Once again the Dentistry Top 50 poll was inundated with a huge number of votes both from Dentistry magazine and Dentistry.co.uk. We’d like to thank you for your votes, and here are the results of the 2015 poll of who you think are the top 50 most influential people in UK dentistry.
1. Barry Cockcroft
Barry Cockcroft has topped this year’s polls, moving up from second last year. Our congratulations go to Barry. He qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 1973 and worked for 27 years in mainly NHS general dental practice before joining the Department of Health as deputy chief dental officer (England) in 2002. He was appointed chief dental officer (England) in July 2006. Prior to his appointment as CDO, he had served on the Warwickshire Local Dental Committee, including terms as chairman and secretary, been chairman of the West Midlands Association of LDCs and was elected to the General Dental Services Committee of the BDA in 1990. In 2000 he led the work on the section of the consultation paper, Options for Change, on systems of delivery of dental care. Following the restructuring in 2013 of the health and social care system, he provided clinical and professional advice to NHS England, the Department of Health and Health Education England. He has also been awarded honorary fellowships from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, the Faculty of General Dental Practice and the University of Central Lancashire as well as an honorary doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Plymouth. Away from dentistry, he served as a magistrate on the between 1992 and 2000 and is married with three children. Barry received a CBE in 2009 for services to dentistry. Barry announced his intention to retire as CDO for England in October 2014 and stood down at the end of February 2015.
2. Kevin Lewis
A popular name in the industry and always receiving lots of votes in our Top 50 poll, Kevin comes in just behind Barry in this year’s poll. Kevin’s writing – in particular his long-running column in Dentistry magazine commenting on issues affecting the dental profession – are read by many practitioners. Kevin qualified from The London Hospital in 1971. During 30 years in general practice he developed special interests in preventive dentistry and practice management. He became involved in the medicolegal field in 1989, joining the board of Dental Protection Limited, and became its dental director in 1998, a post he still holds. He is a member of the executive committee and council of the Medical Protection Society. From 1981-2006 he was the associate editor of Dental Practice, and is now a regular columnist for Dentistry magazine, where he has become renowned for his vibrant and witty prose, imparting his considered and well-respected insight into UK dentistry in his own inimitable style. In recent years he has been awarded fellowships from the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in recognition of his sterling and long-running commitment to serving the dental profession. He is also an honorary member of both the British and New Zealand Dental Associations.
3. Evlynne Gilvarry
Evlynne Gilvarry is chief executive and registrar of the General Dental Council (GDC). She took over as chief executive and registrar of the GDC in October 2010. She joined the GDC from the General Osteopathic Council (GOC), the statutory regulator of osteopathy in the UK, where she’d worked as chief executive and registrar since November 2007. Previously she worked in various senior policy and management roles at the Law Society, the regulator and professional body for solicitors in England and Wales. She is a qualified lawyer and mediator.
4. John Milne
John Milne is a general dental practitioner working as a partner in a practice near Wakefield. John was chair of the BDA General Practice Committee from 2009 to 2015, representing general dental practitioners from the whole of the UK. Much of that time was spent developing the BDA approach to NHS contract reform and engaging with government and NHS England on matters concerning all dentists. On completing his term of office as GDPC chair, John has recently taken up the position of national dental adviser at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), in which role he sits on the National Steering Group for contract reform. At a more local level John is chair of Wakefield Local Dental Committee.
5. Tony Kilcoyne
Tony Kilcoyne is a specialist in prosthodontics in his own referral practice in Haworth, West Yorkshire. He is also a full-time/vocational training adviser for Yorkshire deanery, clinical director of 4everlearning.com and UK clinical adviser for Fastbraces. Tony has recently spearheaded the professional public campaign to expose ‘The Big Lie’ about NHS dentistry in England. Tony is a former GDC council member for 10 years and former examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons London for 10 years. Tony was selected as one of the dentists to provide comprehensive dental care for the Olympic international athletes in the Olympic Village London 2012. He is a popular lecturer on many clinical and practice management subjects and firmly believes what is bad for dentists and their teams, is bad for the public too. Tony has also expanded his work into mainstream media and has appeared on many TV channels regarding dentistry issues. He is also the BBC Radio 2 resident dentist, airing regular programmes to raise the profile of dentistry, engage the public with live phone-ins and promote public health education too.
6. James Goolnik
Two-time winner of the poll in 2011 and 2012, James is the founder of the Bow Lane Dental Group and author of the best-selling book Brush, the profits of which go to dental charity Dentaid. He is a trustee of ‘Heart Your Smile’, an inspirational campaign aimed at improving oral care by getting people to visit the dentist. He is a former president of the BACD. James qualified in 1992 from King’s College London. He has worked exclusively in the city for the last 20 years running a multi award-winning team of specialists. James has a masters degree in conservative dentistry from the Eastman Dental Institute. He is a regular contributor to numerous publications and a mentor for students wanting to get into the dental profession.
7. Earl Howe
Lord Howe is the minister responsible for dentistry. He has been parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department of Health since May 2010. Born in 1951, he was educated at Rugby School and Christchurch, Oxford. After leaving university in 1973, he joined Barclays Bank and served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts both overseas and in London. In 1991, Lord Howe became a government whip in the House of Lords with responsibilities successively for transport, employment, defence and the environment. Following the general election of 1992, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and in 1995 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished in 1997. Between 1997 and 2010, he was opposition spokesman for health and social services in the House of Lords, as well as being a member of a number of health-related all-party groups. He is an elected hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999 and was appointed as a privy counsellor in 2013.
8. Eddie Crouch
Eddie Crouch is the newly elected vice chair of the BDA principal executive committee and has been secretary of Birmingham Local Dental Committee for the last 10 years. He has served on the executive of the General Dental Practice Committee when John Milne was chair. He qualified in 1984 from Kings and now provides orthodontic care for patients in south Birmingham in two locations, having been previously a clinical assistant in orthodontics training at Birmingham Dental Hospital.
He is most known perhaps for defeating the Department of Health (DH) in a judicial review in 2008 and again in 2009 when the DH appealed the earlier decision regarding a termination clause in PDS agreements. Many colleagues assisted his legal costs.
He is married to Jane and has a daughter Laura who recently made him a grandad.
He regularly writes opinion pieces for the dental journals and is a heavy contributor to the GDPUK forum.
9. Jeremy Hunt
Jeremy Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Health in September 2012 and first elected as Conservative MP for south west Surrey in 2005 and re-elected in 2010.
Jeremy was born in 1966, attended Charterhouse and studied PPE at Oxford University. Following graduation he worked in management consultancy and taught English in Japan. On his return to the UK, Jeremy set up Hotcourses, and a charity to help AIDS orphans in Africa in which he continues to play an active role.
In December 2005 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People. In July 2007 he was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. In May 2010 Jeremy was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and in September 2012 he was appointed Secretary of State for Health in the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle.
Jeremy lives in London and his constituency home in Surrey with his wife, son and two daughters.
10. Christian Coachman
Dr Christian Coachman appears for the first time in our Top 50 poll this year, straight in at number 10. Dr Christian Coachman graduated in dental technology in 1995 and in dentistry at the University of São Paulo/Brazil in 2002. He is a member of the Brazilian and American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Dr Coachman attended the ceramic specialisation programme at the Ceramoart Training Center, where he also became an instructor.
In 2004, Dr Coachman was invited by Dr Goldstein, Garber, and Salama, of Team Atlanta, to become head ceramist of their laboratory, a position he held for over four years.
Dr Coachman worked with many leading dentists around the world, such as Dr Van Dooren (Belgium), Gurel (Turkey), Fradeani (Italy), Bichacho (Israel), Ricci (Italy) and Calamita (Brazil).
He currently works at his family dental clinic in São Paulo, Brazil, together with his father, uncle and brother. He also works as a consultant for dental companies and offices, developing products and implementing concepts. Dr Coachman has lectured and published internationally in the fields of aesthetic dentistry, dental photography, oral rehabilitation, dental ceramics and implants.
11. David Cameron
Incumbent Prime Minister at the time of writing, David Cameron, has once again made the Top 50, down slightly from last year. Many of those who voted may well have felt that more influence lies with the government figurehead when it comes to issues of dental industry reform, rather than some of those lower down the pecking order but more closely immersed in the sector. David became prime minister in May 2010 after a general election where his Conservative party won almost 100 additional seats but the result ended in a hung parliament.
12. Zaki Kanaan
Zaki is currently immediate past president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a highly experienced and respected implant surgeon and aesthetic dentist who routinely mentors other dentists on placing and restoring implants. He lectures nationally and internationally on various aspects of dentistry with a special interest in dental implants, where he has achieved a masters degree from the world renowned Guy’s Hospital in 2001. He also has a diploma in dental sedation, a diploma in hypnosis and is a licenciate of the Faculty of Homeopathy. Zaki has also topped the list in Private Dentistry’s poll of the top 20 elite dentists in the UK for two years in a row in 2014 and 2015, after coming runner up for two years previously. He has also been voted ‘UK Dentist of the Year’ at the Dental Awards in 2012. Most recently he was awarded for his outstanding contribution to private dentistry at The Private Dentistry Awards. Through his expertise in tooth whitening procedures, he has been appointed UK dental adviser to Philips Oral Healthcare. As well as being a past president of The London Dental Fellowship, he sits on the editorial board for The International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry and was previously an editorial consultant for Dental Implant Summaries for several years. He has regularly appeared on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme carrying out complex implant treatments.
Zaki runs a successful practice, K2 Dental in Fulham, with his wife Dominique and works at several prestigious private practices in central London’s West End and the city.
13. Chris Barrow
Chris Barrow has been a business coach specialising in the business of dentistry for 22 years. Chris created The Dental Business School in 1997, an innovative (for its time) 12-month programme for dental practice owners and teams, delivered to over 1,000 UK practices in the subsequent 10 years. He has been described as ‘Mr Marmite’ for his sometimes outspoken views and has created audiences of enthusiastic fans and detractors. After more commercial costume changes in the last 10 years than a Lady Gaga tour, he has settled down and is now focused on 7connections, a privately-owned company creating digital marketing systems for small businesses, whilst he continues to coach some of the best managers and principals in dentistry, with clients across the UK, Ireland and continental Europe. Chris is a well-known public speaker, a prolific and popular blogger, a Facebook fanatic and has also co-authored two books on the business of dentistry – Profitable Dental Practice and The E-Myth Dentist. In 2014 he took his audience by surprise, appearing as a castaway in The Island with Bear Grylls on Channel 4.
14. Avijit Banerjee
Avijit is professor of cariology and operative dentistry/honorary consultant and clinical lead, restorative dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute at Guy’s Hospital (Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Trust). He holds the positions of head of conservative and minimal intervention (MI) dentistry, associate director of education (UG) and programme director of the innovative KCL distance-learning masters in advanced minimum intervention dentistry. He also leads the cariology and MI operative dentistry research programme at the dental institute and acts as a research and development key opinion leader for several industry partners. Avijit is primary author of the last two editions of Pickard’s Guide to Minimally Invasive Operative Dentistry (10th ed, OUP, August 2015), a definitive and globally respected text in the field of MI operative dentistry. He is an editorial board member of Dental Update, BDJ, International Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives and the Primary Dental Journal, a member of the BDA Health & Science Committee, all whilst maintaining a wet-fingered specialist practice in restorative dentistry, prosthodontics and periodontics.
15. Michael Watson
Michael Watson qualified 50 years ago and started his career in the Royal Army Dental Corps. Retiring in 1979 he set up a general dental practice in Manningtree. In the 80s he became secretary of the GDPA and was the first editor of its journal the General Dental Practitioner. Moving to the BDA in 1991 he spent the rest if his career as a political adviser and editing BDA news. Since retiring he has continued writing and is a regular contributor to dentistry.co.uk and Dentistry magazine along with being the news correspondent for both. Michael now spends more time at a time-share on Gran Canaria and reducing the kid’s inheritance on cruise ships.
16. Chris Orr
Dr Christopher Orr is a past president and accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and also a certified member of the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has lectured widely in the UK and internationally and runs a one-year course in cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic restorative dentistry for general dentists from his practice and teaching facility in central London.
17. Paul Tipton
Professor Paul Tipton is one of the most acclaimed restorative and cosmetic dentists in the UK, Paul was originally a professional county cricketer with Lancashire County Cricket Club.
He studied in London for three years under Michael Wise and completed an MSc in conservative dentistry after two years study in 1987. In 1999 Paul was awarded specialist status in prosthodontics from the GDC. He was a founding member of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (BAAD) and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) and past president of the British Academy of Implant Dentistry (BAID) and current president of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry (BARD). He is also currently professor of cosmetic and restorative dentistry at the City of London Dental School.
Regarded as a leading authority on restorative and aesthetic dentistry and implants, Professor Tipton lectures on these subjects across the UK, Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia. He set up Tipton Training Ltd, which has seen his influence spread even further throughout the profession with more than 3,000 dentists having completed a one-year programme with him over the last 25 years. He maintains a private practice two days per week in Manchester and London.
18. Damien Walmsley
Damien is professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Birmingham. As scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, he has a high media profile commenting on scientific matters related to dentistry. Recent appearances include The oral history of teeth and a breakfast time slot on The Chris Evans Show. He is quoted in the national newspapers on a regular basis. Internationally he is president of the Association for Dental Education in Europe representing 80% of dental schools in Europe. He has given presentations at the national conferences of the American, Brazilian, south east Asian and Chilean dental schools providing insights to UK and European education. Damien’s day job includes being a successful clinician and educator. His research interests are in the field of ultrasonics in periodontology and endodontics. Furthermore he has an active interest in the latest mobile technologies and the use of social networking in dentistry. He is known outside of dentistry for his local and national published photographs of everyday life that he encounters.
19. Nilesh Parmar
A beacon of clinical dentistry and post-graduate education, Dr Nilesh R Parmar has a special interest in implant dentistry and dental sedation for nervous patients, successfully splitting his time between his seven-surgery practice in Southend-On-Sea and a multi-disciplinary practice in Blackheath.
In 2014, Nilesh was voted Young Dentist of the Year at the Dental Awards and Best Young Dentist in the East of England in 2009 at The Dentistry Awards.
One of a few dentists in the UK to have a degree from all three London Dental Schools, education is important to Nilesh. In his quest for constant self-development, Nilesh has dedicated the past two years to an executive MBA at Imperial College Business School, helping him develop his skills within the business aspects of running a dental practice.
A natural-born speaker, Nilesh regularly speaks at key conferences, webinars and business meetings nationally and internationally, on the topics of dental implants, CAD/CAM and digital technology. Outside of running his own practice and lecturing, Nilesh dedicates his time to supporting charity events. In 2012, Nilesh established the Ice White Charity Xmas Party, an annual event that attracts hundreds of dentists to raise money for worthwhile causes.
Nilesh has a never-ending passion for his work, offering training and mentoring to dentists starting out in implant dentistry and readily accepts referrals for this procedure.
20. Ruby Austin
A long-standing and high profile member of the UK dental community, particularly in south London, Ruby always picks up plenty of votes in the Dentistry Top 50 poll and this year is no exception. He qualified from the University of London’s Royal Dental Hospital in 1960 and subsequently enjoyed working in general practice and the hospital service. He owned Lewis Grove Dental Practice in Lewisham between 1967-2002 before scaling down his clinical commitments. He now works as a part-time associate dentist for The Broadway Dental Practice in Catford.
Ruby also became a vocational training adviser and course organiser for the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Deanery, a member of the General Dental Practitioner Committee and Local Dental Committee, an examiner on the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses, and dental adviser on the Southwark and Lewisham PCT performance review panel. He has made a vast contribution to various dental bodies, some of his previous involvements include being vice-chairman of the Dental Practice Board, vice dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, treasurer for the British Dental Association (Bromley and Beckenham), president of the British Society for General Dental Surgery, and president of the Anglo-Asian Odontological Group.
Ruby was recently awarded a BDA fellowship in recognition of his long-standing service to the association, and in 2000 was awarded an MBE for services to dentistry.
21. Raj Rattan
Raj is a practising general dental practitioner, a senior dento-legal consultant at Dental Protection Ltd and strategic associate dean in the London Deanery. He is the author/co-author of several textbooks on various aspects of dentistry. Raj has considerable experience of the NHS and private sector. He is a former policy adviser to the Department of Health and is head of clinical policy at Denplan. He has lectured extensively both in the UK and overseas and acts as an adviser/consultant to companies, individual dental practices and within the corporate sector. In 2007, he was appointed MBE for services to dentistry. Outside of dentistry, he lists his interests as creative writing, motor sport and the performing arts. He is an award-winning member of the Magic Circle and performs on a regular basis.
22. Michael Wise
Michael maintains a private restorative practice in London mainly treating patients who have failure in extensively restored dentitions, those with aesthetic problems and those requiring implants. He is currently visiting professor at The Eastman Dental Institute, University College London and is recognised by the GDC as a specialist in restorative dentistry and a specialist in oral surgery. Michael was the first dentist to be awarded a Harkness Fellowship for two years’ study in the USA, at Indiana University. He obtained his fellowship in dental surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1972. He has lectured widely both nationally and internationally and is the author of many publications including a 10-part series on occlusion and restorative dentistry published in the British Dental Journal and subsequently produced as a BDJ handbook. He is author of the book, Failure in the Restored Dentition: Management and Treatment.
23. Ashley Latter
Eighteen years ago, two dentists took part on Ashley’s Ethical sales and communications programme, and since then over 8,500 delegates have now taken this programme worldwide. Ashley has delivered this programme in 14 different countries, including five times in the USA.
Ashley is the author of Helping patients to say yes, Don’t Wait for the Tooth Fairy – How to Communicate effectively & Create the Perfect Patient Journey and You are Worth it. In 2014, Ashley was voted number 12 in Dentistry’s Top 50 most influential people in UK dentistry and he was the only overseas speaker at the 100th Dutch Dental Conference, which was opened by the King of Holland.
Ashley has now delivered over 23,000 hours of business coaching to the dental industry all over the world. Simply he is a specialist at getting dentists and their teams to communicate with their patients, which results in a world class patient journey, more patients saying yes to treatment plans and increased profits for the practices.
24. Laura Horton
Laura has an outstanding passion and knowledge for dentistry. Laura’s been responsible for the breakthrough of this role in the UK dental profession. Laura has been working with dentists and their teams since 2005 and, through her own company, since 2008. She has a ‘sleeves rolled up’ attitude and thrives in her unique hands-on style. She has helped practices to achieve high levels of success with her understanding of the market and behavioural attitudes of the public. Laura knows that each practice is different and this must be taken into account, as well as the individual needs of the principals/partners, associates and team. Laura has developed the world’s first treatment coordinator (TCO) video elearning programme, a TCO qualification and a CRM system designed only for dental practices.
25. Mhari Coxon
Mhari has over 20 years’ experience in dentistry, working clinically first as a dental nurse, receptionist, oral health adviser and ultimately hygienist in a variety of environments. She is passionate about her profession and was an educator from 2003-2011 in dental hospitals, before ultimately running her own CPD and dental practice management and corporate marketing consultant company. At present, she works as a senior professional marketing and relations manager for Philips Oral Healthcare UK and Ireland. She is also a trustee for the BDHF and past council member of the BSDHT. Throughout her career, Mhari has developed hygiene protocols and preventive plans in practices, which continue to be used with great success. A keen writer, Mhari is the sub editor of The Primary Dental Journal of the Faculty (FGDPUK) of the Royal College of Surgeons, and was on the publications committee of Dental Health – BSDHT Journal. She is also a contributing editorial board member for DH&T. As a speaker, Mhari has presented regionally, nationally and internationally for many groups. She was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award in 2015 at the DH&T awards.
26. Simon Gambold
Simon Gambold is vice president of Henry Schein’s northern European dental business and has responsibility for European marketing. Formerly managing director of the UK dental business, he joined HSUK in July 1994 as general manager for one of the mail order business units, following a career in marketing and sales, most recently with WH Smith plc as marketing manager of its office supplies division. Simon is a member of the Market Research Society, is a fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing and is a council member and past president of the British Dental Industry Association, a founding trustee of the Heart Your Smile charity and represents the UK at the Federation of the European Dental Industry. Living in the village of Charing Heath, 15 miles from the UK Gillingham facility, he is married to Gillian with two daughters, Millie and Olivia (aged 21 and 18 respectively) and enjoys sailing.
27. Judith Husband
Dr Judith Husband is a member of the British Dental Association’s (BDA) principle executive committee and chair of the education, ethics and the dental team working group. She provides clinical care and service reviews within secure establishments and remains actively involved with the BDA on local and national levels together with chairing Oxfordshire Local Dental Committee. She has extensive experience within the NHS including healthcare reforms, dental commissioning together with liaising with all major stakeholders, especially in relation to postgraduate dental education and professional regulation. Wide ranging corporate governance and strategic leadership experience has been gained on the executive board, and more recently on the PEC of the BDA, together with advisory roles in a variety of commercial organisations related to the wider dental market. This experience is supported by formal Institute of Directors qualifications, including the certificate and diploma in company direction. Judith is a regular commenter on Twitter too (@judith_husband).
28. Reena Wadia
Reena qualified from Barts and The London with the prestigious Gold Medal as well as numerous other undergraduate dental awards. Following general practice, Reena worked as a senior house officer in both restorative dentistry and oral surgery. Currently, she is completing her part-time specialty training in periodontology at Guy’s Hospital. She is also working in general practice at Harley Street Dental Group and Woodford Dental Care.
As well as being passionate about acquiring new knowledge, Reena has always encouraged and supported other young dentists by sharing any learning and experiences. To this end, she created her own blog as a platform to communicate valuable information. Reena is also a part-time clinical tutor at Barts and The London, she regularly organises courses for newly qualified dentists and is on the editorial board for Dentistry, DH&T and Young Dentist magazines. She also endeavours to contribute to the profession through her position as a board member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice as well a committee member for the British Dental Association.
29. Edward Lynch
Voted number one in 2010’s Top 50 vote and receiving 2014’s Outstanding Achievement Award, Edward Lynch is still flying high in this year’s Top 50. Having been professor of restorative dentistry and gerodontology, Queen’s University Belfast for 10 years, Edward moved in 2010 to be head of dentistry, University of Warwick. He dramatically improved the reputation and profile of Warwick dentistry leading to record numbers of students every year. Edward has been awarded 90 research grants (totaling over £5 million), successfully supervised more than 50 MSc, MPhil and PhD students, been awarded many prizes for his research and has more than 550 publications. He is a specialist in restorative dentistry, endodontics and prosthodontics as well as being a BUPA specialist in oral surgery. Edward’s excellent reputation earned him the UK Outstanding Achievement Award at the Dentistry Awards in December 2010, in 2012 he was elected president of the pharmacology, therapeutics and toxicology research groups, International Association for Dental Research, in 2012, he was the first UK dentist to ever achieve fellowship of The American Society for Dental Aesthetics. In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Research and Teaching at the prestigious IAOHD Dentistry conference in Las Vegas and in June 2013 was awarded, from his University, one of the 10 WATE (Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence) prestigious awards for his teaching. He has almost 4,000 citations on Google Scholar. He is highly sought after to lecture at numerous prestigious world courses and is an exceptionally esteemed teacher, researcher and clinician.
30. Richard Field
Richard graduated with honours from the University of Glasgow in 2011. While completing his foundation year he was also awarded a postgraduate certificate in primary care dentistry, with merit, from the University of Kent. In 2014 Richard was awarded Overall Best Young Dentist UK at The Dentistry Awards. Richard is an active full member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry where he is a member of several committees including the young dentist and education committees. Among many other postgraduate courses, he has completed a one-year course in cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic restorative dentistry at Advanced Dental Seminars in London. Richard is a key opinion leader for DMG and lectures internationally on Icon treatment for the removal of white spots on teeth. Richard has a special interest in dental photography, minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry, especially composite bonding and the Inman Aligner. In his spare time, Richard is also a keen skier and scuba diver.
31. Roger Matthews
Roger is chief dental officer at Denplan. He joined Denplan in 1995 having spent 22 years working as a principal in general dental practice and as a dento-legal adviser for the Medical Defence Union. He oversees dental advice to the company and its links with professional bodies, and is responsible for Denplan’s professional services. Roger writes and lectures regularly on dental health care policy, his principal interests are clinical risk management, quality assurance in healthcare and the promotion of excellence in oral care.
32. Martin Kelleher
Martin Kelleher is a consultant in restorative dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute. He is a fellow of the Glasgow and Edinburgh Royal Colleges. He is on the GDC specialist lists in restorative dentistry and prosthodontics and is a past president of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry. He was on the board of Dental Protection until 2010 and chaired its advisory committee on dental claims. He has lectured and written extensively on minimally destructive aesthetic dentistry, the worn dentition, bleaching, bonding, ethical and medico-legal aspects of dentistry, clinical decision making in managing compromised dentitions and management of the ageing dentition. He currently works in a private restorative practice in Bromley, Kent.
33. Nasser Barghi
Dr Nasser Barghi is professor and head of the division of aesthetic dentistry in the department of restorative dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, San Antonio, Texas. He is past president of the American Equilibration Society, holds membership in many professional dental organisations, and has authored and co-authored over 185 articles and abstracts in scientific journals. Dr Barghi has completed a great amount of research on bonding and etched porcelain bonded restorations, and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the topic of aesthetic dentistry.
34. Jimmy Steele
Jimmy became a household name in the dental sector in 2009 when he led and authored the independent review into NHS dental services, which had been commissioned by the Government following the damning report into the controversial 2006 new contract reforms of the Commons Health Select Committee published the previous year. Jimmy received much credit for his thorough investigation, which took many months and led to him making several recommendations on improving oral health, increasing access and ensuring high quality dental care for patients. He is the head of school and professor of oral health services research at Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences, with expertise in the epidemiology of oral disease, including predicting future trends in oral health, the impact of tooth loss on diet and function among older adults and the social determinants of oral health. He believes that patients and dentists share the responsibility for good oral health and that the provision of a wide range of more complex dental treatments on the NHS should generally depend on having a healthy and clean oral environment, and that supporting the latter is a priority for the NHS. Jimmy also chaired the evidence and learning group, which evaluated the pilots and authored the two reports from the group.
35. Julian English
Experienced in dental publishing, Julian maintains his position in Dentistry’s Top 50. With more than 20 years’ experience at the helm of multi-award-winning Dentistry magazine and numerous other dental journals, editorial director of FMC, Julian is a well-known face in the dental publishing industry. Julian chairs the editorial committee of the British Dental Industries Association. Julian attends many events at home and overseas throughout the year.
36. Nairn Wilson
Nairn Wilson, the newly appointed president of the British Dental Association, is honorary professor of dentistry at King’s College London, where he was professor of restorative dentistry and dean and head of the college’s internationally renowned dental institute between 2001 and 2012, and deputy vice principal (health) between 2009 and 2012. Nairn’s many other positions in dentistry have included editor of the Journal of Dentistry (1986-2000), dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1995-1998), president of the General Dental Council (1999-2003), co-chair of the Forum of European Heads and Deans of Dental Schools (2007- 2012) and more recently registrar of the UK Public Health Register (2012-2015) and professional strategic executive, European Federation of Periodontology (2012 to date). His interests and special expertise include healthcare regulation, international trends in dental education, and future developments in the clinical practice of dentistry. He continues to author and edit many different contributions to the dental literature, while serving as patron or trustee of various dental charities. His various honours and awards include a Dentistry Lifetime Contribution Award and the John Tomes Medal of the British Dental Association.
37. Quentin Skinner
Quentin Skinner is chairman of DPAS, the company he founded in 1996 with the aim of offering dentists an alternative, payment plan service, which would allow them to keep their own identity. Quentin, a leading player in the establishment of private dental plans, is passionately committed to helping dentists understand the dental industry’s turbulent political and economic climate with all the issues and challenges that lie ahead and the future management of practices.
38. Martin Fallowfield
Martin is in private practice in Peterborough and head of professional liaison at Denplan. A passionate advocate of teamwork and patient-centred dentistry, he is a former chair of the BDA Principal Executive Committee. He has a particular interest in facilitating patient choice and was heavily involved in the development of BDA Good Practice and Denplan Excel. Since 2001 Martin has owned the innovative and award-winning Oralcare practice having formerly been founding partner at Cathedral Square Dental Practice in Peterborough, the first dental practice in the UK to achieve Investors In People.
39. Peter Ward
Peter Ward is the chief executive of the British Dental Association, a post he has held since 2006. He qualified as a dentist in 1982 and, after 13 years in general practice, took on a number of senior management roles. He first worked in the public sector leading the clinical quality assurance of NHS dentistry. He then moved to working with two dental corporates. After five years, Peter worked as a management consultant, with a number of players in the dental supplies industry before joining the BDA. Peter holds an honours degree in law, an MBA and in 2009 was honoured to be granted a fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practice.
40. Linda Greenwall
Linda first graduated in her native South Africa in 1984. She then moved to London to work in general practice and began to specialise in restorative dentistry before developing an interest in tooth whitening. In 1993, she set up her own multi-disciplinary practice in Hampstead, London (Heath Health Care), which she still runs, and is a specialist in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. She has also written an award-winning book on tooth whitening and is the editor-in-chief of Aesthetic Dentistry Today.
41. Tony Jacobs
Tony Jacobs is well known for founding and running GDPUK.com, an internet forum and news outlet for the whole dental team and industry. GDPUK has grown from a small group of dentists communicating in 1997 to reaching thousands of the UK profession every single day. Tony is in daily practice as a partner at 406 Dental in Manchester, carrying out general family dentistry.
Tony had the honour of chairing the Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees in June 2014. He has been a long-term member of the British Dental Association, almost 40 years, has been a branch president, and is involved with the Bury and Rochdale Local Dental Committee.
42. Liz Kay
Liz Kay set up the first new dental school in the UK for a generation. She developed an exciting new way of producing dental graduates and new methods of assessing undergraduate progress and competence. She is an oral health topic expert for NICE and has developed and leads a collaborative MBA in healthcare programme with healthcare learning: Smile On. She is the only dentist on the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena Swan Committee, being a lead and speaker at its Athena Swan National Workshop. Liz is a trustee of the British Dental Health Foundation and vice chair of the British Medical and Dental Student’s Trust, and is also a member of the BDA’s Dental Public Health and Health and Science committees.
43. Seema Sharma
Seema Sharma’s career is sprinkled with a list of achievements that are a testimonial to the fact that success comes to those who innovate and embrace change. Having won a business award presented by Richard Branson for her first practice at the age of 24, she went on to build a substantial portfolio of dental practices and properties, becoming a role model for young women climbing the ladder in dentistry today. She hung up her gloves to establish Dentabyte, which helps practices to accelerate growth and achieve their full potential through one to one business consulting, accredited Institute of Leadership and Management diplomas, and interactive learning and management software. Seema has been appointed honorary lecturer in healthcare entrepreneurship and management at the Dental Institute, King’s College London and is currently reading a masters in business administration (MBA) at Imperial, which she describes as transformative. In her inimitable style, and typifying her ‘can-do’ attitude, she appeared on Channel 4’s Slumdog Secret Millionaire in 2010 and founded a charity to support education for underprivileged children. She is currently rolling out ‘Mumbai Experiences’ (www.mumbaiexperiences.org), a collaborative national schools project with The British Asian Trust, one of the Prince’s charities. She is also a founding member of Heart your Smile, a dental charity working to improve uptake of dental services and put the dental profession at the heart of healthcare. Seema is married to Sanjay Sharma, a professor of cardiology, and they have two teenage daughters.
44. Galip Gürel
Dr Galip Gürel graduated from the University of Istanbul, Dental School in 1981. He continued his education at the University of Kentucky, department of prosthodontics. Received his MSc degree from Yeditepe University in, Istanbul.
Dr Gurel is the founder and the honorary president of EDAD (Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry).
He is the past president of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) for 2011 and 2012. He is also a member of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics (ASDA) and American Academy of Restorative Dentistry (AARD) and the honorary diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD).
45. Wyman Chan
Dr Wyman Chan is a board certified clinical and research dentist, specialising in tooth whitening, practising in London, Beijing and Shanghai.
For over 20 years he has worked with all major home and power whitening systems. His PhD led to seven UK and US patents. Dr Wyman Chan has received numerous accolades for his outstanding achievements. In 2008 he received the Proctor and Gamble Investigator Award in Canada. In 2012, Dr Wyman Chan was awarded the Harper’s Bazaar Hot 100 award for his invention, Get2smile. In 2010, he was appointed clinical associate teacher at Warwick Dentistry, University of Warwick.
Dr Wyman Chan has discovered important phenomena in the texture of teeth and established protocols that have contributed to the improvement in safety and efficacy of tooth whitening processes. He has published important hypotheses in tooth whitening processes, which help evaluate the texture of the tooth enamel. Dr Wyman Chan is well credited as the inventor of painless tooth whitening techniques and products.
46. Amit Patel
Amit graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1997. He is also an associate specialist in periodontics and an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham Dental School. He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to dental practitioners both in the UK and internationally. He was recently invited to become a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In addition Amit is on the editorial board of The Dental Tribune. He has worked with several different implant systems, lectured nationally and published in the field of dental implantology and periodontics. Amit is the principal specialist and director at Birmingham Dental Specialists.
47. Crispian Scully
Professor Crispian Scully CBE is a director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health-General Health. He is also UCL emeritus professor; professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh King James IV; president of the British Society for Oral Medicine; member and examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Council; editor for Oral Diseases; associate editor for the Journal of Investigative & Clinical Dentistry; and is on the board of Dental Update. Crispian has been dean both at the University of Bristol and at UCL. He is past-president of the International Academy of Oral Oncology, European Academy of Oral Medicine, British Society for Oral Medicine and British Society for Disability and Oral Health. Crispian has been awarded the Colgate-Palmolive Prize of International Association for Dental Research; fellowships of all UK and Irish Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Academy of Medical Sciences, and UCL; he has received university doctorates from numerous universities. He has been awarded the award for most outstanding achievements in dentistry.
48. Melonie Prebble
Melonie is an experienced dental hygienist and therapist, having worked in the dental industry for over 20 years. She graduated from The London Hospital in 1995 and has been enhancing her skills and contributing to the industry ever since. Melonie has worked in a range of practices since qualifying, both within the NHS and the private sector. She even took the opportunity to work abroad, spending time studying in America to further develop her skills. Melonie currently offers her services at Abbey Road Dental, in north west London, and the clinic at The Luke Barnett Centre, Watford, Hertfordshire. In both practices, Melonie has developed a full range of hygiene and therapy services where there was no established patient base for either service. Melonie’s experience in working for a wide range of practices led to an interest in business development skills, so to support this Melonie became qualified as a master neuro linguistic programming coach in 2013. This additional training enables her to assist dental professionals to get the most out of their practices and provide the best services they can to patients. Melonie is a regular contributor to dental journals, a national speaker at dental conferences and sits on the judging panel for the Dentistry Awards and the Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards. Currently along with her work schedule, Mel is the secretary of The British Association of Dental Therapists and a key opinion leader for Ivoclar Vivadent.
49. Ellis Paul
Ellis Paul is recognised as the leading authority on correct working posture and four-handed dentistry, which he pioneered. He has lectured all over the world, written countless articles, three definitive books and made a CD. He was one of the first totally private practitioners. Ellis is a former chairman of the BDA’s Private Practice Committee. In 2007 Ellis was awarded the rare honour of being made a fellow of the BDA for his services to dentistry and in 2011 was made an honorary fellow of the Faculty of General Practice of the Royal College of London. He has been editor-in-chief of Private Dentistry since 1996.
50. Terry Scicluna
Terry Scicluna brings nearly 35 years of UK healthcare and retail experience to IDH. Prior to his appointment as CEO at IDH, he spent nine years with Alliance Boots where he held various senior positions. Most recently, he was international managing director and was responsible for all Boots stores and brands outside of the UK with a turnover of over £2 billion. Prior to that, he was managing director of Unichem and Alliance Pharmacy, which at the time had a turnover of £1.2 billion and 1,000 outlets.