- Published: Tuesday, 28 May 2019 10:05
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Following the election of Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen to the European Parliament, the BDA has announced that he is standing down from the chairmanship of its General Dental Practice Committee. A new chair will be elected at a meeting on June 19. Co-Vice Chairs Shaun Charlwood and Dave Cottam will be covering his responsibilities in the intervening period.
At its meeting in early May, the GDPC agreed that there would be a conflict of interest if an individual was performing both the roles of MEP and GDPC Chair at the same time. Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen is therefore standing down and co-vice chairs Shaun Charlwood and Dave Cottam will be covering his responsibilities until a successor is elected at a meeting of the committee on June 19.
This interim period will include the LDC Conference to be held in Birmingham on June 6/7. The BDA confirmed to GDPUK that June 19 is an additional meeting, but it will cover ‘not just the election (of a new chair) but regular business, including contract reform’. However, they were unable to tell us how much it would cost as it would depend on ‘how many representatives attend and claim travel expenses.
The BDA’s Acting Chief Executive Martin Woodrow said: “The British Dental Association is free of any party-political allegiance, and sets its policies in the best interests of the profession it serves. We have clear guidelines for staff and officers engaging in political activity, including elected members seeking political office. These processes ensure our senior team and representative bodies are able to evaluate and manage any role conflicts when and if they emerge.
"The BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee concluded it would not be appropriate for their Chair to remain in post in the event of his election to the European Parliament. We would like to thank Henrik for his leadership of the GDPC and tireless commitment to the profession.”
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