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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 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.


Eddie Crouch

Eddie Crouch

West Midlands region
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2023

BDS London 1984
LDS RCS London 1984

Special Interest in Orthodontics

Orthodontic PDS Provider
Associate at a Specialist Orthodontic Practice

​Eddie was elected as Chair of the board in September 2020. Before that, he served as Deputy Chair between 2014 and 2020.


He was Secretary of Birmingham Local Dental Committee for over ten years and was also 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 and the West Midlands Association of LDCs, held the post of President of the Central Counties Branch and served on the GDPC Committee for over ten years.


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.

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Mick Armstrong

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

Mick has been a member of the board since June 2012.  He served as Chair from 2014 until 2020.


He qualified in 1985 from Newcastle and has spent all of his practising life in General Practice. He was a partner in Armstrong & Haire Ltd, a six surgery, mostly NHS practice in Castleford, West Yorkshire for over 20 years where he is now an associate.

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. ​

He is currently Chair of the Health and Science Committee.

Paul Blaylock
Northern region
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021

BDS Newcastle 2001


PG Cert HCL 2016

PG Cert Med Ed 2017

FDTFEd 2017

FHEA 2017

MSc 2019



Deputy Postgraduate Dental Dean & GPT Training Programme Director, HEE North East

Associate Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle Dental School

Paul graduated from Newcastle University in 2001. 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 became Deputy Postgraduate Dental Dean in 2019. He is a part-time Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers RCS Edinburgh. His MSc in healthcare leadership was completed in 2019.


He has been a member of the board since 2012. His responsibilities include Chair of Pensions Committee, Chair of Students Committee and Chair of BDA Trust Fund board of Trustees. He is a member of GDPC Remuneration Committee. Prior to election onto PEC, 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. He is also a member 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

Victor started his single-handed private practice as a squat in 1985 and is now seeing the fourth generation of his loyal patients.


Prevention has been at the heart of his practice.


BDA Representative Board 1990 - 1993

BDA Representative Body 2006 - 2012

BDA Principal Executive Committee 2012 -


Chair BDA International Affairs Committee 2013 -

Council of European Dentists 2013 -

CED BTF Internal Market 2016 -

FDI World Federation 2013 -

FDI UK National Liaison Officer 2018 -

FDI Audit Committee 2020 -


Chair BDA Indemnity Governance Committee 2019 -


BDA Southern Counties President 2017


BDA Fellowship 2019

Peter Crooks

Northern Ireland

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021


BSc (Hons) Belfast 1981

BDS Belfast 1983

Peter is Deputy Chair of the board.


He 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 three 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, a member of the Audit Committee and the Board nominee on the Board of Trustees of the BDA Benevolent Fund.

Laura Cross

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

John Edwards

North West

Term of office ends 31 Dec 2023

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 2023

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.

​​Lauren Harrhy
Lauren Harrhy

UK wide
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2022

Lauren qualified from Cardiff in 2009 and has worked full time as a GDP in Wales ever since. She bought her practice in 2017 and became a Foundation Trainer in 2020.


Lauren’s main focus for the past few years has been on helping to maintain the mental health of dental professionals. She set up a closed Facebook forum where dentists are able to discuss all aspects of mental health, stress and crisis.


Lauren is a founding member and current trustee of Confidental, a helpline providing emotional first aid and signposting to dentists in crisis.


In addition to her role on the PEC she is also the Vice Chair of the YDC, Vice Chair of WGDPC, the South East Wales Representative on GDPC and sits on Welsh Council.


Outside of dentistry Lauren is married with three young children and quite a lot of pets!

Shareena Ilyas

Shareena Ilyas

Greater London

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2022

BDS London 1998
PG Cert Clin Ed 2018
Post Grad Award in Coaching and Mentoring 2018 (Forton/HEE)

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


Since graduating from St Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1998, and completing her VT on the Oxford Scheme in 1999, Shareena has been an Associate in General Practice. Later she returned to the area as a Clinical Appraiser, an Educational Supervisor (Wessex scheme, 2012-18), and Coach/Mentor for dentists in difficulty (Oxford HEE) in 2018.


She has been actively involved with the BDA since 1999, starting out in Ealing, Acton and Chiswick Section of the Middlesex and Herts Branch (1999-2008), eventually as its Chair of both this Section, and Middlesex and Herts Young Dentist Group, (2003-2007). She was also involved with Branch Council from 1999, its Executive Committee (2010-14), an elected member for the Branch to Representative Body (2009-12) and an invited member to GDPC Associate Committee (2009-15).


Via the LDC Confederation of London, she sits on the National Advisory Board of Human Factors in Dentistry as a primary care representative. She has been involved with Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow LDC (2009-), Policy Committee (2018-), Confederation Council (2011-16), and Annual Conference representative (2012-14), Agenda Committee member (2014-17), Conference Rep to GDPC (2017-) and GDPC Remuneration Committee. She has had an interest in developing PASS in the London area.


She served as President to Sterling Dental Foundation Charity from 2014-2017 and now is a Trustee.

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.

Alison Lockyer
Alison Lockyer

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

BDS Edinburgh 1980

Practice owner and full time practitioner

Alison has been a board member since its inception in 2012 and served as Chair of the Education, Ethics and the Dental Team Working Group until 2020.


After qualifying from Edinburgh she was an early VT, as they were then known, and has always worked in general practice, for several years owning and running 5 practices in Leicestershire and Oxfordshire, as well as holding prison contacts, being a VT trainer, and running a dental practice within the Oxford BMW factory.


She is very grateful to the electorate who have recently re-elected her and thoroughly enjoys the privilege of working for the BDA membership.

Chris Morris

UK wide

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2023

BDS, LLM, MBA, Solicitor 


​Chris first qualified as a dental surgeon, and practised dentistry in the UK and overseas for ten years before training as a solicitor, becoming a partner at Hempsons, a national healthcare law firm, where he specialised in defending dentists.


He has served as legal adviser to the British Dental Journal for twenty years, and as President of the Dental Law and Ethics Forum since 2000.

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Jason Stokes

Eastern region

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2023


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 as a Foundation Dentist he moved to Norfolk. Since 2007, he has been the co-owner of the Cathedral Street Dental Practice in Norwich. Jason works in a mixed practice and is an NHS provider and performer.


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

  • Independent Dental Educator

  • Dental Workforce Development Regional Advisor (Health Education England Midlands & East)

  • Dental Foundation Training Programme Director (Ipswich Scheme)

  • Fitness to Practise Panel Member at the GDC (2004-2013) and former member of the Council of the GDC (2014).
Jason has been involved in dental politics for many years and sits on Norfolk LDC. He has previously served as Assistant Secretary and Chairman of Norfolk LDC.

He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee.

Paul Woodhouse

UK wide
Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2021


BDS Newcastle 2000

Paul qualified from Newcastle University in 2000 and completed VT in the city before moving back to his home on Teesside. Starting life as an associate in his practice in 2002 he has moved through the journey of associate, partner, sole owner until he joined forces with his wife Ruth becoming a partner in 2018.


This has allowed him the freedom to focus on the dentistry aspect of running a practice.


Outside of work, Paul spends most of his time with his two young girls, Ava and Penny and desperately tries to teach their young puppy how to behave. Any free time is spent either hiking, watching rugby or practicing Aikido.


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.