The role 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 wise counsel during his or her term of office through, for example, attendance at meetings of the Principal Executive Committee.
The current President of the BDA is Susie Sanderson (2018/19) and the President Elect is Roz McMullan (2019/20).
Susie Sanderson OBE
BDA President 2018/19
A general dentist and practice owner for many years, Susie Sanderson is President of the British Dental Association (BDA), Speaker of the General Assembly of the World Dental Federation (FDI), and a Dentolegal Adviser for Dental Protection (MPS).
She was elected Chair of the BDA’s Executive Board from 2006 to 2012 and was a member of its Principal Executive Committee until 2015. She is currently a member of its Health and Science Committee, and continues to represent the BDA on issues relating to the Minamata Treaty, the implementation of the EU Mercury Regulation, and on dentistry’s significance in reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Susie has been involved in the BDA and Local Dental Committees at a local and national level for a number of years, enjoying a wide scope of involvement in education, finance, healthcare policy, GDPC, DCPs, students and young dentists. She was honoured to be President of the BDA South Yorkshire Branch in 1990/91 and to be elected as Chair of the UK Conference of Local Dental Committees in 2004/5.
Internationally, Susie was until recently a Board Member and Treasurer of the Council of European Dentists (CED) and continues as a UK delegate. Throughout the period 2005-2018 she has chaired the CED’s Amalgam and Other Restorative Materials Working Group and leads the work of the Antimicrobial Resistance Task Force.
Susie represents the FDI and its Science Committee on issues relating to AMR in dentistry and was one of the speakers in the AMR Forum at the Madrid Annual Congress of FDI in 2017.
In her day job, Susie supports Dental Protection members generally in relation to risk management and particularly in developing a portfolio of professional development evidence for regulatory purposes. She holds a masters degree in Legal Aspects of Medical Law from the University of Cardiff Law School and a diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
In the 2012 New Year’s honours list, Susie received an OBE for services to dentistry.