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The GDC Council

The Council is the GDC's strategic body. It decides policy, sets strategic direction and approves key organisational changes. The Council works to promote public safety and ensure that the public have confidence in the dental profession.

A large part of the Council's role is to scrutinise the work of the organisation, set a positive tone and culture, seek assurance over the way in which the organisation is run and hold the Executive to account.

Find out about upcoming and past Council meetings
Council meeting

Council Chair

William Moyes was appointed as Chair of the General Dental Council, following approval by the Privy Council, and took up office on 1 October 2013 to lead the newly constituted Council.

Council members

The Council is made up of 12 members, including its chair, comprising six registrant members and six lay members.  One member must live or work wholly or mainly in each of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, to reflect the fact the that GDC is a UK-wide regulator. Its constitution is set out in legislation; the Dentists Act 1984 and in secondary legislation. Council members’ registers of interests can be found on their individual profile pages.

Committees

The Council has a number of statutory and non-statutory committees with various roles and responsibilities. 

Standing Orders

Legislation, Rules and Standing Orders set out the role and responsibilities of Council and its committees. 

Register of interests, gifts and hospitality

All GDC employees, associates and Council members must declare any professional, personal or business activities or involvement that might constitute a conflict of interest in line with our Managing Interests Policies:

Managing Interests Policy for Council Members and Independent Governance Associates

Managing Interests Policy for Staff

They must also declare any gifts or hospitality that they are offered, regardless of whether or not they are accepted or declined, in line with our Gifts and Hospitality Policies:

Gifts and Hospitality Policy for Council Members and Independent Governance Associates

Gifts and Hospitality Policy for Staff

Declarations of interests, gifts and hospitality for Council members, and for members of the Executive Management Team can be found on their individual profile pages. 

Council meetings

Council meetings, both public and closed sessions, are held several times a year, usually at the GDC offices in London or Birmingham. 

 

The Council

​The Council is made up of 12 members - six appointed registrants and six appointed lay members.

​Council Chair

William Moyes was appointed as Chair of the General Dental Council, following approval by the Privy Council, and he took up office on 1 October 2013 to lead the newly constituted Council.

Council Members

Lay Council Chair
June 2018 Council meeting Scotland

William Moyes

William (Bill) Moyes is based in Edinburgh. Having completed a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, William entered ...

Lay Council member, Finance and Performance Committee, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
Anne Heal

Anne Heal

Anne Heal is an experienced non-executive director who currently holds positions at the Office of Road and Rail, Elexon and ...

Lay Council member, Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
Crispin Passmore

Crispin Passmore

Crispin runs his own consultancy business Passmore Consulting where he works with law firms, legal businesses and regulators around the ...

Lay Council member, Audit and Risk Committee
Sheila Kumar

Sheila Kumar

Sheila is the Chief Executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), an independent specialist regulator of conveyancing and probate ...

Senior Independent Council member, Chair of Finance and Performance Committee
Terry Babbs

Terry Babbs

Terry Babbs is currently the Vice Chair of the Investment Committee of Oxfam's Enterprise Development Programme, which helps people in ...

Registrant Council member, Finance and Performance Committee
Image shows Council memebr Donald Burden

Donald Burden

Donald Burden was born in Scotland and completed his undergraduate dental degree at Queen’s University Belfast. Following graduation he worked ...

Registrant Council member, Finance and Performance Committee
Image shows Council member Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Mike is Professor of Oral Medicine, Cardiff University and honorary consultant in Oral Medicine for the Cardiff & Vale University ...

Lay Council member, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
Image shows Council member, Laura Simons

Laura Simons

Laura is an experienced non-executive director with a background in consumer affairs. Past Board posts include Breast Cancer Now and ...

Registrant Council member, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
Caroline Logan

Caroline Logan

Caroline qualified as a dental technician in 1976 from Glasgow Dental Hospital and went on to achieve advanced qualifications in ...

Registrant Council member, Audit and Risk Committee
Catherine Brady

Catherine Brady

Catherine Brady is based in Bloxham near Banbury in North Oxfordshire. She qualified at Liverpool Dental Hospital in 1989 and ...

Registrant Council member, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
Jeyanthi John

Jeyanthi John

Jeyanthi John currently works in Dental Public Health across the southeast of England where she works with a range of ...

Registrant Council member, Audit and Risk Committee
Simon Morrow

Simon Morrow

Simon qualified with honours from the University of Glasgow in 1996.  Simon is a general dental practitioner and until recently ...