(Chairman, Executive Media Spokesman, Coach/Mentor, PASS DGM Chair) 2021
Philip Gowers trained at UMDS (London) and qualified in 1990. He worked part time in Bow and part time as a clinical lecturer and BDS examiner at Guys Hospital under Professor Challacombe in Oral Medicine and Oral pathology until 1999. Philip then moved to Southsea in 1993 and became an associate then partner by 1997. Unfortunately Philip’s business partner died and so he became the owner of a four surgery practice then. Around this time Philip became interested in dental politics.
Philip became a member of Hampshire LDC ,then chair of Portsmouth and SE Hants LDC. In this role he attended conference, passing motions to change things at a national level. During this period he also became VT trainer for eight young dentists and continued to work as a GDP full time.
Philip achieved a PGCE at the University of Winchester and become a DPA (contracts). In 2013 Philip achieved the role of advanced coach mentor for the Wessex and Oxford Deanery.
Most recently Philip sold his practice to one of his trainees and was appointed Chair of the Hampshire and IOW Local Dental Committee which was a particular honour to accept.
Philip finally became chair of PASS ( Practitioner Advice and Support Scheme) for Hampshire and IOW LDC as well as PVLE Assessor for Oxford and Wessex Deanery and a Research Champion for NIHR ( National Institute for Health Research).
2021 (Vice-Chairman, Executive, BDA Ben Fund Trustee), PASS DG Member
(Appointed Secretary, Executive, Wessex GDPC Rep, Coach/Mentor, DSP PAG/PLDP, Appraiser, Chair BDG, BDA Wessex Branch English and UK Council member, MCN member, LDN Core Member, BSAD Member, BDAGS Treasurer 2021, FTSUG, PASS DG Member Secretary)
Graduated BDS from Birmingham University in 1971 and worked as an NHS Associate in the West Midlands and Gosport until 1974 whereupon he went into a two man partnership in a Gosport NHS practice which later developed into a mixed private/NHS practice providing almost all aspects of primary care clinical dentistry including orthodontics (BOULD University of Bristol and Clinical Assistant Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth 1993 to 1995). Achieved the MGDS RCS in 1988 after 3 years postgraduate education and completed the FFGDP(UK) in 2010.
Enjoys a special interest in postgraduate career education and GDP career support – trained FT by Equivalence Assessor, Clinical Audit/Peer Review Facilitator and past occaisonal Chair Dorset CA/PR Local Assessment Panel, Deanery trained and accredited Appraiser, Coach/Mentor and Mentor for Dentists in Difficulty (WISDOM).
Current Honorary Secretary of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Dental Committee (H&IOW LDC) and Chairman of the British Dental Guild. Past Honorary Treasurer of the H&IOW LDC and current Treasurer and past Captain of the BDA Golf Society.
Past President of Wessex BDA Branch Council (2009/10) and current Branch member. Current BDA English and UK Council Representative for Wessex Branch. GDSC Representative for Wessex from 2000 until 2003 and GDPC Representative for the Wessex region from 2004 until the present (1 of 3 Reps). NHSE trained Discipline Specific Practitioner on PAG and PLDP performance panels.
(Treasurer, Executive, DSP PAG/PLDP, MCN, PASS DGM Treasurer) member, Appraiser, NSG Associate Rep) 2021
Claudia qualified in 1981 from Liverpool University Dental School and followed this with a three-year short service commission in the Royal Army Dental Corps. Subsequently she went into NHS general practice moving around UK and Northern Ireland for five years and eventually settled in a practice in Winchester where she has been an associate for twenty-five years. In October 2012, she was selected and completed the Oxford Deanery Dental Leadership Development Programme for Local Professional Networks and in 2013 became the Treasurer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LDC. Claudia is a trained dental appraiser and a GDP representative on the Wessex Oral Surgery MCN. She is a discipline specific practitioner for the Performance Advisory Groups and Performer List Decision Panels for NHSEngland (Wessex) and sits on the National Steering Group for Dental Contract Reform. Claudia is currently working in a Blend A Prototype practice.
She is married and has two grown up children.
LDC Administrator, PA to the Honorary Secretary and Tresurer, Website Manager
Emily obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in three-dimensional design at The University for the Creative Arts in 2009 and then obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Portsmouth in Fine Art in 2011.
Since 2014, Emily has worked as the Honorary Secretary’s PA and as the LDC Administrator which includes administrative support to the Treasurer. Specifically, Emily has also managed, recorded and communicated many core aspects of the Deanery’s Appraisal Scheme (financial), H&IOW LDC/NHS England’s Capital Funding Schemes, the joint LDCs’ meetings and the LDC’s CPD events.
Emily took over the role as the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LDC’s Website Manager in 2015 and has been (in part) responsible for its design and development.
Verna Easterby-Smith: 2025 NHSE SE Region H&IOW, LDN, MCN, DPA, DSP PAG, PLDP Coach/Mentor, Clinical Commissioning Lead LDN GDC Specialist List, PASS DG Member
Nick Forster: 2023 Executive, GDPC Rep (Wessex), Chair Wessex LDN
Caroline Frolander: 2023 Clinical Director Solent NHSFT and Salaried Services/Special Care Rep, Chair Special Care MCN, GDC Specialist List 2023
Nerina Hendrickse: 2023 BDA Wessex Branch Secretary / Southampton Section Secretary/ Rep & Coach/Mentor, Appraiser, Relate counsellor, PASS DG Member
Parimal Manek: 2023 Wessex MOS MCN,
Kim Jones: 2025
William Creedon: 2025 Vice-Chairman, Executive, BDA Ben Fund Trustee, PASS DG Member,
Hardev Seehra: 2023
Eva Lewin: 2025,
Ailsa Graham: 2025
Jessica Patel -Barnes: 2025, Wessex LDN GDP Rep
Sham Seehra: 2023
Prawash Sunuwar: 2023
Lloyd Payne: 2023
Doel Mitra: 2023
Patrick Stewart: 2023
Shilpa Chitnis: 2025, PASS DG Member
Janita Dhariwal 2025
Rickard Strom 2025