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Committee Members

The Committee Officers are the Chair,  Administrative Secretary, Finance Officer, Web and Social Media Officer and with committee members up to a total of ten.

Chair - President Elect

Debra Worthington

Debra has been a dental nurse for 37 years; working in General Dental Practice, Community Dental Service and Secondary Care.  She is the Maxillofacial Unit Manager at Salford Royal Hospital; a busy unit comprising of maxillofacial surgery, oral surgery and orthodontics.

Debra has been a member of the Orthodontic National Group since its inception in 1994 and has been a committee member for 17 years.  She is the current chairman of the group - having served in this role for 9 years.   She is the current president elect and will take this role in September at the British Orthodontic Conference in Manchester.

She works tirelessly at both a local and national level representing orthodontic nurses and therapists at Stakeholder meetings which includes the GDC, the BDA and the RCS (Edin).


Editor of ONG news - Chair Elect 

Sally T Dye 

Chief Editor ONG News and OT representative, current chairman elect with the start of her new role in September at the British Orthodontic Conference in Manchester  - She qualified as an OT in 2009 and joined the ONG committee soon after this and later became Admin Secretary and OT Rep.  In 2016 her role changed to became Chief Editor of ONG News.  Sally works full time in 2 specialist orthodontic practices; she also has Cert Ed and has been involved with dental nurse teaching for many years both for qualifications and for extended duties.


Finance Officer

Marica Grundy

Marica has been a member of the Orthodontic National Group committee since 2012. Two years ago, she took over the role of the Finance Officer for the group. Marica works in a busy Specialist Practise in the centre of Doncaster.


Administrative Secretary

Amanda Heap

Amanda  took on this role from Sept 2015 after joining the committee in April 2015. She  work as a full time dental nurse at York Hospital and has been involved in orthodontics in this setting as well as general practice for 11 years. I particularly love the sense of achievement you feel when helping to improve a young persons smile and confidence.

Web and Social Media Officer

Tamiley Morris

Tamiley worked as a dental nurse for 27  years . Having started her nurse training at Manchester dental hospital, she then worked in general dental practice, HMP dental service and specialist orthodontic practice as a senior dental nurse prior to moving to work at the Royal Stoke hospital orthodontic/restorative/maxillofacial department.  The move into orthodontic therapy finally became a reality in 2014 when she started her training with the Leeds orthodontic therapy course.  Tam has a special interest in working with patients with ASD and other learning challenges.

She joined the committee in July 2015 after more than 6 years as a member of the group.

Committee Member 

Anjali Phian   

Anjali is currently working as a trainee orthodontic therapist at Kings College Hospital Institute in London.  She has spent the last 5 years working at Kings as a dental nurse and specialist orthodontic nurse. Anjali joined the committee in Janurary 2017.

Committee Member

Vanessa Finnegain        

Vanessa Finnegan qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2006 at the Eastman Dental Hospital.

Employment:  Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, St Marys Hospital Paddington London, private practices in the Central London and holds a current position at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Vanessa joined us for her first meeting in July 2017