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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.


  Mr Matthew Garrett
Restorative Dentistry


  Ms Pepe Shirlaw
Senior Vice-Dean
Oral Medicine
 martyn cobourne Professor Martyn Cobourne
Junior Vice-Dean

Elected Members

  Dr Judith Jones
Oral Surgery
  Dr Stephen Chadwick
  Professor Stephen Porter
Oral Medicine
  Mrs Vanita Brookes
Special Care Dentistry
  Miss Sarah Howells
Oral Surgery
  Professor Andrew Eder
Restorative Dentistry
  Professor Helen Rodd
Paediatric Dentistry

Mr Jimmy Makdissi
Dental Maxillofacial Radiology


Mr Patrick Magennis
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr Rachel Leeson
Oral Surgery


Mr Jagtar Dhanda
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Professor Jenny Gallagher
Dental Public Health


Dr Charlotte Eckhardt


Mr David Morris


Mr Robert Crawford
Restorative Dentistry


Invited Members

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

  Miss Helen Rogers
Training Grades representative

  Miss Rupal Shah
Training Grades representative

  Mr Alexander Gormley
Early Careers representative
  Miss Hannah Barrow
Early Careers representative
  Professor Jennifer Gallagher
Dental Public Health Representative
  Ms Sally Dye
Orthodontic National Group
  Dr Hesham Emam
Staff and Associate Specialist Grades Representative
  Mr David Felix
Committee of the Postgraduate Dental Deans Representative


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

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