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Want to make a difference to the dental community?

Join our Trustee Board

For nearly 140 years we have worked passionately to support dental students, dentists, and their families throughout the UK. Receiving over 100 applications in 2021, we provide grant funding and wellbeing services to those facing difficult situations, enabling them to move forward.

We are recruiting for a number of voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees to help shape our work now and in the future.

Who should apply?

Trustees can make a real difference through their involvement and applying their skills to support and develop our work. There are a number of skills we don’t currently have on our Board, so consider applying if you:

  • are a dental student
  • work with dental students or newly qualified dentists
  • have financial or business management skills
  • have experience in policy or campaigning
  • if you work for a dental corporate group or organisation

We want to ensure that our Board better reflects the diversity of the profession and those we help and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities, people under 40 years of age, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people.

This could be your first Trustee role, or you could already have some experience. We have a full induction process and ongoing training to support you.

You will have the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge of the charity sector through participating in the work of our Board.

Trustee positions are unpaid, but we don’t expect you to be out of pocket for carrying out your role, so travel expenses are paid.

The application process

For further information, download the application pack and trustee role description.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 9 am on Tuesday 3 May 2022. We ask candidates to submit a CV and summary statement (no more than one A4/500 words) to [email protected]

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview with the Chairman and General Manager on 9, 10, or 11 May 2022 via Zoom.

Successful candidates will be put forward for election by the members at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29 June 2022 via Zoom.

If you have any queries or would like an informal chat about the role, please email Laura Hannon, General Manager at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

The podcast “My career in dentistry with Ros Keeton” features Ros, our Chairman, talking about our work and the well-being support available for dentists.

Take a look at the about us and mission and values pages for more information.

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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.