Welsh General Dental Practice Committee (WGDPC) member profiles
Katrina Clarke, Chair WGDPC
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.
I graduated from Liverpool University in 1977 and obtained MFGP in 1992 and a Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Learning from Cardiff University in 2007.
I bought my practice in Ruthin in 1984 and developed it into a mostly NHS six surgery practice working with a mixture of Dentists, Therapists and Hygienists. I sold the practice three years ago and I continue to work there as a part time associate.
Over the years I have been closely involved with Vocational training (DFT), Postgraduate Education and Dental Nurse training. I have been an Examiner for the National Examination Board for Dental Nurses and an External Examiner for the Cardiff University Nurse training programme.
I have also served as Chair of the Committee for Vocational Training in Wales. I am currently employed on a part time basis by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board as a Dental Adviser.
I have been a member of North Wales LDC for 24 years and the GDPC member for North Wales for 20 years including 7 years as the Chair of the Committee.
My other interests include travelling, cooking (and eating).
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.
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.
Hamida graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1982 from Cardiff University. She studied for a Masters in Periodontology and then went into general practice. She has been a practice principal and a Dental Vocational trainer for 18 years and also was a member of the Dental Vocational Training Authority for 8 years. She has been a member of the LDC for 30 years and has been semi-retired for the last year. She has lived in Wales for the last 42 years, since her graduation. She was also a committee member in "Women in Dentistry".
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 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 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.
Elfyn qualified in 1987 from Cardiff University, following this he became Chairman of the Swansea Section of the BDA in 1994. Presently he is the Honorary Dental Surgeon of Llanelli Scarlet's Team since he was invited in 1991. Elfyn currently works at a Mixed Practice in Llanelli where he has practiced for the last 25 years. He is involved within the Local Community in promoting raising money for local charities and holding charity events in Llanelli.
Currently Elfyn is Treasurer of Dyfed Powys Local Dental Committee. Outside of work he is an avid fan of the local Rugby Team, is a keen runner and enjoys socialising with his family and friends.
Stuart Geddes, Chair BDA Welsh Council
'Having been the Director of BDA in Wales for some 10 years I was asked by colleagues to stand for the SE Wales seat on Welsh Council and to become the Chair. As only an interim appointment of my successor had been made I was concerned that BDA in Wales might risk being downgraded. However, Dick Birkin held up the profile and we now have a new Director, Dr Caroline Seddon, who will continue to help and support members in Wales.'
'it has been a busy year for the BDA, not least the goings on with the GDC which I hope will result in a more user friendly regulator in future. In their addresses at the BDA Conference, Dr Stuart Johnson – from Llangybi, and the outgoing President, Professor Wilson both made reference to the climate of uncertainty, bordering on fear of the GDC and how this is resulting in loss of confidence about the ability of the profession to provide what is best for our patients.'
Meanwhile in Wales, there is a new CDO. Many thanks are due to Dr David Thomas who recently retired from that post but who has taken up the challenge of Postgraduate Education for dentists in Wales. I wish his CDO successor well. BDA will take every opportunity to work with her and the Welsh Government.'
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
The BDA represents dentists working throughout Wales through its office based in Cardiff Bay.
Through the BDA Welsh Council, the Wales General Dental Practice Committee and the Wales Committee for Community Dentistry, we liaise with and negotiate on behalf of dentists with the Welsh Assembly Government and the other health service administrators in 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.