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Four outstanding dentists in England honoured for their contributions to dentistry

15 January 2019

Four dentists working across England are being recognised for their contributions to dentistry and to the BDA, in this years' BDA Honours and Awards round.

Private dentist Victor Chan, receives a Fellowship, GDP Malcolm Health receives Life Membership, and GDP Gary Irving and GDP Colin Silcox receive a Certificate of Merit.


Victor Chan: dedicated to dentistry at a local, national and international level

Victor-chan-300px.jpgVictor Chan is a single-handed dentist, working in a private practice in Crowborough, East Sussex.

Victor is a past Chairman of the Tunbridge Wells Section, past Chairman of the Southern Counties Young Practitioners Group, and past President of the Southern Counties Branch.

He has represented the profession nationally on the BDA's Representative Board, Rep Body, and currently on the Principal Executive Committee since 2012, using his experience as a single-handed practitioner to ensure the voices of all dentists are being represented by the BDA.

He has been Chair of the BDA's International Affairs Committee since 2013, representing UK dentistry across the globe, working with the Council of European Dentists, Commonwealth Dental Association, and FDI World Dental Federation.

In nominating him, the Southern Counties Branch said his work at a local, national and international level deserves recognition, as his commitment to his profession is a great example to others.


Malcolm Health: commitment to his local Branch

Malcolm-Heath-honours-awards-210.jpgMalcolm Health started out in general practice in North London and then moved to Saxmundham in Suffolk in 1977 until 2003 when he retired.

During his working life, he was active at a local level, first being involved at section level in Finchley and then at branch level in Suffolk, for the Eastern Counties Branch.

In his retirement he continues to contribute to branch and section activities, helping to keep them vibrant and offering his expertise and enthusiasm.

In nominating him, the Eastern Counties Branch praised his willingness to take on any task, and thanked him for his dedication, which they feel has benefitted the Branch enormously.


Gary Irvine: huge contribution at a local level

gary-irvine-honours-awards-2018-300px.jpgGary Irvine is a principal at a high-street dental practice in Somerset.

He had made a huge contribution to dentistry at a local level, being involved with the BDA Taunton Branch for many years, serving as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer throughout the years.

He has been a dedicated FD trainer, mentoring many younger dentists and guided them in their career paths. He has also worked with the PCT to resolve local issues affecting dentists,

In nominating him, the Western Countries Branch praised him for being an excellent role model on how to be a good practitioner, and in taking an active part in the profession.

Colin Silcox: supporting his local Branch

colin-silcox-300px.jpgColin Silcox is a principal dentist working in a high-street practice in Dawlish.

He has been involved with the BDA at a local level since 2006 and he is currently both the Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary for the BDA Exeter section.


He took over these roles at a difficult time for the section, when it was suffering from financial difficulties and he has worked hard to get the section back on track and thriving again.

In nominating him, the Exeter Section praised his persistence in overcoming the issues they faced, and wanted to see his tireless contribution recognised at the national level. 



Nominate for the BDA's Honours and Awards

The BDA's Honours and Awards recognise 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: Nominate now!