New executive leadership of fitness to practise and registration at the GDC

27 July, 2023
We are combining our fitness to practise and registration directorates into a Regulation directorate, led by a new, recently recruited, Executive Director who joins in September. 

The Regulation directorate will enhance our resilience and efficiency and improve recruitment, flexibility and career development for staff. 

This newly created role is a significant and influential senior leadership position and will be responsible for a large part of our operation, specifically the core regulatory functions of Registration, Fitness to Practise and Hearings, leading a multi-disciplinary team of over 110 people. 

Theresa Thorp will be joining us as Executive Director, Regulation on 14 September, based in Birmingham. Theresa joins us from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors where she has held several positions, most recently Director Regulation Enforcement & Governance.  She is a qualified Advocate with rights of appearance in the South African High Courts and a Solicitor-Advocate (criminal) in England and Wales.  

The current Executive Director, Fitness to Practise, John Cullinane, will take his extensive knowledge and experience to lead our Hearings Service, including the Dental Professionals Hearing Service which launched last year. 

Ian Brack, GDC CEO and Registrar said: 

“Our overarching objective is protection of the public. To do this, one of our most important tasks is to ensure integrity of the register of dental professionals, including who should and should no longer be on that register. Bringing together registration and fitness to practise into a single function brings the unified approach needed to ensure that we deliver our regulatory purpose efficiently and effectively.”