Welsh Council Profiles
Stuart Geddes BDA Welsh Council Chair
‘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.’
Dr David Howells qualified from the London Hospital Dental College in 1976. Following experience in hospital based oral and maxillo-facial surgery, he moved to Cardiff Dental School where he gained his Royal College Fellowship in Dental Surgery before embarking upon an orthodontic career. He undertook further, senior registrar training based in Birmingham before being appointed, in 1987, to a consultant post in Morriston Hospital, Swansea. He is pleased to have been clinical director of the Maxillofacial Unit there at a time of rapid growth and development of services. In the late 1990's David responded to massive unmet orthodontic treatment need in west Wales by establishing two specialist practices in Dyfed. He gradually transferred his time from hospital to specialist practice until, in 2006, he he sold his business; still working part time as a practice based specialist. He remains in mixed NHS and private practice, continuing to develop special interests in expanding the scope of aligner therapy as well as appliances for obstructive sleep apnoea and temporo-mandibular dysfunction. Outside work he pursues lifelong interests in nature conservation and steam locomotion. He is current chairman of Dyfed Powys Local Dental Committee, and keen that the Committee should maintain excellent relationships with both Hywel Dda and Powys Health Boards.
Having qualified in 1986, and having been a member of the BDA from as soon as she was able, Catherine decided to extend her local BDA attachment by becoming branch secretary after hearing that they were losing theirs at her 5 year university reunion.
Catherine has fallen into further BDA posts representing our branch both nationally on the old Representative Board, GDPC, Welsh Council and the old Executive Board, and now as vice chair of Welsh Council she attends the new UK Council and our LDC.
Branches and sections are struggling in some areas compared with her early years and the younger generations need to step up but until that happens "Catherine will be there!"
Catherine has moved from the hospital service to general practice and now works between the community dental service, their intermediate tier for oral surgery and their local emergency dental service so Catherine's experience of the profession is far and wide.
Robert graduated from Dundee University in 1986 and after a short spell in dental practice worked in Dundee and Manchester Dental Hospitals before taking up a Lectureship in Periodontology at Cardiff University. A return to the NHS saw him complete his specialist training and then secure a position as a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in Cardiff in 1999. Robert describes his research interests as somewhat eclectic having studied finite element analysis for his Master's Degree and decisions with regard to restoration replacement for his PhD; he has published widely. He has recently been appointed Head of Dental Education, Scholarship and Innovation which is one of the three main research themes in the Dental School. He is the Senior Admissions Tutor and has been involved in dental school admissions for the past 7 years and has a particular interest in the use of the multiple mini interview process during student selection. Robert is a fully confirmed proponent of the WYSIWYG and KISS philosophies when it comes to clinical practice and chair side teaching and this along with a self-confessed, down to earth, no nonsense approach to dentistry has seen him ruffle a few feathers during his career but he assures us that is not his problem.
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).
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.
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.
Ken Hughes, Vice Chair WCCD
Ken 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.
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.