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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

Amitha Ranauta

Amitha qualified as a dentist from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1996. On completion of ...

DCP FtP panel member

Amy Besau

Amy Besau is a Practice Manager at a Huddersfield dental practice. She qualified at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in ...

DCP FtP panel member

Andrea Hammond

Andrea has worked in dentistry since 1996, qualifying first as a dental nurse in 1998, and currently works at two practices ...

Lay FtP panel member

Andrew Clemes

Andrew Clemes is a part-time Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. He sits in the Social Entitlement Chamber, where he chairs appeals against ...

Lay FtP panel member

Andrew Skelton

​Andy Skelton is currently self-employed and works in a number of areas of healthcare regulation and governance. He works as ...

Lay FtP panel member

Andy Waite

Andy Waite is a lay chair and joined the General Dental Council discrete Interim Orders Committee panel in 2018. He ...

DCP FtP panel member

Angela Wragg

Angela studied Dental Hygiene at Kings College Hospital, London and qualified in 1983, then embarking on a General Nurse training ...

Lay FtP panel member

Anita Clay

Dr Anita Clay is a medical doctor who has worked for a number of years within Accident and Emergency. She ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Anjana Varshani

Anjana [Anju] Varshani qualified from UCL in 1990.  She began her career in general dental practice in North West London ...