Council committees

The Dental Council is responsible for the regulation of the dental professions it is responsible for and has a governance, strategic and policy role. Council has established the following committees:

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 Audit and risk management committee


The audit and risk management committee advises the Council on its financial management, organisational risk management, internal controls and quality assurance framework.

The current members of the committee are:

  • Brent Kennerley - independent member, partner Grant Thornton (Chair)
  • Andrew Gray (ex-officio)
  • John Aarts
  • Kate Hazlett (lay member) 

Accreditation committee


The purpose of the accreditation committee is to advise the Council on accreditation matters.  

The accreditation committee develops accreditation standards, policies and procedures for the accreditation of New Zealand educational programmes that lead to registration as an oral heath practitioner in New Zealand. 

Themembers of the committee are:

  • Prof Robert Love (Chair & senior dental academic)
  • Susan Gorrie (New Zealand clinician)
  • Andrew Gray (ex-officio)
  • A/Prof Meegan Hall (Lay member)
  • Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia (Independent educational standard-setting member)
  • Ian Mercer (New Zealand clinician)
  • A/Prof Janet Wallace (Senior dental academic)

 Continuing professional development advisory committee


The continuing professional development (CPD) advisory committee considers the approval submissions of CPD providers, monitors approved providers, and considers individual practitioner's verifiable CPD. 

The current members of the committee are:

  • John Aarts (Chair, dental technicians/clinical dental technicians)
  • Andrew Gray (dentists)
  • Gillian Tahi (dental therapists)

Transmissible major viral infections panel


The purpose of the TMVI panel is to ensure the health and safety of the public by:

  • the management and monitoring of registered oral health practitioners who are or may be infected with the hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus or human immunodeficiency virus, collectively referred to as transmissible major viral infections (“TMVI”); and,
  • the provision of advice to Council under section 16(d) of the Act, about the fitness for registration of applicants seeking registration or restoration to the Register; or the fitness to practise of practitioners who are seeking an annual practising certificate; who are or may be infected with a TMVI.

The current members of the TMVI panel are:

  • Andrew Gray (Chair)
  • Ed Gane - hepatologist
  • Kate Hazlett - lay member
  • Mark Thomas - infectious diseases physician