Ben Atkins Dr Ben Atkins is the immediate past president of the Oral Health Foundation and general dental practitioner. Prior to his current role, Ben has been a long-standing Trustee for the charity. Ben also owned a group of dental practices in the North West of England. 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 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. Ben is a father of two, husband and beekeeper.