Board of Trustees

The ruling body of the Society. It is responsible for managing the Society's affairs and ensuring that it pursues its charitable objects

The members of the Board are the Trustees of the Society and Directors of the Company.The members are the President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and the Directors of Clinical Governance, Clinical Practice, Education, External Relations, Professional Development and Research.  The Honorary Patron attends Board meetings but is not a Trustee or a Director.


Dr Alison Murray

Alison Murray completed her specialty training at the Eastman Dental Hospital, London in 1985. She became a Consultant in 1989 at the Eastman and Mount Vernon hospitals. In 1994 she moved to Derbyshire and took up her current post in Derby.  She has always been involved in orthodontic education of specialists, general dental practitioners and orthodontic therapists. She has also been involved in randomised multi-centred clinical trials. She runs a small private practice and also writes expert witness reports.

Honorary Secretary

Dr Stephen Rudge

Stephen graduated in dentistry from King’s College, London, in 1972 and completed his specialist training in 1978. Following a further three years at Guy’s Hospital, he was appointed Consultant Orthodontist in Cheshire and at Liverpool School of Dentistry. He is active in teaching and training and was past Orthodontic Training Programme Director and a member of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Orthodontics. He has also served as Regional Advisor to the Faculty of Dental Surgery (RCSEng), External Assessor for the Scottish Training Committee for Orthodontics and as examiner for Membership and Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examinations in orthodontics           

Honorary Treasurer

Dr David Manger

David qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff in 1987. After working in the Dental School as a dental officer, he moved to Peterborough in 1988 and worked in private practice.

In 1996 he started his orthodontic training as a clinical assistant working alongside the orthodontic consultant at Peterborough District Hospital. He undertook the Trent region two year training programme in orthodontics for general practitioners.

David joined Old School House full-time in 2003. He completed his Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics finals in October 2010. He currently sits on the
 British Orthodontic Society Practitioner Group committee and the British Orthodontic Society Scholarships & Grants committee.

In his free time, David enjoys foreign travel, tennis, snowboarding, cycling and dining-out. He is married to Deborah and has one son.


Director of Research


Professor Philip Benson 

Professor Philip Benson is Professor of Orthodontics and Honorary Consultant at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is a regional advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Orthodontics               


Director of Clinical Governance

Mrs Laura Mitchell MBE

My day-job is in the hospital service as a Consultant Orthodontist and I am based at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford. My first Consultant post was in Middlesbrough where I started in 1992 and then I moved to Bradford in 1995. Most of my caseload is the management of patients with a cleft lip and/or palate and those with dento-facial disproportion.

I have served previously as Chairman of the Scholarship Committee of the BOS and also Member of the BOS Council from October 2001 to September 2004. Since then I have had a variety of College positions, including Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the RCS England, which I hope have prepared me for my current role as Director of Clinical Governance at the BOS

I am very ably supported by the chairman and committee members of the Audit Committee, the Ethics and Standards Committee and the Publications Committee plus those involved in the Clinical Effectiveness Bulletin, all of whom do a significant amount of work for the BOS behind the scenes in their own time.                                  

Director of Clinical Practice

Dr Guy Deeming

Guy is a Specialist Orthodontist working in a mixed NHS/private practice in Middlesbrough.

He originally qualified from Newcastle before working in a number of hospital positions in maxillofacial surgery and restorative dentistry in Manchester and London. He undertook Specialist training at Guy's and Kingston Hospitals before going into specialist practice in the South East. He moved to the North East in 2008 where he lives with his partner and two children.

Guy's is also the Marketing and PR representative on the BOS Conference and Meetings committee.

Director of Education

 Professor Sue Cunningham

I graduated from Leeds University and undertook my orthodontic training at the Eastman Dental Institute. I am now Professor of Orthodontics/Honorary Consultant at UCL Eastman Dental Institute and I am Programme Director of the postgraduate orthodontic programme, one of the largest postgraduate programmes in Europe. I am involved in all aspects of postgraduate orthodontic education in the UK and Europe; I have served on the British Orthodontic Society Council/Board of Trustees twice, currently as Trustee for Education. I was also SAC Chair for Orthodontics from 2011 to 2014   

Director of External Relations

Dr Richard George

Richard George completed his orthodontic training at Guys in 2000. He is a specialist practitioner based in West Kent where he has worked for the past 15 years. He is an ex-director of Total Orthodontics, a group of eleven mixed NHS/private specialist practices based in the South East of England, and was responsible for their marketing and social media activity.

He has been on the committee and served as Membership Secretary of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society for the past five years.

Richard is currently the editor of BOSNews.

Director of Professional Development

Dr Richard Jones

Richard studied dentistry at Guy’s Hospital, London, graduating in 1990 with double honours. Following this he remained at Guy’s as a house officer in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Over the next three years Richard continued to train within this specialty at a number of hospitals in London, eventually returning to Guy’s as a registrar. During this time he was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Following his decision to follow a career in orthodontics, Richard spent a two years in general dental practice in England and Australia broadening his experience. In 1996 he began a three year full-time training course in Orthodontics, based at Guy’s hospital and the Royal Alexandra children’s hospital in Brighton. Upon graduating he received a Master of Science Degree and the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of England allowing him to be registered as a specialist orthodontist with the General Dental Council. Richard is also a specialist in oral surgery.

After completing his specialist training, Richard divided his time between the orthodontics department at Kingston hospital and specialist orthodontic practice. He became a partner of Total Orthodontics in 2002 and is now a director of Total Orthodontics Ltd. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orthodontists and the British Dental Association.

Richard has keen interests in clinical research and continuing education. In addition, he is actively involved in running courses for postgraduate students and is regularly invited to lecture on orthodontic topics both at home and abroad.