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​Dental professionals recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

10 June 2019


Five individuals from the dental world have had their achievements recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.


Professor Richard WelburyRichard Welbury, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, was awarded a CBE for services to Paediatric Dentistry, to Dental Education and to the Safeguarding of Children. Professor Welbury was part of the expert group behind Child Protection and the Dental Team, an educational resource offering an introduction to safeguarding children in de ntal practice.


A former President of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and former President of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, he was Chairman of the Standing Advisory Committee in Paediatric Dentistry of the combined Royal Colleges and between 2013-2016 he was Vice - President and Dean of the Dental Faculty, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Professor Welbury's research centred on safeguarding, anxiety and traumatic injury within the context of paediatric dentistry.


Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director at the Health and Social Care Directorate of the Scottish Government was awarded a CBE for services to Healthcare and to charity. He graduated in dentistry from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and became FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1996. He is a former Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in oral surgery in Glasgow. He has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and is honorary professor at the University of Dundee.


Dr Peter Frost, Honorary Senior Specialist Clinical Teacher was awarded British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Peckham, South London. He has long been involved with the BDA and was President of the BDA's Metropolitan Branch in 2002 and honoured with Life membership of the BDA in 2011 and has also supported The Lindsay Society: the History of Dentistry, taking on the role of Hon Treasurer from 2002-2013.


Fiona Ellwood, Patron and Executive Director of the Society of British Dental Nurses, was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Dentistry. She also chairs the National Oral Health Group. She was recently Senior Lecturer and External Examiner at the University of Chester.


Teeth Team's Julie Fountain was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Dentistry. Julie is Trustee and Programme Co-ordinator at Teeth Team, a school-based supervised tooth-brushing programme, incorporating clinical dental assessments, applications of fluoride varnish and the subsequent signposting for accessing primary and secondary dental care.



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The BDA's Honours and Awards recognises the amazing contributions dentists make to both the BDA and outstanding commitments to the profession in the national, government and/or international spheres.


We encourage nominations from all areas and stages of dentistry, and we seek to represent the diversity of dentistry today, and ensure the work of inspiring dentists is recognised.