BACN Board Members
Sharon Bennett - Chair
Sharon has worked alongside plastic surgeons developing her practice and aesthetics over the past 25 years.She has set up and managed cosmetic clinics in London and overseas, and was significantly involved in introducing the first Hyaluronic Acid filler ( Restylane) into the UK in 1996. This generated a particular interest in dermal injecting techniques, training, education and governance within nursing aesthetics.
An RCN Aesthetic Forum steering committee member until 2009 she is a Founder of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) and is current BACN Chair. She is currently the UK editorial lead on the British Standards Institute /CEN standard committee for Non Surgical Aesthetic Medical Services. She is also an editorial board member of Aesthetics Journal magazine, advisor on the Safety In a Beauty campaign and holds a committee position with the UK Academy of Aesthetic Practitioners. Present work also includes the NMC revalidation pilot project until September 2015.
A working director of Harrogate Aesthetics she additionally provides an aesthetic service for a private hospital group. Her specialist areas of practice are predominantly Dermal Fillers combined with restorative skin support and restoration.
Andrew Rankin - Vice-Chair
Andrew Rankin qualified in 1989 at Hammersmith hospital in London. He went on to specialise in cardio-thoracic ITU at the Royal Brompton hospital before moving back to his home town of Malvern in Worcestershire, where he worked in general ITU until 2006.
Andrew undertook his medical aesthetics training in 2006 and opened his clinic with his wife, business partner and practice manager, Angela, six months later. He went on to work for KT training in 2007, becoming their lead trainer until relinquishing this post in 2103. He undertook his NIP qualification in 2007. He has also enjoyed working extensively for Merz aesthetics, both as a trainer in the UK and internationally in product development.
In 2012 Andrew became a Board Member of the BACN and was responsible for leading the Prescribing Guidelines Group. Andrew was the original consultant editor for the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing helping to formulate the aims and objectives of the journal and bringing together a team of peers and independent specialists. In 2013 Andrew became the Chair for Education for the BACN and subsequently has been closely involved with the work on regulation with HEE (Health Education England) and the DOH (Department of Health. He was invited onto the Expert Reference Group and became modality lead for both botulinum injections and dermal fillers. More recently he has specialised in leading the dermal filler modality and has led workshops and presentations to the DOH. He is also working in conjunction with a number of Universities and manufacturers to set standards in Education for the future.
Sharron Brown - Secretary
Sharron Brown is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Since 2001 Sharron has worked with patients with HIV associated facial lipoatrophy treating with New-Fill™ (Poly-L-Lactic Acid) injections initially in a research setting, since 2003 within a nurse-led clinic. Sharron has developed a particular interest in the management of facial lipoatrophy she believes in taking a holistic approach in order to achieve a result that the patient can feel comfortable with both visually and psychologically.
Sharron is involved in lecturing, teaching and training and has contributed to scientific publications.Sharron also works as a specialist nurse in aesthetic medicine. This speciality involves working with healthy individuals’ addressing issues in which they may feel uncomfortable or would just like to make the most of. Sharron believes the consultation prior to treatment is of utmost importance, if realistic objectives are to be achieved this is where nurses working in this field can and do excel, which it is why it is so important that nurses not only have their own professional body but that they also have a voice.
Roger Smallwood - Treasurer
Roger had recently taken on the role of Treasurer for the BACN. His background is a Commercial Accountant and Financial Management predominantly from a Retail background and more recently in a Private Hospital.
Roger has set up his own business called Avondale Medical Ltd providing business services to the Medical Community. Some of you will recognise Roger’s name from the Workshop in London in March 2014, where he presented on Accounting for Your Business and VAT.
Sharon has worked in cosmetic medicine and aesthetics for over ten years. Originally a theatre sister in plastics and reconstructive surgery both in the NHS and the private sector Sharon has worked for BioForm Medical and Merz Aesthetics as their Clinical Specialist Manager training throughout the UK Ireland, USA and Europe. She now works independently with her Husband Dr Martyn King at Cosmedic Skin Clinic where they both train and consult to the industry and offer mentorship to new injectors and nurses undertaking the V300 prescribing course.
As a member of the BACN Sharon is keen to promote best practice through training and works with some of the major aesthetic companies.
Frances Turner Traill
Frances works full time in medical aesthetics in Scotland. She has her own clinic in Lanarkshire with satellites in Fort William and Inverness in the Highlands. She leads the Confidence Cosmetics team at the Nuffield Hospital in Glasgow. She also holds regular clinics at Destination Skin in Glasgow and SK:N in Edinburgh.
Frances is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing. As well as peer reviewing journal articles, her own work has been published on a wide variety of subjects ranging from off licence use of bacteriostatic saline, to managing complications to name a few.She has studied dermatology at Stirling as part of her BSc & is passionate about skin and skin health. She has continued her education on skin guided by & attending study days led by Florence Barrett Hill and Dr Lance Setterfield.
She is also the Scottish trainer for Neostrata Skin Care & one of the Obagi Skin Care ambassadors in Scotland.
Julie Brackenbury, RGN INP, is an experienced aesthetic nurse practitioner and has worked in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as cosmetic dermatology. She is a UK ZO (Zein Obagi) skin health key educator, a peer reviewer for JAN (Journal of Aesthetic Nursing) and sits on their editorial board.
Julie has also submitted articles for publication on skin dermatoses and managing dermal filler complications.
She was the first regional group leader for the South West and is the link between the NMC and BACN for revalidation.
Adrian has been working within aesthetic nursing for 4 years now and successfully completed his independent nurse prescribing qualification to further strengthen his skills within aesthetic medicine. He has since been awarded the title of ‘Aesthetic Nurse of the Year’ 2014, from the British Journal of Nursing.
Adrian contributed to update of The BACN Aesthetic nursing Competency Framework – September 2013, as co-author, bringing his personal experience of using the original RCN competencies. In 2014 he led the BACN competency group for the document's annual update to integrate with future prospectives of BACN accreditation and educational routes.
Julie Charlton is a partner at Bevan Brittan LLP. Specialising in medical malpractice litigation she also has a specialist interest in Mental Health and Human Rights Act litigation.
Julie practises in the Clinical Risk Department at Bevan Brittan LLP and has extensive experience in this area qualifying in 1999. Bevan Brittan LLP provide legal advice in a range of different areas for the public, private and third sectors including regulatory, employment, commercial and infrastructure and property.
DAVID HICKS is one of the most respected figures in the aesthetics industry. The former chair of Wigmore Medical and the FACE conference David has been a figure-head and driver in the aesthetics market for over 25 years.
He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the industry.