Winners named for Honours and Awards 2014

The seven individuals who are being honoured for their services to the profession in this year’s BDA Honours and Awards have been named. Life Membership of the Association, which recognises long and valuable service to the Association, is being conferred on two individuals Dr Sarah May and Dr Marcus Woof.

Now retired former General Dental Practitioner Dr Sarah May is a passionate advocate for children’s oral health and was involved in designing the Leicester Child Oral Health Improvement Programme. Throughout her career Dr May has been an active member of the BDA, holding a variety of positions at a local level including Chairman and President. She also served on the BDA’s national General Dental Practice Committee for nine years.

With many years’ experience working at a senior level in the community dental service in the West Midlands Dr Marcus Woof has been a member of the BDA since 1981. He has held positions at branch and section level as well as on the BDA’s national Community Dental Services Group. Dr Woof played a key role in gaining recognition for the speciality of Special Care Dentistry. He also worked to gain recognition for Community Dentistry within the Royal College of Surgeons and was involved in developing their Diploma in the subject.

The Certificate of Merit for Services to the Dental Profession is being awarded to Mr Geoffrey Wood, a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who has worked in clinical oral surgery for over 40 years.

Four individuals are being awarded the Certificate of Merit for Services to the Association:
- Dr Barry Arrends, a dentist with experience in both military dentistry and general practice who has held positions at branch and section level including Branch Council President;
- Dr John Buchan, a former Branch President with experience in both hospital dentistry and general practice;
- Dr Terry Gilmore, a general dental practitioner and implantology expert who has also been active in his local branch and held the position of Branch President; and
- Dr Martin Wardle, who has worked in hospital dentistry and general dental practice and held a number of positions with his local branch and section, including Branch President.

This year’s winners will officially be presented with their honour or award at a special event at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition, which takes place from 7-9 May 2015 in Manchester.

Nominations are now open for BDA members to put candidates forward for next year’s Honours and Awards. Further information on the Honours and Awards and details on how to nominate a colleague are available on the BDA website. The deadline for award nominations is 30 November 2014.