COG Committee Members

The COG committee is drawn from members of the Society who work primarily in the Hospital Service


Dr Helen Travess

Helen is a Consultant Orthodontist and Clinical Lead at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust. She is a past TGG secretary and Chair, and more recently was elected to the COG committee with the role of Symposium organiser for both London and Liverpool. She has returned to the COG Committee having been elected as Chair in 2019. 


Helen is a member of the Faculty of Examiners for the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh for MOrth, Chair of the High Wycombe BDA Branch, Hospital representative to Buckinghamshire LDC and previous chair of Buckinghamshire MCN, and committee member of Thames Valley MCN. She is educational and clinical supervisor to StRs in Orthodontics.

Honorary Secretary

Dr Amelia Jerreat

Amelia Jerreat was appointed to her current position as an Orthodontic Consultant at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 2007. She underwent orthodontic specialty training at Eastman Dental Institute from 2000 – 2003 and was awarded an MSc in Orthodontics followed by Membership in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Edinburgh. Following further training at Cardiff University and Morriston Hospital, Wales she completed her Fellowship in Orthodontics in 2007. Amelia’s main interest is in teaching and is currently Educational Supervisor for their current trainee and TPD for the Post CCST trainees in the South West. Within the BOS she has held the role of Chair of the Publications Committee as well as a previous member of the COG committee.


Committee Treasurer

Dr Joe Noar

I am a consultant orthodontist and honorary senior lecturer at the Eastman Dental Hospital/Institute in London. I have an interest in early orthodontic intervention.      

Meeting Secretary 

Dr Farnaz Parvizi

BDS, FDS RCS (Eng), MOrth RCS (Edin), MPHIL, FDSOrth RCS (Eng), MSc

Following her postgraduate studies, Farnaz became a specialist orthodontic practitioner. This was then followed by a post as a specialist practitioner in an orthodontic practice in Melbourne, Australia. On her return to the UK in 2008, she entered the post CCT position at Bristol Dental Hospital and Musgrove Park, Taunton as a Senior Specialist Registrar. She is currently consultant orthodontist at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath.


Committee Member 


Dr Simon Watkinson 
BDS, DDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), FDS(Orth) RCS(Ed)


Simon Watkinson undertook his undergraduate training at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He then undertook a number of training jobs prior to his specialist training in Liverpool. He completed his Consultant training in Manchester.

He is now a Consultant Orthodontist at both East Lancashire NHS Trust and Manchester Foundation Trust. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at Manchester University and supervisor for the University of Central Lancashire. Simon’s main area of clinical interest is in the treatment of patients requiring orthognathic surgery, those with hypodontia and those with impacted teeth. His main research interest is in early intervention for patients with a Class III malocclusion.

Simon is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Committee Member

Mary McKnight  BDS Wales; DOrth; MSc; MOrth; FDS (Orth)

Professional interests: Complex malocclusions and multidisciplinary care; orthognathic surgery; craniofacial anomalies



Committee Member - BOS President 


Professor Jonathan Sandler 


Committee Member - BOS Secretary


Andrew DiBiase


Committee Member Northern Ireland Rep

Darren Johnston

Committee Member - Wales Rep

Joy Hickman 


Committee Member 


Farooq Ahmed


Committee Member 


Rhian Fitzgerald


Committee Member 


Paul Sharma 

   Paul Sharma is a Consultant in Orthodontics and Clinical lead at Victoria and Queen Margaret Hospitals in Fife.

He completed Specialist Registrar training in Orthodontics at The Edinburgh Dental Institute and Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy and obtained The Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2011.

This was followed by Post-CCST training at King's College, Whipps Cross and St Thomas' Hospitals and he obtained the Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship Examination in Orthodontics from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2014.

Paul is an examiner for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and his interests include teaching, cleft lip and palate and orthognathic treatment.

Committee member - Scotland Rep

Bridget Doubleday

Committee member - Chair SAC

Jayne Harrison



Committee member - Chair UTG 


Norah Flannigan 

  Senior Clinical Lecturer/Hon Consultant in Orthodontics
Liverpool University Dental Hospital

Committee member - Chair TGG


Stacy Quach

  The role of the TGG Chair is primarily to represent the views of, and advocate for, Orthodontic trainees within the society, as well as coordinating TGG activity. They will chair 3 TGG meetings and an AGM, and lead on 4-5 national study days each year. The Chair also attends the BOS Group Chairs Forum and Consultant Orthodontic Group meetings.

Post-CCST Specialty Registrar at Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital and Guy's Hospital.