New Board members at FGDP

News Published: 
25 June 2019

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) has announced three new Board members, who have each been elected for three-year terms of office.



                                                                New FGDP(UK) Board members Helen Kaney (l), Eldo Koshy (m) and Sami Stagnell (r)


Helen Kaney, Head of Dental Services in Scotland for Dental Protection, and a dually qualified dentist and solicitor, was elected to one of two national seats. As well as practising general dentistry for many years, she has worked as a clinical assistant in restorative dentistry, a Senior Dento-Legal Adviser, and a solicitor acting for dentists and doctors. A Fellow of both the FGDP(UK) and the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, she holds an MBA and is a founding member of the Dental Law and Ethics Forum.

Eldo Koshy, a prosthodontist and implant dentist in Kerala, India, was elected to represent the Faculty’s 300 overseas members, succeeding Pankaj Patel. Previously Vice-Principal and Head of the Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology at KMCT Dental College, Kozhikode, he has lectured and delivered training across India, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Sami Stagnell, a GDP and specialist Oral Surgeon, represents the Wessex and Oxford region, and has worked in NHS, mixed and private practices across the South of England. He completed both his BDS and an MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry at Kings College London, where he remains a visiting Postgraduate Advisor and Honorary Clinical Teacher. He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s odontology section and the British Dental Association’s Young Dentists and Central Hospital committees, and is a Health Education England Fellow in Clinical Leadership and Management.

Reena Wadia, Yann Maidment, Nik Pandya and Patricia Thomson were re-elected to represent Central London, East of Scotland, North East and North West Thames, and West & North Scotland. Onkar Dhanoya was re-elected to the Yorkshire & Northern seat, and Mark Richardson stood successfully for a national seat, having resigned from Wessex and Oxford due to relocation.

The seat-by-seat results are available here.

Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Helen, Eldo and Sami to the Board, and I congratulate Reena, Yann, Nik, Patricia, Onkar and Mark on their re-election. With such a diverse range of working backgrounds, it is a privilege to be able to draw upon all their talents, knowledge and experience, and it is also fitting that the Board is increasingly representative of the diversity of the profession from which it is drawn.

“On behalf of the Faculty, I would also like to thank Pankaj for his distinguished service as the Board’s first representative of its overseas members. We greatly value his knowledge and experience of dentistry, and hope we can continue to bring these to bear as we move towards independence.”