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BDA announces succession plans for GDPC leadership following EU election


  Posted by: The Probe      31st May 2019

The British Dental Association (BDA) has outlined succession plans following the election of General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) Chair Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen to the European Parliament.

At its meeting in early May, the GDPC agreed that there would be a conflict if an individual was performing both the roles of MEP and GDPC Chair at the same time.

The General Dental Practice Committee will be electing a new chair on 19th June. Co-Vice Chairs Shaun Charlwood and Dave Cottam will be covering the Chair’s responsibilities in the intervening period.

The British Dental Association’s Acting Chief Executive Martin Woodrow said:

“The British Dental Association is free of any party-political allegiance, and sets its policies in the best interests of the profession it serves.

“We have clear guidelines for staff and officers engaging in political activity, including elected members seeking political office. These processes ensure our senior team and representative bodies are able to evaluate and manage any role conflicts when and if they emerge.

“The BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee concluded it would not be appropriate for their Chair to remain in post in the event of his election to the European Parliament.

“We would like to thank Henrik for his leadership of the GDPC and tireless commitment to the profession.”

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