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Executive Committee

Our Staff

President 2019 - 2022

Jacqui Elsden Msc FBADN

Jacqui qualified in 1983 having successfully passed the NEBDN National Certificate and the Kings College Hospital Qualification in Dental Nursing. Following her qualifications, she continued her lifelong learning in the following areas: Vocational Assessment, Internal Quality Assurance, Radiography, Teaching and Mentoring, Leadership and Management, together with FGDP(UK)’s Certificate in Practice Appraisal and FGDP(UK)’s Key Skill in Reflection. In 2016, Jacqui graduated from the University of Kent with a degree of Master of Science in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) and was awarded the annual Dissertation prize for the highest achievement.

Jacqui has previous experience as an NEBDN dental nurse examiner, as an assessor and verifier for City & Guilds dental Nurse Diploma, as chairman of the NEBDN QA Committee, as a key skills assessor for the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology, as an MSc educational supervisor at the University of Kent, as BADN’s Education Representative and as a Professional Advisor to the GDC.

Jacqui has also been invited to lecture nationally and internationally including at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, at the International Association of Dental Research Conference (Barcelona) and at The Dentistry Show NEC, Birmingham.

Jacqui has worked within the NHS for the last 16 years and is currently employed by Health Education England (London, Kent, Surrey & Sussex region), as one of their DCP Leads for Dental Nurses. This role is varied and includes commissioning dental nurse training and education together with responding to the corona virus pandemic with regards to the whole team. Jacqui has been published in the Dental Press and continues to strive to achieve the best for dental nurses in her role as BADN’s current President. Away from Dentistry, Jacqui supports several charities, including a local cancer charity ‘Janes Wish’ and enjoys her hobbies dressmaking and gardening. During the first Lockdown, Jacqui joined the national group ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ and made a number of scrubs sets for local GPs and care home staff.


President-elect 2022 - 2024

Debra Worthington

Debra has been a dental nurse since 1979; working in General Dental Practice, Community Dental Service and Secondary Care. Debra holds post registration qualifications in Conscious Sedation, Radiography, Oral Health and Orthodontics. She also has qualifications in Leadership and Management and recently completed the NHS Senior Leadership qualification.

She joined Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in March 2021, and is the Head of Dental Service for the North East sector of Greater Manchester. To have a DCP as a head of a service is a fantastic achievement. Debra has eighty staff working across Oldham, Rochdale and Bury, providing paediatric dentistry, special care dentistry, general anaesthesia, treatment with inhalation sedation and oral health promotion. Debra is a member of the Managed Clinical Networks in Greater Manchester, for both paediatric and special care dentistry.

Prior to this she was the Maxillofacial Unit Manager at Salford Royal Hospital; a busy unit comprising of maxillofacial surgery, oral surgery, orthodontics and community dentistry. She successfully implemented the Mouth Care Matters programme within the acute trust and was successful in acquiring transformation funding to implement the programme in the care homes in Salford.

Debra has been a member of the Orthodontic National Group (ONG) since its inception in 1994 and has been a committee member for 21 years; serving a Chairman for nine years and president for three years, a term which ended in 2021. During her term Debra was successful in working closely with the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) In 2008 she oversaw the official affiliation of ONG with the BOS.

Debra was an active member of the working group which saw the introduction of orthodontic therapists, work included writing the syllabus for course and working with the GDC to write and implement the Scope of Practice. Debra is a past examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons (Edin) for the orthodontic therapy examination.

She works tirelessly at both a local and national level representing dental nurses and therapists at Stakeholder meetings which include the General Dental Council, the Royal College of Surgeons (Edin), The English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) task group. Prior to GDC registration Debra was part of the working party which implemented the first Scope of Practice for dental nurses and has been involved in the last two reviews.

Debra has recently been a member of the Advancing Dental Care, review group. The document to support this work has recently been published. This was a three-year review looking at dental education and the training infrastructure to best support patient and population needs.

Debra has received two national awards; one presented by the British Orthodontic Society and one by the British Dental Association, for Outstanding Contribution to Dentistry and Orthodontics.



Joan Hatchard

Joan gained her National Certificate in 1988, and went on to gain post qualification certificates in Oral Health Education, Radiography, and Conscious Sedation. She became the practice manager of two busy private general dental practices. Joan started teaching the National Certificate course in 1989. She also gained the FAETC and the Certificate in Education (FE), and holds the City and Guilds Licentiateship in Dental Nursing. Joan was an examiner on the NEBDN Panel of Examiners for the National Diploma and the Certificate in Oral Health Education.

She was the Chair of BADN Practice Managers’ and Receptionists’ National Group, and then Finance Officer. More recently, Joan has been a member of the BADN Executive Committee, as Acting Chairwoman and as Treasurer. Joan is a BADN Fellow and received the 2013 BADN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing. Her level of knowledge and expertise is a great contribution to the association as she works to ensure our association operates with a level of transparency and in accordance with our core values.



Michelle Brand BSc MA

Michelle qualified as a dental nurse in 1991, and also holds a BSc in Product Design and Development and an MA in Bioclimactic Design. She is currently a self-employed dental nurse, having previously worked in both general practice and at Manchester Dental Hospital, as a dental technical demonstrator and sales representative, and as an associate lecturer and research assistant at Manchester Metropolitan University. She also ran ger own sustainable design agency whilst working as a dental nurse; and was awarded Arts Council funding to exhibit her work in London and in Hong Kong for a one month artist residency.

Michelle is a member of BADN's Panel of Representative and of the Pride in Practice Board of Representatives. She received the BADN Exceptional Contribution to a UK Community Oral Health Care Project Award in 2019. She was also a key member in "All I Want for Christmas" project team, providing mobile dental care for the homeless and those in recovery across Blackpool in 2018 and 2019.


Education Representative

Anita Stanforth

Anita qualified as a 'Dental Surgery Assistant' at the Eastman Dental Hospital in 1978, additionally achieving a Merit grade in the NEBDN examination. She remained at the Eastman for the next eleven years, progressing to Senior Dental Nurse and finally to Dental Nurse Tutor, having gained the City and Guilds Further Education Teachers Certificate in 1981. Following the birth of her daughter, Anita took a career break before returning to work as a part time dental nurse in her local area. Anita gained experience working in a wide variety of dental practices, both NHS and private as well as working in a sedation/GA clinic.

Throughout her time in dental practice Anita felt that she could do more; and that she had somehow 'missed out' on the opportunity of entering into higher education. Her chance finally came in 2014, when she was lucky enough to be accepted into the first cohort of FDSc Advanced Dental Nursing and graduated in 2016. During the FDSc programme, Anita had learnt about the Mouth Care Matters project. She knew that the role of Mouth Care Matters Lead was something that would really broaden her horizons. She joined Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Healthcare Trust as Mouth Care Matters Lead in 2016, having trained at East Surrey Hospital by the inspirational consultant in Special Needs Dentistry - Mili Doshi and her team. During her time as Mouth Care Matters Lead, Anita was able to additionally work as a freelance speaker on Oral Health topics in multiple settings.

Anita expressed how honoured she is to have been chosen as the Education Representative on the BADN Executive Committee. Anita looks forward to supporting her colleagues on the committee and working towards improving opportunities for educational development and career progression for all Dental Nurses.


Chief Executive


Pam worked briefly for the Home Office in London before moving on to Vienna, Brussels and Bermuda to work in a number of MNEs including CPC International, Hilton International, NATO and the Bank of Bermuda, followed by a year’s sabbatical at the Massage Institute of New England in Boston.  Pam began working for the ABDSA (as the Association was then called) in 1992 and was also Registrar of the Voluntary National Register until its closure in 2005. Pam is also Editor of the British Dental Nurses’ Journal® and a regular contributor to many dental journals, including “The Probe”.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Association Management, the Chartered Management Institute, awarded the City & Guilds Licentiate in Management in 2005, and a Master’s in Business Administration in 2007. Being a part of BADN for over 25 years, Pam displays an outstanding level of dedication towards her role as a Chief Executive. She is a well known and highly valued individual amongst other dental organisations Nationwide. Her operations ensure the Association thrives and exceed the standards for our members.


Membership/Accounts Administrator

Shirley Lyons

Shirley began her career as a civil servant, then worked for a private company before running her own business. She then had a long career in retail, retail management and training. As a multiple license holder for a large supermarket chain she gained a qualification from the Wines & Spirits Education Trust and is also a NVQ qualified Assessor/Verifier. Joining the Association in 1999 Shirley has shown a great commitment to her role as she now oversees the membership database, Association accounts and other duties ensuring that our association performs smoothly on the day to day basis.


Membership Administrator

Val Foreshaw

As a child, Val emigrated to the United States of America and at the age of 16, returned to Rochdale. Married at 19, she has three children which she loves and cares for very much. In 1999, she moved to Fleetwood where she taken on a job in a nursing home. A back injury necessitated a career change and so Val has taken a course to become a Stores Administrator. In November 2009, Val saw an opportunity and shortly after became a member of the BADN Team. Since then her dedication to the job role saw many of our members describing Val as a highly valued member of the Association. Val takes pride in helping our members on a day to day basis and always exceeds expectations, ensuring our members' journey is second to none.


IT & Communications Administrator

Adam Skalski

After moving to the UK in 2008 with his family from Poland, Adam attended local High Schools and Colleges gaining qualifications in Financial Studies and Computing. In addition, He holds an NVQ in Leisure Operations and is also RLSS Qualified Lifeguard. Since becoming a part of the BADN Team in March 2017, Adam utilises his skills and knowledge to improve the association services, monitors and manages social media platforms and implements new ideas to provide more user-friendly experience to our members. Aside from his commitment for the BADN, Adam is also employed by the local council.