FDA (trade union)
|Affiliation||TUC, STUC, ICTU, Wales TUC, PSI|
|Key people||Dave Penman, general secretary|
|Office location||Waterloo, London, England|
The FDA, formerly The Association of First Division Civil Servants, and previously known as the First Division Association, is a trade union for UK senior civil servants and public service professionals founded in 1918.
Its over 19,000 members include Whitehall policy advisers and senior managers, tax inspectors, economists and statisticians, government-employed lawyers, crown prosecutors, procurators fiscal, schools inspectors, diplomats, senior national museum staff, senior civil servants, accountants and National Health Service (NHS) managers.
The organisation was founded as the Association of First Division Civil Servants, before changing name to FDA in 2001.
Membership structure and affiliations
Its federal structure means that some sections of the union operate under separate branding. Two parts of the union have distinctive institutional features - senior staff at HM Revenue and Customs join the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) which is also a certified trade union as well as a section of FDA, and management in the NHS join Managers in Partnership (MiP), a joint venture with Unison of which MiP members are also members.
The FDA is an affiliate of the Trades Union Congress, the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Wales TUC and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions but is not affiliated to the Labour Party or any other political party. The FDA is also affiliated to Public Services International.
Despite often being known (particularly in the British press) as the "First Division Association", the legal name is "FDA". It describes itself as 'FDA - the union of choice for senior managers and professionals in public service'.
The original name, 'The Association of First Division Civil Servants' was chosen because it represented first division clerks, as opposed to the Second Division Association, which represented more junior clerks. Although the terms first and second division clerks were abolished in the 1920s, it proved impossible to agree on an alternative name, and the name remained until 2000 when, following a motion to the union's annual delegate conference, the official name became "FDA".
Dave Penman, formerly Deputy General Secretary, was elected unopposed as General Secretary in May 2012  and took up office from July 2012.
Jonathan Baume was General Secretary from 1997 to 2012. He had previously been Assistant General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of the union. The General Secretary from 1989 to 96 was Elizabeth Symons and before her was John Ward (1980–88). The first full-time General Secretary was Norman Ellis who was appointed in 1974.
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