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Regional Dental Advisers


The College's Regional Dental Advisers (RDAs) provide a vital link between the Faculty of Dental Surgery and its membership at a local level. RDAs promote the Faculty by providing information and advice on careers, training and examinations to trainees and dental surgeons at all professional levels, and feedback to the Faculty with the views of the region's membership.

The Dental Faculty's RDA network includes over 30 advisers across the UK and nine countries worldwide, including New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. Where necessary, RDAs also act as mentors and tutors for examination candidates, providing one-to-one specialist advice and guidance.

Regional Dental Advisers also organise local meetings and training events on behalf of the Dental Faculty to improve communication and to strengthen links between the College and its membership. To find your nearest RDA based in the UK please see below.

For International Dental Advisers please click here.

For more information about the Regional Dental Advisers network, contact: advisers@rcsed.ac.uk

UK & Ireland

Military RDA
Vacant This RDA can be located anywhere and will aid the college in representing any military members. This post will also help to act as a link between civilian practice and lessons learned from military practice.


North England
Vacant  Liverpool and Manchester 
North West England
East England
Mr Simon Wardle Consultant Orthodontist at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk and has held a Membership in Orthodontics of the College since 2007.
Dr Brian Nattress Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the Leeds Dental Institute and Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean for the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. He is a member of Dental Council, serves as the Regional Adviser for Yorkshire and sits on the Specialty Advisory Board in Restorative Dentistry.
South Yorkshire / East Midlands
Dr Philip Benson Reader and Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield. He is an experienced teacher at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has been an examiner for the Membership in Orthodontics at Edinburgh since 2008.
Miss Mary MacKnight Consultant Orthodontist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. She has been an examiner for MOrth since June 2009 and RDA for the Oxford region.
Dr Kashif Hafeez Dr Hafeez has been a Fellow of the College since 2011 and now works in a dental practice in Oxfordshire. He has been a Regional Dental Adviser since 2017 and is also a fellow of the College's Faculty of Dental Trainers.
North West London
Mrs Sumithra Hewage Consultant Orthodontist based in Northwest London. She has been a Fellow of the College since 1983 and is a member of the Faculty of Examiners. She has been actively engaged with RCSEd activities for over 15 years.
North London
Dr Phil Taylor Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Clinical Director of Dentistry at Barts Health and Clinical Lead in Restorative Dentistry. He is also Senior Lecturer in Adult Oral Health QMUL.
North East London
Mr Nick Lewis Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital & UCLH in London, based in Prosthodontics. He was appointed as a Regional Adviser for the College in 2012.
SW England (Dorset)
Mrs Pamela Ellis Consultant Orthodontist in Dorchester and has been a Fellow of the Faculty since 1997. She has been a Regional Adviser since 2004, most recently for the South West of England (Dorset and Somerset). She is also an examiner for the Membership in Orthodontics Examination.
SW England (Devon / Exeter)
Mr Ewen McColl Associate Professor and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Peninsula Dental School. Ewen has been a Fellow of the College since 2008 and Regional Dental Adviser since 2016.
Kent / Surrey / Sussex
Dr Lindsay Winchester Consultant Orthodontist at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. She is a past elected member of Dental Council, is on the Advisory Board for Orthodontics and has been an examiner for the last 11 years. She has a particular interest in training and education.

Northern Ireland

Dr Gerry McKenna

Dr Gerry McKenna is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in Queens University Belfast. He completed undergraduate training in Newcastle followed by academic specialist training in University College Cork. Gerry is currently an MFDS examiner for the college and has examined in Edinburgh, London and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  


NE Scotland / Grampian / Highland
Mr Martin Donachie Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and Clinical Director in Aberdeen Dental Hospital and School. He has been a fellow of the Faculty since 1987 and Regional Adviser for Grampian since 2000. He is currently an examiner in MFDS and holds a Diploma and Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the College.
Dr Pauline Maillou

Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Dundee Dental Hospital and School. She is involved with training at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is 4th BDS examinations convenor and Training Programme Director for Restorative Dentistry in the North East of Scotland. Currently an examiner in MFDS and ISFE for the College. 

South East Scotland
West of Scotland
Dr Kurt Busuttil-Naudi

Senior Clinical University Teacher / Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, 4th year undergraduate course coordinator, deputy coordinator of the MSc in OMFS, experienced in teaching and examining both undergraduates and postgraduates.



North Wales
South Wales
Vacant  Cardiff

Republic of Ireland


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