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Delroy is based in London where he runs a private dental laboratory. He gained his City and Guilds Final and Advanced BTEC at South London College in 1983 and 1986 respectively. Delroy has been in dental technology for around 40 years, it all started in Jamaica where he worked in a men's store below a dental practice with a lab on it's premise, on his lunch breaks he would go up to the lab out of interest and observe the technicians at work, and occasionally was asked to assist. A year and a half later, the dental technician told Delroy he was leaving and had chose him to be his successor.


Deputy President 

Joanne is originally from Manchester and has been a prosthetics technician for 30 years. She has been a member of the DTA since she was a student.

She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University while working part time in labs in Manchester and Oldham and then qualified in 1995 with a BTEC National Diploma.

Joanne moved to Belfast in 1996 and has been at her current Lab since 2007 working on Prosthetics including Valplast flexible dentures. Currently concentrating on hybrid implant bars and implant retained overdentures and has recently started visiting surgeries for the All on 4 denture to bridge conversions.



Tony is based in the East Midlands. He is now a self-employed business consultant having spent much of his career in the education sector providing and developing dental technology qualifications. He qualified in Nottingham and has City & Guilds Intermediate, Final and Advanced certificate, a Degree in Business studies and other qualifications e.g. QA assurance.

He has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors in a variety of roles and has previously held positions as: Faculty Director of Health Sciences, Trustee to two charities, a management role in a voluntary organisation; Quality Reviewer for Pearson PLC; FtP panel member and currently provides various business development support in the private sector.

Tony was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to Dental Technology.

As well as being the DTA Treasurer, he is the political portfolio holder for the Association and a member of the Editorial Panel.


Council Member

Dominika qualified as a dental technician in Poland 2011, then studied for a BSc in Promotion of Health. After moving to the UK Dominika began working as a dental technician in Phoenix Dental Casting, specialising in removable prosthetics.

Early 2020 Dominika opened her own dental laboratory, Dentika Solutions in Bristol. Shortly after looking to expend her business acquired Clifton Dental Ceramics, with a vision to enhance the dental technician profession and and build a stronger more recognisable brand within industry.

Rebecca Kinahan


Council Member

Patricia qualified as a dental nurse in 1999 before deciding she wanted to be a dental technician. She qualified as a dental technician in 2005 at the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

After qualifying she worked in the prosthesis department in a commercial dental lab for 6 years She then transferred to the orthodontic department within that lab and has worked in orthodontics since. She is currently the lab manager of a busy in house orthodontic lab at Kennedy orthodontics.

She is also the mother of 2 active teenage daughters. In her spare time she enjoy running and helping out with her daughters football team.

Robert Leggett

Council Members

Robert is a qualified dental technician and clinical dental technician, based in Scotland where he is a director of New Life Teeth, Scottish Denture Clinic. He has a wealth of experience in the profession having 20 years' experience as a dental technician and 10 years as a clinical dental technician.

Rebecca Kinahan

Chris Fielding 

Council Member

Chris began his career working in a commercial dental laboratory in 1986 where he progressed to department manager. Chris moved across to teaching full time and gained a Master's Degree in Education in 2004. He presently works as the Higher Education Programme Leader for Dental Technology at The City of Liverpool College. During this period, he has worked in association with other providers to develop Btec and Foundation Degree programmes. Chris has also held various roles with the GDC, as an Educational Associate and DCP Assessor.

Jade Ritch

Council Members

Jade grew up in the remote Scottish Isles of Orkney where she qualified as a Dental Nurse. After five years specialising in Implant/ Surgical nursing, she noted the lack of lab provisions and sought opportunities on the mainland to further her knowledge. In 2016 she began training as a technician, and later qualified from the University of Aberdeen.

Jade is the Prosthetics Manager of SDC Lab, which is a leading digital Dental Lab in Edinburgh. She is passionate about CAD/CAM in Dental Technology, especially the exciting advancements of Digital Dentures.

Jade still enjoys travelling back to Orkney to spend time on the family farm and can see a rural lab in her future.

Rebecca Kinahan

David Gale

Council Member

David is a Registered Dental Technician with experience in dental sales, lab management, CAD/CAM training, support and market development.

David ran his own private crown and bridge dental laboratory for 14 years. He has also worked at a prestigious private dental laboratory in the South of the UK as a ceramist and a technical CAD manager for 6 years.

He has worked as a Technical Sales Specialist for a global dental company selling, training and supporting 3Shape, Exocad and CNC software.

David's current role is Technical Digital Support Specialist at a leading dental supply company where he supports UK dental laboratories in using 3Shape and Exocad software.


Ops Co-ordinator

Rebecca and her team at Ciriaco have been delivering membership support and office management to the DTA since 2019. Through her business, Rebecca offers business support and event management to clients across various sectors.

Rebecca has a BA Honours Degree in Business Management and Event Management from the University of Gloucestershire. After finishing university and before settling into a career, Rebecca took time out to see the world and spent time working in Australia and travelling around New Zealand, Asia & Malaysia but is now very settled in Cheltenham.

Rebecca has enjoyed a varied career in event management within a number of industries including charity, public, performance marketing, hospitality and now is being introduced to the dental profession. Most recently, Rebecca was Head of Events at WellChild - charity for sick children and has been responsible for organising a wide range of events from board meetings to industry wide global conferences; sporting tournaments to music, arts, food and drinks festivals; and intimate networking receptions to high profile award ceremonies for 1000 guests in a number of prestigious venues including Buckingham Palace, The Dorchester, Grosvenor House, BAFTA and The Magic Circle HQ.

Derek Pearson

TT/Articulate Editor

Derek has been owner and editor of online dental magazine since 2015, before which he edited both Dental Practice journal and The Dental Technician. He has worked as a journalist and editorial contributor to a number of titles over the last few decades, including, more recently, a regular column for The Technologist.

He believes that getting the message right and presenting it in a clear and elegant way is at the heart of all good copywriting, and is thrilled to be working with the DTA; an association for which he has had great respect since first joining the The Dental Technician editorial team back in 2006.

Derek is also a published novelist and an illustrator.

Keith Winwood

Editorial Assistant

Keith is currently the programme leader at Manchester Metropolitan University for the joint MSc Clinical Science- Reconstructive Science course with Kings College London, a course which is part of the NHS Scientist Training Programmes. He is also a visiting Senior Lecturer at King's College London (Guy's Campus) for the Academic Centre of Reconstructive Science.

He previously studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology specialising in prosthetics and maxillofacial units, graduating in 1999. After completion of his degree, he undertook his PhD examining the accumulation of elastic and plastic strains in cortical bone and the implication to implant loosening, at Cranfield University. He then worked on a collaborative project at the University of Reading with the University of to urs (France), University of Twente (Netherlands), and ForschungszentrumJuelich (Germany) as a post-doctoral researcher.

In 2004, he returned to Manchester Metropolitan University initially as a research fellow and then onwards to senior lecturer. His research interests are within musculoskeletal health, bone, and facial trauma specifically mouthguard protection. He has authored and co-authored over 40 peer reviewed journal papers, as well as presenting at a large number of national and international conferences. He has supervised a number of PhD students and currently has a number working within craniofacial science, dental materials and musculoskeletal research. Keith also reviews for international journals specifically for the European Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Dental Traumatology, and Journal of Dental Materials Research.

DTA President

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