The BHTA’s newly-appointed director general has declared that the trade body must ‘speak up loudly and effectively’ on the behalf of its members to support the growth of companies within the group.
Mandie Lavin, who is a practising barrister, will begin her role on Tuesday, and brings wide-ranging experience across healthcare, law and accountancy sectors, which she hopes will serve the interests of both member companies and end-users.
On being appointed, she said that the industry is growing thanks to demographic changes but noted that the sector will face “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,” Ms Lavin said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, BHTA chair, Alastair Maxwell said: “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.”
Ms Lavin replaces former managing director of Mangar International, Andrew Barker, who has been the BHTA’s interim director general in recent weeks following former boss Tracey White’s resignation at the end of March.
Ms Lavin began her career as a nurse at Guys Hospital before holding positions at the Brook Hospital in Greenwich, Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust and the Anglia and Oxford Regional Health Authority.
She became the director of professional conduct at the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting, 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.
Ms Lavin also served as the director of the Bar Standards Board and helped to establish the independence of the regulator within the Bar Council, which is the approved regulator of barristers.
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 CEO of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a leading training organisation and membership body for lawyers. She has recently re-joined chambers and changed from being an employed barrister to a self-employed barrister, having previously spent some time at the helm of a leading funeral trade association.