Introducing the new BCA Chief Executive Officer

Following the retirement of BCA CEO, Tom Mullarkey MBE in October 2022, we are delighted to announce that, after an extensive recruitment process, we have now appointed Cait Allen as the new BCA Chief Executive Officer. Cait is an industry expert who has previously held CEO roles in a health charity and a national membership organisation, and we look forward to welcoming her to the Association in March. 

To introduce Cait to the BCA community, BCA President, Catherine Quinn, said: “Cait is dynamic and values-driven, demonstrating strong leadership and positive influencing. She has a track record of reputation building and advocacy, which will ensure our future is as prestigious as our history.   

Cait has a diverse background of experiences in healthcare and membership organisations so was a strong match for the BCA’s Vision for chiropractic to be integral to UK healthcare. The BCA Board looks forward to Cait realising the full potential of the BCA to be the home for chiropractors who put patients first, providing quality support and representation for UK chiropractic.” 

More about Cait Allen

Cait Allen has an extensive career history working with organisations across healthcare and the third sector, including NHS England and NHS Trusts. Experienced in influencing policy, she has worked with different Government departments across Whitehall to develop policy and deliver change. Specialising in leading organisations in making a positive impact, Cait joins the BCA at a pivotal time following its major repositioning project which had two core objectives: to support the serious strain on musculoskeletal (MSK) issues facing the UK, whilst equipping members with the tools to increase recognition within the mainstream healthcare community.  

After a fast-growing career in PR and marketing, Cait moved into wider leadership roles in reputation management and influencing, before taking her first CEO role at the age of 35. 

On her appointment, Cait said: “I am really excited about my new role as CEO of the British Chiropractic Association. The BCA has a strong reputation and established brand as the leader in its field, with a long legacy of providing outstanding support to members. I am looking forward to working with the team on our long-term strategy, as well as continuing to showcase the patient-centred care and rigour BCA chiropractors follow.  

As the NHS faces increasing pressure, private healthcare is becoming more accessible and desirable to patients. This is therefore a great time to match BCA’s appetite for growth and profile with a market that is ripe and ready to consider an integrated healthcare route.” 

The BCA would like to welcome Cait to the home of chiropractors who put patients first and we look forward to working with her as we continue to seek our place as equal members of the MSK healthcare community to fulfil our Vision for chiropractic to be integral to UK healthcare. 



About the British Chiropractic Association: The BCA is the largest and longest-standing association for chiropractors in the UK and has been named ‘Best Professional Body of the Year’ at the Memcom Excellence Awards 2022 for its Repositioning Project which has played a pivotal role in changing the healthcare landscape for the better. As well as promoting international standards of education and exemplary conduct, the BCA supports chiropractors to progress and develop to fulfil their professional ambitions with honour and integrity, at every step. The BCA is raising awareness about the rigour, relevance and evidence driving the profession and the association’s ambition for chiropractic to be more closely embedded within mainstream healthcare.

The BCA is the home for chiropractors who provide patient-centred, evidence-based care and offer full transparency to their patients. Through the Patient Charter BCA chiropractors provide reassurance to their patients and that they will empower them to make an informed decision about their treatment.