Who we are
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Who we are


The Council of the of the GDC from is made up of 12 members - 6 appointed registrants and 6 appointed lay members.

William (“Bill”) Moyes is the Chair of the General Dental Council.

It is the Council's job to ensure the GDC carries out its core functions efficiently and in ways that ensure the safety of patients. It is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of the GDC and ensuring that all major decisions are in line with the strategy, taking major policy decisions, and ensuring and monitoring financial integrity.

Council meetings are public and papers are published on our website in advance.

The committees

The Council is assisted by committees. There are two types:

  • Standing committees are set up by the Council to look at policies and processes in a particular area.

  • Statutory committees are defined by the Dentists Act 1984 and usually carry out part of our regulatory work.

The executive

The Council is supported by the executive (staff) and is currently headed up by the Chief Executive and Registrar Ian Brack. Ian took up this position in January 2016.

Find out more about our executive team

Patients, Professionals, Partners, Performance - The GDC’s road map for 2016 - 2019.

Launched in January 2016, this sets out a new direction for the GDC; one where we will be working more collaboratively with patients, members of the dental team and our partners; one where we will continue on our path to becoming a high performing regulator; which will always be fair, transparent, responsive and respectful. ​ 

You can watch GDC CEO Ian Brack discuss the document here: 


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Alternatively, you can read the Four Ps in full here.​


We are funded almost entirely by fees paid by dental professionals, including the annual retention fee and specialist lists fees.

Council members make the decision about the level of these fees, usually at their September/October meeting each year when they discuss the budget. 

We publish our annual report and accounts every year. These can be found in our publications section and our facts and figures page.