Natalie is a specialist in Special Care Dentistry working in the Community Dental Services in London and is UK Clinical Director for Dentaid Charity. She has experience working in hospital, practice and community settings and has completed a Leadership and Management Fellowship with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer. She is an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur, Deputy Chair for the Special Care Dentistry Managed Clinical Network in London, Chair of the BDA's Young Dentist Committee and Early Career's Ambassador for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She also has a blog, A Tooth Germ, which has reached over 1 million page views.
James Spencer undertook his dental training at the University of Bristol and his Orthodontic Training at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. He is currently Consultant Orthodontist at Pinderfields Hospital. Since 2016 he has also been Postgraduate Dental Dean for Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber.
Nadia was elected as Chair of the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services in February 2022. She has been on the CCHDS committee since 2018 and has previously been the Executive SAS representative.
Nadia graduated from Sheffield Dental School in 2007 then gained experience in a number of DCT posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Radiology, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery and Paediatric Dentistry. She carried out her StR training in Leeds and gained her MOrth from RCS England in 2016, alongside undertaking an MSc in autotransplantation of teeth. Following completion of her StR training, she was an Associate Specialist alongside working in Specialist practice for two years. She then carried out her Post CCST training in 2018 in Birmingham Dental Hospital which led to the Fellowship in Orthodontics in 2020. During the final part of her training, she particularly enjoyed attending Birmingham’s Children’s’ Hospital to attend cleft clinics with the multidisciplinary team.
Nadia works part time as a Consultant Orthodontist, currently in a locum role and part time in Specialist Orthodontic practice.
Nadia has recently competed her PG Cert in Dental Education. She is actively involved in postgraduate education and enjoys teaching trainees. She is also a lecturer for a PG Diploma in Orthodontics for GDPs. She has contributed to a number of textbooks.
She has recently certified as a life coach and in her spare time enjoys hiking, baking, art classes, Bollywood dance and yoga.
Peter is the Acting Director of National Negotiations and Representation (NNR) at the British Medical Association (BMA). He is responsible for the oversight of several departments running negotiations for all groups of doctors and the running of national committee structures for branches of practice. He has many years of experience in negotiating and maintaining contracts at a national level and related political and campaigning activity. 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.
Sonita is a Consultant in Oral Surgery at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospital NHS Trust. She is Associate Dean for Dental Core and Specialty for Health Education England London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Region. She is also Chair for the London Oral Surgery Managed Clinical Network for NHS England.
She completed her undergraduate dentistry degree at Guys, Kings and St Thomas School of Dentistry. She then worked in various oral and maxillofacial surgery units across London and the south east. She obtained her membership to the Faculty in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2007. In 2011 she gained her membership in surgical dentistry and became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Sonita did her specialist training in oral surgery at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She also completed postgraduate certificates in medical education and healthcare management. She is also involved in postgraduate assessment and is an examiner for the MFDS, ORE and M oral surgery examinations.
She has research interests in education and technology.
Nishma SharmaNishma sits as Chair of the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group, a pan professional group focussing on recognising, understanding and collaborating to help reduce health inequalities and bias within healthcare, in particular, dentistry. She founded and established the DDAG in June 2020 within the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, (OCDO) England.
She served as a clinical leadership manager at the OCDO, and is currently an NHSE clinical advisor, a practising dentist, honorary Vice President for the BSDHT, sits on the advisory board for Dentistry magazine and is a member of the ‘Balance the Dental Boards’ group.