Dental Technologists Association

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Dental Technologists Association
DTA logo.gif
Typeprofessional association
HeadquartersPO Box 1318,Cheltenham, GL50 9EA
Membership (2018)
Delroy Reeves
Deputy President
John Stacey
Tony Griffin MBE
Operations Coordinator
Rebecca Kinahan

The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) is the professional body representing dental technicians in the United Kingdom.


The association began life as the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory Board (DTETAB) and was established by the General Dental Council (GDC). The remit of DTETAB was to review and make recommendations about the education and training of dental technicians, the suitability of that training and how it would fit with the demands of providing dental services. The other main role for DTETAB was maintaining a Voluntary Register of Dental Technicians, which served as the precursor to the GDC statutory register. The inaugural meeting of the Board took place in January 1986 and was chaired by Margaret Seward (later Dame Margaret Seward). The GDC was only actively involved for the first three years and DTETAB became an independent professional body in 1989 with Colin Lee, a dental technician and laboratory owner from north west England, as chairman. Ray Cox served as registrar from 1989 - 1992 and was succeeded by Sue Adams who was in post from 1992 - 2019. Appointed in January 2019, Rebecca Kinahan now manages the Associations's administration.

Anticipating a slightly different role post statutory registration, DTETAB became the Dental Technicians Association in 2002. The final name change came in 2012 when the association became the Dental Technologists Association.


The headquarters of the DTA is based at PO Box 1318, Cheltenham GL50 9EA. The Operations Co-ordinator of the association is Rebecca Ciriaco, who is responsible for the Association's administration, providing the first point of contact for members.


The DTA council is the governing body of the association. Delroy Reeves is president, Adrian Rollings is deputy president and Tony Griffin is treasurer. Other council members include past presidents John Stacey as well as Gregg Clutton, Andy George,Robert Leggett, Steven Morris, Gerrard Starnes, Barry Tivey and Atiquaz Zaman.

Chairs of the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory Board[edit]

Took office Left office Chairman
1 1989 1993 Colin Lee MBE
2 1993 1994 Terry Foad
3 1994 1996 Brian Gordon
4 1996 1998 Ian MacLeod MBE
5 1998 2002 Tony Griffin MBE

Presidents of the Dental Technologists Association[edit]

Took office Left office President
1 2002 2004 Tony Griffin MBE
2 2004 2005 Ian MacLeod MBE
3 2005 2007 Tony Griffin MBE
4 2007 2009 Paul Mallett
5 2009 2010 Stephen Wears
6 2010 2012 John Stacey
7 2012 2014 Barry Appleby
8 2014 2016 Mike McGlynn
9 2016 2018 James Green
10 2018 - Delroy Reeves

Vision and Key Objectives[edit]


To advance standards within dental technology for the benefit of the oral healthcare of the United Kingdom by:

  • Providing advice guidance and support to members.
  • Raising awareness and promoting an exchange of views on key issues affecting the dental profession.

Key Objectives[edit]

  • Develop and support members, and the dental technology profession.
  • Encourage and promote education, including CPD.
  • Forge links with other organisations.
  • Promote views to relevant external organisations.
  • Adopt and share best practice.
  • Provide benefits and employment opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain roles and responsibilities.

DTA Fellowships[edit]

Fellowship of the DTA is awarded for outstanding contribution to dental technology. Recipients should have maintained the dignity of the dental technology profession over a period of time, striven to enhance the recognition, evidence and education of dental technology and have the majority support of the DTA Council. Fellows are entitled to the postnominal FDTA.


Year Recipient
2007 Tony Griffin MBE
2008 Dame Margaret Seward
2009 Brian Gordon
2009 John Goodman
2010 Simon Butler
2010 Ian MacLeod MBE
2011 Peter Davey
2014 David Smith
2014 John Stacey
2015 Larry Browne
2015 Chris Maryan
2015 Tony Reed
2016 Paul Mallett
2016 Professor Robert Williams
2017 Sue Adams
2017 Ashley Byrne
2018 Tony Knight
2019 Jeff Lewis
2019 Steve Taylor


The Technologist[edit]

The Technologist is the official DTA journal. Published quarterly, The Technologist aims to raise awareness, educate, engage and showcase information, products and services relevant to members. The Technologist editorial team consists of editor Vikki Harper, editorial assistant Keith Winwood and editorial panel: Tony Griffin, John Stacey and Barry Tivey.


Articulate is a quarterly e-newsletter and is also edited by Vikki Harper.

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