These are the four nominations for the forthcoming council election. Members of the BES will receive a mailing via email very soon, complete with a link to vote for their preferred candidate.

Candidate biographies and personal statements for:

  • Josette Camilleri
  • Ikhlas El Karim
  • Mark McAlister
  • Satnam Singh Virdee

Josette Camilleri B.Ch.D., M.Phil., Ph.D., FICD, FADM, FIMMM, FHEA

I am a clinical academic with a special interest in Endodontics. I graduated at the University of Malta as a dental surgeon in 1992 and did my postgraduate training supervised by the late Prof Pitt-Ford at King’s College, London. I worked for the NHS in Malta from 1999 to 2007, then the University of Malta until 2017 both at the Faculty of Dental Surgery and the Faculty of Built Environment. I moved to the United Kingdom in 2017 where I am employed as Clinical Senior Lecturer at the School of Dentistry, The University of Birmingham.

My research work is translational as I am a clinician and I research dental material development and interaction in the clinical environment. I have published over 120 papers in a 12-year academic career and I am cited over 7000 times with an H-index of 45. Three of my publications are in the top 50 most cited papers in the International Endodontic Journal. I am an international lecturer and. Have been invited to speak 67 times in the past 5 years. These keynote speeches have been delivered to a number of international endodontic societies including twice at European Society of Endodontology, twice at the American Association of Endodontists, twice at the Intentional Federation of Endodontic Confederation and three times at pan Arab Endo.

I was awarded the Louis Grossman Prize for my contribution to research in Endodontics by the French Endodontic Society in 2018. I am the first female recipient of this prestigious award. I am a Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway and at KU Leuven, Belgium. I serve as a senior editorial board member for the journal Scientific Reports (Nature) and am also a reviewer for several international journals.  I am a council member for the British Society of Oral and Dental Research (BOSDR) and serve as honorary assistant secretary for this society. I am the lead organizer of the BSODR meeting planned in Birmingham in 2021.

Through my involvement with the British Endodontic Society as a committee member, I would like to continue working for excellence in Endodontology through my translational research for the benefit of the nation’s dental health and well-being. I am a passionate clinician, lecturer and researcher and have played a key role in the new era of this profession through my pioneering work on the development and clinical interactions of hydraulic materials. I thus would be honoured to serve the society as my mentor, the late Prof Tom Pitt Ford, has done in the past.

Proposer: Professor B.S. Chong

Seconder:  Dr P.L. Tomson


Ikhlas El Karim

I am excited about the possibility of serving on the BES council and if given the opportunity, I will do my best to serve the interests of the Society and support all members. As a member of the BES for over 10 years, I have benefited enormously from the support and opportunities the Society offers and believe it is now time for me to give back.

I am currently a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Through a consultant led Service at the Belfast Heath and Social Care Trust, I provide specialist endodontic care and support local GDPs dealing with complex endodontic treatments. I actively contribute to undergraduate endodontic teaching as well as postgraduate courses and training for N. Ireland dentists through the N. Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) programmes. To help our GDPs adopt an evidence-based approach to dental care and promote the culture of research in primary care, I led an initiative to establish a practice based research network in N. Ireland in collaboration with NIMDTA and Health and Social Care Board. I have research interest in pulpal and periapical disease with a specific focus on vital pulp and regenerative therapies. My research has contributed to our improved understanding of the ability of the dental pulp to heal and regenerate following injury. I have presented my research findings at national and international meetings and contributed to the recent ESE position statement on the management of deep caries and the exposed pulp.

I have a wealth of clinical, teaching, research and leadership skills that I would like to offer as a serving member of the BES council. I am particularly enthusiastic about revitalising the society’s links with N. Ireland and promote the specialty to our GDPs and next generation endodontists.

I would appreciate your support.


Proposer: Professor John Whitworth

Seconder: Mr Justin Barnes


Mark McAlister

My name is Mark McAlister.  I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2003 and subsequently completed a Diploma in Endodontic Practice at UCL.  I am based in Yorkshire and my working week is split between the practice of Endodontics and General Dental Practice.  I also work as a training programme director for Health Education England, leading the clinical education for Dental Foundation Training in the Yorkshire & Humber deanery.

I was treasurer of FGDP Yorkshire for many years and organised successful educational events featuring national and international speakers.

I am completing a Masters in Education and am currently conducting research into undergraduate  endodontic experience and training needs of Foundation dentists.

I am seeking election to Council because I am passionate about endodontics, education and the role of the BES.  I believe that my background and experience offer a valuable perspective and I hope to contribute to the society over the next three years and beyond.

Proposer:  Mr Alyn Morgan

Seconder: Dr William McLean


Satnam Singh Virdee  BDS, MFDS RCSEd, PGCert DentEd, FHEA

Satnam Virdee

It would be a privilege to serve on the BES council if given the opportunity by members of the society.

I have always had a passion for endodontics since my undergraduate training and am lucky to have been supported by the society during my early career with their prize giving system. This includes winning the Harty (2014), Foundation-Dentist (2015) and GDP (2016) prizes, as well as being supported to present my doctoral research abroad where I was awarded the ESE international research prize (2017). Having regularly attended BES meetings for over 6 years, I have also had the pleasure to develop many relationships with members. I am extremely grateful to have had these opportunities and thus with the support of my colleagues would like to now play a more active role in the society.

As a Clinical Lecturer/Speciality Registrar in Restorative Dentistry at the Birmingham Dental Hospital and School, and a part-time endodontic practitioner, I feel I have now developed enough experience to give something meaningful back to the BES who have helped me attain these positions. I am particularly passionate about raising awareness of the benefits/support the BES can offer junior practitioners in both primary and secondary care. I feel my own experiences with the society, as well as being involved in endodontic teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates, make me well suited for engaging with this cohort to promote Endodontology and raise membership.

I am also fortunate to be currently researching novel biological strategies for treating apical periodontitis as part of my PhD. Some of this work has led to publications in peer-reviewed journals and involved collaborations with international colleagues who could potentially participate in future society events.

For the above reasons, I am keen to take on the responsibilities of this important role and would be grateful for your support.

Proposer: Dr. Phillip Tomson

Seconder: Mr. Michael Waplington