The Committee

Sandra White, President
Dr Sandra White has been the National Lead for Dental Public Health England (PHE) since 2014.  Before taking on her current role, Sandra has had a varied and substantial career in dentistry working as a consultant in dental public health for many years, before which she worked in various roles in special care dentistry, general dental practice and oral surgery.

Wade Houlden, Chairman
Wade Houlden qualified from King’s in 1980, entered General Practice and worked as an associate in the Worthing and Arundel areas of West Sussex. He has owned his own practice since 1987 which is almost entirely NHS. In 1995 he became the visiting dentist at HMP Ford, a Category D Prison. He undertook a clinical attachment in Orthodontics at Worthing Hospital between 1998 to 2000 and was a Vocational Trainer from 1999 to 2004. Wade is also the Honorary Secretary of Arun Dencare, a local group of general practices involved in emergency cover and peer review.  Wade Houlden is a founding member of NAPDUK.

Alan Canty, Webmaster and Conference Organiser
Alan is a specialist in both special care dentistry and oral surgery.   Having worked in various hospital posts in Bristol and Manchester he obtained his FDS in 1982 and went on to establish his own practice in Gloucestershire which he continued to run until 2006. He was a vocational trainer in the Southwest scheme from 1988 to 1993 and from 2005 to 2014 he worked at HMP YOI Eastwood Park, a women’s prison in South Gloucestershire.  He currently works as an expert advisor to the GDC Fitness to Practice whilst continuing his work for prison dentistry.  Alan is a founding member of NAPDUK and was a co-author of “A survey of dental services in adult prisons in England and Wales”.  He sits on a number of committees and is a member of the NHSE Health and Justice clinical reference group.

Ellie Heidari, Secretary
Ellie Heidari qualified at Tandlakar skolan in Gothenburg. She completed an MSc in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry and is currently working at the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guy’s Hospital . She has conducted a year’s research into the “Oral health of prisoners.” She has worked at YOI Feltham and Brixton prison for a number of years. She is a specialist in special care dentistry and is currently undertaking an MA in clinical pedagogy.

Ruth Gray, International Liaison Officer
Ruth Gray graduated from Glasgow University in 1996. She worked in practice and hospital in Belfast and England before working for a development organisation in Nepal in 1999. From 2000 to 2006 she worked as a senior dental officer in Dublin in special care dentistry, setting up a dental service for people who are homeless or substance users. She completed a Master’s in Dental Public Health in Cork 2002 with research dissertation “Oral Health Survey of Methadone Users in Dublin.” She is currently a senior dental surgeon in prison services Belfast.

Joseph Stacey, Treasurer

Marina Tomsett




Beverley Lewis, Hygienist/Therapist Liaison

Carol Thorpe, DCP Liaison