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The Team

Dr Nigel Carter OBE BDS LDS(RCS) - Chief Executive

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation since 1997, Dr Carter was a previous Chairman and long term trustee of the Charity. Dr Carter has a strong interest and experience in public health and health promotion, holistically across all areas. The charity's role as co-ordinator of National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month, Dr Carter works with Health Departments of all four UK countries as well as representatives of major health, cancer, dental and medical organisations at the highest level.

As a trustee and Treasurer of the Royal Society of Public Health he has been involved in liaison and co-operation between the major public health bodies, RIPH, Faculty of Public Health and Register of Public Health Specialists.

Dr Carter is an experienced broadcaster and media spokesman giving over 500 interviews per year for print, radio and television.

Kerry Geldhart - Director of Operations
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Kerry ensures the efficient organisation and administration of the Oral Health Foundation's office and day-to-day operations. She manages the Dental Helpline and oversees the Trustee Board meetings, AGMs and Strategic Planning sessions as well as overseeing the charity's Accreditation process.

Leading the head office in Rugby, Kerry produces business and strategy plans and makes sure all department managers are kept up-to-date with systems and procedures. Kerry also co-ordinate HR activities across the organisation to guarantee that managers and staff meet any agreed targets and deadlines.

Dawn Thomas - Finance Manager
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Dawn manages the Foundation's bank account and maintains sales, purchase and nominal ledgers. Dawn is in charge of the balance sheet and capital schedule.  Dawn oversees the records of investment and capital portfolio and generally manages the charity's cash investments. She also produces an annual business plan and budget for the Oral Health Foundation.

Dawn is a keen runner and has completed the London Marathon three times.  Dawn enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy and is a big Terry Pratchett fan.

Amanda Oakey - Director of Educational Resources
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Leading the educational resources team, Amanda manages all educational resources from the Oral Health Foundation.

This includes marketing and selling existing products as well as purchasing and developing new resources. Amanda executes the creation and implementation of agreed projects is in charge of creating campaign products including National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month. She also is in charge of distribution of resources along with managing exhibition presentations. Amanda also looks after the Oral Health Foundation's website shop -

Amanda loves to paint, make silver jewellery, is a passionate film buff and is obsessed with her dog, a chocolate Labrador called Coco.

David Arnold - Director of Communication
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David has been with the Oral Health Foundation for five years. As Director of Communication, he oversees the work of the charity's public relations department and press office while leading online services and communications strategies. David is responsible for the planning and development of campaigns such as National Smile Month and raises the importance of oral health in the political agenda.

Before arriving at the Oral Health Foundation in January 2010, David graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Production from the University of Lincoln and then went on to do a Master's Degree in Print Journalism at Nottingham Trent, completing his NCTJ examinations. In 2012, David completed a CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations from Birmingham City University.

A sports fanatic, who likes to play the guitar, David is also the office's nutrition specialist.

Jacqueline Cressey - Partnership and Business Development Manager
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Jacqueline is the newest member of the Oral Health Foundation's team, joining December 2017.

She joined the charity to identify and create new corporate partnerships and produce innovative supporter packages to wider health and wellbeing professions.

In the role, Jacqueline identifies new income streams and funding from other Trusts, Foundations, high value donors and legacies. She also actively promotes existing product accreditation and payment plan recognition schemes and develop new accreditation opportunities.

In her spare time, Jacqueline enjoys playing hockey, captaining a Ladies team in the Rugby & EW Club. She loves going on holiday to the Caribbean, watching football and Marvel films, as well as spending time with her family.

Ket Hancock - Accounts Co-ordinator
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Ket works alongside Dawn to help manage the charity's accounts and finances. Ket takes and process orders and liaises with customers while dealing with any customer queries. Ket processes monies received and reconciles the bank account on a daily basis, is responsible for the sales ledger and manages the debt collection process.

Before arriving at the Oral Health Foundation, Ket worked at the GEC for 10 years as Foundry accounts assistant.

In her spare time, Ket enjoys off-roading, can speaking fluent French and is exceptionally good at predicting football results. She likes natural history, with David Attenborough and Patrick Moore her heroes.

Sarah Hollis - Finance Officer
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Sarah assists Dawn and Ket in the Accounts Department. She maintains Supporter information on computer system and deals with any Supporter enquiries. She manages the administration for the charity's new online licensing programme.

Sarah started out at the Oral Health Foundation in the accounts department in 2002.

Away from the charity, Sarah enjoys taking her dog Dotty for walks, reading thrillers and knitting.

Emma Girard - Sales Administrator
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As a part of her role within the Education Resource's department, Emma processes orders and is responsible for keeping the Oral Health Foundation shop up to date.

Emma started working for the Oral Health Foundation in April 2015.

Outside of work, Emma likes watching films and loves watching soaps and spending time with her family. Loves eating cakes and jelly sweets (in moderation).

Gavin Hawes - Senior PR/Press Officer

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Starting at the Oral Health Foundation in 2015, Gavin works within the PR department and is responsible for helping to communicate the foundation's key messages with the public and media.

Gavin graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Studies from the DeMontfort University and before joining the charity worked within a press agency for more than five years.

A big traveller, outside work Gavin likes to explore new cultures around the world and back at home spends a lot of time watching cricket.

George Bushell - PR/Press Officer
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George is our newest and youngest member of the team, joining us in March 2017. He works in our PR department and is responsible for helping to communicate the key messages of our charity through our digital channels with the public and the media.

George graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Studies from De Montfort University and worked for the award-winning student media organisation Demon Media as their Sports Officer before joining the charity.

A massive football fan, in his spare time, he enjoys watching matches whenever he can and loves a game or two of FIFA.

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