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Steve Jones Hon Treasurer

Steve Jones


Stephen is Clinical Lead for Conscious Sedation in the School of Dentistry, University of Central Lancashire. In his previous role as a Clinical Director he was involved in the organisation and development of dental sedation within the Trust-based dental service in Cumbria. He gained the Diploma in Conscious Sedation from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1997.

Francis Collier Hon Secretary

Francis Collier

Immediate Past President
Francis is a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry, who gained a Diploma in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry from Guy's Hospital in 2002. Since then, he has held appointments in hospital and community services, as well as providing sedation on a peripatetic basis in General Dental Practice. He is a member of the SAAD Teaching Facilty, and has extensive experience providing sedation training for all members of the dental team. He has a special interest in mentoring colleagues in their own workplace. He relocated to his current home in North Aberdeenshire in 2007.

Kellie Downie

Hon. Treasurer
Kellie is the owner of a dental practice in West Sussex where she runs a referral service for intravenous and inhalation sedation for anxious patients. She is also an educational supervisor for foundation dental training in general practice. Kellie is also involved with Kingston Hospital sedation and GA dental services. She completed the Newcastle University post graduate diploma in sedation in 2012.

Manni Deol

Hon. Secretary
Manni has been a general dental practitioner for 20 years working in NHS and private practice, based in the West Midlands. Her special interests include Sedation and Teaching. She provides intravenous sedation at her practice and works one day a week in the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guys Hospital. Manni's other roles include Foundation training (10 years experience) and being an elected member of the LDC Coventry.

Paul Howlett

Paul Howlett

Communications Secretary

Paul is a GDP in a multi-disciplinary dental practice in Teesside. His specific areas of interest are conscious sedation and dental education. Paul works as part of a dedicated team providing advanced conscious sedation techniques for anxious paediatric patients. Paul is a Dental Foundation Trainer and works with new graduates and DCPs developing their knowledge and skills in conscious sedation. Paul is a Quality Assurance of Education Inspector for the GDC.

David Craig

Course Director
Consultant, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Head of Sedation & Special Care Dentistry at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King's College London Dental Institute and Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth. David has over 30 years' experience teaching conscious sedation techniques to undergraduate students, dental and medical practitioners and has served on dental and multi-disciplinary groups preparing guidelines for safe sedation practice.

Carole Boyle President-Elect

Carole Boyle

Assistant Course Director
Carole is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute, Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Her particular interests are using sedation for people who require special care, and teaching sedation both to undergraduates and postgraduates. She is the training programme director for Special Care Dentistry London Deanery and manages the Special Care GA service at GSTT.

Nigel Robb president SAAD

Nigel Robb

Editor of the SAAD Digest

Nigel is a Reader/Hon. Professor Restorative Dentistry and Educational Lead for Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. He has a vast experience in the subject of Conscious Sedation having co-authored one of the standard text books on the subject. He is an authority and renowned international speaker on the subject of Conscious Sedation.

Leah Adams

Leah is a GDP and Sedation Lead in a practice in Cheltenham. Her special interests are conscious sedation for both children and adults and sedation teaching. She completed her MSc in Conscious Sedation in 2013 (Cardiff University) and has taught at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. Leah is currently a member of the SAAD teaching faculty.

Christopher Holden

Christopher Holden

Chris practises as a general dental practitioner in Derbyshire. He has been an author of most national guidance documents on dental sedation in the last 15 years. Chris regularly provides expert evidence in the UK, Europe and worldwide and is immediate past president of The International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies.

Sadie Hughes

Sadie Hughes

Dr Sadie Hughes is a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry and Sedation Lead for Hertfordshire Special Care Dental Service. She completed an MSc in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry in 2003 at King’s College London Dental Institute. Her clinical interests include sedation and behavioural management for adolescents requiring dental treatment and the dental management of adults with special care requirements.

Yi Kwan Loo

Yi is Deputy Sedation Lead in the Paediatric Department at King’s College Dental Institute. Her role includes provision of advanced sedation and teaching dental undergraduates. She completed the Diploma in Conscious Sedation at Newcastle University and has a background as a GDP providing advanced adult and paediatric sedation, as part of an experienced multidisciplinary team. Yi is currently a Paediatric Specialty Registrar based at King’s College Dental Institute and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

Dave Pearson

Dave Pearson

Dave is a Consultant Oral Surgeon based at Birmingham Dental Hospital. He is an honorary lecturer in oral surgery and sedation for the University of Birmingham and has been fortunate to lecture locally and nationally on the topics. He has a special interest in the dental management of oncology patients pre/post radiotherapy utilizing RA and IV sedation.

Shilpa Shah

Shilpa currently works in several established private practices in the North West as a GDP and sedationist. She is also part-time at Manchester Dental Hospital treating anxious adults under conscious sedation and supervising other practitioners to achieve competency in intravenous sedation. Shilpa completed her MSc, with a merit award in 2017. She also runs a peripatetic sedation service and lectures on Conscious Sedation.

Zahra Shehabi

Zahra is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at the Royal London Dental Hospital. She completed MSc's in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry in 2011 (Kings College, London) and Healthcare Management in 2016 (City University, London). Zahra is heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate sedation teaching and is a member of the SAAD Teaching Faculty. Her clinical interests include intravenous sedation (basic and advanced techniques) for patients with challenging behaviour and those undergoing implant surgery.


SAAD is at the forefront of postgraduate teaching of sedation techniques in dentistry. The Society runs courses for the whole dental team encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation. Other activities include providing scientific seminars, giving expert advice to other bodies including the Department of Health and the General Dental Council; providing experts for guidelines and standards documents; giving expert evidence to the courts; promoting research in the field of pain and anxiety control and providing individual support and advice to members. Membership of the society is open to any registered dental or medical practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist/hygienist.