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Committee Members

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


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).


Chair and Editor of ONG News 

Sally T Dye 

ONG Chair, Chief Editor ONG News and OT representative - Sally 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

Committee Member 

Steve Chadwick 

Steve Chadwick is a consultant orthodontist at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust and at the University of Manchester. Steve qualified from Liverpool dental hospital in 1987 and following a series of oral surgery posts he was appointed as specialist registrar in Orthodontics at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Having taken his MOrth he came back to Manchester as senior registrar in 1994 and was appointed as a consultant in 1997. Steve has been an MOrth examiner for both the royal college of surgeons of Edinburgh and royal college of surgeons of England, he was elected Chair of the panel of examiners for MOrth and later Chair of the board for MOrth and at the same time he designed the diploma in orthodontic therapy assessment and became Chair of that panel of examiners too. Steve was elected to the board of faculty of the Royal College of surgeons of England and has served for two years as vice dean. He is Chair of scholarship and grants for the BOS and has just completed his term as ONG president. Steve is married to Gaynor, a teacher and they have three children who all love Manchester United.

Committee Member 

Sarah Loudon 


I am a qualified Orthodontic Therapist, currently working full-time at New Cross Hospital, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. I thoroughly enjoy my Therapist role which involves caring for routine and complex MDT orthodontic patients within secondary care, under consultant supervision. In my initial years, I qualified in nursing at Birmingham Dental Hospital with a combined Hospital / National Qualification. I then continued with roles in General Dental Practice and the Community Dental Service for Dudley and eventually gained further qualifications in Oral Heath, Radiography, Sedation and finally Orthodontic Nursing. In 2012, I started my course in Orthodontic Therapy from Warwick and was proud to achieve my Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy in 2013. I have always been actively involved in departmental clinical governance, ad-hoc teaching, service initiatives and CPD, and have always believed in life-long learning.