The role of BDA President is most appropriately described as ceremonial, though the office bearer (usually an individual who has made a significant contribution to the affairs of the profession) is in a position to offer counsel during their term of office through attendance at meetings of the BDA's Principal Executive Committee.
The current President of the BDA is Roz McMullan (2019/20) and the President Elect is Russ Ladwa (2020/21).
After gaining her BDS from Queens University Belfast, (GDC no, 53159), Roz worked in the Hospital Service and General Dental Practice. In 1984 she achieved a long-held ambition to enter specialist training in orthodontics under Professor Andrew Richardson. She went on to higher training, which included six months in the Cleft Unit in Oslo, Norway.
She was appointed Consultant Orthodontist in the Western Health and Services Board (later the Western Trust) in 1991 until her retirement in 2016. Her focus as a consultant was on providing a high level of care to children and young adults requiring multidisciplinary treatment, as well as training and supporting dentists in GDP.
During her career, Roz had a particular interest in audit, governance and mentoring, and served for many years on the Trust Quality Improvement Committee. She was Clinical Lead over a 10-year period.
A life-long member of the BDA, Roz has always valued the CPD and peer support that the NI Branch gave her, and the Association honoured her as President of the NI Branch in 1999. She was involved in the representative side of the Association at an early stage, firstly representing the junior staff and then as a consultant on the Hospital Services Committee. She was directly involved in helping to establish BDA Nothern Ireland office.
In 2015 Roz was elected onto the NI Council and chaired this committee until 2019. During her term she has focused on listening to the opportunities and challenges dentists in all branches of practice are facing, including younger dentists and associate/assistant GDPs. In 2016 she chaired the UK Council, when her theme was young dentists and students and again in 2018 when her theme was international affairs.
Roz has been involved throughout her career in supporting dentists and dental teams in difficulty. In 2016, she worked with NIMDTA and the Public Health Agency to establish Probing Stress in Dentistry, which works to raise the awareness of mental wellbeing in the dental workforce, and to establish a network of mental health first aiders to support and signpost dentists, dental students and dental teams who are experiencing difficulty.