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Twenty-five outstanding dentists honoured by the BDA

16 January 2020

 

Twenty-five individuals are being recognised in the latest round of the prestigious BDA Honours and Awards, for their outstanding achievements, their commitment to the BDA and their work for the dental profession.

 

Acting BDA Chief Executive Martin Woodrow said:

 

"We are delighted to announce these 25 Honours and Awards recipients. It's great to see the breadth of recipients from across the profession, and those supporting the profession, reflecting the excellent range of nominations we received. Congratulations to everyone.

 

"Once again, in 2020, we want to find dentists who have shown a commitment to advancing dentistry. We strongly encourage nominations from all areas of the profession. Please consider nominating any colleague/s you think deserves recognition for what they do."

 

The recipients will formally receive their Honours and Awards at a ceremony at the BDA in London later this spring.

 

Fellowship

Fellowship is to honour distinguished service to the BDA and the dental profession.

 

Robert Donald is a practice owner, honoured for his work as a representative in Scotland, including his current role as Chair of the BDA Scottish Council, and his long service on the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, representing dentists nationally and at a UK-wide level.

 

Lisa Howells is honoured for her work for dentistry in Wales, including her role as former Deputy Chief Dental Officer for the Welsh Government. She has always been a passionate advocate for the dental care of people with special needs and those with complex conditions.

 

Grainne Quinn is a community dentist, honoured for her work representing salaried dentists in Northern Ireland, working tirelessly to secure the implementation of the new Community Dental Services contract in 2019.

 

Keith Percival is a GDP, honoured for his work at a local level in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including setting up a local PASS (Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme), to help support colleagues in times of need.

 

Simon Utting is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry and is honoured for his work for the Community Dental Service over many years, including serving as CDS President in 2016/17, and his many other roles on committees over the years.

 

John Tomes Medal

The John Tomes Medal honours members of the dental profession or other distinguished professionals, who have given outstanding services to dentistry.

 

Derek Richards is a retired dentist, honoured for his editorship of Evidence-Based Dentistry since its foundation in 1998, and his significant contribution to the dental profession and dental publishing over the years.

 

Life membership

Life membership is usually not awarded until after retirement from practice. It honours long and valuable service to the BDA, often at Branch, Group and Section levels.

 

Martin Dyer is a GDP, honoured for his long service to the BDA at a local level, being involved with the Middlesex and Herts Branch for many years representing his colleagues.

 

Ken Hughes is a community dentist, honoured for his work for the Community Dental Service in Wales, including his roles as an Accredited Representative and a member of the Wales Committee for Community Dentistry, always a passionate advocate for vulnerable patients.

 

Robert Kinloch is a retired dentist and is honoured for being a long-standing representative of the profession in Scotland, serving as a former Deputy Chair on the BDA's Board and a former Chair of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee and Scottish Council, amongst other roles, bringing his extensive experience, expertise and commitment to be a champion for dentists in Scotland.

 

Philip Martin is a GDP, honoured for his long service to the BDA at a local level in the East Midlands Branch, as well his outstanding charitable work for DentAid.

 

William Nichols is a GDP honoured for his work with the BDA's Benevolent Fund as well as his long-standing involvement with the Northern Counties Branch and his work supporting undergraduates at the University of Newcastle Dental Hospital.

 

Alun Rees is a GDP, honoured for his long involvement supporting the BDA at a local level and the dental professional at national level, in his career as a dental business coachand especially for his efforts supporting younger members of the profession.

 

Stephen Shimberg is a GDP honoured for his long service as a representative on the General Dental Practice Committee and for his involvement with his LDC in the West Pennines.

 

Janine Thomas is honoured for her work for as a community dentist in Wales, representing colleagues as an Accredited Representative and serving on the Wales Committee for Community Dentistry.

 

Kenneth Wilson is a consultant in Special Care Dentistry and is honoured for his work championing patients in the community services, and for his commitment to teaching and supporting younger dentists.

 

BDA Roll of Distinction

The BDA's Roll of Distinction awards outstanding services to UK dentistry, allowing non-dentists to also be recognised for their contributions.

 

Fenella Barnes is awarded the Roll of Distinction for her work on the BDA's new indemnity product.

 

Certificate of Merit for Services to the Association

The Certificate of Merit for Services to the Association is an award that recognises special service at any level of dentistry in the UK.

 

Mark Collinson is a GDP, awarded for his long and dedicated service to the North West Branch, helping it to develop and thrive over many years.

 

Dave Cottam is a GDP awarded for his long service as a representative for the profession at the local and national levels, including his current role as Chair of the General Dental Practice Committee and his long-standing commitment to the Central Counties Branch.

 

Joanna Breach is a retired community services dentist, whose career has focused on the treatment of children and special needs patients in deprived inner-city areas. She is awarded for her work as a long-serving volunteer for the BDA Museum, helping to build the Museum's records database, to help preserve our important dental history.

 

Neil Farmer is a GDP, awarded for his commitment to the Northern Ireland Branch activities over many years, including serving as the Branch President in 2009.

 

Maria McElholm is a GDP, awarded for her commitment to the Northern Ireland Branch over many years, including serving as the Branch President in 2008.

 

Charlotte Waite is awarded for her outstanding work as Chair of the England Community Dental Services Committee, working tireless to represent the CDS. She successfully campaigned to raise awareness of the complexity of the patient charge fining last year and has been working with key stakeholders to ensure vulnerable patients can access the treatment they need.

 

Certificate of Merit for Services to the Profession

The Certificate of Merit for Services to the Profession is an award that recognises special service either nationally or internationally and enables academics or those who have contributed to advancements in dentistry to be recognised.

 

Anthony Lynn is a GDP, awarded for his dedication to the dental profession through his decades of service to the BDA and his LDC in Wessex.

 

Andrew Taylor is awarded for his work at a local and national level representing dentists across Cornwall and further afield.

 

Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists

The Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists is a relatively new award, enabling the contributions of younger dentists to be recognised.

 

Periodontist Reena Wadia has received the Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists. She is an outstanding younger dentist, who is incredibly proactive and worked to both further her own skills and supporting others through her passion for sharing her knowledge.

 

BDA Honours and Awards

Our Honours and Awards are designed to acknowledge the unsung heroes of our profession; those who have upheld and improved the standards of dentistry.

 

Do you know a colleague who is:

 

  • Going that extra mile to support the profession, particularly at a local level?
  • Performing exceptional and outstanding services within the field of dentistry?
  • Playing an active part in furthering the profession, both nationally and internationally?
  • Currently active within the BDA, or has given distinguished service over the years?

Nominations for the next round of Honours and Awards are open until 31 May 2020 (30 April for the Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists). If you know a dentist who you think deserves to be recognised, please put them forward.