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Introducing Shafaq Hussain, Co-Chair

Meeting Shafaq Hussain you will be struck by her huge smile and amazing positive energy. She is a highly experienced dentist of 20 years who is passionate about making a difference and improving the lives of others. Shafaq was recently appointed as Co-Chair, alongside Dr Molly Deykin, replacing Dr Ros Keeton whose term of office ended at the AGM in July 2023.

Joining the Board, in June 2022, her experience of advocacy for Parkinson’s UK, as well as for Confidental and City of Sanctuary UK will complement the Co-Chair role.

Shafaq’s unique perspective

Her own lived experience of being diagnosed early in life with Parkinsons, gives Shafaq a unique empathy for others who are facing challenging times.

“Being diagnosed might have meant I needed support from the Charity but I’m fortunate to have enough support from family. It did make me appreciate more what it does for others.”

Shafaq’s experience on the Board means that she can continue to contribute to the work of the dental community, whilst cutting back on her clinical role.

“I’m glad to be such a meaningful part of the dental community and to be able to help others. I’m part of the Grant making subgroup making decisions on applications and understand the desperate situations people are faced with and how important it is to help people who need assistance.”

The future of the Charity

The Charity is celebrating its 140th year and Shafaq believes it will be needed more than ever going forward.

“I believe there is a looming mental health crisis amongst dentists because of the current working conditions that get more challenging. This is something I’ve seen through my role on the Board, and also as a volunteer for Confidental. Dentists will need time out and might need to cut hours to cope. The Charity is there to step in to bridge financial gaps helping people to get well and stay well.”

Helping more people

Shafaq’s volunteering for City of Sanctuary UK also puts her in a good position to support the expansion of the Charity’s remit to help refugees and asylum seekers who were dentists in their home countries but who need support now they are living in the UK.

The Co-Chair Role

This is the first time the Chairman position at the BDA Benevolent Fund has been shared between two people. It was a deciding factor for Shafaq on whether to apply.

“I think the shared role will make a huge difference to the leadership of the Charity because it brings together the experience of two dentists at different stages of their careers and life. Molly and I have varied insights and working together will be hugely beneficial. It’s important for the Board to have as broad an overview as possible.”

Shafaq is an Associate at Cudworth Dental Practice and has promoted the Wellbeing Support for Dental Teams to her own practice, as well as raising the profile of the Charity at practice meetings, 1-2-1s, and in the wider BDA community at local Yorkshire events.

“I was surprised that some people hadn’t even heard of the fantastic work at the BDA Benevolent Fund and what is available for them. You have a good chance of knowing about the Charity if you are a BDA member, but dentists do not have to be a BDA member to access services.”

A public voice

Shafaq is experienced in being a public voice and gets involved with the following initiatives:

LivedHealth Parkinsons

Patient-led videos that shine a light on long-term health conditions.

Dentistry unmasked

Here Shafaq talks about her dentistry and volunteer work, what might happen when dentists are faced with challenging times, and where to go for help.

It’s not all about work

When Shafaq isn’t busy working as a Dentist or an Advocate, she enjoys Nordic Walking, Swimming, Reading, Kung-Fu, and Crochet and balances everything by having a very strict diary! If you’d like to connect with her, the links to her social channels are below.

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.