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Wales Committee for Community Dentistry

The objective of WCCD:

​This is a Standing Committee of the Principle Executive Committee (PEC). Subject to the authority of the PEC, which shall be renewable annually, to represent the interests of dentists working in the Community Dental Service in Wales and to make representations on their behalf to their employers and to the Welsh Assembly Government.


WCCD members

Voting members - One elected seat for each of the Local Health Boards specified below:

Betsi Cadwalader Health Board
Hywel Dda Health Board
Powys Teaching Health Board
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board
Aneurin Bevan Health Board
Cardiff and Vale Health Board (which also runs the CDS within Cwm Taf)

Clinical Director - One elected seat pan-Wales, usually chosen by the Welsh Clinical Directors group.


Clinical Members

David Johnson, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board

Ken Hughes,  Aneurin Bevan Health Board

David Barber, Betsi Cadwalader Health Board

Emmanouil Roditakis, Hywel Dda Health Board

Jane Lishman, Powys Teaching Health Board

Celia Topping, Cardiff and Vale Health Board


Clinical Directors

Sandra Sandham


Non-voting members

  • The Chair and Deputy Chair of the Principal Executive Committee
  • One member nominated by the Community Dental Services Group in Wales
  • The Chair of the Accredited Representatives in Wales

The Committee may co-opt a Consultant or Trainee in Dental Public Health and up to two other members.


Principal Executive Committee Members
Mick Armstrong, Chair of the PEC
Eddie Crouch, Deputy Chair of the PEC

Member Nominated by the Welsh CDS Group 

Chris Wall

Consultant in Dental Public Health

​Nigel Monaghan

Chair of the Accredited Representative in Wales

Ken Hughes



Four members of whom two must be elected members.​

WCCD member profiles

David Johnson

Chair WCCD

​Dr David Johnson is a Wolfson Foundation Scholar graduating from Cardiff Dental School in 2001. David has worked for the past 12 years in the Community Dental Service, having previously worked in General Practice and Cardiff Dental School where he held a position of Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Oral Medicine.


As a Dental Officer he previously w​​orked for Cardiff and Vale uHB in Barry and the Rhondda Valley, and is currently working as a Senior Dental Officer in the Bridgend area treating special needs children and adults for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg uHB.


His week is split between treating patients under General Anaesthetic & Sedation and treating patients on a Mobile Dental Clinic in a Medium Secure Forensic Mental Health clinic.


Outside of work David lectures nationally on the use of Acupuncture within Dentistry as an adjunct to treatment and as a means of pain and anxiety control; with delegates travelling from overseas to attend the courses that he teaches for the British Dental Acupuncture Society.


When not lecturing, he promotes and works with Bridge2Aid, a dental charity providing vital dental pain relief & training for healthcare workers to deliver sustainable dentistry in the developing world.​

Ken Hughes

Vice Chair

​​Ken Hughes graduated from Cardiff in 1982 and has worked in the CDS in Gwent and part-time in practice in Abergavenny. He completed the distance learning diploma in post graduate dental studies from Cardiff in 2004 and also gained a diploma in healthcare informatics from the University of Bath in 2013. Currently, Ken works full time as a Senior Dental Officer in a variety of locations in ABUHB providing dental care for patients with special clinical needs; he has been actively involved in the BDA as both an AR and as an elected committee member of WCCD for many years.​​

Nigel Monaghan

​Nigel Monaghan worked in hospital, general and community dental practice before commencing higher training in dental public health. Appointed a consultant in dental public health in 1999, he has led the Welsh dental epidemiology programme since then. He has been a trainer in dental public health for over 10 years and is currently the training programme director. Nigel was also Director of Public Health in 3 Welsh Health Boards between 2003 and 2008 and is a visiting professor in public health at the University of South Wales. From 2006-2010 he was a member of the Faculty of Public Health Policy Committee. From 2006 - 2008 he was vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health. Currently he is co-opted onto WCCD and WGDPC, a member of the BDA Dental Public Health Committee and as cross-representative on the BMA Wales Public Health Committee.


Given that health problems of the 21st century are those which traditional approaches have failed to address, Nigel has a developing interest in the implications of complexity theory for health and healthcare.

Emmanouil (Manolis) Roditakis

​Manolis Roditakis graduated from Athens Dental School in 2002. He served in the Greek Air Force as a Sergeant Dental Officer and then worked at his Private Practice in Crete for 7 years. During this time, he was actively involved in a dental charity for special care patients in his hometown.


In 2010 he moved to London where he worked in General and Private practice. In 2011 he completed the Certificate in Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, UCL. In 2012, Manolis moved to the Shetland Islands where he joined the Community Dental Service. He obtained the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Remote & Rural Fellowship for further postgraduate studies in Paediatric dentistry at the University of Aberdeen. He also became a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MFDS RCSEd). Since 2015, Manolis is part of the Community Dental Service in Hywel Dda UHB, SW Wales, as a Senior Dental Officer.


His fields of interest include children and adults with special needs and Inhalation Sedation. Outside work, Manolis enjoys travelling and with the help of his 5 year old son, he aims to become a Lego master builder.

Jane Lishman

Jane Lishman graduated from Liverpool Dental School in 2002. She worked as an associate in practice (Wolverhampton, Kidderminster and Wall Heath) for 10 years and gained her MFGDP (UK) in 2005. During this time, she also joined Birmingham PDS as a dental officer and later as an honorary clinical lecturer, supervising students from the University of Birmingham.

Jane currently works part-time as a dental officer for Powys CDS and is studying for a diploma in Special Care Dentistry. She particularly enjoys treating adults and children with special needs and runs an inhalation sedation clinic at Brecon War Memorial Hospital. She lives near Brecon with her 3 children and enjoys gardening, baking and winter sports.

Sandra Sandham

​Sandra gained her BDS from Liverpool Dental School followed by an MPhil from University of Wales, Bangor. She is entered on two General Dental Council Specialist Lists - Special Care Dentistry and Dental Public Health and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.


She is employed by BCUHB as Director of North Wales Community Dental Service/ Director of Dental Public Health and also works for Public Health Wales. Having always been interested in Dental Nurse Education, she established a range of basic and post certification courses in North Wales and has, for many years, been a NEBDN examiner for the National Certificate/ Diploma and the post qualification examination in Conscious Sedation.


She sits on a variety of local and National Committees including Welsh Dental Committee and is Chair of the Welsh CDS Clinical Directors Group and of the WG Strategic Advisory Forum in Orthodontics.

Chris Wall

Chris Wall qualified from The London in 1987 & worked for the following 7 years as an associate in general practice in Chingford, Essex.


A move to Swansea followed, without any job, & so, after a few months of a life of leisure, Chris obtained a Dental Officer post with the then Glan-y-Mor Trust.


A Clinical Assistant post in Orthodontics was started in Morriston Hospital a year later which is ongoing. DwSI accreditation in orthodontics was obtained subsequently.


Chris currently work 4 days a week for ABMU LHB looking after the foundation dentists training, with the other day in Morriston Hospital.


Away from work Chris spends time playing hockey, running, cycling & ferrying his children to their various activities.​