Phil Ower retires after 15 years’ outstanding service

News Published: 
12 December 2019

After 15 years working with the Faculty, Periodontics expert Phil Ower officially retired from his senior roles in FGDP(UK)’s postgraduate courses in November. His retirement was marked by an informal gathering of his FGDP(UK) colleagues, who thanked him for his outstanding service and commitment to the Faculty. 

L-R: Simon Thornton-Wood (Director); Ian Mills (Dean); Phil Ower; Mike Mulcahy (Course Lead - Diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry); Ipshita Chhibber ; Barbara Fornoni; Will Glover (FGDP(UK) Education Team).


Phil has been a Module Lead for Periodontics on the Faculty’s prestigious Diploma in Restorative Dentistry since 2004, teaching almost 500 students in 26 cohorts, and played a major role in the inception of the popular Short Course in Periodontics, which has been running successfully since 2013.

His career began in the RAF, initially in general practice and later specialising in Periodontics after taking an MSc in Periodontology. Following a lecturing role at the Eastman Dental Institute, Phil worked in several specialist practices, practicing alongside the renowned Bernie Kieserat for 10 years. 

He has been a preeminent speaker in Periodontology, and has had papers published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Quintessence International, Dental update, Dental Practice and Independent Dentistry, serving on the editorial boards of Primary Dental Care, Dental Health and FGDP(UK)’s Primary Dental Journal. Alongside his role with the Faculty and his practice at the Briars Dental Centre in Newbury, Phil lectures throughout the UK and internationally.

Describing Phil’s involvement with the Faculty, FGDP(UK) Dean, Ian Mills, said:

“On behalf of FGDP (UK), I would like to thank Phil for his dedication and commitment to the Faculty over the last 15 years. Since 2004, Phil has been a Module Lead role on our prestigious Diploma in Restorative Dentistry and subsequently played a major part in the creation of our Short Course in Periodontics. His vast experience and knowledge in Periodontology has been mirrored by a successful and prestigious career in the profession. Phil has worked in general practice, specialist practice, education and academia. This breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, coupled with his engaging and relaxed style of teaching has made Phil one of the most popular and influential educators within our profession. In recognition of his significant contribution to the FGDP (UK), Phil was awarded the Faculty’s most prestigious award, Fellowship by Election, in October 2018. Phil will be sadly missed, but we are delighted that Ian Dunn, another inspirational periodontist, will be taking responsibility for the delivery of our Short Course in Periodontics from 2020.”

The Faculty’s well renowned Short Course in Periodontics is back in 2020 and applications are now open. This enhanced practical course is designed to broaden participants’ knowledge and clinical surgical skills in periodontology, for improved patient care. The course is delivered in four days on Fridays and Saturdays to reduce time away from the practice and underpins key theoretical and practical topics like aetiology and pathogenesis, prognosis exercise, assessment and diagnosis, soft tissue management and flap technique, root resections, crown lengthening surgery and periodontal plastic surgery. 

Periodontics specialist Ian Dunn, has now been appointed Course Lead for the Short Course, having been involved in delivering the course for over five years. 

Graduating in 1998 and working initially in general practice, Ian has specialised in Periodontics since 2010 after completing the MSc in Periodontology. He worked in the Periodontology Department at Liverpool Dental Hospital from 2002, becoming the Undergraduate Teaching Lead in Periodontics and Senior Clinical Teacher. He has served on the British Society of Periodontology Council as Honorary Editor and Webmaster and is recognised as one of their lecturing Faculty.