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The board is the BDA's decision making body. It is the statutory board of directors for the purposes of company law, and the Principal Executive Committee (PEC) for the purposes of trade union law (unusually, but in common with organisations such as the British Medical Association, the BDA is both a company and a trade union).

In these capacities the board, officially known as the Principal Executive Committee (PEC), agrees the strategy, policy and business operational plans for the Association, and holds the Chief Executive and his staff to account for their implementation.


The board receives advice and opinion from advisory committees to help it in its role, and these are either focussed on constituent parts of the profession (the elected craft committees such as the General Dental Practice Committee) or subject areas (advisory committees directly appointed by the board with a specific remit, such as the Health and Science Committee). The views of members are represented by the country councils, and the craft committees.


The boundaries for the seats are determined by postal district. Some postal districts cross national boundaries and therefore need to be more specifically differentiated.


The board is made up of 15 members:

  • nine members elected from English regions
  • one member elected from Northern Ireland
  • one member elected from Scotland
  • one member elected from Wales
  • three members elected on a UK wide basis

Each member serves for three years, but the three year terms are staggered so that a different cohort of five members is subject to re lection each year. Each yearly cohort must contain a member elected UK Wide and one member elected from one of the countries of the UK outside England.


Meet the members

Below is a list of the current members of the board, including information on the geographical seat they have been elected from and when their current term of office on the board expires.


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Mick Armstrong

Yorkshire and Humber region
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021

Mick was elected as Chair of the BDA's board in March 2014. He has been a member since June 2012. 


He qualified in 1985 from Newcastle and has spent all of his practising life in General Practice. For the last 20 years he has been a partner in Armstrong & Haire Ltd a six surgery, mostly NHS practice in Castleford, West Yorkshire.

He has served on BDA's Representative Body and was Chair of LDC Conference in 2010.


Mick is a board member and treasurer of CED.

He was previously an FD trainer. ​

Mark Bishop
UK wide
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2020


BDS Bristol 1973
MS Iowa 1975
PhD Bristol 1980
MSc Kings 2001 (Endodontics)

Retired Anatomist and Oral Biologist
Retired Endodontist
​Mark became a dentist at Bristol University in 1973. After a short spell in clinical work he went abroad and taught Anatomy and researched fluoride in teeth (MS Iowa 1975). Returning to Bristol University, Mark performed research on dental pulp innervation (PhD 1980). Post-doctoral research on the relationship between organic and mineral components of tooth enamel was done at McGill University. He held academic posts at University College Cardiff (‘80-‘87), Northwestern University (’87-’91) and Queen Mary and Westfield College (’91-’01). In these jobs he taught Anatomy and Oral Biology to dental students and continued research on pulp and dentinal innervations, pulp vascular characteristics and the permeability of the odontoblast layer.

In 1998 Mark embarked on a new clinical career gaining an MSc in Endodontics (2001). He opened and ran a private Endodontics referral practice in Guildford between 2002 and 2015. He retired from clinical work in 2017.

Nowadays Mark is looking for solutions to the challenges facing dentists and dentistry. Writing about the problems, engaging in dialogue with dentists who have suffered at the hands of the GDC, attending GDC hearings, communicating with the GDC and the Professional Standards Authority, he has joined the board to advance the cause of justice in the dental surgery.
Paul Blaylock
Northern region
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021

BDS Newcastle 2001
MFDS Edinburgh 2003

PG Cert HCL 2016

PG Cert Med Ed 2017

FDTFEd 2017

FHEA 2017


Regional Dental Workforce Development Advisor & GPT Training Programme Director, HEE North East

Associate Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle Dental School

Paul graduated from Newcastle University in 2001 and soon completed the MFDS from Edinburgh. In 2006 he acquired two primarily NHS practices in South Shields, which he subsequently expanded prior to sale in 2015. After seven years as a GPT trainer, he became a Dental Foundation Training Programme Director in 2012 and oversees the GPT scheme in the North East. Since 2017 he has been the Regional Dental Workforce Development Advisor for HEE in the North East. He is a part-time Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers RCS Edinburgh.


He has been a member of the BDA's board since 2012. His responsibilities include Chair of Pensions Committee, Chair of Students Committee, and membership of GDPC Remuneration Committee. Prior to election onto the board, he was on BDA Representative Body from 2004–2012. He spent five years as BDA Northern Counties Branch Treasurer before becoming Branch President from 2012-2015. His other roles include membership of Gateshead and South Tyneside LDC.

Victor Chan
South East region

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2022


BDS London (King's College) 1982

LDS RCS Eng 1982


Practice owner and single-handed private practitioner

BDA Representative Board 1990 - 1993​
BDA Representative Body 2006 - 2012
BDA Principal Executive Committee 2012 -
Chair International Affairs Committee 2013 -
Council of European Dentists BTF Internal Market

FDI World Federation UK National Liaison Officer


BDA Southern Counties President 2017

Peter Crooks

Northern Ireland

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021


BSc (Hons) Belfast 1981

BDS Belfast 1983

​​Peter worked entirely in general practice, first as an associate for four years and then as a practice owner in Ballymena for thirty years. The practice began life fully NHS but was a mixed practice when it was sold in 2017.


Since then Peter has worked as a dentist on two visits to West Africa with Mercy Ships.


He was Chair of Northern LDC from 2009 to 2011 and Chair of Northern Ireland DPC from June 2010 until January 2018.


He has been married for 35 years and has one daughter, two sons, in-laws and a Scottish granddaughter, Ada.


Peter is a BDA Trustee and a member of the Audit Committee.


Laura Cross

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2022


BDS 1990
PhD 1998
FDS (Rest Dent) RCPS 2003
FHEA 2013





Laura works as a Consultant/Hon Clinical Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry in Glasgow where she has been the Academic Head of Clinical Dentistry since 2012. Clinically her interests are in the restorative management of maxillofacial prosthodontics, hypodontia and cleft cases.


A BDA member since graduation, she became the West of Scotland Representative on the SCHDS in 2015, becoming CoLead in 2018 and attended Scottish Council meetings and also BMA Scotland's Scottish Consultants' Committee and Negotiating Sub-Committee, since 2015, as the sole representative for Hospital Dental Consultants. Laura has also served on BDA CCHDS since 2017.


She attends West of Scotland Branch meetings regularly and, as a PEC member, plans to attend Branch Meetings across all the Scottish Regions from January 2020 to keep in touch with BDA members' issues across Scotland.


In Glasgow she is just finishing a three-year term as Chair of the Dental Hospital Staff Association, which gave her a seat at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Area Dental Committee where she worked closely with dentists based in General Dental Practice and the Public Dental Service, as well as NHS Managers. She has also been an active member of the BMA Local Negotiating Committee for Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She will use this past experience to best represent Scotland on the BDA Principal Executive Committee from January 2020

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Eddie Crouch

West Midlands region
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2020

BDS London 1984
LDS RCS London 1984

Special Interest in Orthodontics

Orthodontic PDS Provider
Associate at a Specialist Orthodontic Practice

​Eddie is the Deputy Chair of the board and has been Secretary of Birmingham Local Dental Committee for the last 10 years and now the Vice Chair.

He qualified in 1984 from Kings and now provides Orthodontic Care for patients in South Birmingham in two locations, having previously been a Clinical Assistant in Orthodontics.

He has previously Chaired the Annual Conference of LDCs, held the post of President of the Central Counties Branch and served on the GDPC Committee for the past 8 years. He Chairs the West Midlands Association of LDCs.

He has been married to Jane for over 30 years and has a daughter Laura and a grandson and granddaughter.

In 2007 he successfully challenged a termination clause in PDS Agreements in the High Court.

John Edwards

North West

Term of office ends 31 Dec 2020

BDS (Liverpool) 1974

MFGDP (UK) 1993

John qualified from Liverpool in 1974 and gained an MFGDP in 1993. He has worked throughout his career as a GDP in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast area.


He was appointed a VT trainer in1988 and went on to be appointed to the Dental Vocational Training Authority and as a visiting panel member to several schemes.


He has served his local Fylde Section as Secretary and Chairman and been both Secretary and President of the North Western Branch in 1998 and 2015.


He was elected to serve on Lancashire LDC in 1986 and is currently Chairman of Lancashire Coastal LDC. He is a clinical adviser to the local area team serving on the Routine Care Network and Performers List Decision Panels. In 2002, he was appointed as a Local Adviser for Dental Protection Ltd.

He was appointed to serve on GDSC in 1986 representing the Lancashire region continuously on the GDPC until the present time. He is currently a member of the Legislation Sub Committee.

Tim Harker

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2020

BDS (Lond) 1984
PDDS (Wales)
PG Cert Med Ed (Wales)

Practice Owner

​Born in Yorkshire and, after qualifying from Guy’s, Tim has spent his career in general practice in South Wales, and has been a Vocational Trainer for 10 years.

He is a former Chair of Gwent LDC, and was Treasurer of the Annual Conference of LDCs for many years.

He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee.

Nigel Jones

South West region
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021

BDS London 1980
DPDS Bristol 1996
PGCert (University of Bedford) 2011

MDFTEd (RCS Ed) 2017
Special interest in Orthodontics & Education

General Dental Practitioner
Practice Owner
VT trainer (Educational Supervisor)

​Nigel's career so far has touched many aspects of the profession.

On qualifying at King's in 1980, he joined the Royal Navy for a five-year commission, being based mainly in the south-west.

After a short spell as an associate, he bought his practice in Dorset, where he sees NHS and private patients.

He has been a VT trainer 15 times and personally find the process a constant honour and delight.

He was an Orthodontic Cli​nical Assistant for six years and has a small NHS Orthodontic contract.

He has also been a local adviser to DPL since 2000.

He was elected to the board in 2012 and has been involved in BDA work locally and nationally for over 20 years. He has particularly enjoyed his role in relation to the annual conference.

Tony Kilcoyne 

Tony Kilcoyne

UK wide   
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2022


BDS 1983

LDS 1984

MGDS RCS Eng 1990

FFGDP (UK) 1998

M.Med.Sci. (U.Sheff.) 2001

Dentist and Specialist in Prosthodontics (UK)

Tony runs his own private referral practice in the beautiful village of Haworth, Bradford, West Yorkshire which has gone through several transformations, starting as an NHS squat practice in 1986, then mixed, then totally private practice and a teaching centre, over the last 30 years.


He is a Training Programme Director for Foundation Training in the Yorkshire and Humber region, a post he has held for over 25 years.

He also brings a wealth of past experiences including being both an elected and then appointed GDC Council member (2003-2013), an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London (1992-2002) at both Membership examinations and Fellowship Assessment levels, a Clinical Teacher in Restorative Dentistry to Undergraduates at the University of Leeds (1986-1991) and the Eastman Dental Institute (1999-2002) and also a Clinical Supervisor at the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield 1996-2001), amongst other things.

He was also one of the 2012 Olympic Games dentists selected to look after all the visiting Athletes Worldwide at the Olympic Village Polyclinic.

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Alison Lockyer
East Midlands and Central
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2022

BDS Edinburgh 1980

Special interest in general dental practice

Practice owner (three practices) and full time practitioner

Alison has been a board member since its inception, initially holding a UK-wide seat.


She is a member of the following committees on behalf of the board: Honours & Awards, Finance, English Community Dentist, plus attendance at English Council and UK Council.


She is currently Chair of the Education, Ethics and the Dental Team Working Group.

Greater London

Vacant seat
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Jason Stokes

Eastern region

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2020


BDS (Hons) Birmingham 1992




General Dental Practitioner

Dental Foundation Training Programme Director (Ipswich Scheme)

Dental Tutor (Ipswich Hospital)

Dental Multi-professional Education Adviser (HEEoE)

Independent Educator

​Jason qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 1992.

After a brief stint in Birmingham he moved to Norfolk. Since 2007, he has been the co-owner of the Cathedral Street Dental Practice in Norwich.

In addition, he undertakes a range of other roles including:

Dental Tutor (Ipswich Hospital)
Dental Foundation Training Programme Director (Ipswich Scheme) - since 2000
Fitness to Practise Panel Member at the GDC (2004-2013) and former member of the Council of the GDC.

He has been involved in local dental politics for many years – he has previously served as Assistant Secretary and Chairman of the Norfolk LDC.

Paul Woodhouse
UK wide
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021

Qualifications BDS Newcastle 2000

​Paul qualified from Newcastle University in December of 2000
and immediately went to work in the Kingswalk Practice, which essentially served the staff and students of the university. He completed his VT there before the lure of his homeland became too much and made the epic 40 mile journey back to Teesside.


He then worked as an associate at the Grange Dental Practice until 2012 when he initially became a partner and then sole owner in 2014.  

While at the Grange, he has acted as both a VT trainer
and a mentor, helping to transition dentists into the mysteries of the NHS system! He is also a member of the Tees LDC. 

Outside of dentistry, his main distractions are his family, principally his little girl Ava, and rugby, originally as a player but of late mainly as an ill-informed know-it-all spectator!


A three-year strategy

The board is responsible for the strategic direction of the Association in line with the mission, vision and values. Our emphasis is upon engagement, accessibility, relevance and value. These are the cornerstones upon which our strategic themes are framed to allow the Association to become more highly-valued and relevant to modern dentists.e


Reports of meetings

A summary report is published after each board meeting. These are available for download below.