Board of directors

Our board of directors have always been made up of dentists; we believe this is important to represent our members in the best possible way. They are chosen because of their commitment to the membership as a whole, as well as each individual. They don’t have any personal agendas or interests that would compromise their position. Our corporate culture relies on teamwork, accountability and shared responsibility.

The quality of our people is vital to the success of our business and we are committed to the development of our senior personnel and future managers. We regularly review the scope of the expertise available to the board, to ensure our senior management retains the necessary skills to achieve our future goals.

The board of directors comprises of nine members:

Kathryn Woolass (62) - Chairman

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Kathryn was appointed to the board as a non executive director in 1984 and as chairman in 2010. She is also a director of 1908 Property Holdings Limited, a member of the governance committee and the investment and capital management committee and has previously been a member of the audit and risk committees.

She has previously served in senior roles in various dental bodies, including treasurer and chair of the Rotherham Local Dental Committee, examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons for the Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy, member of the South Yorkshire Council of the British Dental Association, secretary of the South Yorkshire branch of the British Society for Paediatric Dentistry, secretary of the Local Orthodontic Committee of the South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority, postgraduate dental tutor for Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham and a member of the Rotherham Oral Health Advisory Group.


Farrukh Mirza (46) - Chief executive

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Farrukh joined the society as head of finance in 1999. He was appointed as deputy chief executive in 2003 and to the board and as chief executive in 2008. As the group’s chief investment officer, he chairs the investment and capital management committee. He is a director of 1908 Property Holdings Limited. Since qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1995, he has worked with Baker Tilly,
BayernLB and PricewaterhouseCoopers, specialising in banking and insurance.


Simon Elliott (42) - Deputy chief executive

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Simon was appointed to the board in October 2015 as an executive director. He is the group’s deputy chief executive with operational oversight of compliance, marketing and member services. He is also the group’s secretary and a member of the investment and capital management committee. Simon joined the society in 2007 after working for 11 years at Deloitte LLP in their actuarial practice, advising and working with friendly societies and insurance companies within the UK and Europe.

Davinderpal Kooner (62) - Vice chairman

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Davinderpal was appointed as a non executive director in 2004 and as vice chairman in 2011. He is also a member of the governance committee and the audit committee. He is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and vice chairman and member of the Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Local Dental Committee. He is also a Justice of the Peace, non executive director of Dental Protection Limited and has general practices in West London.

He has worked extensively in the training of dentists and complementary professionals. He examined for the National Examination Board for Dental Nurses. He continues to examine for the Royal College of Surgeons of England for the MJDF Diploma of the Faculty of General Dental Practice. From 1997 to 2014, he was Regional Advisor in general dental practice and DF1 Vocational Training Programme Director for the London Deanery. He has also served as a professional member of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the General Dental Council, a General Commissioner of Income Taxes and as a member of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.

Martyn Green (63) - Independent non executive director

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Martyn was appointed to the board in 2010. He is the chairman of the governance committee and a member of the operational risk and reputation committee. He is also on the Advisory Board of the dental charity Bridge2Aid, a member of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal, a chair of the General Medical Council’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales probate committee. Martyn is a dental member of the GDC Appointments Committee. He is retired from general practice.

He was previously a member of the General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel. He has worked extensively in the training of newly qualified dentists, having been in various roles including Regional Advisor in general dental practice and Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean.

Jim Karim (51) - Independent non executive director

Jim was appointed to the board and as a member of the audit committee in May 2017. Jim is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry, working in various senior risk management roles. He is currently a Head of Risk for Liquidity and Banking Market Risk at Santander UK with responsibility for risk monitoring and control of Santander UK’s liquidity, asset and liability management, ALCO investments and pensions risks.

Giles Kidner (51) - Independent non executive director

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Giles was appointed to the board in 2004 and is the chairman of the audit committee. He is a consultant orthodontist at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trusts and also works part time in private practice. He is also a lead orthodontist for the regional cleft lip and palate service, Caldicott Guardian and an examiner for both the Intercollegiate Membership and Speciality Fellowship examinations in Orthodontics.

Huw Winstone (58) - Independent non executive director

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Huw was appointed to the board in 2014. He has been in general dental practice since 1981 and is a principal of his family practice in North West Kent. Since 1996 he has been a dental practice advisor for the NHS, currently for NHS England Kent–South (South East). Huw has worked for over twenty years in Dental Foundation Training, as a Vocational Training Adviser, training Programme Director and an Associate Dean for Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex. Huw is also a local dental advisor for Dental Protection Limited and he has been a member of the Kent Local Dental Committee since 1988, being treasurer for over twenty years.

Alister Weightman (52) - Independent non executive director

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Alister was appointed to the board in 2011. He is a member of the audit committee and has been in general practice since 1987. He is a dental practice advisor for the Yorkshire and Humber Area Team of NHS England and works part
time in general dental practice. He has been a clinical support manager for My dentist in the North East region and a past treasurer of the North Lincolnshire Local DentalCommittee and dental practice advisor for Doncaster and
North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trusts. He has also been a clinical assistant in orthodontics and a vocational trainer.



If you have any questions please contact our company secretary Simon Elliott on 020 7400 5700.


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