Information about the association
The association was formed in 1971 following a meeting between orthodontic technicians employed in London teaching hospitals. Since then membership has grown steadily to the present level of approximately 240, representing all members of the industry. It is estimated that there are currently between 400 and 500 technicians earning their living from orthodontics in the UK.
The association is strictly a professional body devoted to the interests of orthodontics. It is not a trade union, but there would be no reason why the Association should not give opinions to institutions on the role of the orthodontic technician.
To encourage the study, improve the practice and advance the knowledge of orthodontic laboratory and clinical techniques for the benefit of the orthodontic team and patient.
- Act as an advisory body to institutions and individuals on the use of all orthodontic laboratory techniques and the service orthodontic technicians provide.
- To widen, improve and develop the education and knowledge of those actively engaged in orthodontic technology through: the media, publications, lectures, exhibitions, conferences and any other appropriate means.
- Keep a register of members and their qualifications.
- To invite and collect subscriptions and donations to the funds of the Association by any lawful means.
- To co-operate with other organisations with the view to the promotion of the objects of the Association.
Benefits of Membership
The Association holds an annual technical conference at a suitable venue each year. This is well supported by both members and traders, and a good opportunity for members to get to know each other. Besides the social aspect of the conference it is probably the best way of keeping up with the latest techniques and innovations in orthodontic technology as the lead-time on publication of articles can be long. The annual general meeting of the Association is held during the conference.
In addition to our own conference the Association also takes part in the British Orthodontic Conference each year. Members are invited to put on table and poster demonstrations at these conferences. It is vital that we maintain a presence at this event in order to strengthen our links with our clinical colleagues.
Members of the Council sit on various boards and committees to represent the interests of orthodontic technicians. This is an important function due to the many changes taking place in dental technology at present. Areas under discussion at present include registration, orthodontic auxiliaries and clinical dental technicians. As a member you gain recognition of your skills as an Orthodontic Technician.In addition you also gain representation on the following bodies:
- Central Council for Health Authority Dental Technology
- College and University Education Advisory Boards
- Consultant Orthodontists Group
- The British Orthodontic Society
- The British Orthodontic Conference
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The Association produces a quarterly newsletter and members are encouraged to contribute letters and technical tips. The Newsletter reports on meetings attended by Council officers and keeps members up to date on changes in legislation affecting our profession. The Newsletter also provides technical support from the expertise of your fellow members.
Since 1997 Conference we have combined our Conference Programme with a Proceedings, which, as well as containing abstracts of the lectures given at the Conference, also contains technical articles so that it can be used as a reference source. Anyone can submit an article for consideration for publication in the Proceedings.
OTA Council 2014 - 2015
President: Rye Mattick, BChd MSc MOrth FOrth
Rye Mattick qualified from Leeds in 1988. She later gained her orthodontic qualification from Newcastle and she went on to do her Senior Registrar training in Manchester. She is now Consultant Orthodontist at Newcastle Dental Hospital where she is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate supervision, teaching and training and holds honorary university status. She is the Training Programme Director and ran the MSc course for several years as well as supervising PhDs. She is lead orthodontist for the Northern and Yorkshire Cleft Lip and Palate Service. She is active in research and has been involved in a number of award winning clinical, randomised controlled trials. She has published on a variety of topics although mainly in the area of cleft lip and palate. Within BOS she has served on COG Committee, been Director of the British Orthodontic Society Foundation (BOSF), and Chairman of the Scholarships and Grants Committee. She now takes great pleasure in being President of the OTA!
Chairman, Website co-ordinator / Editor :Paul Mallett (GDC :104366)
I started my technical career in specialist Orthodontic commercial Laboratory and in 1992 took up a post in the NHS, and is now Maxillofacial laboratory manager for University Hospitals of Morecambe bay NHS Trust. I worked as Associate lecturer, at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Delivering the Certificate and Diploma Postgraduate courses in Orthodontic Technology. I served as Secretary of the OTA (UK), and as President for the DTA. I have also served as co-opted DCP member on the GDC's registration committee. I continued throughout my career to lecture extensively at national and international conferences and seminars. I volunteer to give time to serve as a Science and engineering ambassador, visiting schools and colleges to encourage school children/leavers into careers in science and technology, via interactive lectures and demonstrations. I also served as treasurer for our local neighbourhood council, serving the local community.
Secretary, Vice Chairman, Newsletter Editor, : Andrea Johnson (GDC No:159368)
Andrea Johnson is an Orthodontic Technician currently working at the Royal Derby Hospital. She is a council member for the Orthodontic Technicians Association, serving as their Vice Chair, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and British Standards Institute liaison.
Andrea has worked in dental technology for nine years, the first two of which were in a private denture laboratory and the remaining seven have been at the Royal Derby.
She graduated from Leicester DeMonfort University (DMU) in 2008 with a Foundation Degree in Dental Technology and then later in 2013 achieved a first class BSc (Hons).
She is calibrated on the (PAR) Occlusal Index and is responsible for carrying the PAR scoring at the Royal Derby.
In addition to this she also has 14 year’s experience of retail and retail management; specialising predominately in aquatics. She has also worked in the manufacturing industry where she was a registered practioner of work based measurement.
Daniel Shaw (Treasurer/social media coordinator)
Daniel began his career as an apprentice dental technician in 1996 at Albion Dental Laboratory, Chesterfield. Albion covered all aspects of dental technology and this gave him a broad vision and foundation early in his career. He finished his basic training at Rotherham General Hospital between 1999 and 2001 and then moved to Chesterfield Royal Hospital. In his first four years at Chesterfield, Daniel completed both the Higher National Certificate and Orthodontic Diploma in Professional Studies. During this time he worked on utilising mid-palatal implants as an alternative to headgear and he enjoyed this immensely, also using it as his dissertation project. In 2004, Daniel was the proud recipient of the British Orthodontic Society Technicians Award. He then left Chesterfield for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital in 2005 and during this time he completed the Diploma in Maxillofacial Prosthetic s and Reconstructive Science. In 2015 he returned to Chesterfield Royal to manage to Maxillofacial and Orthodontic Laboratory.
Membership Secretary, Chris Bridle, (GDC No:110420)
I left school in 1966 and started an apprenticeship in Dental Technology studying one day a week at the local technical college. At the end of five years I gained my City and Guilds in Dental Technology after another two years study I passed the advanced qualification in Orthodontic’s. After working in the commercial sector for ten years as apprentice and technician I took the post of Senior technician at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester where over the next thirty five years I work my way up the ladder becoming the Laboratory manager and in the final years I became the Service Manager For Orthodontic and Oral Maxillofacial Services.I decided in April 2012 that the time had come to take early retirement.During most of my time working in the hospital service I have been involved with the OTA in many different rolls, I served as chairman for many years and stood down from that position in 2011. In 2012 the association asked me to serve as president for two years which I found to be a great honour as I am the first technician to hold this post.Now that I have retired I am enjoying life and following some of my passions such cruising around the world see interesting places and also take lots of photographs
Council Member, Neale Price (GDC No:130388), Education, Awards and Student Sponsorship.
Education and BOS Award Co-ordinator. I have worked in Dental Technology for 35 years with a complete specrtrum of work experience in the areas of Education, NHS and Comercial, with varied geographical locations across Britain and overseas. My main interest is of course Orthodontics. I currently work as a part time lecturer at Edinburgh's Telford Collage, and as a part time Highly Specialised Technician at Glasgow Dental Hospital NHS Trust. I have offered my services as a Council member to try and offer something back to a profession that has given me so much pleasure and reward. Being born in Wales, educated in England and currently working in Scotland i hope to be able to bring a closer affiliation between educational establishments across Britain and Ireland. My main interest outside Dental Technology are my family and sport.
Council Member: Edward Mapley (VLE Editor, Minutes secretary & BSI Liaison)
Edward is a lecturer in Dental Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He began his career as work experience student at Chanters Dental Laboratory in Ashford, Kent. Having decided that dental technology was worth a go he studied at Lambeth College in London for four years qualifying with a BTEC in 2004 and PDC in 2005. While studying at Lambeth he undertook work experience at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital which led to a job once he had qualified. He worked as an orthodontic technician at Canterbury and then at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford when the department relocated in 2011. In August 2012 he took up another orthodontic post at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford looking for a new challenge. In January 2015 he took on a completely different role as senior technician at Cardiff Metropolitan University for eight months before being promoted to a lecturer position. In his spare time he is studying for a master’s degree in dental technology and can often be found rambling in the Brecon Beacons.
Jennifer Dunnett (Council Member,Commercial Laboratory Engagement )
Jennifer Dunnett runs her own business JD Denta Care in Edinburgh.
She qualified from Edinburgh's Telford college with an advanced certificate in orthodontics and since qualifying has worked and volunteered in a variety of different commercial laboratories along with working full time in one of Edinburgh's leading orthodontic practices.
As an independent commercial technician she feels she can bring a realistic outlook to the council without prejudice.
James Green (council member: conference programme coordinator / conference proceedings editor)(GDC No:129862)
James is a maxillofacial and dental laboratory manager for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the North Thames Cleft Centre, a supra-regional network for patients with clefts of the lip and palate from North London, Essex and South and West Hertfordshire. This service is run jointly by Great Ormond Street and the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford and he also works there for part of the time.
He trained at Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry in association with Lambeth College and qualified in 2001. After a vocational training year at the Royal London Hospital he spent the following two years at the Eastman Dental Hospital, part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, before transferring to Great Ormond Street in 2004.
James has written or co-written papers for journals including The Angle Orthodontist, the British Dental Journal and The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. He is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally and in the past was a lecturer at Lambeth College in London.
He has been awarded the Quintessence Book Prize for the best student from a London teaching hospital, the British Orthodontic Society Technicians Award and the Fellowship of the Orthodontic Technicians Association.
James was first elected to the Orthodontic Technicians Association Council in 2006 and served on its executive committee as treasurer from 2007 to 2016.James Green is also the current president of the Dental Technologists Association.
Atiq Zaman RDT MDTA MOTA MCMI (Council Member) GDC Registration number: 107377
My career took a surprising turn in 2001, I came to UK to embark upon a magnificent journey and trained as a dental technician. I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology from Lambeth College, London in July 2004. Ever since I have been developing within my chosen vocation and thrive on the different challenges that face me every day. What makes this career transition even more unique is that I joined HM Armed Forces in June 2005 as a dental technician stationed both in the UK and Germany. I spent 6 years in Germany delivering dental technical service to the British Forces Community in Germany. I left forces in February 2015 after a 10 years exemplary service. Since qualifying as a dental technician I have maintained membership with the General Dental Council (GDC), the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA), the Dental Technologists Association (DTA), the European Aligner Society (EAS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). I am delighted to be nominated as an OTA council member at the International Orthodontics Congress in London 2015. My career in the army has also taken me to numerous countries around the world on battlefield tours and exercises. Each of these assignments have brought with them difficult and challenging situations that I have embraced. Both working as an individual and as part of a team, I have learned the technical, communication and management skills that are fundamental in taking any managerial role in future. I have been working for DB Orthodontics Limited as an Autograph Technical Manager (Dental Orthodontic Appliances) since October 2014. In my current job, I am involved in using the latest 3D technology such as 3Shape Scanner, 3Shape Ortho Analyzer, Appliance Design, CAMbridge software and 3D Printer. There will be no stone unturned to working hard in order to promote the OTA’s vision in the future by sharing relevant skills, knowledge and experiences on digital orthodontics. My immediate future plan is to complete MSc Dental Technology (3rd year) by June 2016 from Cardiff Metropolitan University with full financial support from the HM Armed Forces and then embark on a career on digital dentistry especially in the area of advanced orthodontics and maxillofacial technology. I enjoy physical exercise, sports and socialising. My main sporting passions lie with badminton, squash, lawn tennis, football and cricket and I try to play as much as possible. I also enjoy travelling around the world in order to experience fascinating places and different cultures.
Matt Everett (Council Member)
I began my education as a Dental Technician at BTEC National Diploma level and passed with great enthusiasm and distinctions. I immediately saw a professional career pathway that interested me and chose to further my education and experience by undertaking a Higher National Certificate whilst being employed as a Dental Technician at Rotherham General hospital. The area of study I chose was Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Technology, majoring in both subjects for which I passed with Distinctions and was awarded the British Dental Associations prize for Student of the year in 1997 at Manchester Metropolitan University.
My enthusiasm and drive to further my experience and knowledge led me to join Guys Teaching Hospital in London where I managed the day to day running of the Orthodontic Laboratory and was involved in teaching in the subject of Orthodontic Technology to undergraduate dental students, post graduate MOrth students and dental technology students. During this role I completed Stage 1 of the City & Guilds 7307 Teachers Certificate.
I continued to further my career as a Maxillofacial and Orthodontic Technician within the NHS and teaching institutions until 2005. In March 2005 I became the founder member of a new business now called S4S where I currently hold the position of Technical Director. In 2011 we formed Smilelign Limited, a company focused on orthodontic treatment with 3D scanning and CADCAM technology, I was instrumental in setting up the technical service and currently work as Technical Director. My enthusiasm and passion for my career has grown over the past 10 years. I have been invited to lecture at Universities, study groups, Dental Institutions and at large exhibitions on my area of specialty. During the autumn and winter of 2012-13 I was asked to join Manchester Metropolitan University as a Part-time lecturer on the undergraduate dental technology program. I have since been invited back as an honorary lecturer speaking about subjects such as Snoring & Sleep Apnoea, orthodontic technology and gave a lecture about being a dental entrepreneur.
I hold several responsible positions within my profession such as being on the Editorial panel for a Dental publication and have written several published articles. I have recently been invited on board of the European Society of Aesthetic Orthodontics as Technical Advisor. I was Non-executive Director for Education for the Dental Laboratories Association for 2 years and am currently part of a trailblazers group hoping to introduce apprenticeships for Dental Technicians. I regularly run seminars for General Dental Practitioners and have been personally involved in Post graduate training of around 5000 dentists over the past 10 years. I have also written articles that have been used for Continuing Professional Development purposes with online training providers such as Dentinal Tubules and ProDental CPD. Throughout my career I have gained vast amounts of clinical and technical experience as a Maxillofacial and Orthodontic technologist. I have been involved in the provision of oral, facial and body prosthesis including implant retained prosthesis. My roles included surgical treatment planning for orthodontic surgical cases and all types of orthodontic appliances.
Jinesh Patel (Council Member)
In 2008 I attended Manchester Metropolitan University successfully gaining a BA in Forensic Chemistry - a career path I had chosen to take at a very young age. However, upon completion I still lacked the fulfilment I had hoped this degree would have given me which led me to my next career decision.
I have a strong family background within the Dental field with my father being an Orthodontic Technician and other family members becoming Dentists.
In 2011 I took an interest in my fathers trade and found myself spending a lot of time In his laboratory. I found myself quickly falling in love with the trade that made a big difference to peoples lives and quickly realised this is what I wanted to do.
Realising this was my passion I joined the Btec National Diploma course at Lambeth college in 2012 studying theory whilst working and having a hands on approach with the laboratory. I found having both elements together helped accelerate my hand skills and knowledge of dental technology quite quickly.
After 2 years of hard work I qualified as a dental technician and joined the GDC and worked to every opportunity to improve my skills, which enabled me to obtain my current role as Operations Director at H M London Orthodontic lab.
I joined the OTA as a member this year and am keen to give my support in keeping this historic organisation active for many more years ahead. I strongly believe the future of orthodontic technicians lies within the OTA and I want to show how much I enjoy their existence.
My future plans include strengthening my education aiming to get my masters in Dental Technology and ensuring this great organisation maintains a presence with the young, upcoming technicians that will take over within the next generation.
Jade Oakes-Stott (Council Member)
'Jade is an experienced Orthodontic Technician with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. She is an extremely motivated and ambitious individual who is always looking for new ways to broaden her skill set and is looking to make a wider impact on the realm of Orthodontic Technology.
As senior Orthodontic Technician at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, she is responsible for the supervision of the Orthodontic department of the Maxillofacial Laboratory on site. She is required to manufacture custom made dental devices for public consumption and liaise closely with the Orthodontic consultants to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for all orthodontic cases requiring the laboratories services.
In addition to this she also aids in the training and development of the Orthodontic trainee within the laboratory.
Jade promises an energy and excitement to approaching new challenges as well as a passion for her chosen field. She believes that it is her passion that sets her apart from other technicians her age, and continued professional development allows her to embrace innovation and new technologies.
The idea of being part of the wider Orthodontic community, brings with it new ideologies and methodologies, that she may not have explored to date. She believes that being part of the OTA council is the ideal course of progression for herself at this point, and feels that this step would broaden her current skill set and allow her to fully explore her potential as an Orthodontic Technician, whilst allowing her to give something back to the orthodontic community.'
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Past Presidents of the Orthodontic Technicians Association
Please find here below, a list of the OTA's past Presidents:
Chris Kettler 1996-1997
Malcolm Jones 2000-2002
Steven Jones 2002-2006
David Bearn 2006-2010
Les Joffe 2010- 2012
Christopher Bridle 2012 - 2014
Rye Mattick 2014 - Present
Please find here below, a list of the OTA's Past Executive Council Officers.
Len Bradshaw 1971
Chris Bridle 1990?-2011
Jeff Lewis 2011 - 2013
Paul Mallett 2013 - Present
Bert Aldridge 1971
Ian Walters 1996
Paul Mallett 2001-2007
Jeff Lewis 2007-2008
S. James Abbott 2008
Kerry Lancaster 2010- 2012
Paul Mallett 2012 - 2013
Andrea Johnson 2013 - Present
Michael Newham 1986?-1991
Robert Woods 1991-2002
Edwin Payne 2002-2007
James Green 2007-2016
Daniel Shaw 2016 - present
Ashley Hunt 1996
Jenny Warner ? -2003
Kerry Lancaster 2003-2007
Darren Collinson 2007- 2013
Kevin Wilson 2013 - 2016
Christopher Bridle 2016 - present
Past OTA conference venues
1973- April, London, UCH London
1976- September, Manchester
1978- September, Bristol, University of Bristol
1980- 12 to 13 Sept, London, Guys Tower
1982- September, Basingstoke
1985- September, Bournemouth, Wessex Hotel
1986- September, London, Normandie Hotel
1989- November, London, Eastman Dental Institute
1991- 25 to 27 April, Bournemouth
1992- 3 to 4 April, Bristol, Burwalls/Avon Gorge Hotel
1994- 11 to13 March
1996- 8 to 10 March, Gloucester, Gloucester Hotel and Country Club
1997- 7 to 9 March, Gloucester, Gloucester Hotel and Country Club
1998- Skipton, Hanover International Hotel
2000- 10 to 12 March, Luton, Thistle Hotel
2001- Stirling, Highland Hotel
2002- 1 to 3 March, Windermere, Low Wood Hotel
2003- London Hilton Docklands London Hotel
2004- Cardiff Marriott Hotel
2005- Southampton Hilton Hotel
2006- 17 to 19 March, BlackpoolHilton Hotel
2007- 23 to 25 March, SouthamptonHilton Hotel
2008- 14 to 16 March, EdinburghRadisson Hotel
2009- 20 to 22 March, Milton Keynes Jury's Inn Hotel
2010- 19 to 21 March, WindermereLow Wood Hotel
2011- 10 to 13 March, SouthamptonDe Vere Grand Harbour Hotel
2012- 02 to 04 March, Cardiff Marriot Hotel
2013- 22nd to 24th March, Thistle County Hotel, Newcastle
2014 - 14th to 16th March, Raddison Blu Hotel, Glasgow
2015 - No OTA Conference due to IOC London Excel
2016 - 23rd to 25th September, Old ship hotel and International conference centre, Brighton
2017 - 14th to 16th September, hotel TBA, and GMex Conference centre, Manchester City Centre
Thirteen orthodontic technicians attended the meeting and it was agreed that such an association should be formed. From this meeting a steering committee was organised. Len Bradshaw became the first chairman and Bert Aldridge was secretary. Other committee members were P. Chittenden, H. Close, J. Ford, J. Griffin and H. Haringman. During the first four meetings aims and objectives were drawn up and in March 1972 a letter and questionnaire were sent to dental schools, hospital orthodontic departments and county council dental laboratories. As an act of confidence each committee member together with E. Cripps, H. Essinger, A. Wing and G. Wisker contributed to a launching fund to cover the costs of stationery, printing and postage. In July 1972 a letter together with an application form and the comments received from the original replies were sent out inviting orthodontic technicians to apply for membership. During the meetings that followed the constitution was written and the first conference was planned, which was held in London in April 1973. Conferences have regularly been held ever since at many venues across the UK. The number of delegates attending has steadily increased over the years, as has the membership of the association. The link with our clinical colleagues has also been strong since the inception of the association. This is in part maintained by inviting prominent orthodontists to serve as presidents of the association. The OTA has also been an affiliate organisation of the British Orthodontic Society since it was formed in 1994. In 1999, the first British Orthodontic Society technicians award was established in collaboration with the Orthodontic Technicians Association. This was first awarded in 2000 and continues to be awarded annually at the OTA conference. In 2003 another award was created, The British Orthodontic Society Award to an Orthodontic Technician for Distinguished Service. The relationship between the OTA and the BOS was strengthened further in 2010 with a closer affiliation which would see the two organisations sharing membership services and the registered address of 12 Bridewell Place in the City of London. Back to top