College Council

The Council of the College of General Dentistry is elected by members and guides the Trustees on the development of the College to serve patients and the dental professions across general dentistry.

Seats are elected on a rotational basis, with seven members now elected by College members. Ten members transferred from the FGDP board, and are serving the remainder of their current terms of office on the Council pending elections in 2023-24. Three members have been added to expand representation across the dental team; these are currently annual appointments, with the posts anticipated to become open to election among the College membership in 2023.

Council members serve a three-year term, open to re-election. The President is a three year, fixed-term appointment, and Vice Presidents serve a one-year appointment, renewable once.

College Council

Abhijit Pal President
Tashfeen KholasiVice-President North East & North West Thames
Patricia ThomsonVice-President West & North Scotland
Subir Banerji Central London
Louise Belfield Dental Nursing & Orthodontic Therapy Representative
Prof Igor BlumNon-voting Representative
Maria ClarkNon-voting Representative
Matthew Collins National Representative
Jonathan Farmer Trent & East Anglia
Sarah HillNon-voting Dental Team Representative
Simon-Quentin Jones Wales
Helen Kaney National Representative
Roshni Karia South East & South West Thames region
Eldo Koshy Overseas Member Representative
Yann Maidment East of Scotland
Ewen McColl South West
Susan Nelson Northern Ireland
Andrew Parashchak North West
Kanwar Ratra West Midlands
Bill Sharpling Dental Technology & Clinical Dental Technology Representative
Sagi Shavit Yorkshire & Northern region
Sami Stagnell Wessex & Oxford region
John Stanfield Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy Representative

Abhi Pal 

Abhi Pal FCGDent is the first elected President of the College of General Dentistry, and was the eleventh and final Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). Dr Pal qualified in 1987 with honours and distinction from Guy’s Hospital, London, and has worked in general dental practice ever since, joining The University Dental and Implant Centre, a mixed NHS and private practice in Edgbaston of which he is Principal, in 1991. Editor of FGDP’s Training Standards in Implant Dentistry and Co-Editor of CGDent’s Mentoring in Implant Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines, he was elected to represent the West Midlands region on the National Faculty Board in 2014, and re-elected in 2017 and 2020. In 2019 he was Guest Editor of the themed issue of the Primary Dental Journal on dento-legal matters.

Tashfeen Kholasi 

Tashfeen Kholasi FCGDent, Council representative for the North East and North West Thames region, is an associate dentist and Chief Clinical Information Officer in general dental practice, as well as a Clinical Tutor in Special Care and Sedation at King’s College London, from where she qualified. With a strong interest in digital health, she is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and a former health informatics clinical lead at NHS Digital. She has a Diploma in Conscious Sedation and a Master’s in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice, and is currently completing a Master’s in Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning. She was elected to the FGDP’s board in 2020 and has served as a Vice President of the College since 2021.

Patricia Thomson 

Patricia Thomson FCGDent graduated from Glasgow Dental School in 1983 and has worked in general practice ever since. She became a principal in 1985, sold her practice in 2017, and now works as a part-time associate. She has provided mixed NHS and private care, and has an interest in orthodontics. She has tutored colleagues for entry exams for The Royal Colleges, and presented teaching sessions on orthodontics to vocational trainees, as well as delivering postgraduate lectures at RCPS Glasgow. Joining the board of FGDP in 2016, she served on various committees, and is presently Chair of the Regional Funding Panel of CGDent. Patricia has also served as President of BDA West of Scotland Branch, and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Subir Banerji

Subir Banerji FCGDent works as a general dental practitioner in the same private dental practice in Ealing which he joined after graduating from Newcastle Dental School in 1987. He is particularly interested in restorative, aesthetic, prosthodontic and implant dentistry, and has over 20 years’ experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate dentists both nationally and internationally. He has both an MClinDent (Prosthodontics) and a PhD from King’s College London, where he is the Programme Director of the highly regarded MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry as well as a PhD supervisor. He is also an Associate Professor in Prosthodontics at Melbourne Dental School, and the co-author of books including Practical Procedures in the Management of Tooth Wear and Practical Procedures in Aesthetic Dentistry.

Louise Belfield 

Louise Belfield AssocFCGDent is a dental nurse, research scientist, lecturer, Health Education England Dental Clinical Fellow, and National Examination Board for Dental Nurses Trustee. Louise trained as a dental nurse in Devon, qualifying in 2001. She has worked across a range of dental specialties at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust including community, special care, and emergency dentistry, and general dental practices. Louise holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Biosciences, a doctorate in immunology, and a postgraduate certificate in clinical education. She was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019 in recognition of her continued contributions to dental education. At CGDent, Louise is a Member of the Professional Affairs Committee and of the Membership Admissions Panel.

Professor Igor Blum

Professor Igor Blum FCGDent is Editor-in-Chief of the Primary Dental Journal. Following several years in general dental practice, he became a lecturer at Bristol Dental School, and is currently Clinical Lead and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at King’s College Hospital and Professor in Primary Care Dentistry and Advanced General Dental Practice at King’s College London. He qualified DDS in 1995, holds an MSc in Oral Surgery, a Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree, a PhD in Restorative Dentistry, a PGCHE, MA (Educ.) and LLM, and is a GDC-registered specialist in prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and restorative dentistry. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers, lectures nationally and internationally, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the International College Dentists and the Higher Education Academy. Igor is a non-voting member of the Council.

Maria Clark

Maria Clark FFGDP(UK)(Hon.) is the College’s Patient Representative, and was previously a member of the FGDP(UK) Lay and Patient Panel. Her interest in health services began in 2006 when going through genetic counselling for a rare condition, and as a solicitor she spent 10 years supporting people disabled as a result of the negligence of clinicians, employers and others. She is currently a Patient Safety Partner at NHS England, Vice-Chair of the British Medical Association’s Patient Liaison Group, Patient Champion at her local GP practice, external research ethics reviewer for the University of Sheffield and a lay examiner for the part 3 membership exam of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Maria is a non-voting member of the Council.

Matthew Collins 

A general dental practitioner in Batley, Matthew Collins FCGDent has a particular clinical interest in dental rehabilitations for patients with worn and missing teeth, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate training in composite techniques, aesthetic dentistry and dental implantology. He graduated from Leeds University in 1998 and holds both a Master’s degree in Clinical Dentistry from the University of London and the Diploma in Implant Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. A member of the Association of Dental Implantology, and Chair of Calderdale and Kirklees Local Dental Committee, he is also a Member of the CGDent’s Regional Funding Panel.

Jonathan Farmer 

Jonathan Farmer FCGDent represents Trent & East Anglia, and is Chair of the CGDent’s Membership Admissions Panel. Working mainly in general dental practice since 1988, he currently practises in Lincoln, has a special interest in endodontics, and has worked for the salaried dental service. He is a Programme Director for Dental Foundation Training at Health Education England (East Midlands), Dental Practice Advisor for the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire/North Midlands Area Team, and has previously been a clinical supervisor at Leeds and Sheffield Dental Schools.

Sarah Hill 

Sarah Hill AssocFCGDent qualified as a dental hygienist from the University of Bristol with distinction in 2012, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Southampton and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education from the University of Plymouth. Working as a hygienist in a mixed orthodontic practice in Halesowen, Sarah is also an assessor for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was an Affiliate Member of FGDP from 2013-21, and the DCP representative on both its West Midlands and national boards. Sarah is a non-voting member of the Council and provides additional representation of dental professionals other than dentists.

Quentin Jones 

Quentin Jones AssocFCGDent chairs the CGDent Careers and Training Committee, having previously served as Vice Chair of FGDP External Affairs. Qualifying from Cardiff in 1986 he took up a research position followed by hospital and community posts, gaining DGDPRCS and MPhil (prosthodontics). In 1993 he became principal of his own practice in Swansea, a VT trainer, lecturer on Cardiff’s postgraduate implant course and editorial board member of an international journal. Elected to BSSPD and EPA, he has taught undergraduate prosthodontics and clinical skills at Cardiff Dental school and has served as Clinical Consultant to Renishaw Plc. Quentin has practised in Europe and the Middle East and is currently Chair of Y Gymdeithas Ddeintyddol – The Dental Society of Wales.

Helen Kaney 

Helen Kaney FCGDent, Head of Dental Services in Scotland for Dental Protection, and a dually qualified dentist and solicitor, was elected to one of two national seats. Helen is Vice-Chair of the CGDent’s Professional Affairs Committee. As well as practising general dentistry for many years, she has worked as a clinical assistant in restorative dentistry, a Senior Dento-Legal Adviser and a solicitor acting for dentists and doctors. A Fellow of both the CGDent and the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, she holds an MBA and is a founding member of the Dental Law and Ethics Forum.

Roshni Karia 

Roshni Karia MCGDent qualified from King’s College London in 2010, and works in Surrey as an associate dentist in general dental practice. After developing a special interest in periodontics, she completed an enhanced two-year postgraduate study programme and is now also a clinical tutor in periodontology at King’s. After joining the FGDP in 2012, she was elected as a full member of the board in 2017, later served as Vice Dean, and was re-elected in 2020. Currently a Member of CGDent’s Careers and Training Committee and the College’s representative on Public Health England’s Children’s Oral Health Improvement Board, she was previously Chair of the FGDP Education and Qualifications Committee and Membership Affairs Committee.

Eldo Koshy 

A prosthodontist and implant dentist in Kerala, India, Eldo Koshy FCGDent was elected to represent the College’s many overseas members, succeeding Pankaj Patel. Previously Vice-Principal and Head of the Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology at KMCT Dental College, Kozhikode, he has lectured and delivered training across India, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Yann Maidment 

Yann Maidment MCGDent qualified from Edinburgh Dental School in 1984, becoming a partner in his Edinburgh-based dental practice – alongside his wife – in 1987, and then associate in 2019. In 2002, he was awarded a DDS for his research comparing the effectiveness of different modes of CPD. He has held research assistant posts at the University of Edinburgh, served on BDA committees for 11 years and lectured on Acupuncture in Dentistry. He was President of the Royal Odonto-Chirurgical Society of Scotland between 2015 and 2016, the year he was first elected to represent the East of Scotland on the FGDP board. Now a CGDent Council Member, he is the College lead on Research and a Member of the Professional Affairs Committee.

Ewen McColl 

Director of Clinical Dentistry at Plymouth University’s Peninsula Dental School and Co-Editor of Standards in Dentistry, Ewen McColl FCGDent currently represents the South West of England and is a Member of the College’s Careers and Training Committee. After qualifying from the University of Edinburgh in 1993, Ewen worked in maxillofacial surgery posts before spending 17 years as a general dental practitioner in the British Army. With postgraduate diplomas in conscious sedation (King’s College London) and in medical education (University of Dundee), he holds the FDS(Rest. Dent.) of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and is a Fellow of both the Faculty of Dental Trainers (RCS Ed.) and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Susan Nelson 

Susan Nelson MCGDent is lead dentist in private practice in Holywood, County Down, specialising in implant dentistry. Graduating with Honours in 1993 from the University of Edinburgh, where she won the McGregor Gold Medal for the most distinguished dental graduate, she completed Vocational Training in Fife before joining the practice as an associate in 1994. She joined FGDP(UK) in 1998, and later served as Director of the Faculty’s Northern Ireland division and Vice Dean of the Faculty. She is Vice-Chair of the CGDent’s Careers and Training Committee and a Member of the Regional Funding Panel. She is also Deputy Chair of the Northern Ireland branch of the BDA, and will take on the role of Regional Clinical Lead for Portman Healthcare later this year.

Andrew Parashchak 

Andrew Parashchak MCGDent completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Immunology and Immunogenetics before studying for his BDS at Peninsula Dental School, from where he graduated in 2012. After working as a general dental practitioner within the NHS, he moved into private practice in 2014, and recently bought his own practice in Rochdale, while working part-time as an associate in Wigan. He completed the FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry in 2017 with a view to progressing to an MSc. As a Council member for CGDent, he is Vice-Chair of the Membership Affairs Committee.

Kanwar Ratra 

Kanwar Singh Ratra MCGDent, qualified from Liverpool Dental School in 1999 and is Principal Dental Surgeon at Lansdowne House Dental Practice in Bromsgrove and at Bilston Dental Practice, where he enjoys guiding nervous dental patients through their treatment journey. With a strong interest in dental education, he was a clinical lecturer at Birmingham Dental Hospital from 2003 to 2012, and in 2015 was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Birmingham. He joined FGDP(UK) as a full member in 2004, and served as President of the Central Counties Branch of the British Dental Association from 2015 to 2017. He is also a director and founder of an innovative medical devices company, Sentra Medical Limited.

Bill Sharpling 

Bill Sharpling FCGDent is Associate Dean (CPD) and Director of the London Dental Education Centre (LonDEC) at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. Previously, he was Head of Dental Technology at Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is the External Examiner for the BSc(Hons) Clinical Dental Technology programme at the University of Central Lancashire and Honorary Professor at RAK College of Dental Sciences in the United Arab Emirates. After qualifying in 1986, Bill spent the next 10 years working as a Dental Technician, gaining advanced qualifications in fixed and removable prosthodontics. Bill has worked in commercial dental laboratories, the Armed Forces and as the Chief Instructor in Conservative Dental Technology at Guy’s Hospital Dental School. He is a Member of the CGDent’s Careers and Training Committee.

Sagi Shavit

Sagi Shavit MCGDent was born in Israel and was a Captain in the Israel Defense Forces before studying to be a dentist, graduating DMD in Romania in 2009 and gaining an MSc in Endodontics from the University of Chester in 2015. Working in a mixed NHS-and-private practice in Darlington, since 2016 he has limited his practice to endodontics, accepting difficult endodontic referrals. In 2017 he was awarded the MFGDP(UK), and the following year he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology at the City of London Dental School, where he is now a tutor in endodontics. He is also a visiting lecturer at Tipton Training, runs day courses on endodontics in the North East, and has completed an accredited sedation course and begun providing treatment to anxious patients under intravenous sedation.

Sami Stagnell 

Specialist oral surgeon, Sami Stagnell AssocFCGDent graduated from King’s College London Dental Institute in 2009 and currently runs a specialist referrals practice in Bournemouth supporting both NHS and private patients. Following specialty training he was awarded one of the first UK posts as a Fellow in Clinical Leadership and Management with Health Education England. In 2015 he was awarded a merit in his MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry (KCL) and in 2018 he achieved an MSc in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine (University of Manchester). He is completing an MSc in implantology with the University of Madrid. He is an active member of many societies and represents the profession with the BDA, CGDent and the Royal Society of Medicine. Sami is Chair of CGDent’s Membership Affairs Committee.

John Stanfield 

John Stanfield AssocFCGDent has over 40 years’ experience as a dental hygienist, and works in private dental practice in Cheshire. He was Editor of the FGDP’s Team in Practice journal and Vice-Chair of its DCP Committee, and now serves on the College’s Membership Affairs Committee. Originally qualifying in the Army in 1980, he has experience of hospital, NHS, teaching establishments and private practice. He has studied learning and teaching, with a special interest in the use of technology and media, was a clinical lead for NHS Test & Trace, and is a trustee for the dental charity Maasai Molar, enabling the education of children of the Maasai region towards better dental health.

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