Dr Nigel Carter OBE has been Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation for more than 20 years.

A previous chairman and long-term trustee of the charity, Dr Nigel Carter OBE has a keen interest in public health and experience in health promotion. 

Dr Carter has been a dentist for more than four decades and started his career as a general dental practitioner with a mixed NHS and private practice based in Birmingham.

The Oral Health Foundation’s role as co-ordinator of numerous national campaigns, including Mouth Cancer Action Month, involves Dr Carter working 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 immediate past chair of the Royal Society for Public Health, Dr Carter is involved in liaison and co-operation between the major public health bodies, Faculty of Public Health and Register of Public Health Specialists and has broad interests in public health and the social determinants of heath.

Dr Carter is an experienced broadcaster and media spokesman giving hundreds of interviews per year on television, radio and to the print media.

In 2012, Dr Carter was honoured with an OBE for Services to Dentistry and Dental Health in the Queen’s Jubilee honours.

Dr Carter is the immediate past chairman of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe, a lobby group based in Brussels liaising with European parliamentarians and the European Commission. The group, of which the Oral Health Foundation is a member, aims to improve oral health across Europe and reduce inequalities.


Bachelor of Dental Surgery University of Birmingham 1975

Licentiate in Dental Surgery of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1975




General Dental Practitioner with mixed NHS and Private Practice.

1983 – 2004

Principal and Managing Director India House Training and Recruitment Ltd delivering training in dental nursing, veterinary nursing, dental technology under Youth Training organisations across the West and East Midlands.

1997 to date

Chief Executive Oral Health Foundation (previously British Dental Health Foundation).



1978 - 1997

Council Member British Dental Health Foundation

1980 - 1997

Trustee Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

1987 - 1989

Chairman British Dental Health Foundation

1983 - 1985

Member Sandwell Local Dental Committee

1993 - 1997

Member South Birmingham District Dental Advisory Committee

1987 - 1995

Associate member General Dental Council Oral Health Committee


Member Oral Health Education Co-ordinating Body

1990 - 1995

Chairman Birmingham Health and Care Compact

1984 - 1992

Committee member British Dental Migraine study group

1986 - 1988

Secretary British Dental Migraine Study Group

2001- 2008

Editorial Board Member NHS Direct Online

2003 - 2007

Trustee Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

2004 - 2007     

Treasurer Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

2007 - 2019

Trustee and Treasurer of the Royal Society for Public Heath

2004 - 2007

Member Department of Health Dental Smoking Cessation Group

2005 - 2010

Member Faculty of General Dental Practice at Royal College of Surgeons DCP Advisory Group

2013 - date

Member of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe

2017 - 2019 

Chair Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe

2019 - 2022 

Chair Royal Society of Public Health