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Introducing Julie Chisholm, Trustee

Julie is the second new addition to the Trustee Board to be co-opted last Autumn and she brings a very different perspective to the Board.

She currently works in the Charity sector as a Director of Finance and Resources,  however, her previous finance experience spans both commercial and public roles, having worked for large corporates such as Nissan and Scottish Newcastle Breweries, as well as local authorities.

Julie has been a keen student throughout her life and has gained a variety  of professional and academic qualifications, including an MBA. In addition, she has been the lecturer as well as the student, having previously taught accounting and finance subjects  at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels..

Julie’s unique perspective

You may be surprised to hear that Julie is not a dentist and in fact battled with a serious phobia of dentists that developed in childhood. Thankfully, she was able to connect with a dentist who specialised in supporting anxious patients and although it took a number of years (and an enormous amount of patience), he literally changed her life with his approach, to the extent that she (almost) enjoys a trip to the dentist nowadays.

Over the years she has developed a strong relationship  with both her dentist and the wider dental team, and she also has friends who are dentists, so she had heard about the BDA Benevolent Fund and the work it does to support UK dental students, dentists, and their families.

“My friend is a dentist and so I’ve heard about the demands of the industry and how stressful it can be.”

Serendipity then intervened and Julie came across the job advert for a Trustee.

“I have worked with a variety of Boards and Trustees throughout my career but this is the first time I have taken on the role of Trustee myself. I believe my commercial background and range of experience in finance, HR and governance will be the strongest skillset I bring to the Charity. I’m keen to learn more and support the dental community by helping dentists build their financial and emotional resilience. After all, a happy dentist will be better placed to support their patients.”

It’s not all about work

Julie’s appetite  for new experiences doesn’t stop at work and study. She also enjoys visiting new countries and learning about different cultures. Some of her previous destinations have included Boliva, where she cycled down ‘Death Road, and Kyiv, where she was able to spend time in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, which was utterly fascinating. Her most recent trip involved travelling from the North of England to Hong Kong entirely by train.  

Her social calendar is carefully managed. She spends regular time with her mum and enjoys the company of a thriving circle of close friends. Together they explore the outdoors and enjoy time at the cinema, music gigs and the theatre, with the musical ‘Hamilton’ being a firm favourite.

Julie is also a keen animal lover. She is currently outnumbered by three ungrateful cats who moved in with her on a ‘short term fostering basis,’ and who have been merrily shredding her curtains and wallpaper for almost fourteen years now.

Find out more about the Board of Trustees and the Governance of the Charity

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Dr Austin Banner


  • Trustee since 2010
  • Dental speciality – Retired consultant Orthodontist
  • County – Southern Counties
  • I am a Past President of the BDA Southern Counties Branch with extensive experience in committee, management, teaching, and training.

Dr Peter Crooks


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I am the representative of the Principal Executive Committee of the BDA on the BDA Benevolent Fund Board. 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’m also a Director and Secretary of a charitable company – CHEERS Youth Centre

Dr Molly Deykin


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner
  • County – London
  • I have been involved in student support groups and I was elected British Dental Student Association President. I worked with the Sands Cox Charity when I was the Dental School Society Vice-President. After graduating I was the Foundation Dentist Representative on the BDA Young Dentists Committee.

Dr Allan Franklin


  • Trustee since 2003
  • Dental speciality – General Dental Practitioner for 35 years
  • County – Oldham/ Rochdale
  • I am the Chairman of BDA Oldham & Rochdale Section (and previous Secretary). Chairman for the E.Lancs & E Cheshire Branch of BDA in charge of section regeneration. Previous Chairman of British Society for Dental Hypnosis (as it was then) and involved in Local Dental Committees.

Dr Alex Gormley


  • Trustee since 2020
  • Dental Speciality – Academic Clinical Fellow at the University of Bristol
  • County – Bristol
  • I have worked in primary dental care and a maxillofacial unit since graduation. I am continuing my dental core training alongside academic training at the University of Bristol. I also serve as the Early Career Representative as an invited board member at the FDS at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr Chris Hayward


  • Trustee since 2013
  • Dental speciality – Associate Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Lead Clinician Dental Emergency Department Newcastle Dental Hospital, Honorary  Clinical Lecturer Newcastle Dental School
  • County – Newcastle/ Northern Counties
  • I have been active in the BDA at Section, Branch, and National Levels. I was a member of the Rep Board/Body; a former member of the BDA PEC; a Director of International Affairs; and the previous BDA Board.

Dr Philip Henderson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental Speciality-Principal Practice Owner and in General Dental Service for 37 years.
  • County – Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • I have been a Church Elder for 34 years with pastoral care responsibility Local Dental Adviser for Dental Protection including attending GDC Hearings and Probity work in NHS Current member “Probing Dental Stress” group in N.I.
  • Past: LDC Chair, N.I.DPC Chair, Northern Ireland Branch BDA President, Director of the BDA’s PEC for two terms

Dr Ros Keeton


  • Trustee since 2008
  • Dental Specialty – Leadership and management of Dental Services
  • County – Shropshire
  • I am an experienced NHS Chief Executive and health care leader who combines a dental background with substantial leadership experience. I am also a Chairman of a specialist hospice and EOL charity Compton Care. I am a passionate and committed advocate for dentists in distress.

Dr Stuart Robson


  • Trustee since 2006
  • Dental speciality – A General Dental Practitioner
  • County– North Yorkshire
  • Former President of BDA 1999- 2000, previous Vice-Chairman of BDA Council and also Dental Services Committee. On behalf of North Yorkshire LDC, was organiser and lead of the North Yorkshire PASS (Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme) preventing some dentist with problems having dire financial and professional difficulties.

Dr Bill Creedon


  • Trustee since 2014
  • Dental speciality – GDP
  • County – Hampshire
  • I have been in general practice for over 20 years as a practice owner in Southampton. The last four years I have been also working at Kings College, London. I am Chair of the BDA’s Wessex branch and Vice Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LDC.