Nick Barker is a GDP, Postgraduate Dental Tutor, Chair Essex Local Professional Network, BDA UK Council Member, Dento-Legal Expert Witness and BUPA UK Governance expert
Nick qualified in 1990 from London Hospital where he continued to work as the House Surgeon in Prosthodontics. He moved into general practice and became a practice principal in 1994 in a two-surgery practice. The practice has now developed into a multi-surgery practice over 3 sites with a wide skill mix that involves Hygienists, Therapists, Extended Duties Dental Nurses, Foundation Year 1 and Associate dentists. He gained an MSc with Distinction in Restorative Dental Practice from UCL Eastman. Currently he works as the Postgraduate Dental Tutor for Colchester University Hospital, the Chair of Essex Local Professional Network, an elected member of English and UK Councils at the BDA, member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (RCSEng) and Faculty of
Dental Trainers (RCSEd), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and BUPA UK dental governance expert. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London Medical and Dental Institute
Centre in Dental Public Health and Primary Care and a Clinical Lecturer in the MSc in periodontology and advanced periodontal practice at the University of Essex. He is regularly instructed by the major dental defence organisations as a dento-legal expert in both civil and regulatory cases.
Peter Gordon is the Head of Terms and Conditions of Service at the British Medical Association (BMA). He leads the BMA’s team which deals with pay and contracts for doctors in England. He has many years of experience in negotiating and maintaining contracts at a national level and is currently centrally involved in the consultant contract negotiations. His role is split between negotiating, negotiating training and management. Over the course of his time at the BMA, he has held a number of roles representing doctors in the pay and policy sphere. Prior to that, he worked at Ford Motor Company, primarily in logistics and project management.
Stephen Hancocks OBE
Stephen Hancocks OBE is a dentist, writer, editor, publisher and performer, Editor-in-Chief of the BDJ, and also owns his own publishing business stephenhancocks.com. He was appointed OBE in 1997 for services to the dental profession and subsequently has been awarded Honorary Membership of the British Dental Association, the American Dental Association and a place in the prestigious FDI’s List of Honour. He has an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London in Advanced Theatre Practice and is also well known for chairing, lecturing and after-dinner speaking. More recently he has started a regular gardening series on YouTube entitled Let's Go Gardening.
Henrietta Hughes was appointed in July 2016 as the National Guardian, a key recommendation from the Francis Report. She provides leadership and support to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians across England in Arm’s-Length Bodies, NHS and Independent sector organisations to ensure that speaking up becomes business as usual. The National Guardian’s Office undertakes and publishes case reviews when it appears that speaking up has not been handled according to best practice, providing challenge and learning to the healthcare system as a whole. Previously a Medical Director at NHS England, Dr Hughes continues her clinical role one day a week as a GP in central London.
Suk Ng is a consultant dental maxillofacial radiologist at Guy’s Hospital, London. She has extensive experience in radiology reporting, ultrasound imaging and teaching. She has recently developed a new university programme at King’s College London, in “Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation”. This is the first-degree programme in the world, and, being distance learning, is available to international students. She is the current President of the British Society of Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology.
David Westgarth is the Associate Editor of the BDJ Portfolio. He currently works across the range of BDJ publications, with editorial responsibility for BDJ In Practice and BDJ Student.
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