BDA Scotland Director
The British Dental Association’s new Scotland Director is Phil Grigor, who has joined from the University of the West of Scotland, where he served as head of strategic planning.
A former academic, Phil has worked extensively in policy for the Scottish Health Department, NHS in Scotland and at Audit Scotland, where he served for 10 years managing a range of projects on national and local level including transport, health inequalities and education. Phil replaces Pat Kilpatrick who left office at the start of September last year.
Phil said: “I am proud to be joining the BDA as its new Scotland Director. We face funding shortfalls, low morale and oral health inequalities. However, with the Scottish Government’s Oral Health Improvement Plan due to be published, this is also a time where we can really look to shape future oral health policy. I am determined to give our members the strongest possible voice at Holyrood, and to help to ensure all Scots can enjoy effective oral health.”
Derek Harper, a practice owner in Kirkcaldy, Fife, and member of the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee said: “Dentistry in Scotland is under huge pressure. Phil has worked across the public sector, including at the heart of Scottish Government, and comes equipped with the insight and experience to help us win the argument for a sustainable service. We were hugely impressed with his strategic approach and are delighted to have him join the team.”