Fitness to practise panel

Fitness to practise panel members

​Membership of the statutory committees that 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.

Fitness to practise panellists can sit as members of Interim Orders, Professional Conduct, Professional Performance, Health or Registration Appeals Committees for hearings held by the Dental Professionals Hearings Service.

The role fitness to practise panellists play during a hearing

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

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

DCP FtP panel member

Louise Gilbert

Louise began work as a dental nurse in 1997 and was employed in NHS practices for five years. She gained ...

Lay FtP panel member

Louise Wallace

Professor Louise Wallace is lay non-executive member (Public and Patient Involvement) for Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Prior to this, she ...

DCP FtP panel member

Lynne Frewin

Lynne Frewin works as a dental hygienist in a mix of NHS and private practices within Somerset. She qualified as ...

Lay FtP panel member

Lynne Vernon

Lynne Vernon is a retired Detective Chief Inspector. During her 30 years service with Greater Manchester Police she managed Public ...

Lay FtP panel member

Margaret Wolff

Margaret Wolff's career has been as an academic and senior manager in further and higher education. She is currently vice-chair ...

DCP FtP panel member

Marnie Hayward

Marnie Hayward qualified as a dental nurse in 1995 and then as a dental hygienist and dental therapist in 1998. ...

DCP FtP panel member

Martin Isherwood

Martin Isherwood qualified as a dental technician in 1979 following a five-year apprenticeship from The South Glamorgan Institute of higher ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Mary Rose [Emily] Knapp

Mary Rose Knapp [known as Emily Knapp] qualified from Guy's Hospital in 2000. She is currently a Senior Dental Officer ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Matthew King

Matthew King qualified with a Dental Surgery BDS from Birmingham University in 1999 and served 18 years in the British ...