Matthew Hill, executive director, strategy, will be leaving the General Dental Council (GDC) in August 2019.

Being in the role for four years, Mr Hill has helped transform the way the council performs.

He will be moving to take up the role of chief executive at the Legal Services Board.

‘It has been a privilege to work with an organisation that is so dedicated to doing the best job it possibly can and that has had the courage to change for the better,’ Mr Hill said.

‘While I am looking forward to my new role, I am sad to be leaving the GDC and saying goodbye to many valued colleagues and friends in the world of dentistry and its regulation.’

Significant improvement

During his time as executive director, the GDC has significantly improved according to the Professional Standards Authority.

The dental regulator was reaching 15 of the required 24 standards for regulation in 2015.

This has risen to meeting 23 of the standards in the most recent review.

‘I’d like to thank Matthew for his service to the Council,’ Dr William Moyes, GDC chair, said.

‘He has made a significant contribution to the progress we have made as an organisation, helping put public safety and confidence at the heart of everything we do.

‘We wish him every success for the future.’

Drop in ARF?

Continuing its change, the GDC has recently proposed reducing its Annual Retention Fee (ARF).

Launched in its consultation – Working with the dental team for public safety and confidence – the GDC proposes:

  • An ARF drop of £150 to around £740 for dentists
  • An ARF increase of around £4 to £120 for dental care professionals.

‘The GDC is committed to changing the regulatory landscape,’ explains Ian Brack, GDC chief executive and registrar.

‘This is for the reasons we identified in Shifting the balance.

‘The priorities we identified in that document remain at the core of our ambition for the next three years.’


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