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New Trustees to help with our vision

Dr Richard Graham, Patron, welcomed the attendees and presided over the BDA Benevolent Fund’s 141st AGM, held virtually on 27th June.

The first co-chair’s report.

This was the first AGM in the Charity’s history where the report was delivered by two people sharing the Co-chair role.

Dr Molly Deykin and Dr Shafaq Hussain started the report by thanking the outgoing Chairman, Dr Ros Keeton for all her previous years’ hard work, congratulating her on receiving the BDA Fellowship medal.

Thanks and goodbye were also extended to Dr Bill Creedon, leaving his role as Trustee in the autumn of 2023, and Ms Julie Chisholm, who served as co-opted Trustee from January to May 2024.

Key activities

2023 was the year the Charity started to celebrate its 140th birthday. Activities included discussions on the future of dentistry, and a history of the Charity written in four parts by Dr Hellyer and Dr Ulahannan, published in the BDJ.

“We are so grateful to Dr Hellyer and Dr Ulahannan, for their comprehensive work and historical research. We encourage everyone who wants to find out more to read through the exciting four part series which spans the Charity’s inception right through to post war and modern day. Let us know what facts surprise you the most.”

Dr Shafaq Ali, Co-Chair

Following a tender exercise, the Charity appointed new auditors A C Mole LLP, charity sector specialists.


There were 177 applications for financial assistance. The most common reason for applying was hardship at university, as was the case in the previous year. Applications were received from refugees and asylum seeker dentists, after the remit was expanded to include this group at last year’s AGM in July 2023.

Help Spread the Word

Dr Shafaq Ali reported that at their most recent strategy day, the Trustees agreed on the vision statement of “No Dentist in Hardship.”

The Co-chairs joined together and asked everyone to help spread the word about the work of the Charity.

We’re here to help but can only do that if people know we exist.

We particularly need help to reach out to dental students and younger dentists and want everyone to help us ensure there is No Dentist in Hardship.”

The Co-chair report ended by thanking Dr Austin Banner, Vice-Chairman, and Dr Chris Hayward, Treasurer, for their many years of service to the Charity and dentistry profession, as they retired.

Improved financial position

Dr Chris Hayward presented his last Treasurer’s report, taking attendees through the 2023 Annual Report and Accounts for a complete view of the Charity’s activities and finances.

The main point of note was that income increased in value from the previous year thanks to favourable stock market. LDCs continued to be the strongest sources of voluntary income and Chris expressed his gratitude for their continued support.

Donations from BDA Branches and Sections increased slightly and showed some recovery after being affected by the pandemic years and the consequent reduction in face-to-face event activity.

Dr Hayward informed the members the auditors had highlighted a historic issue relating to how the profit and loss were accounted for between the endowment and the unrestricted reserves. This was noted in the Annual Report and Accounts and they would be working with the auditors to get approval from the Charity Commission and ensure the accounts were accurate for 2024.


The Charity voted electronically to elect Dr Jacqui Frederick, onto the board after her time as a Co-opted Trustee from December 2023. The members voted for three more Trustees out of a possible 5 up for election.

The candidates elected to the Board were:

  • Dr John Ulahannan
  • Ms Hira Chaudhry
  • Dr Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen

Dr Ros Keeton was nominated by the Board to be a Vice President, unanimously approved by the members.

Closing remarks

Dr Austin Banner thanked Laura Hannon, CEO, and Faye Serlin, Administrator, for the tremendous work they do for beneficiaries, the Trustee Board, and the Charity as a whole.

The date of the next AGM is Thursday 26th June 2025.

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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.