The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has sworn in five new board members, including two women and its first overseas representative.
Following changes to its structure implemented in 2014, elections were held for half the board’s seats earlier this year, with the new members taking up office last Friday, 10th June.
The new seat representing the Faculty’s 300 overseas members is taken by Pankaj Patel, a private practitioner who trained in India, has practised in Philadelphia and is a BDS examiner in Nairobi, where he also set up the first local MFGDP study group.
Johanna Bryant, a clinical tutor at Liverpool University Dental Hospital and GDC Fitness to Practise panel member, and Reena Wadia, a trainee specialist periodontist and committee member of BDA Croydon, were elected to represent Mersey & North West and Central London respectively, and bring to three the number of women on the Faculty’s top decision-making body.
Mark Richardson, a Senior Dental Officer in the RAF, was elected to represent Wessex and Oxford, and Yann Maidment, current President of the Royal Odonto-Chirurgical Society of Scotland, now represents the East of Scotland.
Ian Mills, an implantologist and Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry, was inaugurated as a Vice-Dean of the Faculty, and Abhi Pal, principal of a mixed practice in Edgbaston and an experienced dento-legal expert witness, was elected as the second Vice-Dean.
Elections in the Yorkshire & Northern, North East & North West Thames and West & North Scotland regions are taking place over the summer.
Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Johanna, Mark, Pankaj, Reena and Yann to the board, and with such a diverse range of working backgrounds, a privilege to be able to draw upon their knowledge and expertise. I’m also looking forward to working even more closely with Ian and Abhi, and am delighted that the board has recognised their contributions to the profession and the Faculty in this way”.