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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).

Lay FtP panel member

Debbie Gould

Deborah Gould is a Principal Crown Advocate for the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service and has been a barrister for ...

DCP FtP panel member

Deborah Jones

Debbie Jones originally trained as a physiotherapist at Guy's Hospital, working in several hospitals in England and Wales. In 1995 ...

Lay FtP panel member

Diane Meikle

Diane is a Corporate Finance professional. Diane’s career provided her with a broad range of experience spanning high value corporate ...

DCP FtP panel member

Donna Lightbody

Donna trained and qualified as a Dental Nurse in 1991 in Co Down. She also holds the NEBDN Award in ...

Lay FtP panel member

Edythe Murie

Edythe Murie is a retired solicitor who worked for the Scottish Government Legal Directorate and was responsible for advising Scottish ...

Lay FtP panel member

Elizabeth Rantzen

Elizabeth is a freelance consultant, vice chair of the West London Mental Health Trust and a non-executive director of Moat ...

DCP FtP panel member

Emili Shatchan

Emili qualified as a Dental Hygienist/Therapist with a First-Class Honours BSc from the University of Portsmouth in 2018. After completing ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Emma Grant

Emma Grant qualified as a dentist in 2010 from Birmingham University. Since then she has worked as an associate dentist ...

Dentist FtP panel member

Gezala Umar

Gezala qualified from King’s College London in 1996.  Since qualifying they have mainly worked in the specialty of Oral Surgery ...