British Association of Dental Therapists

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The BADT council members as of the AGM 23rd September 2018 are:



Debbie McGovern – BADT President
I love being a dental therapist and have over 30 years’ experience in dentistry and starting as dental nurse in Liverpool before studying for a Bachelor of Science degree at Manchester University.
I currently work in the coal face of dentistry with my husband Marius at our NHS and private clinics.  I use my full scope of practice. I have a particular interest in skin and facial aesthetics and anti-ageing.

I have been a council member for over 13 years holding a variety of positions.  I enjoy the politics of dentistry and representing our profession.I have met some incredible people during my time with BADT and hope I can contribute more along my journey representing you our members.

On a Personal level I have four children, Lauren who is also a dental therapist, Michael, Niamh and Kian.

Contact Debbie McGovern (President)


Debbie Hemington – BADT Chairperson
Debbie qualified as  a Dental Therapists at New Cross in 1983, the year it closed down, and is actually the last New Cross Therapist. She qualified as a Hygienist at Kings in 1987 where she won several awards and for the last 16 years has combined working in practice (where she has been for 32 years) with teaching student Dental Therapists and Hygienists at the Eastman Dental Hospital.

She also worked for the former London Deanery for 4 years as part of the DCP CPD team, leading for Dental Therapy. In 2013 Debbie completed a 2 year part time post graduate course in Clinical Peridontology, on top of all the extended duties as they have been introduced, including Prescribing Radiographs. Debbie was also invited to join the charity “Heart Your Smile” to lead their school educational programme.

Debbie has been treasurer of the London Region of BADT for over 10 years and has organised many CPD events over the years.  She has also been an invited speaker at a number of events including The Dentistry Show, The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association and the European Association of Oral Medicine, where she presented an account of her role in treating a terminally ill HIV positive teenager, to an international audience.  

Debbie has Dental Therapy and BADT in her blood and was recently awarded the “Outstanding Achievement” award in recognition of setting up an educational collaboration between BADT and The Eastman Dental Institute.

Contact Debbie Hemington (Chair)


Julie Ellis – BADT Secretary
After qualifying from New Cross in 1979, Julie moved to Wales to start her first job as a Dental Therapist in the community service, she has worked there ever since. Along the way she has seen many changes in the role of the therapist and now as a senior member of staff utilises all the extended duties that were not available during her training. She has completed the post graduate certificate in oral health promotion along with the further education teaching certificate, she now teaches on the Wales deanery OHE course for dental nurses.

Always a keen and active member of BADT she has held the position of South wales rep, education and Training before taking on the role of secretary.

Contact Julie Ellis (Secretary) 


Anne Marie Yarwood – BADT Treasurer
Anne Marie studied at New Cross School for Dental therapists and qualified in 1979 then worked in NHS community dental practices. Following a career change, during which she raised a family, she attended a “return to work” course in 2005 and found work as a dental therapist and practice manager in a busy NHS general dental practice in Manchester.  Anne-Marie gained management and financial experience working in a major multinational bank; useful skills she has brought to the BADT council. A positive and enthusiastic person, she has always been an active member of her community.   Anne-Marie said we all have an important role as dental professionals, supporting the health of individuals and the population but also every member of the BADT can be proud of their contribution to the continuation of our Dental Therapist profession.

Contact Anne-Marie Yarwood (Treasurer)


Chris Forrest – National Conference Coordinator & Media Relations
Graduated from Newcastle Dental School with a Dip in Dental Hygiene & Dip in Dental Therapy, he later graduated with a BSc Health Care from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Salford University.  Throughout his career he has taken a key role within BADT and currently serves as National Conference Co-ordinator and Media Relations. Recently Chris was offered to join the DCP advisory board at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Key Opinion Leader for Acteon UK and works full time in private practice. Outside of dentistry; Chris likes to spend time with family and friends, travel and explore new places, and visit Canada.

Contact Chris Forrest (Conference or Media)

Joanna Bowles - BADT Editor
Contact Joanne Bowles – Editor

Holly Buckley – Media Associate (Dental Therapy)
Holly initially graduated with a Bsc (hons) In Medicinal Chemistry from Queens University Belfast in 2014. She then went on to spend some time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where she was unfortunately medically discharged at the age of 21. Looking at inspirational career choices she then went on to gain a place to study a diploma in Dental Hygiene Therapy at the University of Liverpool, qualifying in 2018. Holly now works in 2 mixed practices in the North West of England, working to her full scope of practice. She most enjoys helping patients and undertaking restorative work.

In her spare time, Holly would describe herself as a bit of a “foody” and enjoys eating in, cooking different cuisines and eating out, trying new food. Also, spending time in the outdoors In the hills with her partner.


Kelsey Ellen – Media Associate (Dental Hygiene)
Kelsey qualified from the University of Liverpool in December 2018 and have been working across multiple private Practices, including working alongside specialist periodontists.

I love being able motivate and educate my patients how to maintain their own oral health alongside their dental treatments, helping to create their beautiful smiles!

Previous to this I held a dental nurse position for 9 year, working in Orthodontic and general practices which inspired me to become a Dental Therapist. I continued as a Dental Nurse throughout my studies at university.

In my free time I like to spend time with family and friends and I am part of a dance academy. I love to travel, see new places and spend time by the sea.



Verity Hughes – Merseyside & South Pennines
I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2014 and soon after took a VT post at a practice in Harpurhey, North Manchester. After my VT I joined a practice in Stockport to be closer to home. I now work in Stockport, Manchester city centre and Ramsbottom. I am passionate about training and increasing and expanding my skills. In my spare time I enjoy keeping busy by going to the gym and trips to the theatre with my friends.


Emma Duke – Midlands Representative
Qualified from Edinburgh Dental Hospital in 1991 as a Dental Hygienist and then from Liverpool Dental Hospital in 2005 as a Dental Therapist. I work part time in General Dental Practice, community and as a Tutor Dental Hygienist & Therapist.  I represent the Midlands region and feel the BADT represents us and pushes forward our profession to the wider dental community.

Contact Emma Duke (Midlands)

Lewis Tyson – North West Representative
I qualified as a dental therapist in 2018 from Teesside university with an award for the most clinical merits.  Originally, I am from the North West where time outside of work I like to walk around lakes, cycle and generally be outdoors.  When at work, within the North West I use my full scope of practice on an established list of patients performing both NHS and private treatments. 

Contact Lewis Tyson (North West)

Kirsty Noakes – Wales Representative

Bio coming soon


Adetunji Otemade – North East Representative
Adetunji started his career as a dental nurse in 2007. He qualified as a Dental Therapist in 2016 from Teesside University. Shortly after completing his MSc degree in Public Health, he worked as an outreach dental therapist across the Borough of Hackney and Tower Hamlets in North East London. He began his current role as Lecturer at Newcastle University where he teaches across both the BDS and ODHS degree program, and also as a course lead on the BSc ODHS degree program. He is currently studying the Newcastle Educational Practice Scheme which will enable him to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Alongside his teaching responsibilities, Adetunji is also involved in the research. His current research interest continues to be in population oral health and dental education research, however, future research interest will be looking at music within the dental environment with a specific focus on the utility of music and artificial intelligence (AI) in the management of dental anxiety and overall patient dental experience.


Clare Mcilwaine –  South West Representative
BSc DTH Programme Lead, Lecturer in Oral Health Science, Peninsula Dental School

Clare started her career in dentistry as a dental nurse in 1996. After 8 years as a dental nurse she went on to study Dental Hygiene and Therapy at Kings College London and qualified in 2008. Clare has gained experience treating patients in General NHS and private practice and those with special needs in the Community Dental Service. Clare went on to join the Peninsula Dental School in 2009 and developed an interest in education and research and completed a Masters in Clinical Education in 2017. Clare currently leads the BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene programme at Plymouth University and is passionate about shared teaching, learning and assessment within dental education.

Clare lives in Cornwall and is married with two young children and very much enjoys the Cornish outdoors.

Ibrahim Numan –  London & South East Representative
Ibrahim grew up in East London where he studied for a degree in Biology before embarking on a dental career. He began his career in dentistry as a Dental Nurse at Eastman Dental Hospital. Once qualified he studied Dental Radiography alongside Dental Nursing which inspired him to pursue a career as a Dental Therapist. He completed his training at the Eastman Dental Hospital. Since graduating he has worked in private practices across London. In his spare time, Ibrahim enjoys staying active: running and taking part in half marathons with a target to run the London Marathon in 2021. He enjoys playing badminton once a week with friends and support his football team on weekends.

Lianne Dobson –  London & South East Representative
Lianne decided to progress her role and undertook the Dental Hygiene and Therapy diploma at Kings College Hospital, London. In 2016 she was awarded Best Clinical Therapist and has specialist interest in restorative work, especially the treatment of nervous and child patients.

Since qualifying Lianne has obtained further qualifications in facial aesthetics, tooth whitening and is currently continuing her studies at the University of Lancashire with their BSc Dental Studies programme.

In her spare time apart from attending regular courses and keeping up to date with the constant updates within dentistry, her time is spent with her 2 young daughters, keeping fit or exploring the countryside of the UK!

We have a new Scottish representative, Kyle Anderson, with whom we are delighted to be working.

Kyle qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2013 progressing into Orthodontic Nursing into 2014 and working in General Practice and PDS. Throughout his time nursing Kyle volunteered with Bridge2Aid in Tanzania in 2016, and won the DCP of the Year award at the Scottish Dental Awards in 2017. 

Kyle decided to progress his role and undertook the Oral Health Science BSc at The University of the Highlands and Islands in 2017, qualified in 2020, and is looking forward to getting back into the working world as a Dental Therapist. 

In his spare time Kyle has recently become a dad in May 2020 during lockdown so when he does get the time he enjoys golfing, amateur dramatics and volunteering with the RNLI. 

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