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Scottish Council

The Scottish Council is the overarching committee in Scotland consisting of representatives from the Scottish ‘craft committees’ which advises the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC) on all matters relating to dentistry in Scotland, and liaises with BDA branches and sections.

What does the Scottish Council do?

The Scottish Council considers all matters relating to dentistry, excepting those issues covered by the granting of delegated powers to the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Services Committee, and to deal with all such matters in conformity with the decisions of the Principal Executive Committee. 

Member Updates

Correspondence with Scottish Government Ministers and the CDO

Letter to Minister on 10 March and reply dated 14 April re issues affecting dentists across Scotland


COVID-19 Pandemic

Regular updates are provided via Coronavirus live updates.



Scotland: Update on PPE: Update on arrangements for PPE allocation in Scotland.


BDA Scotland is working closely with NHS National Services Scotland and regular updates are provided via the Coronavirus live updates.



Scotland: Putting dentistry on the political agenda - How our oral health manifesto is shaping election debate and what else the next Scottish Government needs to do to bridge oral health inequalities.


Scotland: Putting PDS in the spotlight - Graham Smith, Chair of the Scottish PDS Committee, highlights the massive backlog of unmet dental need and the future capacity concerns.


Scotland: COVID-19 impacts dental education and training - What impact has the pandemic had on dental education and training in Scotland? Colin Levey of the University of Dundee investigates.


Scotland: Our ongoing fight for dentists - David McColl outlines 10 things BDA Scotland is doing on your behalf right now and why it’s vital that we stick together.


BDA Scotland Manifesto

BDA Scotland has now published its 2021 Manifesto: Bridging the Gap: Tackling Oral Health Inequalities and is calling on the incoming Scottish Parliament to pledge its support for a five-point plan for better oral health in Scotland:


  • Address the backlog of unmet dental care need

  • Promote prevention to help tackle oral health inequalities

  • Ensure NHS dentistry remains sustainable

  • Improve access for vulnerable groups

  • Integrate oral health with wider public health priorities.

The BDA is acutely aware of the growing impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on your professional and personal lives. In light of this, BDA Scotland has been working with the Scottish Government to produce a mental health and wellbeing resource for dentists and their teams across Scotland.


The compilation highlights guidance and wide support resources available for you as and when you may need it. It includes a range of UK-wide resources including the NHS Occupational Health Advice and Guidance Services which we secured, alongside the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, in 2018 to support dentists and their teams. The service is delivered through the NHS Boards.


The new resource has also been published on the Scottish Dental.


Please see our campaign Tackling stress in dentistry for more information.



Universities (Scotland) Act 1966

BDA Scotland Response - Reinstating the Ability of University of St Andrews to Award Certain Degrees and Licenses.


Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people

consultation - Final response - Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people.


Scottish Council Representatives

The Scottish Council members for 2018-2021 are:


East Branch representatives

Nick Baker, Edinburgh
Colwyn Jones, Edinburgh


North Branch representatives
Robert Donald, Nairn, Chair of Scottish Council
Carly Fraser, Aberdeen


West Branch representatives

David Cross, Glasgow, Vice-Chair of Scottish Council
Robin MacDougall, Glasgow


Scottish Dental Practice Committee representatives

David McColl, Glasgow, Chair
Kenneth McDonald, Glasgow

Gordon Stewart, Glasgow


Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group

Manar Elkhazindar, Inverness

SPDSC Representatives

Graham Smith, Isle of Syke, Chair
Phil McCallum, Vice-Chair

Clinical Academic Reference Group

Simon Shepherd, Dundee Dental School


Representative of Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors

John Hoayun

Young Dentist Committee Representative

Hamzah Ahmed


One member of the Principal Executive Committee elected by members in Scotland

Laura Cross, Glasgow

Principal Executive Committee Members

Eddie Crouch, BDA PEC Chair
Peter Crooks, BDA PEC Deputy Chair

Meeting dates 2021

Thursday 18 March

Thursday 19 August

Thursday 9 December

Scottish Council Constitution   


To consider all matters relating to dentistry, excepting those issues covered by the granting of delegated powers to the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee, and to deal with all such matters in conformity with the decisions of the Principal Executive Committee.




Voting members

Three members from each of the three BDA Scottish Branches directly elected by members.


The Co-Leads of the Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group, the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee (provided that they are members of the Association). Should the Chair and Vice Chair from any of these committees not be a BDA member, those committees can elect a BDA member to represent the committee on Scottish Council from its voting members.

In the case of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee a member would be elected from their Executive Sub-Committee.


One representative of the Central Committee for Dental Academic Staff and one further member elected by the Scottish Dental Practice Committee.

Non-voting members

The Chair and Deputy Chair of the Principal Executive Committee.


One member of the Principal Executive Committee elected from Scotland.


One representative from the Young Dentists Committee.


One representative of the Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors  from the Scottish Committee for Hospital Dental Services.


Up to two co-opted members as and when required.


Should a Scottish Council member not attend for two consecutive meetings, taking into account the individual circumstances of the member, it will be at the discretion of the committee whether the member will continue to be a Scottish Council member.

Quorum: Five voting members


Get in touch

For more information, please contact committee Secretary Elaine Bruce