AECC University College alumni elected President of the British Chiropractic Association

Catherine Quinn BSc MChiro DC MRCC (Sport)

Doctor Catherine Quinn, a 2012 AECC University College graduate, has this weekend been elected as President of the British Chiropractic Association. Catherine is the youngest President of the Association and the third female, with the first being in wartime 1945 and the second in 1970.

Catherine has served on the BCA Council for the past year and has been a key member of the Conferences, PR and Marketing and Student committees. Catherine is based in West London where she is in practice at the Waldegrave Clinic and is the First Team Chiropractor to Queens Park Rangers FC. An advocate for integrated healthcare, Catherine is a member of the Football Medical Association and has formed part of the Medical team at QPR for the past four years after enjoying time at London Irish RFC, Southampton FC, and as a touring member with the New Zealand Rugby League Team.

Originally gaining her Sport Science BSc from St Marys University College, Catherine is an active member of their Board of Trustees and represents the Alumni. Handing over the chain of office was Matthew Bennett, also an AECC University College alumnus. In her inauguration speech, Catherine praised Matthews commitment to the BCA over the past four years, highlighting the reduction in subscriptions for members, the introduction of a new Chiropractic course and positive changes in advertising standards for chiropractors.

“It is a huge honour to take on the responsibility of this important role. If there are any of you who doubt that there is a route for you to become involved in the BCA, to have your voice heard and your opinion counted, anyone who questions the ability of those working for you on Council to take on new ideas and bring in a new voice. Today is your answer.

Our profession is at a turning point. Chiropractic was founded by one of the greatest innovators of his time and as healthcare professionals, we have a responsibility to be lifelong learners, using the best available evidence to guide our decision making. By continuing to evolve as a profession, gaining and using knowledge, we in turn gain the power to influence the huge burden that MSK conditions place on society.

As I would encourage you all to be patient-centred, the BCA is committed to being member-centred. I aim to deliver an association with a culture and ethos to be proud of. We do not lack support for the safe and effective treatment that we deliver, or a have a lack of bright and motivated young chiropractors, I see a bright future for our profession. I have a great passion for this Association and I am proud of what we provide and of our exciting vision for the profession. Be proud of what you want this profession to be and know that each voice within this association holds equal value to the one next to it. I look forward to welcoming you to the BCA.”

A huge congratulations to Catherine from all at AECC University College. We wish her all the best in her term as President.