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Dr Prabhu Manickam Natarajan

Dr Manickam Natarajan is a graduate of the Sree Balaji Dental College and former professor of Periodontics at the same College. He completed his PhD in Periodontics at the Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research in India, being one of the few dental professionals to have obtained a PhD in Periodontology from India. As well as his involvement as a clinical trainer, examiner, and educational supervisor, he has also edited international dental journals and written five books in the field of Dentistry. He is currently working at the University of Science and Technology of Fujairah (United Arab Emirates).


Laura Timms

Laura Timms joined FDT as an Associate this year and was the recipient of an FDS grant in September 2020. A graduate from the University of Manchester, Laura currently works in Sheffield as an Academic Clinical Fellow. Her interests are management of trauma and children with medical comorbidities, with a particular interest in the prevention and minimally invasive management of caries in children.


 

Julia Armstrong 

In 2016 Julia was awarded Fellowship from the Faculty of Dental Trainers [FDT] at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is an executive member of the FDT board. In 2019 Julia was made a Dental Team Ambassador of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Faculty of Dental Surgery. 

Julia has an honours degree in Education and Professional Development and holds a range of post qualifications to support her role in dental education.

In 2016 she was awarded Fellowship from the Faculty of Dental Trainers [FDT] at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is an executive member of the FDT board. In 2019 Julia was made a Dental Team Ambassador of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Faculty of Dental Surgery.

She works at Health Education England [Yorks and Humber] as part of Dental Workforce Development where she commissions and delivers education to dental teams. She also supports general dental practices involved in Dental Foundation Training, Therapy Foundation Training and Performance List Validation by Experience [PLVE]. 

Julia is a Tutor at Leeds Dental Institute teaching the NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing and quality assures both pre-registration training and post-graduate educational courses. In 2006 Julia became an examiner for the NEBDN, swiftly moving into a Supervising Examiner role, then in 2014 Diploma Committee member; writing and quality assuring written exam papers and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. 


 Geraldine Birks 

 

Geraldine has worked for the General Dental Council since 2009, in EEA and Non-EEA registration, education quality assurance of UK dental schools and fitness to practise. Currently an Investigating Committee Chair and Clinical Case Examiner.

Geraldine is also a Dental Workforce Development Postgraduate Tutor for Health Education England, Yorkshire & the Humber, responsible for identification and commissioning of high quality education to meet the workforce needs. As part of this role, Geraldine also participates in educational quality management and Foundation training practice inspections.

Geraldine is a Dental Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission undertaking primary and secondary care dental inspections. In 2018 Geraldine trained all the CQC Inspectors at their national conference in London on infection control. She lectures throughout England and Scotland on infection control and professional ethics and maintains clinical activity.

Geraldine holds a BA (Hons) in education, is a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and sits on the Executive Board of the FDT.


 

Tom Bereznicki

Having graduated from Edinburgh in 1976, Tom immediately moved to London and worked as a House Surgeon rotating around Departments at Guy’s and The Royal Dental Hospitals entering general dental practice in 1978. In 1982, he opened his own single-handed private practice as a ‘squat’ in Queensgate, London before moving himself and his patients to join The Dawood & Tanner Dental Practice in Wimpole Street in January 2011.

In October 2013 Tom was appointed as a Visiting Clinical Specialist Teacher in the Department of Primary Dental Care (PDC) at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill. In June 2017 he was appointed as Extra-curricular Education Co-ordination Officer for the King’s College London Dental Students Society.  In April 2018, he became Staff President of The Kings Students Dental Society and was subsequently appointed as a Member of The Kings Dental Alumni Association Council.

In May 2018 Tom was awarded one of King’s College London’s prestigious Teaching Excellence Awards – Teaching Experience. In 2019 he was re-appointed as Staff President of The Kings Students Dental Society and nominated for The 2019 Kings Education Award – Student Support.

In March 2017 he was co-opted to The Advisory Board in Primary Dental Care at The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. In July 2017 he also joined the Steering Group of The Faculty of Dental Trainers at The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. In March 2018 he became a Member of The Faculty of Dental Trainers at The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (MFDTEd). In July 2018 he became a Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners at The Royal College of Surgeons, England.

In July 2019 he was elected as President of The Metropolitan Branch of The British Dental Association for the year 2021/2022.