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Welsh General Dental Practice Committee

​This is a Standing Committee of the Principle Executive Committee (PEC). Subject to the authority of the PEC, it aims to represent the interests and act on behalf of dentists working in general dental practice in Wales.


WGDPC members

Voting Members - The Chairs of the:

  • General Dental Practice Committee
  • Welsh Council

  • Wales Committee for Community Dentistry

provided that they are not already appointed or elected or ex officio members of the Committee.

Six members elected by general dental practitioners in Wales in accordance with a procedure prescribed by the PEC​.

Member practising in Wales who is a member of the Agenda Committee of the Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees.

One general dental practitioner in Wales who has been dentally qualified for less than twelve years to be nominated by the Young Dentists Committee


provided that no such dentist has otherwise been elected or nominated to the Committee.


Tom Bysouth, Welsh Member of GDPC from ABMU, Hywel Dda and Powys HBs)
Katrina Clarke, Chair of Welsh Council
David Johnson, Chair of Welsh Committee for Community Dentists

Constituency Representatives
Jeremy Richards, North Wales LDC/Betsi Cadwalader HB
Paul John Jones, Bro Taf LDC/Cardiff & Vale HB
Anwen Hopkins, Morgannwg LDC/ABMU HB
Dan Cook, Gwent LDC/Aneurin Bevan HB
James Davies, Dyfed powys LDC/Hywel Dd & Powys HB
Jeremy Roberts-James, Dyfed Powys LDC/Hywel Dda & Powys HB
Lauren Harrhy, Welsh Member of GDPC
Ian Douglas, Welsh Member of GDPC

Young Dentists Committee Representative
Lauren Harrhy

Non-voting Members

  • The Chair and Deputy Chair of the PEC
  • Any member practising in Wales who is a member of the General Dental Practice Committee appointed by the PEC
  • One representative appointed by the Wales General Practice Committee of the British Medical Association
  • A consultant member of Public Health Wales may be invited to attend meetings in an advisory and non-voting capacity.

Principle Executive Committee (PEC) members

Mick Armstrong,​ Chair of the PEC

Eddie Crouch, Deputy Chair of the PEC

Tim Harker, PEC Member


BMA Welsh General Practice Committee Representative

Peter Horvath-Howard

Consultant Member of Public Health Wales

Nigel Monaghan​​

BDA National Director for Wales

Caroline Seddon​



6 voting members​


WGDPC member profiles

Tom Bysouth

Chair WGDPC​

​Tom gained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Hons) from Cardiff University in 2009. Following qualification Tom worked in a variety of hospital positions at the University Dental Hospital, Cardiff before entering general practice in Aberdare and then Swansea, presently Tom works as an Associate in Mixed Practice in Llandovery and Llandeilo.

Tom is also a member of the General Dental Practitioners Committee and Young Dentists Committee of the British Dental Association and has previously sat on the Local Dental Committees of Bro Taf and Bro Morgannwg, and is presently a member of Dyfed Powys LDC.

Outside of the surgery Tom is an avid fan of Cricket and outdoor fitness.​

​Lauren Harrhy

Vice Chair WGDPC

​I'm the principal dentist of Sparkle Dental Centre in Pontypool, I graduated from Cardiff in 2009. I am married to a non-dentist and I have three small children.


As vice-chair I hope to support Tom and try to steer contract reforms in a way that will benefit dentists and patients.

​​Ian Douglas

​Ian Douglas qualified from Cardiff Dental School in 1982. After working in several hospital House Jobs and General Practice in Bristol he settled in N Wales and became a Practice Owner in 1988. He is still a committed NHS principal at the same Practice outside Wrexham 28 years later. He has been North Wales LDC secretary since 2000 and is in his third term with WGDPC.

​Anwen Hopkins

​Anwen Hopkins graduated from Cardiff dental school in 2004 and has worked in the GDS since then. She was an associate for 8 years but is now a principle in 2 practices in the Bridgend area.


Before doing dentistry Anwen qualified as a pharmacist, and since doing dentistry she has furthered her education with a DipEd in postgraduate dental education.


Anwen is the vice chair of Bro Morgannwg LDC and the LDC rep on the WGDPC.

She has a young family and enjoys spending time outdoors, watching (unfortunately no longer playing) rugby and camping.​​

​Dan Cook

​Dan was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and spent his childhood on Tyneside, Teesside and in Cardiff before returning to Newcastle where he qualified as a dentist in 2003. After completing Vocational Training in the Yorkshire Dales, he worked as an associate GDP on Tyneside whilst completing his MJDF. He returned to Wales for a second time in 2009 after his takeover of a practice in Newport alongside his wife, Hannah, with the pair tasking themselves with improving its reputation and expanding services to more patients. 


He became an Educational Supervisor in Dental Foundation Training in 2011 and has since completed a postgraduate diploma in medical education. His interest in dental politics evolved with his involvement with Gwent LDC, of which he is vice-chairman, and later the BDA.


​Dan is a proud father of two who enjoys real ale, playing the guitar and caravanning. He has also completed his advanced driving test and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. 

Jeremy Roberts-James

​Jeremy Roberts-James is a general dental practitioner and practice owner in mid Wales. He is from Wigan in the North West of England and studied dentistry at Edinburgh University. He served in the Royal Navy as a dental officer soon after qualifying in 1974. Jeremy worked in shore bases and at sea and with the Royal Marines for a little under nine years. Since leaving the armed forces he has worked in General Practice in England and Wales as an associate and as a practice owner, both in partnership and as a single handed practitioner. He has contributed to the work of Powys LDC and subsequently Dyfed Powys LDC as a member, Secretary and Vice Chairman since moving to Wales in 1985.​​​

Katrina Clarke 

BDA Welsh Council Chair

​I graduated from Glasgow in 1978, and worked for 6 months in Salisbury. In 1980 I moved to Aberdare as an associate in the practice I purchased with my former husband.

This practice​ is a 3 chair 100% NHS practice, which I sold my share of in 2013. I now work there on a locum basis and as a managerial consultant.

I remarried in 1998 and I have 4 grown up children and 2 grandchildren.

I have been a member of LDC continuously from 1980 to present date and have served as Treasurer for 6 years.

Out of dentistry my main interest is tennis. I am currently Chair of Radyr LTC the 2nd largest club in Wales.

​David Johnson
Chair WCCD

​Dr David Johnson is a Wolfson Foundation Scholar graduating from Cardiff Dental School in 2001.


David has worked for the past 12 years in the Community Dental Service, having previously worked in General Practice and Cardiff Dental School where he held a position of Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Oral Medicine.


As a Dental Officer he previously worked for Cardiff and Vale uHB in Barry and the Rhondda Valley, and is currently working as a Senior Dental Officer in the Bridgend area treating special needs children and adults for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg uHB.


His week is split between treating patients under General Anaesthetic & Sedation and treating patients on a Mobile Dental Clinic in a Medium Secure Forensic Mental Health clinic.


Outside of work David lectures nationally on the use of Acupuncture within Dentistry as an adjunct to treatment and as a means of pain and anxiety control; with delegates travelling from overseas to attend the courses that he teaches for the British Dental Acupuncture Society.


When not lecturing, he promotes and works with Bridge2Aid, a dental charity providing vital dental pain relief & training for healthcare workers to deliver sustainable dentistry in the developing world.

​​Caroline Seddon Director of BDA Wales

​Caroline's background is in biomedical research and higher education, although much of her career has been involved in the promotion of public health and medical education, including implementation of quality standards and development and improvement of membership services.


She lives in West Wales and is based in the BDA Wales Cardiff office.