Dentistry Top 50 – 2009

Here we go again! The Dentistry Top 50 has attracted thousands of votes since its inception in 2006, and this issue marks the launch of its fourth running.

Each year we ask our readers to compile their own top 10 list of who they think are the most influential figures in the UK dental profession. People nominated can be big-name dentists, politicians, lecturers, association leaders, business experts, coaching gurus or media columnists – anyone who has acted as a prime influence in your professional career, either from afar or in relation to your day-to-day job.

As usual, we have provided a list of suggested names to help you on your way towards listing your own top 10. Votes can be cast by emailing or online at


This survey is open to all registered users of At the end of the voting period all our readers’ nominations will be collated and the 50 people who received the most votes will be revealed.


Kevin Lewis has dominated this poll in recent years and was named number one in 2008 after receiving more votes than anyone else – can anyone beat him to the title of the dental profession’s most influential figure this time around?


Although Kevin will once again be one of the favourites in 2009, there are many names within the sector that could challenge for the top spot. Birmingham orthodontist and Challenge DoH founder Eddie Crouch was the highest new entry last year and his stock will have risen further after winning the inaugural UK Outstanding Achievement Award at the Dentistry Awards in December.


With the new-contract implications always in the news, the likes of Barry Cockcroft, Ann Keen, Peter Ward, Susie Sanderson, Derek Watson, Lester Ellman, Michael Watson, Mike Penning and Sandra Gidley may well figure highly in many people’s thoughts.


There have also been a number of key appointments made over the last 12 months that may sway some people’s opinion, such as Sue Gregory (new deputy chief dental officer at the Department of Health), Elaine Halley (president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry), Gordon Watkins (president of the British Dental Association), Stuart Johnston (chair of the BDA’s Representative Body), and Teresa Witchell (chair of the British Dental Practice Managers’ Association).


The closing date for all votes is Friday 27 February 2009.


This is a list of people you may wish to vote for. As always, please note that these are only suggested names – readers are free to vote for whoever they see fit:


Tony Ahern Martyn Amsell Steven Anderson Mark Atkinson Ruby Austin Brian Avery Graham  Barnby Nasser Barghi Chris Barrow Paul Batchelor Raman Bedi Meredith Bell Nick Benger
Ian Benington Phil Bennett Paul Beresford John Besford Anthony Blinkhorn David Bloom
Ed Bonner Tim Bradstock-Smith Ingvar Branemark Peter Briggs Gordon Brown Stephen Buchanan
Ian Buckle Trevor Burke Steve Byfield Nigel Carter Sally Chadwick Wyman Chan Gerard Chiche
John Chope Gordon Christensen Barry Cockcroft Anthony Colwyn John Cranham Eddie Crouch
Bridget Crump Bob Cummings Simon Cunnington Andrew Dawood Jennifer de St Georges
Clive Debenham Robert Donald William Dorfman Rahul Doshi Mervyn Druian Paul Dummer
David Dunlop Andrew Eder Roderic Edwards Lester Ellman Julian English Newton Fahl
Martin Fallowfield Abid Faqir Koray Feran Charles Ferber Brian Franks George Freedman
Philip Friel Peter Galgut Simon Gambold Stephen Gates Sandra Gidley Amarjit Gill
James Goolnik Andrew Gould Edgar Gordon Ian Gordon Sally Goss Mike Gow Ken Green
Sue Greening Linda Greenwall Sue Gregory Galip Gurel Elaine Halley Stephen Hancocks
Stuart Harding Mark Haswell Van Haywood Mike Heads Roy Higson John Hobkirk
Simon Hocken Caroline Holland Rupert Hoppenbrouwers David Hornbrook David Houston
David Hudaly James Hull Ian Jackson Tony Jacobs Ken James Cathy Jameson Gareth Jenkins
Tony Jenner Alan Johnson Stuart Johnston Steve Jones Stuart Orton-Jones Dipak Joshi
Krishan Joshi Vinod Joshi Sascha Jovanovic Liz Kay Ann Keen Chris Kettler Bob Khanna
Fazeela Khan-Osborne Tony Kilcoyne George Kirtley David Klaff Nigel Knott Peter Kurer
Laurence Lando John Langford Payman Langroudi Nick Ledingham Roger Levin Kevin Lewis
Alison Lockyer John Lowry Chris Lucas Paddi Lund Brian Lux Edward Lynch Stanley Malamed
Tidu Mankoo Mike Martin Hew Mathewson Roger Matthews Rob McAndrew Ian McIntyre
Paul Mendlesohn Martin Mills Sia Mirfendereski Carl Misch Basil Mizrahi Donna Molavi
Steve Moulder Richard Mounce Mike Mulcahy Ross Nash Ian Needleman Philip Newsome
Tim Newton Hien Ngo Michael Norton Christopher Orr Ashish Parmar Ellis Paul Ian Peace
Keith Pearson Mike Penning Julian Perry David Phillips Barry Posner Chris Potts Geoff Pullen
Raj Rattan Omer Reed Tony Reed Juliette Reeves John Renshaw Joe Rich Nigel Risner
Ron Ritsco Shona Robison Derry Rogers Simon Roland Larry Rosenthal Margaret Ross
Clifford Ruddle Duncan Rudkin Susie Sanderson Jonathan Sandler Nigel Saynor
Edwin Scher Crispian Scully Lloyd Searson Derek Setchell Ashok Sethi Margaret Seward
Seema Sharma Harry Shiers Harris Sidelsky Amolak Singh Quentin Skinner Mabel Slater
Kish Soneji Frank Spear Howard Stean Chris Stock Paul Stone Nicola Sturgeon Joe Sullivan
Pam Swain Russell Tant Dennis Tarnow Hilt Tatum Stuart Thompson John Tiernan Paul Tipton
Bernard Touati Skip Truitt Andrea Ubhi Cemal Ucer Manny Vasant Lorenzo Vanini Sunita Verma
Lynn Walters Phil Wander Peter Ward Gordon Watkins Derek Watson Jerry Watson Tim Watson
Michael Watson Julian Webber John Whitworth Mark Willings Derrick Willmot David Wilson
Doreen Wilson Nairn Wilson Michael Wise Teresa Witchell Michael Zybutz

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