He was formerly professor of restorative dentistry and dean and head of King’s College London Dental Institute between 2001 and 2012, and deputy vice principal (health) at King’s between 2009 and 2012.
The BDA is one of the largest professional organisations in dentistry in the UK, with an active membership of more than 20,000.
Commenting on his election Nairn said: ‘I am delighted to have been elected president-elect of the BDA (British Dental Association).
‘I hope, amongst other activities, to do more to enhance the image of dentistry, promote further improvements in oral health and increase awareness of the importance of oral health to general health and wellbeing.’
Nairn’s election as president-elect of the BDA follows his latest award – the 2013 Dentistry Lifetime Contribution Award.
The roles of the president of the BDA include representative and ceremonial activities and to act as a facilitator of links between the membership, other elected officers and the staff of the association.
Nairn, who is immediate-past president of the metropolitan branch of the BDA and a long-standing member of the association’s health and science committee, will be the 139 president of the association between May 2015 and April 2016.
While serving as president of the BDA, Nairn intends to remain active in various aspects of academic dentistry, in particular editing and publishing, and to continue in his other roles, including registrar of the UK Public Health Register.