Meet The Team
- Sue Adams
Sue Adams was appointed Registrar of the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory Board (DTETAB) in August 1992. Since that date she has been instrumental in developing the organisation into the Dental Technologists Association (DTA).
She initially trained as an orthopaedic nurse on leaving school and then found dentistry where she has pursued a career for more than 40 years! Sue is passionate about the role of dental care professionals in the dental team, particularly dental technicians.
Sue is Chief Executive of DTA
- Tony Griffin
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.
- John Stacey
John lives in Gloucestershire. He is now retired after a career spanning more than 43 years as a Dental Technician in the Royal Air Force. In addition to his City & Guilds Final, Advanced Prosthetics and Advanced Maxillofacial Technology certificates John has business management qualifications.
He is the education portfolio holder for the Association and provides administrative support for CoDTEI.
- Delroy Reeves
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 is the current President of DTA.
- Marta Wisniewska
Marta is based in Gloucester and is a laboratory owner.
She qualified in Poland as a dental technician and is registered with the GDC (254044).
Marta is the DTA social media co-ordinator
- Gerrard Starnes
Gerrard Starnes in based in Gloucester and is a laboratory owner.
He qualified in 1997 with a City and Guilds Final in dental technology.
He is registered with the GDC (156300).
- Ian Simpson
Ian Simpson spent over 20 years in leadership roles within the financial services sector, including five years as Managing Director of specialist insurer, Ansvar Insurance Company Limited based in East Sussex, and has experience in both strategic and operational management.
Ian now provides consultancy services as a Report Writer and Funding Bid Writer for public, private, and voluntary sector organisations including University of Gloucestershire, Royal Agricultural University, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Growth Hub, and GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership.
For several years Ian was Editor of a monthly publication providing non-clinical advice and guidance to dental practice managers and has been Editor of DTA's e-publication, Articulate, since it was launched in 2014. He is Trustee and Company Secretary of local charity Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and was previously School Governor at Millbrook Academy and Deputy President of Gloucester Chamber of Commerce.
- Vikki Harper
Vikki Harper left corporate life in 2002 to pursue her passion for writing. She launched her own copywriting business, Good As My Word, soon after. Having had a varied career and with a marketing bias, Vikki's breadth of experience and sound business knowledge helped her to understand and translate the needs of her new clients to words that connected to their audiences.
Her copy has supported everything from computer consumables to couture; construction to cosmetic rejuvenation; and stationery to style and it eventually led Vikki to the dental industry, which is where she met DTA and began working with the team to launch The Technologist (TT) in 2008.
Almost ten years later, the publication continues to develop and deliver core CPD and information to dental technicians across the UK.
- Dr Keith Winwood
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 Tours (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.
- Gregg Clutton
Gregg began work as a trainee dental technician not long after leaving school, studying for a BTEC qualification on a day release basis. Following qualification in 2000 he continued work as a crown and bridge gold/metal worker before spending a short time on the south coast of Spain. Upon returning to the UK he worked as a technician/assistant manager.
After spending 19 years working in commercial laboratories he took up a post as Technical Team Leader at Manchester Metropolitan University where he managed a small team of technicians supporting student, academic and research activities as well as the day to day running of the teaching laboratories.
Gregg now works for WHW where he supports customers with digital dental solutions.
- Andy George
Andy trained initially at Llandaff college in the first intake of BTEC students, a new course designed to replace the City and Guilds qualification. After qualifying he worked in the Cardiff Dental Hospital where he gained another diploma in conservation work.
After this Andy worked in a private lab in Cardiff for a couple of years before going to work in a private laboratory/surgery in Cavendish Squarewhere he learnt about advanced porcelain work. Andy then came back home to Worcester to run the small family lab (Ceroplast) set up by his Dad and Denis Davis (the inventor of the DACOL hydroflask). He was by then fully trained and the company was in need of a chrome technician and implant work was just coming into play.
Andy owns and runs Ceroplast a thriving full service lab and lives out of the city on the side of a hill.
- Adrian Rollings
Adrian began his dental career in 1980 at the University of Birmingham Dental School where he qualified as a Dental Technician in 1985 and has since gained many further awards and qualifications. This included winning a national competition for the construction of dentures, which was presented at The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1986. Adrian holds Fellowship of the BIDST and Membership by qualification of the City and Guilds of London Institute in the subject of Dental Technology, which is equivalent to a UK University Master's degree.
Further, his work in gaining this qualification was honoured with a City and Guilds Medal for Excellence in 2010, one of 120 medal winners from a pool of 1.9 million qualification awards made by City and Guilds in 2010. Adrian holds a further Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Adrian has authored a number of scientific articles, which have been published internationally and he has lectured the subject of dental technology in the UK and as far afield as Iceland. Adrian gained his Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology at the University of Central Lancashire, passing with Distinction. He currently runs his own busy denture clinic and dental laboratory.
Adrian is the current Deputy President of DTA
Adrian Rollings Dip CDT, RDT, MBA, MCGI, FBIDST, F Inst LM
- Barry Tivey
Barry is based in the West Midlands and is the owner of a crown/bridge and implant laboratory.
He qualified as a Technician some 30 years ago and in 2015 completed an MSc in Dental Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
When not at the bench he enjoys playing golf and motorcycling in the UK and Europe.
- Rebecca Kinahan
Rebecca is the DTA Operations Co-ordinator.
She has a BA Honours Degree in Business Management joint with Event Management which she studied at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham. 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 performance marketing, hospitality, charity, government and now is being introduced to the dental industry. 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.
- Robert Leggett
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.
- Steven Morris
Steven was first introduced to the DTA team in 2018, when he joined as an observer. Based in the West Midlands, Steven is a qualified and registered dental technician with a range of qualifications, including a Foundation Degree in dental technology.
Currently Steven runs his own prosthetics laboratory and is studying to become a clinical dental technician at UCLAN.
- Atiq Zaman
Atiq is a qualified and registered dental technician. Based in Yorkshire, Atiq has a range of qualifications including an MSc in Dental Technology and a BTEC National Diploma. He has also undertaken training in management and IT.
Currently Atiq is working in an orthodontic laboratory where he is heavily involved in using the latest 3D technology.