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Fitness to Practise panel

Fitness to Practise panel members

​Membership of the GDC's Statutory Committees which make decisions on dental professionals' fitness to practise is drawn from an independent pool of dental professionals and lay people called the Fitness to Practise Panel. These panellists can sit as members of Interim Orders, Professional Conduct, Professional Performance, Health or Registration Appeals Committees.

The role Fitness to Practise panel members play during a hearing

This video explains the part our independently appointed fitness to practise panel members play in our hearings process and how this challenging role makes a difference to patients and dental professionals in providing proportionate and fair regulation of the dental profession.


The Fitness to Practise panel is made up of dentists, lay people and dental care professionals (DCPs).

Dentist FtP panel member

Juliette Brouard

Juliette started her dental career as a dental nurse prior to qualifying as a dental hygienist therapist from Cardiff University ...

Lay FtP panel member

Kam Sandhu

After graduating from the University of Nottingham, Kam Sandhu started her career in Local Government before moving to the Voluntary ...

Lay FtP panel member

Kate Birrell

Kate Birrell is a Public Health Specialist working for West Sussex County Council.  Prior to this, Kate worked in policy ...

DCP FtP panel member

Kate Nash

Kate Nash is a dental hygienist and therapist. She initially qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2010 from Weymouth College. ...

DCP FtP panel member

Kathryn Dobson

Kathryn Dobson qualified as a dental therapist in 2006 (with Distinction) from the University of Liverpool. She also holds qualifications ...

DCP FtP panel member

Katie Byrne

Katie qualified at Birmingham Dental hospital in 1999, she then went on to be a Dental Nurse manger,  she is ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Katie Howlett

Katie Howlett qualified as a dentist from Guy's Dental Hospital in 1992. Her career in dentistry began in the community ...

DCP FtP panel member

Kirsty Payton

Kirsty Payton qualified as a dental hygienist/therapist with a BSc Oral Health Science degree from the University of Manchester in ...

DCP FtP panel member

Laura Bryson

Laura Bryson qualified as a dental hygiene therapist in Glasgow in 2009. She moved to London shortly after completing a ...