Board of Trustees
The Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity which is overseen by a Board of Trustees, who ensure we continue to provide the very best help and support for millions of people around the world.
We are currently looking to recruit up to four trustees from a range of backgrounds to further strengthen good governance for the organisation and provide strategic direction. We are particularly looking for people with demonstrable experience in financial reporting, marketing, fundraising, social media and education. Experience of the oral health care profession and industry is not essential but would be an advantage.
- Learn more about becoming an Oral Health Foundation Trustee
- Oral Health Foundation Trustee: Applications Form
Janet Goodwin - BA(Hons) Business Management - President
Janet began work in the dental profession in 1971 and worked in many different environments from general practice, community, dental hospital and further education.
Quite early on, Janet became interested in the education aspect of her role and qualified to teach, which she still enjoys today. This invariably led Janet into management in which she still has a peripatetic input with both dental practices and courses.
At present, Janet is a Trustee of the Oral Health Foundation, involved in strategic planning, setting the organisational objectives, and helping to steer the charitable goals of the two major campaigns (National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month).
Janet carries out management and educational projects on an independent basis with various organisations including the Faculty of General Dental Practice, where she is Chair of the DCP committee, City & Guilds as Chief Examiner, and Dental Team Qualification in the development and delivery of DCP programmes.
Janet has recently finished her term of office with the General Dental Council as Council member, and Chair of the Standards Review Group. Janet was also a Governing Body member of Nugent Care Charity in Liverpool, both offices involved governance, strategy and regulatory processes.
In the past, Janet's career has included working with The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses as an Chairman and an Examiner, Strategic Health Authority as a development manager, and Leeds Dental Institute as Nurse Manager.
In her leisure time, Janet plays badminton and pursues her family tree.
Liz is very proud to be the Foundation Dean of Peninsula Dental School and is also a Public Health Academic Consultant working regionally and nationally with Public Health England focussing on inequalities in oral health. In addition Liz leads a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree in healthcare at her university in collaboration with the Business School and the Healthcare Learning Company.
Liz is a highly committed clinician and teacher, focussing on the delivery of appropriate dental care to those who find clinical dentistry particularly challenging, and she lectures locally, nationally and internationally on clinical care, dental education, communication and her research.
She is a Shadow Governor of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Topic Expert in Oral Health to a NICE Public Health Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the British Medical and Dental Students Trust and Chair of the Shirley Glasstone Hughes Foundation Management Committee, which oversees the commissioning a research in dentistry. She also sits on the Editorial Boards of three journals, including the British Dental Journal.
Liz has attracted over £1.2 million of research funding and has published over 150 papers and five books. She has recently compiled a sixth which is a comprehensive textbook (250,000 words) for dental undergraduates.
Finally, and of great relevance to her work with the Oral Health Foundation, Liz is currently leading a research review of oral health promotion for the National Institute of Clinical and Healthcare Excellence.
Dr Ben Atkins
Ben Atkins is a general dental practitioner and clinical director of Revive Dental Care, Manchester.
His main drive in practice is education of his patients, this is demonstrated in the practice mission statement: ‘Our mission is for all our patients to understand their mouths, preventative regime and treatment.'
As a clinician, Ben is a former tutor at Manchester Dental Hospital and a Dentist With Specialist Interest (DWSI) in restorative dentistry. His practices have a number of separate NHS contracts that cater for the oral health needs of the hard-to-reach groups as well as the general population within the current NHS Dental Pilot. Ben encourages his staff to improve the oral health of hard-to-reach patients in the UK and overseas. He has provided a mobile dental surgery in Tanzania and three of his team have undertaken voluntary work in that surgery.
His expertise away from the surgery includes - press and Parliamentary representative for the British Dental Association; Former Healthcare Commission adviser on dental complaints; Co-optee of the a National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Committee; Member the Periodontal steering group for the Department of Health (DoH), Chairman of Salford Local Dental Committee (LDC), Performance List Panel member for NHS England. Ambassador for Wrigley's. And more importantly a father of two challenging little people, husband and bee keeper.
Professor Nairn H F Wilson
Nairn Wilson graduated BDS from the University of Edinburgh in 1973. In 1975, following junior appointments in Edinburgh, he moved to the University of Manchester to become a lecture in Conservative Dentistry.
Twenty six years later he had risen to the rank of Professor (Restorative Dentistry) and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, and had been elected President of the General Dental Council (1999-2003), holding the positions of Dean of the University Dental Hospital of Manchester (1992-1995) and Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1995- 1998), together with a period of seven years seconded to industry (ICI Dental, 1979-1986) in the process.
He was appointed Dean and Head of King's College London Dental Institute in 2001. He held this position until 2012, together with the position of Deputy Vice Principal (Health), King's College London between 2009 and 2012. Nairn's many other positions have included Editor of the Journal of Dentistry (1986-2000), Chairman of the Joint Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry (1998-1999, 2007-2010), Chairman of the Council of Deans and Heads of Dental Schools (2006-2008), Co-chair of the Forum of European Heads and Deans of Dental Schools (2007- 2012) and Governor, University of Portsmouth ( 2012 to date). He has been president of numerous dental societies and other organisations.
His interests include healthcare regulation, international trends in dental education, and future developments in the clinical practice of dentistry. His latest award was the 2013 Dentistry Lifetime Contribution Award.
Nairn was elected President-elect of the British Dental Association in 2014. He has been a Trustee of the Oral Health Foundation since 2013. He is also Patron of the Dental Wellness Trust and a Trustee of the Oral and Dental Research Trust.
Mhari has over 20 years experience in dentistry in the UK, working as a nurse, receptionist, oral health advisor and ultimately hygienist in a variety of practice and hospital environments.
She is passionate about our profession. At present, she works as Senior Professional marketing and Relations Manager for Philips Oral Healthcare, consults in practices and with industry, speaks and writes regularly, and practiced clinically as a hygienist in central London until March 2014.
Mhari is sub editor of FGDP UK journal PDJ. She is a founding member of the Tooth Whitening Information Group. She is was a council member of the BSDHT and was the London Regional group Chairman from 2007-2010.
Mhari became a trustee for the charity in 2015 and is rated in Dentistry Top 50 most influential people in UK Dentistry.
Tracy Posner is a communications specialist with over 35 years' experience working with some of the UK's leading advertising, PR and communications agencies. Including J Walter Thompson and the Saatchi & Saatchi-owned PR consultancy Harrison Cowley Group for whom she ran successful campaigns for household name companies for a number of years.
25 years ago she set up a Positive Communications - a specialist communications consultancy which focuses on dental, health and wellbeing and handled a diversity of campaigns for dental companies.
Her client list reads like the ‘Who's Who' of dentistry and includes Philips Oral Healthcare, Unilever and Align Technology, as well as organistions such as The British Orthodontic Society and the European Aligner Society. She has also enjoyed considerable success organising events (product launches, educational meetings and conferences) for companies in the healthcare sector.
Tracy has sat on a variety of charity trustee boards, and set up and run advisory boards for a number of clients. She has considerable experience and connections with dental representative bodies and has fostered meaningful relationships with many dental key opinion leaders. She has attended a large number of symposia, exhibitions and conferences in the UK, Europe and Australia, and learned at first hand the latest developments in oral health research, sometimes many years before they come to commercial fruition.
Ed is highly experienced healthcare marketer with over 20 years experience in developing and implementing marketing programmes targeting healthcare professionals and consumers.
Starting his career as a Brand Manager on an oral hygiene brand, Ed quickly rose to Group Brand Manager managing a portfolio of brands.
During his tenure Ed's team drove the business from £16m per annum to in excess of £25m per year and managed an A&P budget of £7m per year.
For the past 15 years Ed has run a specialist healthcare marketing agency supporting many well-known brands to develop award-winning engagement programs, designed to educate healthcare professionals and drive recommendations and prescriptions.
Ed became a trustee of the Oral Health Foundation in December 2015.
Dave began his working life as an apprentice Dental Technician in 1979 rising to Head Technician specialising in Prosthetics.
After 12 years working in Laboratories he moved in to the Dental Industry and for 22 years has worked for J&S Davis, Initially as a field sales person and latterly as Sales & Marketing Director. Dave and his colleagues have always focussed on supporting the profession with clinically advanced innovative products.
Over the past few years Dave has been able to focus on an area of special interest which is the provision of care to patients with special needs and has worked to support several specialist groups such as British Society for Disability & Oral Health and British Society for Gerontology.
Company Secretary - Dr Nigel Carter OBE BDS LDS(RCS)
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