Ten leading lights of the dental family were recognised with the award of British Dental Association (BDA) Honours and Awards in 2013
They will be formally presented at the BDA’s annual Honours and Awards evening in November.
The announcement was made at the Annual General Meeting of the BDA, held at the conference.
Fellowship is to be conferred on Dr John Renshaw, a former chair of the BDA who has represented the organisation at local, national and international levels. Dr Renshaw is a GDP from Scarborough.
Dr Ann Rockey, the Deputy Director of the dental postgraduate department of Cardiff University, is recognised as a distinguished member of the Association.
Life membership of the BDA has been awarded to four individuals. Dr Helen Bembridge is a salaried who has campaigned tirelessly to promote the care provided by salaried colleagues; Dr Andrew Burns is a driving force behind the BDA’s southern counties branch who has served the profession at both local and national levels; Dr Chris Hayward has been an ambassador for the BDA both in the UK and internationally ; and Dr Beth Liptrot was a salaried dentist with a particular interest in the development of special care dentistry and the education of younger colleagues who became president of the BDA’s CDS Group in 2007–08. After retirement, she continues to serve the profession through her voluntary work for the Dentists Health Support programme.
Dr Nigel Carter, the chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation – the organisation behind the renowned National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month campaigns – will be entered onto the BDA’s Roll of Distinction.
Two individuals – Dr Peter Farrelly and Dr Martyn Green – will be awarded the BDA’s Certificate of Merit for Services to the Profession, while the Certificate of Merit for Services to the Association is to be conferred upon Dr Eszter Nagy.
Dr Martin Fallowfield, chair of the BDA’s principal executive committee, said:
‘We are delighted to announce the recipients of the BDA’s honours and awards for 2013. These ten individuals have in common a passion for, and dedication to, the advancement of dentistry and dental professionals.
‘For the first time we are announcing the awards at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition, where the recipients will be able to celebrate amongst thousands of members of the dental family whose lives they have enhanced by their efforts.
‘Our congratulations and warm thanks go to each of the 10 individuals being recognised.’