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Welsh dentist honoured for selfless commitment

11 December 2017

Gareth Lloyd is awarded Fellowship of the BDA, for his selfless commitment to his profession and the wider community, in the pursuit of getting a better deal for dentistry.

Gareth graduated in 1977 in Liverpool, and went on to work in Wales as an associate general dental practitioner. He became a practice owner and principal dental surgeon in 1984, and developed his practice into a mostly-NHS practice with six surgeries, featuring a mix of dentists, therapists and hygienists.

Over the years, he has been closely involved with vocational training, postgraduate education and dental nurse training. He has provided supporting and mentoring to colleagues, offering help and guidance to the younger members of the profession.

His long service to the BDA includes being an elected member of the General Dental Practice Committee for North Wales, elected Chair of the Wales General Dental Practice Committee, Vice Chair of the BDA Welsh Country Council, and member of the Welsh Committee for Community Dentistry, and he has served as a panel member for the BDA's Good Practice Scheme.

He is a passionate believer in getting a better deal for dentists in Wales and from 2007-2015, was a member of the Welsh Assembly Task and Finish Group on UDAs, new dental contracts and pilots. He also served as a member on the Welsh Assembly Clinical Governance, Education and Training Group for several years, and been a member of the Welsh Assembly Dental Committee.

In nominating him, Thomas Gregg, BDA North Wales Section Chair, said:

"Gareth is a stalwart of our profession. Behind his softly spoken exterior is a man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of dentistry, its regulation, and development over the last 40 years.

"He has selflessly dedicated a huge amount of his profession and personal time to the development of the profession, from his service to the local community at Local Dental Committee-level and with the Health Boards, to his work representing the profession to government.

"He is the 'go to' for advice for people, from the Chief Dental Officers' in Wales, to his colleagues on the ground. We need more dentists like Gareth to speak up for our profession."


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