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BDA honours Accredited Representative of the Year

22 May 2019


Community dentist Ken Hughes has been honoured with the Andy Williams Award for Accredited Representative (AR) of the Year, a recent AR Training Day and Conference.

Ken has over 30 years’ experience as an AR and has been the Wales AR Chair for much of this time. He was also Chair of the AR Conference from 2003 to 2007.

Throughout his tenure as an AR Ken has been active at workplace level in representing our members’ interest within the Trade Union Partnership Forum and the Local Negotiating Committee in Gwent. He has also been successful in maintaining cordial and constructive relationships with his Clinical Directors, including Sue Greening, and HR in advocating on behalf of our members and the service. 

Ken has worked successfully with Welsh Government and the Deanery in developing an electronic version of the contractual appraisal system, specifically tailored for CDS dentists in Wales. Ken is currently busy supporting his colleagues in Gwent in challenging a change in local terms and conditions. 

The AR Training Day and Conference took place in Birmingham on 15-16 May and was attended by over 60 ARs. Delegates experienced a packed programme, including employment rights training by the BDA’s Employment Relations Team.

As official representatives, the ARs debated a number of motions submitted from community dentists across the UK. These included general anaesthetic waiting times, rising levels of stress in the Community Dental Services and campaigning for the HPV vaccinations for boys. 

The Conference was also addressed by BDA Chair Mick Armstrong and Chair of the England Community Dental Services Committee, Charlotte Waite. BDA Acting Chief Executive, Martin Woodrow also attended the day and acknowledged the invaluable role ARs have in linking members needs’ directly to the BDA. 

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