New BDA president

17 June, 2019 / editorial

Roz McMullan ‘passionate about making a difference to profession’

New BDA president, Roz McMullan

Roz McMullan, a leading figure in the dental profession in Northern Ireland, has been installed as president of the British Dental Association (BDA).

Ms McMullan is a former chair of both the NI and UK Councils of the BDA and has been one of the driving forces behind a ground-breaking scheme to support dentists’ mental wellbeing in Northern Ireland.

She was consultant orthodontist in the Western Trust from 1991 until her retirement in 2016. There, she was instrumental in setting up a nurse-liaison service, supporting babies born with cleft lips and palates and their families. Roz McMullan chaired the Hospital Training Committee of the Northern Ireland Deanery from 2005 to 2013.

With a long-held interest in governance, she served for many years on the Trust Quality Improvement Committee and was clinical lead in specialist surgery from 2008 to 2012 and again from 2014 to 2016. She has been both secretary and chair of the British Orthodontic Society (2002-2006), and was lead author in a report on outcome standards for patients undergoing fixed appliance therapy in the hospital service (2003).

She has been involved with the BDA for many years and was instrumental in establishing the BDA Northern Ireland Office. Roz McMullan became president of the Northern Ireland Branch in 1999. She was elected to the NI Council, and served as chair from 2015 until recently. In 2016, she chaired the UK Council, and championed the case for young dentists and students. Throughout her career, Roz has been active in supporting dentists and dental teams in difficulty: this has included representing dentists at work, initially junior staff and then as a consultant on the hospital services committee. 

Roz said: “I feel hugely privileged to receive this accolade from the BDA and thank the association for the confidence and trust it has shown in allowing me to serve as its president. I am passionate about making a difference to the wellbeing of my chosen profession, and it’s my honour to continue doing that as president.”

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