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. Previous to this she qualified from Bristol University with BDS in 1997. She underwent orthodontic specialty training at Eastman Dental Institute from 2000 – 2003 and was awarded an MSc in Orthodontics with Distinction 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 both undergraduates and postgraduates and is currently educational supervisor for their current trainees.                          

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 Claire Bates

Claire Bates is a Consultant Orthodontist and Head of the Orthodontic Department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leeds University. Claire is currently the Academic Lead for the Yorkshire Deanery Orthodontic Postgraduate Programme.

Her research background is in Sleep Apnoea, having been awarded the SIGN Clinical Fellowship for work on the implementation of evidence based guidelines in this area. Her clinical interests lie in the area of facial deformity and the Ethicon Foundation Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh enabled her to gain valuable experience at Toronto Sick Children's Hospital.

Claire is also a Member of the Faculty of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the MFDS and MOrth Examinations. She currently serves on the College’s Specialty Advisory Board for Orthodontics.

Commitee Member 

Dr Christopher Barker
DDS, BChD, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng)

Chris is currently a part-time Consultant at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield and also works part-time in specialist orthodontic practice. Chris's main area of clinical interest is in treating severe orthodontic problems including patients with hypodontia, impacted teeth and those requiring orthognathic surgery. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Training Programme Director for Dental Core trainees at Pinderfields Hospital. Chris is currently representing COG on the Directorate of Clinical Practice committee.


Commitee 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

Dr Zararna Nelson - Moon

David Morris (Thumbnail)

Committee Member

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

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



Committee Member


Ms Farnaz Pavrvizi


Committee Member - BOS President 


Professor Jonathan Sandler 


Committee Member - BOS Secretary


Dr Andrew DiBiase

Committee Member Northern Ireland Rep

Mr Darren Johnston

Committee Member - Wales Rep

Ms Charlotte Eckhardt

Committee member - Scotland Rep

Mr David Morrant

Committee member - Chair SAC

Dr Jayne Harrison



Committee member - Chair UTG 


Dr Norah Flannigan 


Committee member - Chair TGG


Mr Gavin Bell