Ian Mills to be next Dean of FGDP(UK)

News Published: 
27 February 2018

Ian Mills has been elected as the next Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)). He was elected by the Faculty Board at its meeting on 23 February.

Ian, who works in General Dental Practice in North Devon, previously held the post of Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry, and is a Fellow of the Faculty. He is currently senior Vice-Dean of FGDP (UK) and will be inaugurated as Dean on 15th June 2018, taking over from Dr Mick Horton.

Ian Mills, Dean-Elect of FGDP(UK)

He qualified as a dentist from Glasgow University in 1987 and spent the early part of his career working in maxillofacial surgery. In 1994 he moved to Devon and three years later set up Torrington Dental Practice, a mixed practice in North Devon, where he continues to work as a partner. 

He joined the Faculty, which is working to establish an independent college for general dental practice, in 1994, and is a holder of its prestigious Diploma in Implant Dentistry. Currently the Faculty’s representative on the Care Quality Commission Dental Reference Group, he has previously been an Assessor for FGDP(UK) Fellowship and chaired its Examinations Committee. He was previously an elected member of the British Dental Association’s General Dental Practice Committee, a member of Devon LDC, and on the Professional Executive Committee of North Devon Primary Care Trust, and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

In addition to his clinical practice, Ian has worked at Peninsula Dental School since it was established and has been closely involved in the undergraduate programme as a clinical supervisor, group facilitator and honorary lecturer. As part of his role there, he has been undertaking a part-time PhD at Plymouth University and recently submitted his doctoral thesis, ‘The delivery of person-centred care in general dental practice’.

He is actively involved in promoting and developing research in primary dental care, with particular interests in measuring quality outcomes, person-centred care and environmental sustainability. Last year, as part of a group of studies carried out at his own practice in collaboration with Plymouth University and Peninsula Dental School, he co-authored a high profile study into the effectiveness of different virtual reality environments at easing the pain of routine dental treatments.


Mr Mills commented:

“It will be an enormous privilege to lead the UK’s only professional body dedicated to general dental practice through a crucial period in its history. I thank my colleagues for the faith they have placed in me, and look forward to working with them in delivering GDP-focused education, guidance and representation over the next three years.”


Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), added:

“Many congratulations to Ian on his well-deserved election as Dean. He is a highly experienced, respected and rounded practitioner, and I’m delighted the Faculty will be in such good hands”.