- Published: Monday, 10 December 2018 07:44
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Mick Armstrong has been re-elected to BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC) as the representative for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Also re-elected were Northern region - Paul Blaylock, South West - Nigel Jones, UK-wide - Paul Woodhouse. Elected unopposed for Northern Ireland was Peter Crooks. The new members will take office for three years in January 2019.
Mick Armstrong first joined the PEC in 2012 and was elected by the Committee as its chair in April 2014. He works in a ‘predominately NHS practice in a high needs area’.
Paul Blaylock has also been a PEC member since 2012. In addition to many other responsibilities in the North of England, he has two busy, mainly NHS, practices in South Shields.
Nigel Jones was also first elected in 2012. He is a general dental practitioner in Dorset.
Paul Woodhouse has been one of the three UK-wide PEC members since 2016. He is a general dental practitioner in Teesside.
Peter Crooks joins the PEC next year as the representative from Northern Ireland. Previously he has chaired the Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee.
Standing down as representative for Northern Ireland was Philip Henderson, who has served on the PEC for two terms. He has written on the BDA website about his career in dental politics there. He writes: “My path engaging with dental politics began in the early 1980s, when I attended the Eastern Area Local Dental Committee meetings. I was asked to attend the annual UK LDC meeting in London, and thus my long career in standing a representative for the profession, and for the BDA.”
He continued: “During my time, I have always tried to be an advocate for our wide range of dentists, fighting for better pay, terms and conditions, arguing for reformed contracts, that lift the burden of regulation from dentists, and reduce stress levels for those working on the frontline.”
In 2006, he started chairing negotiations for a new dental contract for Northern Ireland – frustratingly, negotiations are still ongoing today, he says, with no obvious implementation date in view – ‘but your current representatives will keep pushing on this’. In 2012 he was elected as Northern Ireland member on the PEC.
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