About us

The BDIA is the UK’s association representing the dental industry, established in 1923.

Who we are and what we do

The BDIA is the voice of the dental industry.

Our members range from SME's all the way through to international businesses within the sector, maunfacturing and supplying innovative products, services and technologies to develop dentistry. We facilitate the need of our members to help shape and improve the future of dentistry, we do this by sharing knowledge, building business, networking and engaging in initiatives to develop the sector - we play a pivotal role in driving standards for the provision of quality oral healthcare.

Every BDIA member adheres to our professional code of practice. This means that in choosing to do business with any of them you can have confidence that everything you buy is of guaranteed quality and provenance - you are in the hands of a trusted, quality-conscious professional.


we pride ourseves on our community of members - some have been with the BDIA for over 60 years, we consider that a great achievement.


successfully passed the BDIA Certificate: Introduction to Dentistry - there have been 6 Revisions of the course material since its inception.


received for our CSIDI (Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative) advertising campaign since it's launch.

In challenging and uncertain times, economically, politically and from a regulatory perspective, the BDIA is better equipped than ever to concentrate its efforts on the issues which directly impact the industry and our members.

Edmund Proffitt
Chief Executive


The BDIA is governed by a Council of Representatives and Committees to focus on key activities.

The Council consists of a President, Vice President and ten additional board members. Our Committees vary in size and activity, and any employee of a member company is welcome to join. 

Dean Hallows

Dean has been involved in the dental industry all of his professional life, starting his career as an apprentice Engineer in 1986 at Ash Instruments, he has since worked in many functional areas with responsibilities both UK and Internationally.

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Gail Vernon
Vice President

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Council Representatives & Committees

The BDIA's board of Council Representatives are elected by nominations and votes from our membership base during our AGM. Each Council member gets elected for a two year period and can put themselves forward for re-election at the end of their tenure.

Our committees span a range of topics covering key issues. These are comprised of employees of member companies volunteering their services for he committee. Contact us if you would like to get involved.

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Edmund Proffitt
Chief Executive

Edmund brings over 30 years of experience in Trade Association management to the BDIA where he has held the position of Policy and Public Affairs Director since 2013 before taking over as Chief Executive in April 2017.

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Adam Stanley
Policy & Public Affairs Manager

Adam has a background in lobbying and public affairs, previously working in political monitoring and think tank settings. His experience includes providing coverage and analysis of policy developments across a wide range of legislative areas.

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Darryl Moore
Marketing & Communications Manager

Darryl is responsible for developing communication strategies, with members and potential members, to drive awareness of the Association, its activities, campaigns and initiatives from the BDIA and the industry.

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BDIA History

Since its inception, the BDIA has played a significant and vital role in the UK dental industry; as the 'third arm' of the dentist and technician, our members have always provided high quality products and services.

Caesar de Trey, owner of the Claudius Ash group, which later became The Amalgamated Dental Co., the most powerful dental company in Europe, called a meeting of the leaders of some of the major dental companies.

Present were Joseph Ash; son of the jeweller Claudius Ash, C. W Shortt; S.S. White Co. (SSW), H Edwards of DMCo, Jimmy Caldwell of Glasgow Dental, John Thorn of Western Dental, E A Drury of Drury & Co,and Jack Cottrell (father of Hutchison). There, the British Dental Trade Association, now known as the British Dental Industry Association, came into being and has remained a significant contributor to the UK dental industry ever since.

Key events

The BDIA is not far off its centenary,  and during that time there have been many changes in the industry and profession.

Take a look at our gallery of images and see if you can piece together any of the BDIA timeline. These pictures are from various archives - we'd be really interested to hear if you could date any of these images or name any of the people in them. Please get in touch if you can help.