The British Medical Association (BMA) has appointed a new head of legal.
Jonathan Waters, group company secretary at hotel group Queens Moat Houses, will join the professional association in March 2002. Waters replaces Chris Hughes, who left the BMA in the summer. Responsible for the management of the five-lawyer team, Waters will become the BMA's director of legal services. Waters said: "I've had an excellent time at Queens Moat. After six years at any job you're ready for a new challenge. The move offers me the opportunity to do something different." The BMA comprises an independent trade union, a scientific and educational body, a publishing house and a limited company. Waters is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.