National representative, National Faculty Board
Member, Membership Affairs Committee
Member, Professional Affairs Committee
Lead Dento-legal Consultant and Head of Dental Services, Scotland for MPS/Dental Protection
Helen is dually qualified as a dentist and a solicitor. She worked for a number of years in general dental practice and has also worked as a clinical assistant in restorative dentistry at Guy’s Hospital and at Glasgow Dental Hospital. She studied law and initially worked as a dento-legal adviser in England before returning to Scotland and training as a solicitor. She then spent several years in legal practice, where she specialised in defending clinical negligence claims against doctors and dentists, appearing at Fatal Accident Inquiries and advising and acting for dentists in relation to NHS Tribunals and the General Dental Council, acting for medical and dental defence organisations on behalf of their members. Helen works for Dental Protection as a full-time Lead Dentolegal Consultant based in the Edinburgh office where she is Head of Dental Services for Scotland.
Helen obtained a BDS degree from Glasgow University in 1987, and an LLB from Strathclyde University in 1997. She initially worked as a dento-legal adviser in England before completing a Diploma in Legal Practice in 2002 and training as a solicitor in Scotland. She obtained a Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) in 2010, completed an MBA in 2013 and was awarded Foundation Fellowship Status of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in 2018.