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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

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

Celeste Barker

Celeste Barker qualified as a dental nurse in 2009, receiving an NVQ level 3 award in Oral Healthcare. She has ...

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 ...

DCP FtP panel member

Charlotte Carling

Charlotte qualified as a Dental Hygienist from Guys Hospital in 1990 and then subsequently qualified as a Dental Therapist from ...

DCP FtP panel member

Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker trained and qualified as a Dental Technician with Nottingham Health Authority, then with Shropshire Health Authority as Senior ...