BADN Chief Exec to Become Local Soroptimist President


BADN are delighted that their Chief Executive, Pam Swain, has become President-elect of Soroptimist International Blackpool and District.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for women in management and the professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.  The word “Soroptimist” comes from the Latin “soror”, meaning “sister”, and “optima” meaning “best”, and loosely translates as “best for women”.

Soroptimist International was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California and membership has grown to over 90,000 women across the world, making SI the world’s largest classified service organization for women.  Members are women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups, who join their local clubs to give service to others.   Each club identifies the needs of its community, then establishes specific projects to address those needs.  SI Blackpool and District, for example, supports the local womens’ refuge, the contact centre, the hospital league of friends, talking newspapers and other local projects.  SI Fleetwood, now part of SI Blackpool and District, provided accommodation for retired women on limited incomes.

Pam originally became a member of SI Fleetwood in 2001, and was a member of its Housing Committee.  Following the closure of SI Fleetwood in 2005, Pam took a short break whilst studying for her MBA, and then joined SI Blackpool in 2008.  She is a member of the Club’s Executive Committee and was recently Toastmistress at the Club’s 50th Charter Lunch.  She will begin her term of office as President in April 2012.

BADN President Sue Bruckel said “Pam has supported dental nurses throughout the UK for the last 20 years – as a BADN Council Member and President,  I am especially aware of how hard Pam works on behalf of all of us, and of the invaluable support and advice she provides to those of us in the Presidential role.  BADN are therefore delighted to be able to support Pam during her own Presidential term of office, and to support and promote the work of Soroptimist International.”

SI Blackpool is part of the SI Federation of Great Britain and Ireland – one of the four SI Federations across the world – and comprises 362 clubs in 27 countries in the Caribbean, Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The other Federations are the Americas, Europe and the South West Pacific.  Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organization for today’s professional and business women, committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.  Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.

The goals of Soroptimists are to ensure that women and girls:

  • Enjoy equity and equality
  • Live in safe and healthy environments
  • Have access to education
  • Have leadership and practical skills

For more information on Soroptimism, go to


Pam Swain began working for the Association (then the ABDSA) in 1992, and is currently the longest serving Chief Executive of a dental professional association.  Following a  gap year studying German whilst selling newspapers/working as an au pair in Vienna, and a brief spell at the Home Office Research Unit in the late 70s, Pam  brushed up her French  in the pharmaceutical and hotel industries in Brussels, before working at NATO in a number of posts, ranging from Electronic Warfare to Operations.  In the late 80s, she moved to  Bermuda to work in the Bank of Bermuda’s Investment Department, where she completed three quarters of her American Institute of Banking Diploma and several business management courses before moving on.  Some 15 years after her first gap year, Pam took another – spending 12 months in Boston, Massachusetts studying holistic therapy.  Pam returned to her home town of Fleetwood in 1991 and began working for BADN (then ABDSA) in 1992.  As well as being BADN’s Chief Executive, Pam is Editor of the “British Dental Nurses’ Journal” and was, until its closure in 2005, also Registrar of the Voluntary National Register of Dental Nurses.  Pam also writes regular columns for “Preventive Dentistry” and “The Probe” magazines and is a regular contributer to several other dental journals.  Pam was awarded the City & Guilds Licentiate in Management in 2005 and a Masters degree in Business Administration in 2007.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Association Management and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.  For more information on Pam, go to the Who’s Who pages of the BADN website




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