With over 30 years of experience as a Dental Hygienist, Julie feels she still has much to offer the profession in her role as President of BSDHT. As with all dental professionals, she is proud of the training school where she trained, and in her case, this was the Royal Army Dental Corps. Julie then spent the next 22 years honing her skills which combined clinical and military duties. Throughout that time, she worked in the UK and overseas clinics before spending the final six years of her military career back at the training school where she qualified, eventually becoming the Principal Tutor. During this time she also gained the qualification in Certificate of Education.
Alongside her clinical skills her background has taught her management and administration skills as well as exposed her to many courses that will help her with her BSDHT role. These have already been utilised throughout her time on the Executive Committee, which she joined in 2013 as Honorary Secretary before becoming President-Elect in 2016.
Julie continues to work in practice so she understands some of the frustrations and limitations of the job which is why she is keen to continue supporting members of BSDHT by working with the Executive Committee and others, to break the barriers that confine Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists in the workplace.
Term of office: two years