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FDS Board

Governance of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

The governing body of the Faculty is its board made up of twenty-seven trustees, eighteen of whom are elected by fellows and members of the Faculty.

The College Vice-President is an ex-officio member of the board.

There are also invited members of the Board representing the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), the staff and associate specialists grades, the training grades, Dental Public Health, Northern Ireland, and the Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans (COPDEND). A member of the College’s Patient and Lay Group (PLG) also sits on board to represent the views of patients.

The board meets four times per year and all meetings are chaired by the Dean.

The board delegates the coordination of a number of its main functions to various committees and working groups. The activities of these committees are reported to board on a regular basis.


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Oral Medicine


  Mr Matthew Garrett
Senior Vice-Dean
Restorative Dentistry
  Ms Pepe Shirlaw
Junior Vice-Dean
Oral Medicine       

Elected Members

  Dr Judith Jones
Oral Surgery
  Dr Stephen Chadwick
  Mr Simon Littlewood
  Professor Stephen Porter
Oral Medicine
  Dr Jane Luker
Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology
  Mr Jay Kindelan
  Mrs Vanita Brookes
Special Care Dentistry
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Professor Martyn Cobourne

  Miss Sarah Howells
Oral Surgery

Professor Andrew Eder
Restorative Dentistry


Professor Helen Rodd
Paediatric Dentistry


Mr Jimmy Makdissi
Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology


Mr Patrick Magennis
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr Rachel Leeson
Oral Surgery


Mr Jagtar Dhanda
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Invited Members

  Mr Ian Mills
Dean, Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)

  Ms Arti Hindocha
Training Grades representative

  Mr Simon Utting
Advisory Committee for Community Dentistry Representative

  Professor Jennifer Gallagher
Dental Public Health Representative
Northern Ireland Representative
  Dr Hesham Emam
Staff and Associate Specialist Grades Representative
  Mr David Felix
Committee of the Postgraduate Dental Deans Representative
Patients' Liaison Group Representative


  Miss Susan Hill
Vice-President, the Royal College of Surgeons of England

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