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Local Dental Committees

Local Dental Committees (LDCs) in the UK were set up in 1948, at the inception of the NHS. In England and Wales, provision in statute has been made for them to be recognised and consulted since the NHS Act 1977. Local NHS representatives may consult with LDCs on any matters of local dental interest.

In both Scotland and Northern Ireland no provision is made for LDCs in statute. LDCs in both countries do exist however, and frequently consult with the health boards for their respective localities.

There are 110 LDCs across the UK.

Who do LDCs represent?

Where they are recognised, LDCs represent dentists with a General Dental Services (GDS) Contract and may represent dentists working under a GDS contract or a Primary Dental Services (PDS) agreement.

An LDC may only represent those dentists who are members or who are on an 'NHS Performers List' list at the locality covered by the LDC. 
LDCs can also represent dentists in the NHS community dental services and other spheres of dental practice, but this must be agreed locally.

Your local dental committee is a valuable resource during these difficult times. 

LDCs can support all dentists in their locality across a range of issues. They are ready and willing to help.


LDCs consist of NHS General dental practitioners from your area and usually secondary care and community representatives as well. They have deep insight into developments in your area and can represent you with local matters.  

Your LDC will be in close and regular contact with your NHSE commissioners and will speak for local dentists when any arrangements are being put in place to deal with the Coronavirus emergency.


Keep in contact with your LDC so they can:

  • Ensure you are kept up to date with new regional guidance as it becomes available.

  • Feedback your concerns to the local NHSE team

  • Feedback any local concerns to the BDA.

  • Offer advice if there is anything you need to know about what is happening locally with dental services.

  • Support you with empathy if you need someone to talk to.

  • Signpost you to help if you are not sure where to turn.


North East region

Regional representatives: Az Hyder/Charlie Daniels -

Northern Regional Council of LDCs

​Lay secretary




​Gateshead & South Tyneside



​North Tyne

​​Lay secretary








​Durham and Darlington

​Lay secretary


​Lay secretary

North West region

Regional representative: Stuart Allan -


Manchester Federation of LDCs 

Bury & Rochdale


​Manchester LDC



​Salford LDC

​Secretary - John McClean

Stockport LDC

​Malcom Newsome

​Trafford LDC

​Secretary - John McClean

Vice Chair - Kaushik Sarangi

West Pennine LDC

​Wigan and ​Bolton LDC

Secretary - Hannah Darby


Lancashire & South Cumbria LDC Executive


Federation of the three LDCs of East Lancashire, Lancashire Central, and Coastal - Lancashire & South Cumbria

Lancashire & South Cumbria Communications Lead​ - Stuart Johnson BDS


​Hon Sec - 

Dr Marie-Louise Duthie


Mid Mersey

Warrington, St Helens, Knowsley

​Hon Sec - Mark Woodger



South Cheshire

Macclesfield, Knutsford, Crewe, Nantwich, Northwich, Chester, Ellesmere Port 

​Administrator - Frances Morton

Chair - Mike Simpson

Hon Sec - Paul Mottram


​Phillip Brown

Yorkshire and The Humber region

Regional representative: Joe Hendron -


​Chair - Steve Thompson
Tel: 07962 044887
Secretary - Ella Black
Tel:07894 124986

​South Humber LDC

​Mustapha Samy


Chair - David Gavens

Vice Chair - Galer Farrer

Secretary - Kathryn Houlding



​Bradford and Airedale

​Alyn Morgan
Tel: 07711132875

​Calderdale and Kirklees

​Matthew Collins

Doncaster & Bassetlaw

​Secretary - Richard Denton

​East Riding

​Chris Groombridge
Tel: 07939 540307



​North Yorkshire


Chair - Joe Hendron
Secretary - Adrian Spencer

East Midlands region

Regional representative: Andrew Dale -

Derby City

​Andrew Dale

Derbyshire County

​Tel: 07850 214417



​Secretary - Ash Desai 



​Amelia Coulby
Secretary - Diana Trifu



West Midlands region

Regional representative: Ahmed El-Toudmeri -

​Arden and Hereford

​Chair - Simon Harrison 


​Secretary - Vijay Sudra



​Secretary - William Sidhu



​Secretary - Anjum Shaikh

North Staffordshire​
South Staffordshire


​Secretary - David Cooper


Secretary - ​Anish Patel 


​Chair - Robert Tobin


​Secretary - David Brindley


​Secretary - Jenny Warham


Secretary - David Cooper


East of England region

Regional representative: Paul Rolfe -


Secretary - Ravi Goel

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

​Secretary - Amiras Chokshi
Tel: 01354 650013



The committee can be contacted via the website 'Contact' page.


​Secretary - Peter Tatton

Milton Keynes

​Secretary - Bola Soyombo


​Jason Stokes



London region

Regional representative: Michael Clarke -

London LDC Confederation
Tel: 020 7580 8077

Barking and Havering

Secretary - Som Hirekodi


East London and the City

Enfield and Haringey

​Redbridge & Waltham Forest


South East Coast region

Regional representative: Emmanuel Lazanakis -


​Tel: 01634 865111 (answerphone)


East Sussex, Brighton and Hove

West Sussex

Secretary - Mark O'Hara

Vice-Chair - Toby  Hancock

Chair - Agi Tarnowski

Treasurer - Matt Botha

South Central region

Regional representative: Keith Percival and Pip Dhariwal -




Hampshire and IOW

Keith Percival



South West region

Regional representative: Andrew Taylor -


Cornwall & Isles of Scilly


​Secretary - Tim Hodges
Tel: 07865063494

​Jonathan Mynors-Wallis
Tel: 07706 146033


​Rob Middlefell




Northern Ireland

​Eastern LDC

Secretary - ​Andy Nicholl

​Northern LDC

​Secretary - Helen Brogan

​Southern LDC

​Secretary - James McKee

​Western LDC

Rachele Crozier




North Wales LDC

​Morgannwg LDC

Gwent LDC

​​Dyfed Powys LDC

​​Bro Taf LDC



Regional Liaison Groups

Details of the regional liaison groups are available to download.


Model constitution for an LDC in England

Model LDC Constitution​


Regional Groups and LDC Federations

In England, LDC Secretaries and Chairs meet on a regional basis to discuss issues affecting the profession.  

In some areas, LDCs simply group together to share information and support colleagues. In other areas, LDCs federate and share resources, offering a single point of contact.

The BDA's General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) has regular meetings with regional LDC representatives.

The GDPC - LDC Regional Liaison Group is chaired by Vijay Sudra, Vice-Chair of the GDPC, and it exists as an information exchange to inform both the work of LDCs locally and the work of GDPC in its national negotiations. For more information about the work of the Group or for any other questions, please email or tel 020 7563 4158.

LDCs involved in these groupings find them a very useful way of developing communication across the locality, while maintaining individual LDCs autonomy.

The BDA would encourage any LDC that is not currently a member of a regional group to explore joining one for their locality.

For information on how to do this please contact LDC Support at

LDC Conference

Every year, LDCs across the UK hold conferences to discuss the issues facing the profession.

The main LDC Conference is independent of the BDA, but BDA staff assist by providing organisational and administrative support, and by hosting regular meetings of the various LDC Conference organising committees across the UK nations.

We also help to collate the motions for debate at the conferences - find out more in our blogs.

Further information about the English LDC Conference is available on the LDC Conference website

Further information about the Scottish LDC Conference can be found at BDA Events.


LDC Officials' day      

This event is only open to LDC nominated representatives and members of the BDA's General Dental Practice Committee.


The next Officials' day event will take place on Friday 29 November in London and details of the agenda and how to register will be posted shortly.

For further information about the day please contact Fiona Feltham, Events Manager, British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS. Tel: 020 7563 4590 or email

Getting involved in the work of LDCs

Are you a primary care dentist interested in representing colleagues at a local level?

If yes, why not contact your LDC Secretary or the BDA for more information at