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. 

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 ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Cate Brown

Cate qualified from Birmingham University in 1990. She subsequently undertook a variety of hospital training posts and a community post. ...

Lay FtP panel member

Catherine Pease

Catherine has practised as a solicitor for 15 years, specialising in mental health and mental capacity law. The bulk of ...

DCP FtP panel member

Chantelle Moodie

Chantelle Moodie is a registered dental nurse, dental hygienist and dental therapist. Chantelle qualified as a dental nurse in 2004 ...