The Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture

12 November 2020


The Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture is one of the highlights of the FGDP(UK) calendar.

Malcolm Pendlebury TD LDS FDS DGDP(UK) FFGDP(UK) was a Nottingham-based general dental practitioner, and was involved in a wide range of clinical interests, including teaching, assessment and research. A founder member of the Faculty, he served as its third Dean between 1997 and 2000, and was its educational adviser at the time of his death in 2004.



He made a considerable contribution to vocational training, particularly in the East Midlands, and his research work included identifying an enzyme that causes gum disease in smokers. His professional interests also extended beyond dentistry to education in a wider medical context, and included work on behalf of the World Heath Organisation in the quality assurance of examination systems of medical schools in the former Yugoslavia.  He is remembered for his lifelong commitment to raising standards in dental practice, and for his work to develop membership assessment, and during his time as Dean he worked hard to establish and strengthen the Faculty’s position within the profession. As Secretary of the College of General Dental Practitioners (UK), he also believed that the general dental profession should establish an independent academic home, an ambition now being realised by the College of General Dentistry

A much-admired colleague, the lectures held in his memory are an opportunity to discuss matters of importance to general dentistry. 

The 2020 Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture will take place on Thursday 12 November at 7pm. It will be introduced by Stephen Rear MBE FFGDP(UK), Founding Dean of the Faculty, and delivered by Professor Liz Kay MBE FFGDP(UK), Trustee of the College of General Dentistry, on the theme of The Future of Dentistry  - Lessons From COVID-19.



Prof Kay leads the MBA in Healthcare at Peninsula Dental School, of which she was the Founding Dean. With a particular interest in inequalities in oral health, she has published over 180 papers and six books, and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on clinical care, dental education, communication and her research. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s Topic Expert in Oral Health, and former President of the Oral Health Foundation, she also chairs the Shirley Glasstone Hughes Foundation Management Committee, which oversees the commissioning of research in dentistry. Also Vice Chair of the British Medical and Dental Students Trust, Non-Executive Director of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and Editor of Evidence-Based Dentistry, she graduated from Edinburgh in 1982, and was awarded a Master’s in Public Health and PhD from Glasgow in 1984 and 1991. A Fellow of the FGDP(UK), she is also a member of the joint FGDP-BDA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Board.

In her short video, Professor Kay highlights some of the issues she will be discussing in her talk.



This year's lecture will be delivered online via ProDental CPD. The live event is free for all dental professionals to join, and early registration is encouraged at