Thank you for your interest in the BDA Benevolent Fund’s AGM which was on 2 September, held virtually via Zoom. Further information and documents for the meeting are below.
Apologies: As at 11.30 am on Wednesday 2 September, we had received apologies from the following people; Richard Elvin, Alex Gormley, Mike Grace, Frank Holloway, Bill Nichols, Philip Sutcliffe, Glyn Wreakes
Key points from the meeting:
Dr Peter Crooks as the BDA PEC nomination was standing for election which was approved.
Dr Chris Hayward, current BDA Benevolent Fund Trustee was standing for re-election which was approved.
There were four nominations to fill two vacancies on the Board and the members elected Dr Molly Deykin and Dr Alex Gormley.
Should you have any comments or queries about the AGM, please contact us. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you on 2 September 2021.
The following current Trustees are standing for (re)election
Dr Peter Crooks
I am standing for election as the representative of the Principal Executive Committee of the BDA on the BDA Benevolent Fund Board and I hope to continue and foster the close working relationship between the Charity and the BDA, of whose members are also members of the charity. I would hope to further increase awareness of the charity’s work amongst the grass-root BDA members, particularly through marketing at BDA events but also at events beyond those of the BDA. As a Director and the Secretary of a charitable company outside dentistry, CHEERS Youth Centre, I would also hope to bring a fresh pair of eyes to the Board with new ideas, vision and perspective. Not only have I been involved in raising funds for CHEERS but as its Company Secretary, I have developed an expertise in charity governance which I can bring to the BDA Benevolent Fund. As a current member of the BDA Benevolent Fund’s Governance and Marketing Sub-group, I would hope to continue to bring those skills to bear for the development and growth of our charity, both in awareness-raising but also in the practical help and support of those we seek to serve.
Dr Christopher Hayward
I am standing for re-election as a current Trustee. I have been involved with change management from our previous rules to the current updated Rules which have improved our efficiency. We have extended our offer to applicants, signposting to third party providers for advice on many differing but relevant topics e.g. money, mental health etc and to other dental support groups. I look to continuing the further development of our services. I am a member of the Grant Making subgroup, making decisions on grants and meeting with beneficiaries as needed. As a Trustee, I have worked with the General Manager and an external advisor on the requirements and eventual selection and introduction of our new IT system (Salesforce). Improving all aspects of application administration to the Charity. During the current coronavirus crisis, we have been able to manage home working for our office team and handle the increased number of applications. I have been active in the BDA holding Office at Section, Branch and National Levels. I was a member of the Rep Board/Body, a former member of the BDA PEC, Director of International Affairs and the previous BDA Board.
The following candidates were elected as Trustees
Dr Molly Deykin:
I am standing because I am keen to promote mental, physical and financial health for young dentists. As I passed through undergraduate training, I saw a greater need for support for young dentists than I ever anticipated. Yet I believe it is not well known amongst young dentists what the BDA Benevolent Fund can offer. During my undergraduate career, I was involved in student support groups and representation of students on a local and national level and I was elected British Dental Student Association President. I worked with the Sands Cox Charity when I was the UOB Dental School Society Vice President, advising them on how to engage with young dentists. I believe that raising awareness in the younger members of the profession will include a focus on social media and working closely with student organisations such as BDSA. If I was to become a Trustee it would be a top priority of mine to increase the awareness of the Charity, what it can offer, and to introduce those who may need it most, to the support available. I would be thrilled to be considered for this position and I hope that I will be able to work with you in the future.
Dr Alexander Gormley:
I am standing for election because as a dental core trainee in the South West and I am acutely aware of the pressures placed upon colleagues at the beginning of their careers which can lead to exceptional financial hardship. I would like to ensure the BDA Benevolent Fund continues its fantastic work helping the most vulnerable in the profession. If elected, I would provide a young dentists’ perspective to the Board, alongside increasing the social media presence of the charity by regularly updating the website with blogs and articles to increase online footfall and awareness. I would liaise with student committees and dental foundation schemes to further raise the profile, increasing exposure of the charity to those requiring assistance as well as to source fundraising opportunities. Dental students and young dentists are the future of our profession. By standing as a Trustee, I aim to continue to support the vision of the charity, help set new strategic goals and focus on raising awareness throughout the dental profession. I am organised, hard-working and driven, and would be incredibly grateful for the opportunity to act as a Trustee.