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Introducing Molly Deykin, Co-Chair

Molly Deykin works at one of the UKs leading dental groups, Dental Beauty, and was inspired to join the Board in 2020, at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinical work was halted, and she wanted to make good use of her time supporting her peers in the dental profession.

The pandemic saw applications rise

“What I’ve learned in my last three years on the Board, is that the Charity is generous and giving with absolutely no judgment at all. It’s all about looking forward and improving situations. I didn’t realise how many different types of people are supported. Anyone could hit financial hardship. It’s why we need to make as many people as possible aware of the Charity, so that should they ever need that bit of support, they know where to turn.”

Molly’s unique perspective

Molly knew about the BDA Benevolent Fund through her membership of the BDA and in her role as the British Dental Student Association President.  After graduating she was also the Foundation Representative on the BDA Young Dentists Committee.

“One thing that struck me as a newly qualified dentist, is no one told you how little money you can make as a dentist. There is never a conversation about not being able to pay bills or struggling with the adjustment of leaving university and going into the real world.”

Molly worked with the BDA committees to explain the challenges for students and young graduates and so joining the Board was a natural progression.

Working with younger audiences

She worked to increase awareness of the Charity amongst a younger demographic and with universities. One such project was the student research exercise to establish how the Charity can best support this group.

Molly has also worked with the Sands Cox Charity, a charity for Birmingham medical and dental graduates, to raise awareness of the charity and bring in young audience members to the charity.

The Co-Chair role

A deciding factor about whether to take up the Chairman’s role was the fact that it was a shared responsibility.

“…not just that it was a shared role, but that I would be sharing the position with Shafaq, who has lots of experience working with refugees and being a public voice. Our skill sets are very different, and we complement one another. Also, having two people share the role gives a more balanced view. There are two perspectives to draw from and it’s exciting to be able to collaborate and work together.”

Outside of work and volunteering

Molly gets the most out of her days and can combine her busy work life with volunteering. She finds activity outside of her clinical practice just as rewarding as work and when she’s enjoying downtime, her go-to fun activities are: lacrosse – playing and coaching under 15s; yoga; walking; baking, and cooking. Her favourite bake is a chicken, bacon and leek pie that can often be found on the family’s Christmas table!

Find out more about the Trustee Board 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.