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).

Lay FtP panel member

Anthony Mole

Anthony Mole served as a police officer for 30 years as an investigator leading teams of detectives and specialist services ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Arif Sadikot

Arif Sadikot graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King's College London in 1998 and initially worked ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Arjun Shinh

Arjun Shinh qualified from King’s College London in 2005. He has dedicated himself to continuing professional development, having completed post-graduate ...

Lay FtP panel member

Audrey McFarlane

Audrey qualified as a solicitor in 1993, and has worked primarily in private practice on property finance and housing matters. ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Aysha Ahmed-Kibria

Aysha studied at Guy's and St. Thomas' Medical and Dental School and graduated with a Distinction in 1998.  After vocational ...

Lay FtP panel member

Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson was a policemen who served most of his career in the Metropolitan Police Service and then transferred to ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Bindiya Thakrar

Bindiya qualified from King's College London in 2011 and since completing her vocational training, she has worked as a general ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Caitriona Walsh

Caitriona Walsh qualified as a dentist from University College Cork, Ireland, in 1994. She has worked in mixed NHS and ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Carson Black

Carson Black studied dentistry at Queen’s University, Belfast. On qualification in 1982 he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps and ...