Russ Ladwa has been elected as dean at the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP[UK]).
He succeeds Richard Hayward.
Russ is a London-based general dental practitioner, who qualified in London in 1975.
He has been involved with the FGDP(UK) since its early days and became a board member in 1994.
In the intervening years, he has been an extremely proactive member, taking on the roles of examiner and assessor of several of the FGDP(UK)’s diplomas, and acting as deputy director of the established Leadership and Management Certificate programme.
Russ has twice been vice dean and has chaired the FGDP(UK)’s examinations and education committees and its international working party.
Russ says: ‘I am honoured to be called upon to serve this Faculty which has done so much to raise the profile of general practice and to serve the profession that has been so kind to me.’
Commenting on the election of his successor, Richard Hayward said: ‘Russ brings a wealth of experience and a depth of knowledge to this role. He is dedicated to the FGDP(UK)’s mission and I wish him well for the next three years.’
Russ takes up post after the FGDP(UK)’s next board meeting on 12 June 2009. He will be supported by vice deans Vernon Holt and Charles Ormond.