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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 2024

BDS Newcastle 1985

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 2024

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 2025


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 2024


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 37 years and has one daughter, two sons and three Scottish grandchildren.


Peter is a BDA Trustee, Chairs the BDA Finance Committee and is the Board nominee on the Board of Trustees of the BDA Benevolent Fund.

Laura Cross

Laura Cross

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2025


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

Laura graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1990 and has always been based in the Hospital Dental Service, completing specialist training and a PhD to become a Consultant and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry in Glasgow in 2004.

An active BDA member since graduation, Laura has represented Hospital Dental Consultants on BDA and BMA committees including SCHDS, SHRDG (as Co-Chair), CCHDS and BMA Scottish Consultants' Committee and Negotiating Sub-Committee and is a member of the West of Scotland BDA Branch.

In addition to her role on the PEC, Laura is a BDA Trustee, Co-Chair of the BDA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the Education, Ethics and Dental Team Working Group. As PEC Member for Scotland she attends Scottish Council, SDPC, SPDSC, SHRDG and UK Council.

She is currently Chair of Education, Ethics and the Dental Team (EE&DT) Working Group

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.
Sushil John

Greater London

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2025

BDS 2000

​Qualifying in 2000, Sushil has worked as a GDP in South London for over 20 years. Throughout his career he has been actively involved with the local dental committee, BDA section and Health Education England.

Following his dental foundation training at the formerly named London Deanery, Sushil worked as an associate in London and King's College Hospital for two years, before buying his own dental practice. Located in the heart of Croydon, his four-surgery practice provides comprehensive dental treatment to the local community.  

In addition to his work in general practice, he has been the chair of the Croydon Local Dental Committee, Founding Director of South West London Local Dental Committee and GDPC Representative for South London. Sushil is also currently the Regional Training Programme Director for Dental Foundation Training for London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Alison Lockyer
Alison Lockyer

UK wide

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2025

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.

Jonathan Mynors-Wallis
South West region

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2024

BDS, LDS, RCS, Dip. Sed., M. Clin. Dent., MFGDP, DPDS


Practice Owner

VT Trainer

​Jonathan qualified from the Royal London Hospital in 1989 and has spent his entire career working in general practice. Together with his wife Jayne, he runs a six-surgery practice in Corfe Mullen near Wimborne in Dorset. He is an educational supervisor and is currently looking after his seventeenth foundation dentist.


Jonathan believes that everyone has the right to good-quality, affordable dental care and has worked as an NHS dentist for over thirty years. He feels saddened that successive governments have eroded the principles and finances of NHS dentistry.


Jonathan is a former president of the Wessex Region of the British Dental Association and is currently treasurer for the region. He is the chair of Dorset LDC and is also a member of the GDPC Committee. He has always attempted to pursue lifelong learning, and has several postgraduate qualifications including a master's degree in Clinical Dentistry from King's.

Nilesh Patel 

East Midlands and Central

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2025

BDS Bristol 2003

Nilesh qualified from Bristol Dental school in 2003 and has worked in general practice and prison dentistry in that time.

He has been an Educational Supervisor for dentists and therapists since 2010 and has been Chair of Buckinghamshire LDC since 2011.

Prior to being elected to the PEC, Nilesh has held various positions in the BDA. These include:
  • BDA Rep Body from 2006-2012
  • Chair of BDA Students Committee 2006-2009
  • Chair of Young Dentists Committee 2007-2009 
  • BDA Executive Board 2009-2012
  • Vice-Chair BDA English Council 2012-2018
  • Executive BDA GDPC 2015-2022
He has also been Chair of the Thames Valley LDN since 2017.

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Jason Stokes

Eastern region

Term of office ends on 31 Dec 2023


BDS (Hons) Birmingham 1992




General Dental Practitioner
Associate Postgraduate Dean for Early Years (East of England Region)
Secretary of Norfolk Local Dental Committee
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

  • Associate Postgraduate Dean for Early Years (East of England Region)
  • Secretary of Norfolk Local Dental Committee
  • 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 2024


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.