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Ian Brack announced as new GDC Chief Executive

12 May 2016

Ian Brack announced as new GDC Chief Executive

Pictured: Ian Brack. Image credit: General Dental Council

The General Dental Council (GDC) has confirmed the news that Ian Brack will be taking up the permanent position of Chief Executive and Registrar from May 16th.

Brack replaced Evlynne Gilvarry as Interim Chief Executive and Registrar of the GDC in January 2016.

William Moyes, Chair of the General Dental Council, spoke enthusiastically about the knowledge and skill set Brack can bring to the role: 

“Since he joined the GDC on an interim basis in January, Ian has brought a wealth of experience...to help the GDC become a high performing, efficient regulator that puts patient and public protection at the heart of everything that we do. On behalf of the Council, I look forward to working with Ian to deliver what we have set out in Patients, Professions, Partners and Performance.”

Brack previously served as an interim Chief Executive at the Office for Legal Complaints, and has overseen many significant developments including leading the Olympic Lottery Distributor and securing the multi-million pound grant for the Paralympics.

Commenting on his new position, Brack released the following statement:

“I am extremely pleased to be joining the GDC on a permanent basis. I have been struck by the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm I have witnessed at the GDC and how hard staff work to ensure we ultimately achieve our mission of protecting patients. 

“I am committed to helping the GDC rebuild trust with patients, the professions we regulate and our partners. We will do this by achieving the ambitions set out in our three year road map, Patients, Professions, Partners and Performance. I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues to achieving this," he says.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has also addressed the new announcement highlighting what must be done next to restore dental professionals' trust in the GDC:

“After endemic failures in both leadership and governance the GDC’s new management team must now show they have learned the right lessons so we can all move forward.

“Dentists want to see an efficient and effective regulator. We will require hard evidence that the GDC now clearly understands its role and it remit, as without these firm foundations we cannot expect progress.

“Ian Brack is right to acknowledge that rebuilding trust will be fundamental to that process. An understandably sceptical profession will look to judge his team on the basis of deeds not words," comments Mick Armstrong, Chair of the BDA.

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