New Scottish member for BDA committee
Fife dentist Derek Harper elected to serve on Principal Executive Committee
Fife dentist Derek Harper has been elected as the Scottish board member on the British Dental Association’s (BDA) Principal Executive Committee (PEC).
Derek, who took up his post on 1 January, joins fellow new PEC members Anthony Kilcoyne (UK-wide), Alison Lockyer (East Midlands and Central), Russ Ladwa (Greater London) and Victor Chan (South East) for the 2017-19 triennium. The PEC is made up of 15 elected members, nine from the English regions, one from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and three UK-wide members.
It is chaired by Castleford dentist Mick Armstrong.
Derek has been involved in dental politics since 1984 when he was elected to the Fife ADC, where he still sits. He is also chair of the LDC and was elected to SDPC and GDPC in 2000, being vice-chair of SDPC for six years and sitting on the executive since 2002.
BDA has to be strong and forthright in negotiations. it has to be resourceful in what it has to offer
In his PEC election statement, he said: “The BDA faces many potential problems. Brexit may throw up many such problems though only time will tell.
“General practice is reaching a crossroads in all parts of the UK and steadfast leadership of the profession through the BDA is more vital than ever. The PEC as the overarching body of the association has a great deal to do to maintain membership and guide these members through the trials ahead.
“The BDA has to be strong and forthright in negotiations. It has to be resourceful in what it has to offer to the members – particularly the younger ones in the profession – in order to have a strong base.
“I feel I have a lot to offer to help the PEC operate successfully in all these facets. The association needs a strong PEC where all the members of it have experience and knowledge vital in these difficult times.”