BOS announces new President and Patron

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Professor Jonathan Sandler (above left) announced as BOS President and David Birnie (right) as Honorary Patron

The British Orthodontic Society says it is “delighted” to announce Professor Jonathan Sandler will take up the role of BOS President and David Birnie as Honorary Patron. Both will undertake their roles in the New Year.

Jonathan describes his new role as “the pinnacle of his professional career.” He has been a consultant orthodontist at Chesterfield Royal Hospital for nearly 25 years and has built up an international reputation as a teacher, researcher and clinician. He has been directly involved in many RCTs, into both growth modification and the use of osseointegrated implants and TADs. He has authored and co- authored many book chapters, and over 120 clinical and scientific papers.

As Chairman of the International Committee he represents the BOS at the European Federation of Orthodontic Societies' annual meetings. Jonathan is one of three UK diplomats of the European Board of Orthodontics and has been a Board examiner for the past five years. He is currently halfway through his Presidency of the 'Angle Society of Europe'. His highest profile role to date for the BOS was as Chairman of the organising committee of the 8th World Orthodontic Conference 2015, a task which involved eight years of planning.

Commenting on his new role as President of BOS, Jonathan said: "I have contributed to the work of the society throughout my entire professional life, which has been the source of enormous professional satisfaction. I have had the opportunity to work with many truly amazing individuals, all prepared to give up tens and sometimes hundreds of hours, solely for the benefit of the entire orthodontic community – and asking little or nothing in return.

“I look forward over the next three years, to finding the next generation of able and talented BOS members to whom we can hand the baton. This will ensure that the BOS continues to thrive, for the benefit not only of young orthodontists but, more importantly, for our patients.”

The new Honorary Patron of the British Orthodontic Society is David Birnie, an orthodontist with a long and distinguished career as a consultant orthodontist, with an interest in health informatics. He is currently a part- time consultant orthodontist at Newcastle upon Tyne Dental Hospital where he also has an academic appointment in the Dental School.
From 1987 to 2017 he has co-presented, with Nigel Harradine, the “Excellence in Orthodontics” training course which has taken the pair around the world. He has published 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and written two chapters for books on orthodontics.

David has been a BOS member since its inception in 1994 and prior to that date belonged to the British Society for the Study of Orthodontics.
Of his new role, David said: “It is a great honour and I am very humbled by the trust and faith placed in me by the Trustees and the membership of the Society – it is a role I never dreamt would have been offered to me. I look forward to working closely with President Sandler.”

David’s main objectives for 2018 are:

• To attend as many of the Group meetings as possible and to listen to members at those meeting and feedback to the Board of Trustees how we can serve the membership better
• Promote support for the British Orthodontic Society Foundation
• Encourage as many members possible to attend the British Orthodontic Conference in London in 2018

David, who is a speaker on the programme for the British Orthodontic Conference in London during September 2018, says the Conference will be the highlight of the year.