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Our experts

Our team is here to help.

We offer dentist-to-dentist support because we think members deserve support from experienced dentists with legal knowledge in times of pressure.

​​​Indemnity team


Peter Ward​

Managing Director 

Peter qualified as a dentist in 1982. After spending 13 years in general dental practice, Peter completed an honours degree in Law and took up post as Chief Dental Adviser to the Dental Practice Board for England and Wales, overseeing clinical quality assurance in NHS practice. He moved from there into the senior management of corporate dental chains before joining the BDA as Chief Executive in 2006. Peter is a Fellow of the FGDP.




Peter Ward


Len D’Cruz

Senior Dento-legal Advisor


Len is a general dental practitioner, trainer and practice owner testing the NHS prototypes. He has 21 years’ experience as a dento-legal advisor supporting dentists with complaints, clinical and regulatory issues, and clinical negligence claims. He is lead lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire teaching on the MA in Dental Law and Ethics. He regularly shares his wisdom on NHS regulations and contract reform. He has both dental and legal qualifications:


  • BDS Royal London 1989
  • LDS RCS 
  • Dip FOd 
  • MFGDP ​​
  • LLM 
  • PGCert Med
Len D'Cruz

Lorna Ead​

Dento-legal Advisor 

Lorna has 19 years of experience working as a dentist. She has worked primarily as a General Dental Practitioner and also has experience working as a Community Dental Officer and as a Hospital dentist.
More recently, Lorna worked as a Dento-Legal advisor for one of the large MDOs.


  • BDS
  • MFDS RCS (Ed)  
Lorna Ead

Lynn Stephens​

Dento-legal Advisor 


Lynn is a former GDP and practice owner. She has been an LDC Chair and FD trainer. She has worked in a dento-legal capacity for over 15 years and has both dental and legal qualifications.


  • BDS
  • DGDP
  • LLM  
Lynn Stephens

Ruth Jeffery​

Indemnity Case Manager 


Ruth has 15 years’ experience in helping dentists with indemnity claims. Ruth supports the growing team of dento-legal advisors in delivering guidance and advice to members. Ruth is also responsible for providing managerial oversight of non-claims cases, the running of the department and advising on service delivery.

Ruth Jeffery


Expert advisors​

​​Kevin Lewis​​​​

Kevin J Lewis 

Former Dental Director
Dental Protection


Stephen Hancocks

Stephen Hancocks 

Editor-In-Chief, BDJ

Dr Sharon Caro 

Dentist and Expert Witness
Avi Bannerjee

Professor Avijit Banerjee 

Restorative Professor, Kings College London

Tara Renton

Professor Tara Renton 

Oral Surgery Professor, Kings College London
Charlotte Waite

Dr Charlotte Waite 

Chair, BDA England Community Dental Services Committee

Professor Ian Chapple 

Head of the School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham