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​​Welsh Committee for Community Dentists (WCCD) profiles

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 w​​orked 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.​

Ken Hughes, Vice Chair

​Ken Hughes graduated from Cardiff in 1982 and has worked in the CDS in Gwent and part-time in practice in Abergavenny. He completed the distance learning diploma in post graduate dental studies from Cardiff in 2004 and also gained a diploma in healthcare informatics from the University of Bath in 2013. Currently, Ken works full time as a Senior Dental Officer in a variety of locations in ABUHB providing dental care for patients with special clinical needs; he has been actively involved in the BDA as both an AR and as an elected committee member of WCCD for many years.​​

Nigel Monaghan

Nigel Monaghan worked in hospital, general and community dental practice before commencing higher training in dental public health. Appointed a consultant in dental public health in 1999, he has led the Welsh dental epidemiology programme since then. He has been a trainer in dental public health for over 10 years and is currently the training programme director. Nigel was also Director of Public Health in 3 Welsh Health Boards between 2003 and 2008 and is a visiting professor in public health at the University of South Wales. From 2006-2010 he was a member of the Faculty of Public Health Policy Committee. From 2006 - 2008 he was vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health. Currently he is co-opted onto WCCD and WGDPC, a member of the BDA Dental Public Health Committee and as cross-representative on the BMA Wales Public Health Committee.

Given that health problems of the 21st century are those which traditional approaches have failed to address, Nigel has a developing interest in the implications of complexity theory for health and healthcare.

Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies gained his BDS (Wales) in 1975 from Cardiff University. Following a few hospital posts which including an SDO post in Anaesthetics at Manchester, Gareth moved back home to North Wales and established his own practice at Rhuddlan. Gareth retired from general practice after twenty three years and joined the Community Dental Service. Gareth is now part time, and involved mainly with the Designed to Smile programme. Gareth also post graduate tutor for North East Wales based at Wrexham. He is the treasurer for the Community Service Group Welsh Division.

Janine Thomas

Janine Thomas qualified with honours from Bristol Dental School in December 1983. After a brief spell in private practice in her home town of Maidenhead she joined the Community Dental Service (CDS) in Swansea in May 1984. Her primary aim for joining the CDS at the time was to access Vocational Training (which at that time was only available within the CDS) but she quickly developed a keen interest in Community Dentistry and never returned to her former job.

Janine has always had a particular interest in Health Promotion and Special Care Dentistry. She also developed a keen interest in research and gained her PhD from the University of Wales in 1999 having completed this as an external student whilst continuing to work full time. Undertaking the PhD gave Janine a much broader insight into the academic field and how it linked with clinical practice and greatly improved her skills at critically evaluating scientific papers.

During her time working in the Swansea area she has participated in providing dental care for many vulnerable groups including working in a specialist head injury centre as well as working extensively on mobile dental units in both mainstream and special needs schools.

Janine is now heavily involved in epidemiological work for ABMU and also provides the dental input into many specialist multidisciplinary clinics including gastrostomy, dysphagia and dementia clinics for adults with learning disabilities.

In her spare time Janine's hobbies are embroidery, walking and also working as a fence judge for British Eventing. On weekends between March and October she can usually be found in a muddy field somewhere in Wales or the South of England working in all weathers judging around 300 horses a day – a real contrast to dentistry.

Emmanouil (Manolis) Roditakis

Manolis Roditakis graduated from Athens Dental School in 2002.  He served in the Greek Air Force as a Sergeant Dental Officer and then worked at his Private Practice in Crete for 7 years. During this time, he was actively involved in a dental charity for special care patients in his hometown.   In 2010 he moved to London where he worked in General and Private practice. In 2011 he completed the Certificate in Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, UCL.  In 2012, Manolis moved to the Shetland Islands where he joined the Community Dental Service.  He obtained the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Remote & Rural Fellowship for further postgraduate studies in Paediatric dentistry at the University of Aberdeen.  He also became a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MFDS RCSEd).   Since 2015, Manolis is part of the Community Dental Service in Hywel Dda UHB, SW Wales, as a Senior Dental Officer.  His fields of interest include children and adults with special needs and Inhalation Sedation.  Outside work, Manolis enjoys travelling and with the help of his 5 year old son, he aims to become a Lego master builder.

Jane Lishman

Jane Lishman graduated from Liverpool Dental School in 2002. She worked as an associate in practice (Wolverhampton, Kidderminster and Wall Heath) for 10 years and gained her MFGDP (UK) in 2005. During this time, she also joined Birmingham PDS as a dental officer and later as an honorary clinical lecturer, supervising students from the University of Birmingham.

Jane currently works part-time as a dental officer for Powys CDS and is studying for a diploma in Special Care Dentistry. She particularly enjoys treating adults and children with special needs and runs an inhalation sedation clinic at Brecon War Memorial Hospital. She lives near Brecon with her 3 children and enjoys gardening, baking and winter sports.

Sandra Sandham

Sandra Sandham gained her BDS from Liverpool Dental School followed by an MPhil from University of Wales, Bangor. She is entered on two General Dental Council Specialist Lists - Special Care Dentistry and Dental Public Health and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. She is employed by BCUHB as Director of North Wales Community Dental Service/ Director of Dental Public Health and also works for Public Health Wales.  Having always been interested in Dental Nurse Education, she established a range of basic and post certification courses in North Wales and has, for many years, been a NEBDN examiner for the National Certificate/ Diploma and the post qualification examination in Conscious Sedation.  She sits on a variety of local and National Committees including Welsh Dental Committee and is Chair of the Welsh CDS Clinical Directors Group and of the WG Strategic Advisory Forum in Orthodontics.  

Chris Wall

Chris Wall qualified from The London in 1987 & worked for the following 7 years as an associate in general practice in Chingford, Essex.

A move to Swansea followed, without any job, & so, after a few months of a life of leisure, Chris obtained a Dental Officer post with the then Glan-y-Mor Trust.

A Clinical Assistant post in Orthodontics was started in Morriston Hospital a year later which is ongoing. DwSI accreditation in orthodontics was obtained subsequently.

Chris currently work 4 days a week for ABMU LHB looking after the foundation dentists training, with the other day in Morriston Hospital.

Away from work Chris spends time playing hockey, running, cycling & ferrying his children to their various activities.​