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 Cold 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-aging.

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
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 & friends, travel/explore new places and visit Canada.

Contact Chris Forrest (Conference or Media)


Chandi Patel – BADT Editor
I qualified from the University of Manchester in 2013 and have since worked in general practice as a dental therapist. I have a particular interest in public health and recently completed my Masters in Public Health.
I recently took a year out to pursue a fellowship in public health within a local authority, where I led on oral health projects, whilst also delivering training to front-line staff. I now dedicate my week to working in general practice as a dental hygienist as well as at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as a Paediatric Dental Therapist. 

Contact Chandi Patel – Editor


Bev Littlemore – BADT Education Officer
Bev has worked in dentistry for over 25 years and is passionate about furthering the development of Dental Care Professionals.

Bev has worked in general practice, maxillo-facial and orthodontic settings and in Public Health.Bev returned to University to gain her Combined Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, graduating with Distinction from Liverpool University. She has since achieved a BSc (Hons) in Dental Studies (1stclass) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management.

She has completed her PG Cert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently studying for an MSc in Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice with UCLan. As a Senior Dental Therapy Lecturer and Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy at the University of Central Lancashire, Bev has been fundamental to the development of UCLan’s MSc in Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice aimed at dental hygienists and therapists. 

Alongside her course lead responsibilities, Bev is module lead for several modules on the dental therapy programme course, in addition to teaching commitments on the BDS course. Bev is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons.

Contact Bev Littlemore (Education)


Kirstie Thwaites – Ordinary Council Member
Kirstie qualified in 2006 from the University of Leeds as a dental therapist. Following her initial training she has completed a two year postgraduate programme in Enhanced Skills in Clinical Periodontology at Kings College Hospital, London.She now divides her week between clinical practice in general and specialist settings and as the Programme Lead for the BSc Oral Health Science at the University of Essex. She has previously been the Editorial council member for BADT. 



Verity Hughes – Ordinary Council Member
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)


Benjamin Tighe – Thames Valley Representative
Hello everyone, my name is Benjamin, i’m representing the newest BADT region, Thames Valley.

This collection of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire is where I’ve lived and worked since 2011 after qualifying from Newcastle University. My working week is a busy one, it includes a mixture of teaching at the Eastman and clinical practice of both private and NHS hygiene and therapy.

As your rep I intend to bring you a selection of engaging courses with eminent speakers, and working in conjunction with practices promoting greater use of Therapists. A Thames Valley Facebook group has already been set up, keeping you up to date with everything and offering an outlet for your suggestions. Please join and have your say. 
Alternatively you can contact me at thamesvalleybadt@gmail.com.

Contact Benjamin Tighe (Thames Valley)


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)