Who’s Who 2023-2024

20 September, 2023 / indepth

Fadi Al-Silwadi

After qualifying in dentistry, Fadi specialised in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute, a world-leading academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and research. He was awarded a Master’s in Clinical Dentistry with Merit by the University College London in 2014. Fadi maintains memberships in General Dentistry and Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and England. With more than 10 years of orthodontic experience working with a large number of patients, Fadi is highly skilled at treating adults and children with varying treatment needs. As a member of the International Team of Implantologists (ITI), he has been trained in Dental Implantology and its application in Orthodontics. When asked why he specialised in Orthodontics, Fadi replied: “Being entrusted to transform a patient’s smile is a privilege – it’s truly rewarding to see my patients happy during treatment and ultimately happy with their final result. I enjoy working with people and I treat every patient as I would my own family.” Away from work, Fadi enjoys playing football, watching F1, and travelling with his family.

Dr M Tariq Bashir

Tariq Bashir graduated from University of Glasgow Dental School in 2005 and held various SHO positions in hospitals throughout Scotland before settling at the Visage Cosmetic Dental Clinic, Glasgow. He has been practising there since 2008 and his main interests lie in minimally invasive and biomimetic dentistry, toothwear and endodontics. He has travelled extensively and learnt from renowned clinicians including Newton Fahl, Pascal Magne, Didier Dietschi and John Kois. In 2018 he became the first graduate from Scotland at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle. He completed the intensive nine step treatment planning, occlusion and restorative focused Kois curriculum.  He has also been awarded an MSc in endodontology from the University of Chester. In the past he has held a visiting GDP role in the Restorative Dentistry Department of Glasgow Dental School and was one the Education Committee for the BACD. In 2018 he co-founded the popular Scottish Dental Study Club with his wife Dr Saimah Ahmed. The aim of the club has been to promote clinical excellence for all clinicians and help deliver the highest standards of care for their patients. The club has brought top names in dentistry from around the world and continues to do so with some renowned clinicians lined up for 2024. Tariq is also involved in postgraduate teaching and mentoring through his own popular composite “resin” training courses and is an opinion leader for various dental manufacturers. He also features regularly in the dental media and was invited by BBC Radio Scotland to host the first Ask the Dentist programme and has since featured regularly.

tariqbashirdentistry.co.uk / scottishdentalstudyclub.co.uk

Professor Aileen Bell

Aileen Bell is head of Glasgow Dental School. She graduated from the University of Stirling with a BSc with Honours First Class in Biology in July 1990. Professor Bell worked at the Hannah Research Institute in Ayrshire as a Research Assistant on a Mammalian Biochemistry project before taking up a PhD position at the University of Glasgow in 1990. She developed an interest in clinical research and patient contact and began studying dentistry as a second first degree in October 1993. She graduated from Glasgow University as the Most Distinguished Graduate for 1998 with a BDS with Honours and was awarded the Dean Webster Prize and the Lord Provost’s Prize for the most marks obtained in Dental School Examinations. In 1998, she embarked on a two-year General Professional Training Programme, with one year in General Dental Practice as a Vocational Dental Practitioner and one year as a GPT House Officer in Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. She obtained an MFDS from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and was awarded the T.C. White Medal for outstanding performance in part C of the exam. From 2000-2002, she worked as a Senior House Officer in Glasgow Dental Hospital and School after which she took up the post of Specialist Registrar in Surgical Dentistry in Glasgow (2002-2004). In 2004, she was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery/Honorary Specialist Registrar in Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Glasgow.

She took up the post of Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Glasgow University Dental School in May 2009 and was also appointed as Deputy Director of Dental Education. Other roles included Education Lead for Clinical Dentistry and Oral Surgery Teaching Lead. In 2012, Professor Bell took on the role of Director of Dental Education. In 2015, she was elected as a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and in 2019 was appointed Chair of the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination in Oral Surgery and Training Programme Director for Specialty Training in Oral Surgery in the West of Scotland. She is currently Professor of Oral Surgery and Dental Education at the University of Glasgow and was appointed as Head of the Dental School in September 2021.

Gerard Boyle

Gerard Boyle was appointed by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) as the Senior Dental Adviser in May 2022, as the clinical lead for the Dental Adviser team at Practitioner Services and the Dental Reference Officer team within the Scottish Dental Reference Service. He qualified from Glasgow Dental School in 1989 and has spent 30 years in general dental practice, including 20 years as a partner in a largely NHS practice in Glasgow. Gerard has 15 years’ experience as a dental practice inspector with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Education for Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland; and was Dental Practice Adviser (DPA) for NHS Forth Valley before joining NSS. He spent more than 10 years with the Faculty of General Dental Practice Scotland as a board member and treasurer and represented the profession nationally; on the BDA Scottish Dental Practice Committee and on Greater Glasgow and Clyde LDC, as Chair and Secretary between 2004 and 2019.  He was awarded a Fellowship by the Faculty of General Dental Practice in 2020 for his contribution to the faculty and the wider dental community.

Graham Chadwick

Graham Chadwick is Emeritus Professor of Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials Science at the University of Dundee. He was also Associate Dean for Professional Practice – Assessment Lead and an Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry there. Nationally and internationally, he is the Chair of the British Standards Institution (BSI) committee CH/106 Dentistry (and subcommittee CH/106/2 Prosthodontics Materials) and represents the UK at both CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) helping to steer the review and shaping of dental standards across the dental industry. This work is important for both consumer protection and international trade. He graduated BDS in 1985 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and was the first recipient of their Tregarthen Research Studentship (1985-1988) culminating in the award of a PhD that examined the durability of dental restorative materials. An enduring, and role useful, interest developed in the measurement of objects to determine wear. This has been recognised by a number of awards (BSRD Postgraduate Prize (1989), Institute of Australian Surveyors R D Steels Prize (1989) and T C White Prize Lecture RCPS, Glasgow (1998)) and finds utility in his current ISO CAD/CAM work. After junior hospital posts, and part time work in general dental practice, he was appointed to a clinical lectureship in Dundee and undertook higher clinical training in restorative dentistry. He gained his FDSRCPS in 1994, FDS (Rest Dent) RCPS In 1999 and FHEA in 2001. In 1999 he was promoted to senior clinical lecturer and shortly after Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. His personal chair was awarded in 2012. His research focusses upon the prevention and rehabilitation of dental tooth wear. This is steered by his clinical experience and material science background. In 2022, Professor Chadwick was appointed chair of CH/106, the British Standards Institution (BSI) committee overseeing dental materials and equipment.

Professor Jan Clarkson

Jan Clarkson is a Director of the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) and Professor of Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Dundee. Her remit is to conduct high-quality research and promote the implementation of evidence in dental primary care. Professor Clarkson has attracted more than £15m to lead UK-wide trials to evaluate aspects of routine dental care involving over 200 dental practices and 5,000 of their patients. She is a founding member of the Cochrane Oral Health Group and is Joint Co-ordinating Editor. Furthermore, she is Associate Dental Dean for Clinical Effectiveness in NES and Director of SDCEP. As well as being a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Faculty of General Dental Practitioners. In 2020, she led reviews of International Dental Guidelines to inform SDCEP’s COVID response which resulted in the publication of a UK-wide reduction in fallow time. In 2021, she established the development of Dundee Dental Dental Hospital and Research School and in 2022 introduced sustainability into SDCEP guidance recommendations. In recognition of these achievements in 2023 she was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences, the first dentist to have been awarded both.

Professor David Conway

David Conway graduated from Glasgow University BDS in 1996. Following brief periods in general dental practice, hospital dentistry in Bristol and Edinburgh, and SHO posts in oral and maxillofacial surgery at St John’s in Livingston, he attained FDS RCS (England) in 1999. He returned to Glasgow in 2000 for a clinical lectureship in dental public health combined with a specialist registrar training post based in NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Argyll & Clyde Health Boards. David completed the MPH at Glasgow in 2002 and specialist training in dental public health in 2005 (FDS DPH RCS, and FFPH. He was awarded a PhD in 2008 for research on the epidemiology of oral cancer from a socioeconomic perspective. Since 2005 he has held the position of Honorary Consultant in Dental Public, which has been with Public Health Scotland since its inception in April 2020 where he is currently the dental lead. David was appointed Professor of Dental Public Health in 2015 in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, where he is the current Director of Dental Research, and he also Co-Leads the Oral & Dental Specialty Group in NHS Research Scotland. His research interests focus on health inequalities, head and neck cancer epidemiology, and child oral health including the ongoing evaluation of Childsmile – the national child oral health improvement programme for Scotland.

X (Twitter): @davidiconway

Richard Cure

Richard Cure, Dental Council Member, Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, is Associate Clinical Professor, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Head of Dentistry Studies, and Clinical and Course Director of Orthodontics at the University of Warwick and Head of Orthodontics at Peninsula Dental School, University of Plymouth. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers and a GDC Education Associate. He examines for the College at MOrth, MFDS and MAGDS.

Paul Cushley

Paul Cushley is National Services Scotland’s (NSS) first Dental Director, appointed in 2015. This role was created within NSS to ensure that dentistry and oral health is considered and has a voice in the design, creation and delivery of health and social care services across the NHS in Scotland. Paul brings a large portfolio of experience in dentistry to his NSS role having had a long and varied employment and academic portfolio. He worked for two decades in a variety of custodial environments including HMP Barlinnie, Shotts, Greenock, Polmont, Glenochil and Cornton Vale and in HMP Zeist in Holland during the Lockerbie trial.  He also worked in the Hospital Service, Public Dental Service and as an associate, partner and principal in the GDS.

Apart from several dentistry qualifications Paul has Forensic Medicine, Medical Law, and Education postgraduate qualifications and worked as a Vocation Trainer then as a Vocational Training Advisor for 20 years with NES. Having also been an examiner of the DGDP, MFGDP, and FFGDP for the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s, Faculty of General Dental Practitioners for more than seventeen years and examined in a variety of locations including Hong Kong and Cairo, Paul now is one of the College of Dentistry’s Fellows. In June 2023 he completed 40 years of NHS service.

Ulpee Darbar

Ulpee Darbar is a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Director of Dental Education for the Eastman Dental Hospital. She is a trainer of specialists, and those wishing to upskill, and a coach and mentor. Graduating from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1986, after a brief period in general dental practice, she began her hospital career in 1987. Ulpee completed her training in Restorative Dentistry in 1996 and took up her consultant position in 1997. She has held several leadership positions at the Eastman and out with, while maintaining a busy clinical practice. She lectures and teaches widely on soft tissue management, augmentation in implant dentistry and periodontology, management of failures and treatment planning and has written one of the few textbooks on implants for Dental Care Professionals. She also holds a number of positions for the Royal Colleges and Specialist Societies, was Chair of the Advisory Board in Implant Dentistry for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Deputy Chair for the National Advisory Board for Human Factors in Dentistry and executive clinical Board member for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses.

Fiona Davidson

Graduating from the Royal London Hospital in 1986, Fiona spent two years working in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Royal London, St Mary’s and Eastman Hospitals in London before moving into general dental practice. Fiona is now the Practice Principle at SmilePlus Dental Care & Implant Centre and the official dentist of the Scottish Rugby Union, delivering general and emergency dental care to professional and academy players and providing custom-made mouthguards. Over the years, Fiona’s love of sports dentistry has grown and, as well as the Scotland Rugby stars, she also looks after the dental health of international athletes, swimmers, hockey players and boxers. Alongside dentistry, she is an experienced provider of facial aesthetic treatments including anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments, and has trained in advanced techniques.

Robert Donald

Robert Donald is Chair of the British Dental Association Scottish Council. A GDP based in Nairn, he qualified from Edinburgh with honours in 1983, before spending 18 months in a training position at Edinburgh Dental Hospital. Robert entered general practice in 1985, gaining the diploma in general dental practice in 1992. He is a past chairman of Independent Care Plans UK and director of Highland Dental Plan. Robert was previously a chairman of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, vice-chairman of the Scottish Dental Vocational Training Committee and vice-chairman of the Scottish Association of Local Dental Committees. He recently retired as a non-executive Director of MDDUS and in 2021, he chaired the UK Council of the BDA. Robert was presented with the British Dental Association Fellowship Medal in September 2022 to honour his distinguished service to the BDA and the dental profession. In July 2023 he was admitted as a Fellow of the College of General Dentistry.

Professor David H Felix

David Felix is the Postgraduate Dental Dean and Director of Dentistry for NHS Education for Scotland.  He graduated in dentistry in 1978 from the University of Glasgow and after completing a number of training grade posts within the Hospital Dental Service returned to study medicine, graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1988.  Following completion of higher specialist training in Oral Medicine he was appointed to the post of Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School in 1992. In 1995 he took on the role of Postgraduate Tutor for the West of Scotland. He was appointed to the post of Associate Dean for Postgraduate Dental Education NHS Education for Scotland in 2002 and subsequently Postgraduate Dental Dean in 2011. He has contributed to the peer reviewed literature in dentistry and education.  He is a Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCPE) in 2011 and was one of the first to be awarded Fellowship status in the Faculty of Dental Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2017. Over the years he has gained extensive experience of the structure of postgraduate education within the UK and overseas and has held a number of key UK-wide roles – President, British Society for Oral Medicine (2003 – 2005), Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee for the Additional Dental Specialties (2007 – 2010), Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery in The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2008 – 2011), Chair of the Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in Dentistry (2013 – 2017) and Chair of the Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans (2019 – 2021).  In 2022, the University of Glasgow awarded him the status of Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

Tom Ferris

Appointed Scotland’s Chief Dental Officer in October 2019, Tom qualified from Glasgow in 1982 and has worked in general practice, hospital service, the salaried service in Scotland and in the hospital service in Malta. He has a Master’s in Public Health (Glasgow) and a Master’s in Business Administration (Stirling) and has been awarded an honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery from both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health. Tom has also undertaken a Bachelor of Arts in classical studies with the Open University which he graduated from in 2023. He was seconded to the Scottish Government as Deputy Chief Dental Officer from his substantive posts with NHS Forth Valley and NHS Education for Scotland in 2010. In December 2018 he was appointed interim Chief Dental Officer before the post was made permanent 10 months later. Post-pandemic, the Scottish Government appointed three deputy CDOs to support the recovery of dental services and a programme of change in the delivery of oral health care.

Callum Graham

Graduating from Newcastle Dental School in 1999, Callum bought his first practice in 2004 and an additional two over the following eight years. With a love for learning and education, he has kept at the forefront of dental innovation – particularly in relation to implant, laser and digital dentistry – helping new graduates and young dentists develop their skills and discover the joys of dentistry along the way. Callum has been providing advanced treatments to his patients for nearly 20 years. Now a key opinion leader in his field, he mentors in implantology, sedation techniques, smile design, cosmetic dentistry and the planning and delivery of digital treatments.

Recently appointed as Clyde Munro’s Head of Clinical and Digital Dentistry, Callum splits his time between clinical care and his duties within this role. He hopes that by bringing his enthusiasm for dentistry to the group he can help reach a greater proportion of the dental community; allowing greater access to care by the wider public while increasing the availability of modern dental techniques to all.

Elaine Halley

Dr Elaine Halley graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992. She opened her first practice in Perth, Cherrybank Dental Spa, in 1995 and works there as the Principal Dentist. Elaine opened a second practice in Edinburgh which is now part of the Pain Free Dental Group. She is the clinical director for this group and her work includes mentoring the associate dentists across the group. She is a founder member, past president and accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a fellow of the International College of Dentists. In 2012, Elaine gained an MSc with distinction in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry from the University of Manchester. She is a Digital Smile Design Master and instructor and a clinical Key Opinion Leader for Optident, DMG, Ivoclar Vivadent and Align Technology. She teaches the Full Certification Invisalign course for Aligner Consulting and the Digital Smile Design module for Tipton Training. Elaine runs the Pathfinder Study Club in Central Scotland which is a part of the Seattle Study Club focusing on comprehensive treatment planning in dentistry. She has authored many articles and lectures on clinical dentistry, digital workflow, comprehensive treatment planning and inter-disciplinary planning of complex cases and is the author of Smile Analysis, a dental textbook describing her system for comprehensive treatment planning in practice published by Edra Publishing.

Toby Gilgrass

A Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthodontics at Glasgow Dental Hospital, Toby is the clinical lead for the Cleft Surgical Service for Scotland and a member of the Craniofacial Council of Great Britain and Ireland. He is a former programme director for orthodontics for the south-east of Scotland and is a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Orthodontics for the GDC. He is a former chair of the Specialty Advisory Board in Orthodontics for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is presently the Oversees Lead for orthodontic exams for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a former recipient of the Dean’s Medal for the Royal College of Surgeons and also a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers.

Dr Mike Gow

Clinical Director of the Dental Anxiety Management at The Berkeley Clinic, Mike graduated from Glasgow University’s Dental School in 1999, he completed a Master’s degree in Hypnosis Applied to Dentistry from the University of London and later achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Dental Anxiety from the University of Edinburgh. He has trained in this field to develop a wide range of techniques which he uses to treat the individual needs of his anxious patients. He is a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and has undertaken a module at KCL on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Mike is a past President and Fellow of The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (Scotland) and was a founding member of The International Society of Dental Anxiety Management. He regularly teaches on the topics of dental anxiety management and hypnosis and has written many papers, articles and book chapters on these topics. Mike also has a keen interest in sports dentistry. He is a Fellow of The College of General Dentistry. He is also a Fellow of dental materials company VOCO. He assisted in the development of DefactoDentists.com (a dental listing website) and YourDentistRecommends.com (a dental sundry virtual shop, which allows dentists/therapists/hygienists to recommend and sell products directly to patients, earning a small commission whilst avoiding the problems of holding stock.) He also created and runs InterdentalTV. Mike accepts referrals at The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow (www.berkeleyclinic.com) for dental anxiety management, conscious sedation (inhalation or intravenous), dental hypnosis and sports dentistry.

Professor Khaled Khalaf

Professor Khaled Khalaf is currently a Professor of Orthodontics and Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics and the Director of Institute of Dentistry, Aberdeen University. He has been in clinical academia, in the field of Orthodontics, working in Higher Education Institutes and NHS Hospitals, over 25 years and has worked in several countries, but predominantly in the UK. With regards to his academic clinical training, he completed his PhD in 2002 from the University of Sheffield, UK and a post-CCST clinical academic training programme in 2011 from Newcastle University & The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough & Newcastle Dental Hospital followed by the completion of the ISFE in Orthodontics and the attainment of a “Fellowship in Orthodontics” (FDS-Orth) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Furthermore, he had a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, (FHEA) in 2009 and a Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Trainers (FFDT) RCS Edinburgh in 2017. He has been heavily involved at different levels of administration in higher education including, for example, Courses Lead, Programme Director, Head of Department, internal and external accreditation lead and currently as the Director of Institute of Dentistry, Aberdeen University. His main research interests include hypodontia; consumer-based orthodontic treatment need and outcome; 3D imaging in orthodontics; evidence-based orthodontics (RCTs, systematic reviews and meta-analyses) and medical/ dental education research.

Priya Kalsi

As Head of Paediatric and Special Care Clinical Development at Clyde Munro, Priya Kalsi is passionate about treating children. She is committed to promoting a holistic, patient-centred model of care with an emphasis on the prevention of dental disease. In addition to completing her BDS, Priya has post-graduate diplomas in person-centred counselling and special care dentistry. Having worked closely with paediatric clinical psychologists, Priya understands the behavioural and management techniques that help children accept dental visits more readily turning them into a more positive experience. Currently based at City Dental by Clyde Munro in Glasgow, Priya is experienced in treating children struggling with dental anxiety and complex additional needs, accepting referrals for customised paediatric dental plans, caries management/prevention, inhalation sedation, extractions, restorative dentistry and more.

William Keys

Will Keys was appointed as a Consultant and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in 2017. Providing complex treatment across a wide range of areas including endodontics, periodontics implantology and prosthodontics. He graduated from Glasgow Dental School before completing a master’s and furthering his extensive post graduate training across the UK, Europe and North America to achieve the highest qualification in restorative dentistry. Actively committed to developing clinical practice and research and has published many research papers across a range of topics, with a particular focus on tooth wear, complex restorative treatments and the rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients. 

Will is dedicated to supporting the clinical development of post-graduate dentists. He has been an external examiner for Kings’ College London and is convenor for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow post-graduate membership qualification and is involved in training the specialists of the future.

Emeritus Professor Mark Hector

Professor Mark Hector was appointed Dean and Professor of Oral Health of Children at the University of Dundee in 2011 and conferred as The Boyd Chair in Dental Surgery in 2015. He retired in the first half of 2022 and is Emeritus Boyd Professor of Dental Surgery. Professor Hector first graduated in Physiology, then in Dentistry in 1981 at Guy’s Hospital London. There followed three years at the University of Bristol and Kings College, London, after which he received his PhD. Following three years in oral medicine and pathology at Guy’s Hospital Dental School he was recruited to The London Hospital Medical College as a lecturer in Child Dental Health. He gained his Readership in 2001 and in 2002 became Professor of Oral Health of Children at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Between 2009-11 he was President of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry. In 2019, Professor Hector was awarded Honorary Membership of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) and took on the Presidency of the Association of Science Educators in Dentistry. Mark will now be able to devote more time to his silversmithing, fulfilling a backlog of commissions.

Ian Macmillan

Ian Macmillan is owner of Cherrybank Dental in Balfron, Stirlingshire and a director of The Restorative Programme. Ian qualified in 1991 from the University of Glasgow, and after a stint in the Department of Conservation in Dundee he entered general practice. In 2005 he combined working in practice with a return to university to study for an honours degree in History and graduated from Glasgow for a second time in 2009. In 2011 Ian recognised there was a lack of postgraduate education in Scotland and, with his partner, Jason Smithson, he rolled out a series of restorative based courses. To date the live courses and online webinars have been attended by more than 5,000 delegates worldwide.

Gordon Matheson

Gordon Matheson CBE has been Head of Scottish Affairs at the General Dental Council (GDC) since January 2020. In this role, he leads on stakeholder engagement in Scotland and ensures that GDC policy developments are fully informed by the distinct Scottish context.

Previously, he was Leader of Glasgow City Council from 2010-15, during which time the city hosted the acclaimed 2014 Commonwealth Games. First elected to the Council in 1999, he also served as Bailie, Justice of the Peace, Executive Member for Education and City Treasurer. In 2016, he was appointed visiting professor at Strathclyde University’s Institute for Future Cities and honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has also led the public affairs and policy functions in Scotland for two UK charities, RNIB and Cancer Research UK.

Dr Peter McCallum

Peter McCallum, a Clinical Speaker and member of the Orthodontic Advisory Board for Align Technology (Invisalign), has been a specialist practitioner in Stirling and Falkirk since 1989.  He lectures on Invisalign Clear Alignment therapy at home and overseas. An Edinburgh graduate, he worked in various hospital units including Cambridge, Ayrshire and Glasgow before completing his orthodontic training at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. He has a Fellowship and Orthodontic Diploma from the RCPS(Glasg). Peter has worked within the BOS for many years. In 1991 he founded the Scottish Orthodontic Specialists Group to provide a forum for the Scottish Orthodontists to discuss clinical and political issues. This group has grown in strength over the years and represents the interests of orthodontic practitioners since healthcare became a devolved power under the Scottish Executive in 1997. In 2015 he co-founded the Scottish Orthodontic Symposium which continues to meet on an annual basis. He is due to retire in 2023, but will continue with Align Technology and clinical speaking for the next few years.

David McColl

David McColl is Chair of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, Vice Chair of the GP sub-committee of GGC Local Dental Committee, Vice Chair of the Area Dental Committee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde LDC. He is also the Scottish representative on the BDA Pensions Committee and is on the board of the Scottish Public Pensions Authority. David is committed to an adequately remunerated NHS dental service, which allows for skill mix within practice, structured to reduce oral health inequalities and makes NHS practice an attractive place to work. Outside dentistry, he enjoys cycling, swimming, playing tennis and ski mountaineering.

Professor Grant McIntyre

Grant McIntyre is an NHS Consultant and Honorary Professor in Orthodontics. He took over as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), in September this year after stepping down as Joint Clinical Director at Dundee Dental Hospital & Research School. At the college, he will be responsible for overseeing the dental education, examination and internationalisation portfolios offered by RCSEd, as well as ensuring the college remains at the forefront of dentistry in the UK and globally. Within the college, he is an examiner for MFDS and MOrth and has been a Member of the Dental Council since 2014. His clinical work involves the orthodontic management of facial deformity, TMJ-orthognathic cases and cleft lip and palate along with being an educational supervisor and clinical supervisor for a number of core and specialty trainees. His research work relates to evidence-based clinical care, cleft lip and palate, and imaging, with his research interests involving supervision of master’s and PhD students with more than 110 publications to date.

Gordon Morson

Gordon Morson has worked in general practice since qualifying from the University of Glasgow in 1998.  He works in Alloa and has been a partner in a large, mainly NHS practice there since 2004.  He is currently Chair of Forth Valley Local Dental Committee and a member of the Area Dental Committee and Performance Review Group.  He has been involved in dental politics for more than 20 years. Gordon also has a significant interest in dental education, having organised Forth Valley’s educational programme for dentists and DCPs for more than 15 years. He is a VT trainer and regularly contributes to the training programme, speaking about communication and dental politics.  In May 2020, he was a speaker in the Oral Health, Urgencies and Emergencies in COVID-19 webinar hosted by The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.  In 2022/23, he was a member of the Advisory Group on the changes to Determination One of the SDR.  He continues to be actively involved in local negotiation, national lobbying and presenting and organising education events.

Professor Philip Preshaw

Philip Preshaw was appointed as the Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Dundee in 2021. Professor Preshaw was previously Professor and Chair of Periodontology in the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore. He received his dental degree from the Newcastle University in 1991 and his PhD in 1997. He is a registered specialist in Periodontics and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. His main research interests are investigations of the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, and links between diabetes and periodontitis. He was previously Assistant Professor in Periodontology at the Ohio State University, USA. Professor Preshaw lectures frequently, has co-authored two clinical textbooks in periodontology, and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Professor Preshaw has been awarded a UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) National Clinician Scientist Fellowship, a Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association for Dental Research, and a King James IV Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for his contributions to dental research.

Dr Eimear O’Connell

As the first female to hold the office of ADI President, Eimear is working hard to promote and support women in dentistry. She received her degree from University of Edinburgh and went on to get her MFGDP and FFGDP from the Royal college of surgeons London and her Diploma of Implant Dentistry from RCSed. Recently she completed her PG cert in sedation at Newcastle university and has decided “that’s it for exams!” The practice in central Edinburgh has been owned and run by her for more than 25 years. A private preventatively based practice using digital tools to allow a team-based approach to delivering streamlined dentistry and at the same time education of patients about their own dental health to maximise their preventative efforts to best effect. Eimear is a Key Opinion Leader for Dentsply Sirona in the fields of implant and digital dentistry. Outside work is spent enjoying the great outdoors with her three daughters “doing any activity that doesn’t involve teeth!”

Andrew Paterson

Andrew Paterson graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1987 and practised in a specialist referral based restorative practice in Glasgow for 22 years in Glasgow. He has previously been an NHS Consultant at Glasgow Dental Hospital, Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, Leeds Dental Institute, a dento-legal adviser for a dental defence organisation and a Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant at Dundee School/NHS Tayside. Andrew was brought up in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi and has always had an interest in developing world dentistry. He undertook a master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics where his dissertation was on the ethics of international healthcare volunteering, which is now also the subject of a part-time PhD. He is a volunteer, clinical lead, and trustee of the UK dental development charity Bridge2Aid which is involved in oral health training in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Andrew is part of a “flying faculty” that supports the new Dental School at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Malawi. He currently works as a Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Glasgow/NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde where he is Education Lead for Restorative Dentistry. Andrew is involved in postgraduate education and is the Examination Board Chair for the Restorative Specialty Membership Examinations of RCS (Eng) and RCPS (Glasg).

Dr Sarah Pollington

Sarah Pollington is Director of Dental Education at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, currently in her final year in post. Dr Pollington graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1992. After working in General Dental Practice, she began part time teaching at the University in 1995 initially in Oral Surgery and then Restorative Dentistry. Following this, she became a full time Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry in 2001. In 2008, she went on to complete her PhD in novel dental ceramics and then completed specialist training in 2013. Dr Pollington is on the GDC specialist list in Restorative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Endodontics. Currently, Dr Pollington is a Senior Clinical Teacher and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Sheffield. She is the Undergraduate Lead for Learning and Teaching in Periodontology, Lead for a number of Prosthodontic clinical skills courses and Director of Student Affairs.

Derek Richards

Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. He is a former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and a past president of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Dundee’s Dental School and has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. He is co-author of the book, Evidence-Based Dentistry: Managing Information for Better Practice (Quintessentials of Dental Practice) and the chief blogger for the Dental Elf website. Derek announced has announced his intention to retire from the university and all his dental roles in December 2023.

Professor William Saunders

Emeritus Professor of Endodontology at the University of Dundee, he was appointed in 2000 having previously been in the Royal Air Force (1970-75), general dental practice (1975-1981) and a lecturer in Conservative Dentistry at the University of Dundee Dental School (1981-88). He was the first clinical academic to undertake formal higher training in Restorative Dentistry. He was appointed to a senior lectureship in the University of Glasgow Dental School in 1988 and promoted to a Personal Chair in Clinical Dental Practice in 1993. He was appointed to the first Chair in Endodontology in the United Kingdom in 1995, appointed Dean of the Dundee Dental School in 2000 and served three terms until 2011. He was Chair of the Dental Schools Council (2008-2011) having been President of the British Endodontic Society (1997-8). He was the recipient of the inaugural Scottish Dental Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. William served as Dean of the Dental Faculty (2014-17) and was awarded the Faculty Medal in 2018 and an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2017. As a consultant William devoted the majority of clinical practice to endodontics and was one of the first clinicians to use an operating microscope in this discipline. In May this year, he co-authored with Stephen Bonsor Endodontic Update: 50 years of progress1.


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