The Dental Awards are judged by a panel of leading dental experts and key opinion leaders, representing a broad range of disciplines and dental associations. All entries are assessed and a shortlist of finalists is drawn up with the winners being announced at the presentation ceremony and gala dinner.
Dr Ben Atkins BDS – Press & Parliamentary Representative for Oral Health Foundation
Ben Atkins is the Clinical Director at Revive Dental Care as well as a British Dental Health Foundation trustee and spokesperson. Ben was a member of the Young Dentists Commission in 1999. Since then, he has been Press and Parliamentary Representative for the British Dental Association. He also used to lecture at Manchester Dental School. He’s currently on the Board of Trustees of the OHF, and Chairman of the Salford Local Dental Committee. Ben is an ambassador for Wrigleys, lecturing on oral health matters, as well as getting involved in various projects with NHS England & NICE concerned with the bigger picture and behavioural changes
Amit Patel – Specialist in Periodontics & Implant Dentist
Amit is registered with the General Dental Council as a Specialist in Periodontics. Alongside his private practice, he also works as Associate Specialist in Periodontics and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham Dental School. His special interests are dental implants, regenerative and aesthetic periodontics. Amit graduated in Dentistry from the University of Liverpool in 1997. Following a training post in Restorative Dentistry at the Liverpool Dental School he gained significant experience in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery through 3 prestigious hospital posts. He obtained his Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2000.This training involved acquisition of the most up-to-date techniques in Periodontics and Implantology under the expert supervision of Professor Richard Palmer who was appointed the first Professor of Implant Dentistry in the United Kingdom. Amit then obtained his Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and became a registered Specialist in Periodontics.
Amanda Gallie – President, British Association of Dental Therapists
Amanda practises as a Therapist at Oasis dental care in Stamford, Lincolnshire, has a background in dental education and works on the development of education projects for companies, HEE and corporate groups. She is passionate about caries and periodontal disease prevention and utilisation of the dental team.Amanda sits on the advisory board for Oasis dental care and the MCN for elderly care in Leicester and Lincolnshire.
Amanda Oakey – Director of Education, British Dental Health Foundation
Leading the educational resources team, Amanda manages all educational resources from the Foundation. This includes marketing and selling existing products as well as purchasing and developing new resources. Amanda executes the creation and implementation of agreed projects is in charge of creating campaign products including National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
She also is in charge of distribution of resources along with managing exhibition presentations.
Helen Minnery – President, British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy
Helen qualified from Liverpool University Dental Hospital and for the past 24 years has worked in private, NHS and mixed practices within the North West. She currently works in South Liverpool four days a week as lead dental hygienist. The practice is a referral centre for dental implants, endodontics, restorative, prosthetics and periodontics.
Helen has been a member of BSDHT since qualifying, and became President in 2016. In 2013 Helen graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Dental studies from the University of Lancashire (U.C.L.A.N).
Pam Swain – Chief Executive, British Association of Dental Nurses
Pam began working for the Association in 1992 and was registrar of the Voluntary National Register until its closure in 2005. She is editor of the British Dental Nurses’ Journal, a Fellow of the Institute of Association Management and a member of the Chartered Management Institute. She was awarded the City & Guilds Licentiate in Management in 2005 and an MBA in 2007.
Glenys Bridges – Co-Founder, CASPER
Glenys is an experienced management trainer and business consultant with 20 years’ experience working with GDPs and their teams. Her work is currently with practices in the NHS and elite private sector. She has expertise and qualifications in counselling and life coaching and is a twice-published author and regular columnist in the dental press. Glenys’ first book, Dental Practice Management and Reception, was published in 2006 and her second book, Dental Management in Practice, in 2012. She is currently working as a practice consultant for CODE and as director of DCP education at Dentac.
Lisa Bainham – President, Association of Dental Administrators and Managers (ADAM)
Lisa originally trained to be a dental nurse at North Staffordshire Hospital and qualified in 1994. Originally working in an orthodontic practice, she then developed an interest in practice management and came to join Steve Lomas, as the practice manager at The Old Surgery, Crewe, when the practice opened in 1998. Lisa has continually gained numerous practice management qualifications and new skills over the years and today is involved in many aspects of running the multi-award-winning practice, including marketing, Health & Safety, quality standards and accounting. She has a true insider’s knowledge of what it takes to be a Dental Awards winner, having won the Practice Manager of the Year category in 2016. Lisa became President of ADAM, which has over 500 members throughout the UK, at the end of 2016.
Paroo Mistry – Member of The Probe‘s editorial board
Paroo is a specialist orthodontist. Following her undergraduate training at Bristol University, she completed her postgraduate training in orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute and Peterborough and Kettering Hospitals. She then spent two years at the Royal London and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, where she completed her consultant exams.
Graham Barnby – Member of The Probe‘s editorial board
With more than 30 years’ dental experience, including Chairmanship of the British Dental Health Foundation, Graham’s particular area of interest is periodontics.
Ewa Rozwadowska – Member of The Probe‘s editorial board
Ewa has been practising in the Stroud area since 1979 and has extensive experience in finding solutions to even the most complex dental problems. As well as attending numerous courses in the UK, she has trained in America, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong and Italy. She has achieved many awards for treatment and excellence within dentistry and was the first UK dentist to achieve the Investors in People (IIP) award.
Tim Sunnucks – Member of The Probe‘s editorial board
Tim qualified from the University of Bristol in 1998, winning the prosthetic prize and BDA medal for the highest clinical and academic results. He completed postgraduate training in restorative dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute. As well as being on the specialist register in endodontics, Tim has a keen interest in all aspects of restorative dentistry. He is an active member of several dental organisations, including the British Endodontic Society, the International Team for Implantology, the British Society for Restorative Dentistry and the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. He was made a fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2008.