Adele Norman

Strategic Planning Committee

Purpose: To guide the development of the Society and ensure activities are aligned with the Society’s mission and objectives.

Kate Grant (Chair) Jenn Austin Aimee Giles Mikaela Green
Maggie Hoerger Adele Norman Suzy Yardley Jo Westley

Student Awards Committee

Purpose: To recognise outstanding efforts of behaviour analysis students by recruiting and arranging review of student award submissions

Aimee Giles (Chair) Nick Barratt Rebecca Sharp

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 Committee is the Director responsible for ensuring the views and interest of consumers are prioritised by the Board as per the Advisory Committee Terms of Reference . The two roles; chairing the Advisory Committee 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 chairs the Consumer 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.