New appointments to MDDUS Board

MDDUS confirmed two key appointments to the Board at the AGM in September. Professor Nairn Wilson and Professor Jason Leitch will serve as non-executive directors, initially for three-year and four-year terms, respectively, bringing invaluable experience to the organisation.

Jason has worked for Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 was appointed national clinical director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University (see more in our Summons Q&A).

Nairn is the immediate-past president of the British Dental Association and an emeritus professor of dentistry at King’s College London, where he was professor of restorative dentistry and dean and head of the college’s Dental Institute and deputy vice principal. He is also a former editor of the Journal of Dentistry, a former dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and past president of the General Dental Council. His interests and special expertise include healthcare regulation, international trends in dental education, and future developments in the clinical practice of dentistry.

Commenting on his appointment, Nairn Wilson said: "I am delighted to have been appointed a non-executive director of MDDUS and to have the opportunity to contribute to the provision of professional indemnity that supports clinicians in meeting the challenges of contemporary clinical practice. I hope to help strengthen understanding amongst the membership that the security offered by MDDUS in the future is, in large part, dependent on good practice individually and collectively."

Jason Leitch commented: "Broadening my knowledge and using my experience in clinical, academic and policy environments made a Board position with the MDDUS seem like an excellent opportunity. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first few months; it is challenging and stimulating to be involved in the Board and the Investment Committee. It seems, at this early stage, that the members’ interests are in good hands."

BOARD APPOINTMENTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017

MDDUS will be appointing two new medical non-executive directors, including a GP practising in England and, potentially, a member with experience of working in medical schools and/or early-stage postgraduate medical training. A formal advert will appear on the website in mid-December with a closing date for applicants in January. Check the home page at mddus.com for a link to the advert which will also be promoted in our eMonthly newsletter. For more information, please contact Bryan Hislop (deputy company secretary) on 0333 043 4444 or email at bhislop@mddus.com

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