The president is the most senior member of the Association, elected annually by the Annual General Meeting. The President does not undertake an executive role during his or her one year term of office, but represents the Association at appropriate meetings and events at home and sometimes overseas.
The role is most appropriately described as ceremonial, though the office bearer (usually an individual who has made a significant contribution to the affairs of the profession) is in a position to offer wise counsel during his or her term of office through, for example, attendance at meetings of the Principal Executive Committee.
The current President of the BDA is Peter Dyer (2017/18) and the President Elect is Susie Sanderson (2018/19).
BDA President 2017/18
Peter graduated in dentistry from the Royal Dental Hospital in 1979 during which time he was the president of the British Dental Students’ Association. He represented the BDSA at the International Association of Dental Students’ congresses whilst president and subsequently became the liaison officer between the IADS and the Federation Dentaire Internationale, chairing the student annual general assemblies. Together with other international students he co-founded Young Dentists Worldwide, to act as a bridge between the IADS and the FDI.
Peter qualified in medicine from University College Hospital, London in 1988. During his training he worked in a number of hospitals including The Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street London, Frenchay and Bristol Dental School, Atkinson Morley’s Neurosurgical Hospital and the Birmingham Accident Hospital. He worked in general dental practice whilst undertaking his medical degree.
He completed his training as a senior registrar at the Royal London Hospital and was appointed consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in 1998 with a special interest in trauma and orthognathics.
He co-edited the Handbook of Immediate Care and has contributed chapters about dento-facial trauma in a number of textbooks.
Peter worked as the medical director for the Trust and is currently the responsible officer overseeing the appraisal and revalidation of the medical staff. He was closely involved in the development of the new dental school at the University of Central Lancashire and also with the new medical school at Lancaster University.
Throughout his career Peter has tried to reduce the artificial boundaries between primary and secondary care. He established training sessions in oral surgery for local dental practitioners, developed a pilot electronic booking service for local dental practices and more recently has been the chair of the oral surgery network developing a tier 2 service.
Peter has been an active member of the British Dental Association since student days helping establish the BDA Students’ Committee and being one of the first two students to sit on the Representative Body. He is the chair of the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services. Married to Vicky, a consultant in restorative dentistry, with two children Peter has recently been licensed as a Lay Reader.