Heather qualified as a dental hygienist in 1982 in Glasgow and has worked as a practising hygienist in both NHS and private practice. She currently works one day a per week in a private practice. As a tutor dental hygienist she worked in Glasgow and in Cardiff Dental Hospitals. She has also been involved with the teaching of dental nurses.
Her research interests are in the field of infection control in general practice and she is co-author of several papers on that and related subjects.
Heather also has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and is currently the Editor of 'Dental Health' and 'DH Contact', the Society's online newsletter.
Ali Lowe qualified as a hygienist from Cardiff Dental School. Her clinical career was spent in NHS & private practice, the Community Dental Service, the Orthodontic Department of Cardiff Dental School, a specialist orthodontic practice and a private restorative practice.
She enjoys teaching and has completed a Diploma in Education. She is now on the ECPD panel for Dental Health. Ali has won several awards including Hygienist of the Year in 2008.
She joined the Publications Committee of Dental Health in 2009.
She is trained in facial aesthetics and founded the Fit-Lip campaign in 2021 aimed at encouraging people to wear SPF lip balm to prevent lip cancer. She also volunteers for the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
Marina graduated as a Dental Hygienist from the Royal Air Force Institute of Dental Health and Training and has vast experience within General Dental Practice and more recently in the field of dental education.
Alongside her practice and teaching career, Marina studied and gained a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, a Master of Laws in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice and the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Marina is a keen advocate for the use of Dental Care Professionals in the field of research and has had papers published in the journals Oral Health and Dental Management; the Annual Clinical Journal of Dental Health; Dental Health; and the British Dental Journal. Her current PhD research field is exploring stress and well-being in dental hygienists and therapists.
Marina has been an active member of BSDHT at regional and national level and has held the posts of Regional Group Treasurer, Honorary Treasurer, and President.
Elaine qualified in the Royal Air Force in 1982. She has been an active member of BSDHT since that time serving as a Regional Officer, Military Representative to Council, the Elected Members' Representative to Council and as Council's representative to the Executive Committee of the BDHA (now BSDHT), from which she was additionally co-opted onto a guideline development group for the Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). Elaine continues to teach and present on various subjects, speaking at many of the BSDHT Regional meetings.
She is currently the Education and Project Manager for TePe Oral Hygiene Products Ltd where she is involved with designing and implementing educational programmes for the dental profession. Continuing to serve as an expert member of NICE for smoking cessation she combines her commercial role with her passion for public health.
Elaine has also served on the National Oral Health Promotion Group committee and is a Past President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education and a Fellow of the Society of British Dental Nursing.
Patricia qualified as a dental hygienist in 1978 at Cardiff Dental Hospital. During her career she has worked in private and NHS practices in the Cotswolds, Staffordshire and West Sussex. She graduated with BA (Hons) in Health Promotion (First Class Honours) in 2002 and BSc Open (Open) in 2018.
Past Secretary and Treasurer of BSDHT (formerly BDHA) South West and South Wales Regional Group. On a national level, Patricia became Elected Council Member for BDHA in 1992 and Honorary Secretary (1993-1998) - including being Press Officer for almost two years.
Patricia became a member of the BSDHT Publications Team in 2004 and has been Secretary of that committee since December 2007.
She was a member of the GDC's independent Fitness to Practise Panel from 2007-2018. Since April 2017 Patricia has been a Non-Executive Director on the Board of dg mutual and a member of its Nominations and Resources Committee. She is currently an exam invigilator at a school in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Patricia was the recipient of the prestigious Dr Leatherman Award at the Oral Health Conference in Harrogate in November 2017.
Alastair Lomax works for Haleon as a Medical Affairs Director. He holds a Psychology degree and is a Dental Hygienist/Therapist. His career started at the Dental Hospital, Manchester. After qualifying, he worked at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London alongside holding positions in both the NHS Dental services and private practice. He transitioned into industry and since has held several roles in the Medical Affairs, Education and Clinical Research disciplines.
Harriet qualified as a dental hygienist from the University of Bristol in 2014, where she was also awarded the BSDHT prize for best research project. She has since worked in specialist and general practice in Harley Street and around London, until relocating to the South West where she currently works in specialist periodontal and general dental practice. Harriet maintains an interest in research and completed an MSc in Dental Hygiene with distinction in 2022, and is currently chair of the South West South Wales BSDHT Regional Group.
Nick qualified with an MA (Oxon) from St Catherine’s College Oxford, in French and German. He worked for 10 years in Marketing, Communication and Business Strategy before changing careers into Dentistry. He was awarded the Tutor’s Award from Kings College Hospital where he studied a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. Also, he has qualified as a Hygieniker(Senior Hygienist) in Germany. Nick currently works across a variety of practices in central and south west London. He also runs his own facial aesthetics business.
Cassie studied a BSc in biological sciences with virology at Warwick University before completing her dental training at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has worked in general practice, hospital and the community dental services, and was subsequently awarded the PGDip with merit in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry from King’s College London in 2017. Her special interests include paediatric dentistry, dental education and the management of dental fear and anxiety, topics which she has presented and published on at national conferences and training programmes. She currently works at Queen Mary University London as a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry and is undertaking the master’s in medical education at Dundee University.
Dr Stacey Clough has centred her career on provision of oral health care in the Community and Hospital Dental Services to vulnerable children and adults. She is currently working as a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at Barts Health NHS Trust, where her main patient base is young people and adults with dental anxiety, behavioural or medical complexities which challenge the delivery of dental treatment. She uses a range of approaches to support patients such as behavioural strategies and conscious sedation. She has developed a diverse skill set in sedation including inhalational, intra-venous, intra-nasal and oral techniques to suit individual patients, when conventional approaches may not be possible. She is significantly experienced in the provision of dental treatment under general anaesthesia.
Originally graduated from the University of Leeds with distinction, she has since completed Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, followed by a Certificate of Completion of Specialty Training and Masters of Science in Special Care Dentistry with distinction.
Dr Stacey Clough has published articles in peer reviewed scientific journals to advance patient care across settings and dental education. She is significantly involved in teaching of the dental team at under-graduate and post-graduate levels, including the development and delivery of teaching in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry for those undertaking the Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy through Queen Mary’s University London. She is Co-Founder of Sedation Education (SedEd), an accredited provider of training in conscious sedation to support the provision of dental treatment.
Ken Eaton studied at London University for his BDS, MSc (with distinction) and PhD. He has worked in all areas of dentistry and is listed by the GDC as a specialist in Periodontics and in Dental Public Health. He is currently a Visiting Professor at University College London and an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent.
His past Presidencies include those of the IADR Education Research and Practice-based Research Groups and the European Association of Dental Public Health. He was the first Chair of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe.
He is the Adviser to the Council of European Chief Dental Officers and has advised the World Health Organisation and the Health Departments of several European countries. He is currently a member of the Committee of the European Chapter of the Alliance for a CavityFree Future and Trust Dental Tutor for East Kent.
In the 1980s he was the Director of the Royal Air Force School of Dental Hygiene. In the 1990s he was a Vice-President of the then British Dental Hygienists Association and was the Scientific Adviser to the 2009 World Dental Hygienist Conference in Glasgow. He is the Chair of the British Dental Editors Forum and has edited a number of dental journals. He has published over 350 scientific works, most recently the book Practical Periodontics, with Phil Ower as co-editor.
Latha Davda is the Clinical Director at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, involved in training dental hygiene therapists, dental nurses and dentists. She is an Oral Surgeon and partner at a dental practice in Hampshire, practising general dentistry and oral surgery including implants. She is passionate about dental education for all dental professionals, and in addition to involvement with their undergraduate training, conducts CPD courses for all through the University and the Deanery. She is a visiting Professor at the Manipal College of Dental Surgery, India and has established short student exchange between Universities. Her research interests includes dental workforce migration and their integration, dental education and oral health in its global context. She has presented at national and international conferences and published papers on her research.
Jeanie was awarded a Diploma in Dental Hygiene by University of Alberta, Canada, followed by further education in Applied Science at University of Calgary. Subsequent to clinical practice and teaching in Canada, she worked in the Department of Periodontology, University of Bern, Switzerland where she began her research activities. Over the past 20 years, Jeanie has been involved in patient care, teaching and the conduct of clinical research at UCL Eastman Dental Institute in the Unit of Periodontology. After being awarded an MSc Degree from the University of Oxford in Evidence Based Healthcare in 2005, she completed a PhD in Clinical Dentistry at UCL investigating the association between obesity and periodontitis. Following her strong interest in bioethics, she has completed an LLM in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. In addition to her responsibilities in the Unit of Periodontology, she is currently director of the recently established MSc in Dental Hygiene on-line programme at UCL Eastman Dental Institute and maintains her clinical private practice activities.
Victoria began her journey as a Dental Therapist at the Eastman Dental Hospital London in 2001, and has been totally dedicated to her profession since and completed her BSc in Oral Health Promotion with O’Hehir University in 2016, and has worked internationally as a speaker and clinically in the UK and UAE and currently teaches the NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education for dental nurses. She is the Founder and former President of the Emirates Dental Hygienist Club and has been active within various organizations throughout her career. She currently is a board member for Teeth Cloud, a global dental informatics organization, and is a member of the Editorial Board for the BSDHT. Victoria’s particular area of interest focusses on behavioural change and communication, and ways of promoting oral health through multiple channels, underpinned by consistent well-being. Victoria’s current funded research award, was reviewed by the Oral Health Research Trust (OHRT) a partner of NIHR, explores the impact of tele-health on oral health improvements. Victoria founded the Smile Revolution, and Smile Revolution Growth Hub, driving innovations in oral health promotion and leadership through communities of dental professionals, measuring the ongoing impact. Victoria produces the Smile Revolution Podcast that has over 13,000 listeners around the world and is a dually qualified yoga instructor and mental health first aider, and developer of Smile Revolution Thrive the 1st subscription based platform dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of dental professionals daily.
Shaun is a General Dentist with a particular interest in Periodontology. Graduating from the
University of Bristol in 2015, he completed a years Foundation Training in South Wales, before
gaining further experience as an Oral and Maxillofacial Senior House Officer at the Royal Devon
and Exeter Hospital in the South West.
He strives to provide the highest standard of care to his patients, enjoying all aspects of general
dentistry, with a particular interest in the management of advanced gum disease. Underlying
Shaun’s passion for gum health is a strong conviction in the connection between the mouth and
the rest of the body, and this understanding firmly underpins his approach to management of the
disease. He gains great satisfaction from building long term relationships with patients on their
journey to achieving healthier gums for a healthier life.
He is an active member of the British Society of Periodontology (BSP), recently winning the BSP
Audit Prize for 2020 and being published in the society’s annual magazine ‘The Periodical’. In
addition to this he has contributed to research published in the British Dental Journal as well as
working part-time as a research assistant at the University of Bristol within the Clinical Trials Unit.
Shaun is passionate about education in the field of periodontology and is lead of two Study
Clubs, one of which he established himself in order to provide an opportunity for collaboration
and learning between local clinicians in South Wales. In addition to this, he contributes to
undergraduate teaching at the University of Bristol Dental School.
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Deputy Programme Director for the BSc in Oral & Dental Health Sciences at Newcastle University
Deputy Programme Director for the BSc in Oral & Dental Health Sciences at Newcastle University
Susan Bissett graduated with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Newcastle in 1994 and has worked in a variety of NHS and private practices, as well as in a hospital setting as a staff hygienist. In 2010, she became Team Lead for Oral & Dental Research, managing the Dental Clinical Research Facility, the clinical research environment for the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University and Newcastle Dental Hospital.
Alongside her work, Susan studied for a Masters in Clinical Research (graduating in 2012) and was successful in being awarded a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF), which she completed in 2018. Her PhD research was entitled ‘Diabetes and periodontitis: development of oral health initiatives to improve glycaemic control’. Her NIHR DRF findings contributed to an economic analysis and the publication of a commissioning standard, ‘Dental Care for People with Diabetes’ (NHS England, 2019), which indicated savings in NHS medical care of £~124 million following referral and periodontal treatment in people with poorly controlled diabetes and periodontal disease.
In 2021, Susan took up a clinical lecturer post at Newcastle University. She is currently Deputy Programme Director for the BSc in Oral & Dental Health Sciences and principal investigator/co-investigator on a number of studies. Her research interests include intervention design and implementation; disease screening; improving access to dentistry for marginalised groups; and interprofessional working to improve health outcomes.