Ian Mills to be next Dean of FGDP(UK)
FGDP announces Glasgow graduate and north Devon GDP as its new dean.
Ian Mills has been elected as the next dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)).
Ian, who works in general dental practice in north Devon, previously held the post of Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry, and is a Fellow of the Faculty. He is currently senior vice-dean of FGDP (UK) and will be inaugurated as dean on 15 June 2018, taking over from Dr Mick Horton.
I thank my colleagues for the faith they have placed in me
Ian said: “It will be an enormous privilege to lead the UK’s only professional body dedicated to general dental practice through a crucial period in its history. I thank my colleagues for the faith they have placed in me, and look forward to working with them in delivering GDP-focused education, guidance and representation over the next three years.”
He qualified as a dentist from Glasgow University in 1987 and spent the early part of his career working in maxillofacial surgery. In 1994 he moved to Devon and three years later set up Torrington Dental Practice, where he continues to work as a partner.
He is currently the Faculty’s representative on the Care Quality Commission Dental Reference Group and has previously been an Assessor for FGDP(UK) Fellowship and chaired its Examinations Committee. He was previously an elected member of the British Dental Association’s General Dental Practice Committee, a member of Devon LDC, and on the Professional Executive Committee of North Devon Primary Care Trust. He is a fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
In addition to his clinical practice, Ian has worked at Peninsula Dental School since it was established and has recently submitted his doctoral thesis to Plymouth University on ‘The delivery of person-centred care in general dental practice’.
Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), added: “Many congratulations to Ian on his well-deserved election as Dean. He is a highly experienced, respected and rounded practitioner, and I’m delighted the Faculty will be in such good hands.”