CPD Team.

Julia Armstrong

juliaarmstrong_164x250_165x251.jpgJulia Armstrong  BA (Hons), LCGI, FDTFEd                 GDC 108978

Julia is an experienced dental care professional who has been with our team over 11 years. She is responsible for supporting the workforce by delivering and commissioning high quality education for the dental team. She works closely with Dental Foundation Training programmes in quality management and support of foundation training practices.


Julia  has an Honors degree in Education and a Fellowship from the Faculty of Dental Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  She is a supervising examiner for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) and a member of the National Diploma Committee. Julia is also the DCP representative for the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (FGDP) Yorkshire Division.


“I am delighted to be part of the multi-professional team at Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber. We have one of the best courses programmes for dental nurses anywhere in the country. There’s an exciting future for dental nursing with increasing opportunities for the development and expansion of our roles.”

Julia Armstrong, DCP Tutor



Geraldine Birks

geraldinebirks_154x235.jpgGeraldine is the Dental Care Professional Tutor responsible for CPD in North & East Yorkshire, & North Lincolnshire.

Geraldine is a panel member of the General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practice Investigating Committee and a Quality Assurance Educational Inspector of UK dental schools.

She is an NEBDN examiner of the Diploma and the Certificate in Oral Health Education, qualified in Dental Conscious Sedation, Oral Health Education, is a Dental Nurse Licentiate, Legionella ‘Responsible Person’ and holds the BA (Hons) in Education and Training from the University of Huddersfield. 

“I am passionate about education, dentistry and dental nursing. I am always ready to give advice and assist where possible in the development of dental nursing and career pathways. Please feel free to contact me regarding issues that affect you in your career.”

Geraldine Birks, DCP Tutor (Dental Nurses)



Denise Creasey

img_0031.jpgWorks as a dental therapist for Leeds Special Care Dental Services, is a tutor on the programme of dental hygiene and therapy at Leeds Dental Institute and is a tresurer of the British Association of Dental Therapists.

"I really enjoy organising courses for therapists and hygienists and would appreciate any ideas or topics to be included in the course planner. 

I would be pleased to talk to you about your CPD requirements or personal development plan.  You can contact me on fridays at the HEE YH or anytime via email."

Denise Creasey, Dental Hygiene / Therapy Tutor


denise.creasey@hee.nhs.uk | Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, Willow Terrace Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Trevor Johnson

Trevor is one of the Postgraduate Dental Tutors responsible for the CPD programme.  Trevor is also Chair of the Research and Audit Committee, Faculty of General Dental Practice, Royal College of Surgeons, Yorkshire Division.


johnson1@dslpipex.com | 01347 838932 | Orchard House, Tollerton, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 1PS

Divya Keshani

Divya is one of the Postgraduate Dental Tutors responsible for the CPD programme. She has  organised courses on Oral Cancer. She is an Associate Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is also a Training Programme Director for Dental Foundation Training.


Divya.Keshani@hee.nhs.uk dkeshani@nhs.net | 01274 365289 Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, Willow Terrace Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Catherine Macdona

catherinemacdona_169x189.jpgCatherine is the Dental Nurse Education Commissioner for Health Education England, working across the Yorkshire and Humber region and based at Leeds. She is an examiner for the National Exam Board for Dental Nurses, a Dental Nurse Licentiate, and holds a post qualification in Oral Health Education from the NEBDN.

A registered Dental Nurse and Oral Health Educator, she  trained and worked at the Leeds Dental Institute, moving from there to the Bristol Dental Hospital where her role centred on the clinical training and supervision of trainee Dental Nurses on the restorative clinic.  She has also worked in private dental practice in the Yorkshire area.

A qualified further education tutor and assessor, she was a Dental Nurse Tutor at the Leeds Dental Institute, delivering the NEBDN Certificate and Diploma in Dental Nursing.

In recent years she has widened her field of interest to leadership and management in healthcare, completing the Edward Jenner Leadership Foundations programme and the Mary Seacole Award in Leading in Healthcare with the NHS Leadership Academy. In 2015 Catherine completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with the Open University passing with merit. 

“The CPD programme that Health Education England offers not only ensures dental nurses comply with GDC regulations, but also provides courses which promote career development, ensuring dental nurses have a vital role to play within the dental team."

Catherine MacDona, Dental Nurse Education Commisioner



Esther McDerra

newimage_159x202.jpgEsther is a Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry based in the Salaried Dental Service working for Local Community Partnerships, a Community Interest Company Social Enterprise and is also a Clinical Tutor in Paediatric Dentistry for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Leeds Dental Institute.  She has been a Dental Tutor for ten years and was appointed Major Events Tutor in 2007.

"Major Event courses were introduced by the Deanery in 2007 and were designed to embrace the whole dental team. Initially they included the compulsory “core” subjects such as Disinfection & Decontamination and Radiography & Radiation Protection but have expanded to include topical subjects like Child Protection, Professionalism and Clinical Update courses. The concept of Major Event Courses is to attract high profile speakers to make even the most compulsory of subjects appealing to the whole dental team! Consequently we have held courses in large venues such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Armouries, used actors to illustrate real life scenarios and even interactive quiz systems for instant audience participation. Our programme is ever evolving – and we welcome your feedback and suggestions, so that we can deliver CPD that leads to a direct improvement to the quality of patient care."

Esther McDerra, Major Events Tutor


esthermcderra@lineone.net | 07798 930436 | Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, Blenheim House, Duncombe St, Leeds LS1 4PL

Brian Nattress

briannattress.jpgBrian is the Associate Dental Postgraduate Dean in charge of CPD. He oversees the CPD programme of courses and course planner, liaising with guest speakers.

“We’ve an enthusiastic team of tutors and we pride ourselves on providing an innovative and diverse CPD programme.  As Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean in charge of CPD, I thoroughly enjoy making sure we engage with all members of the dental team who attend our courses and am committed to meeting  their varied training needs.”

Brian Nattress, Associate Dental Postgraduate Dean


brian.nattress@hee.nhs.uk | 0113 3434705

Rachael Nichol

rachaelnichols_152x166.jpgRachael is the Regional Advisor in Community Dentistry responsible for CPD.

She is a Consultant Paediatric Dentist working for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Community Dental Service. Rachael is also a clinical tutor in the paediatric department at Leeds Dental Institute. She has worked in the Community Dental Service for nine years and so has a good understanding of the development objectives of local practitioners.

"I aim to develop an exciting, motivating and original programme of courses. The courses are tailored towards the learning needs and priorities of those working within the Community Dental Service. I am committed to providing innovative courses and will always take note of course feedback and respond accordingly."

Rachael Nichol, Regional Advisor


rachael_nichol@yahoo.co.uk | 0113 3431527 / 07899 873528| Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, Willow Terrace Road, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Jennie Ross

jennie_ross_185x202.jpgJennie is part of the team responsible for organising courses for North Lincolnshire and South Humber region.  She is an associate dentist working in a large NHS practice, where she is working as part of the NHS prototype scheme.  Jennie has a keen interest in education as an educational supervisor for foundation training, and is also currently undertaking her dissertation for an MSc in Healthcare Education.

“I am keen to provide a wide range of courses for the whole dental team that will help us meet the ever changing needs of our patients as general practice evolves. I aim to focus on more interactive, workshop style events to help you get the most from your CPD. I would like to get as much input as possible from the local dental community, so if you feel there are particular areas you could like covering please do not hesitate to contact me.”

Jennie Ross - Postgraduae Dental Tutor


jennie.ross@hee.nhs.uk  | Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, Willow Terrace Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT | 0113 887 1674

Stephen Ross

stephenross_154x195.jpgStephen is the Postgraduate Dental Tutor responsible for the hands-on CPD courses.


stephenross88@hotmail.com | 07740 478840 | A+S Dental Surgeons, 65 Duckworth Lane, Bradford, BD9 5EU

Michael Speakman

mick_speakman_153x204.jpgMichael is the postgraduate dental tutor responsible for Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. Michael has worked in general practice in Barnsley for over 20 years.  He has been involved in foundation training for the last 15 years and has been Barnsley local dental committee secretary for the last 10 years. He has a diploma in clinical education and is keen to help provide the postgraduate training needs for all dental team members across the deanery. 

“I am delighted to be a member of team at Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber. I will endeavour to develop a wide range of CPD and would welcome any ideas or feedback from any dental team members.”

Michael Speakman - Postgraduae Dental Tutor


michael.speakman@hee.nhs.uk  | Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, Willow Terrace Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT | 0113 887 1674

Adrian Spencer

adrianspencer_153x171_155x173.jpgAdrian is one of the Postgraduate Dental Tutors responsible for the CPD programme.


adrian@spencer4.eclipse.co.uk | 01977 791754 | 105 Station Lane, Featherstone, WF7 5BA

George Wright

george_wright_150x225.jpgGeorge joins the CPD team as postgraduate dental tutor responsible for the North East of the region.  Working in an NHS general dental practice as an associate, as well as an educational supervisor within dental foundation training, he has a passion for ongoing education which he will apply to expanding the provision of postgraduate dental training in the North East Yorskhire and Humber region.

George takes a keen interest in dento-legal issues, and was recently appointed as an associate dento-legal advisor within dental protection.  He is also a member of the South Yorkshrie and Bassetlaw Dental Local Dental Committee.

“It is a pleasure to be invited to join the team at Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber.  I am excited about the opportunity to develop the range of educational courses avaibale and build on what is already a fantastic and diverse programme.  I welcome you to talk to me about your CPD requirements with suggestions for future courses.”

George Wright – Postgraduae Dental Tutor


george.wright@hee.nhs.uk  | Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber, Willow Terrace Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT | 0113 887 1674