Professor Robert Sneyd, Chair of the Board
Professor Sneyd is Dean of Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, which is responsible for the education of all dental health profession students. He is also a practising anaesthetist and a clinical researcher.
Dr Robert Witton, Director and Board Member
Rob is Director of the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise, Director of Social Engagement and Community-Based Dentistry at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and a consultant in dental public health to Public Health England. He is also a practising qualified dentist. He is responsible for overseeing the running of the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise and its relationships with its patients, dental health students, staff, clinical colleagues, the NHS, Plymouth University and the community at large.
Professor Chris Tredwin, Director and Board Member
Professor Tredwin is Professor of Restorative Dentistry and a GDC registered specialist in Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He was appointed Head of Plymouth University Peninsula School of Denrtistry in June 2012. He says: “I am extremely fortunate to be working with an excellent team of Restorative consultants and specialists at Plymouth University Peninsula Dental School, combining these with an outstanding team of visiting specialists has allowed us to develop extremely strong Certificate, Diploma and Masters programmes in Restorative Dentistry. I am extremely impressed with the high standards that those undertaking the programme are achieving and am proud to be Programme Leader.”
Alistair Matthews, Director and Board member
Alastair Matthews was appointed as Chief Financial Officer at the University of Plymouth in November 2015. Immediately prior to that he was Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust from 2007. He has worked in Board level roles in both the Private and Public sectors having initially trained with and worked at Price Waterhouse. He is a Fellow or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Jane Luker, Director and Board Member
Jane is a board member and a Consultant in Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Oral and Dental Sciences at the University of Bristol. She became Dental Postgraduate Dean for Health Education Southwest in December 2013, a post she continues part-time. She is Deputy Medical Director of the University Hospitals Bristol. Prior to becoming Postgraduate dental dean Jane was Theme Lead for Advanced Care Dentistry and Unit Lead for Oral Disease year 4 and 5. She is Immediate Past President of the British Society of Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology and a Board member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, England.
Zoe Harrington, Director and Board Member
Zoe obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Bristol University in 1993 and went on to work in house officer posts in Restorative Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, followed by vocational training in general dental practice in Bath. She remained in practice for a further three years and during this time completed the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (MFGDP). In 1999, Zoe returned to full-time education with a place on the one-year Master of Science programme in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute. She was awarded MSc with distinction from the University of London in 2000 and went on to undertake specialist training in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital. In 2006 she successfully completed this training and was appointed as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in the Department of Periodontology. Zoe relocated to Cornwall in 2012 to take up the post of Clinical Lead at the Truro Dental Education Facility, Peninsula Dental School.
Ewen McColl, Director and Board Member
Ewen obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and following House Officer and Senior House Officer positions joined the British Army as a Dental Officer in 1995. During his military career he served as Senior Dental Officer in Afghanistan and for 2 years on Loan Service to The Sultan of Brunei’s Armed Forces.
After 6 years of General Dental Practice experience in the military he undertook three years of Specialist Training in Periodontology at The Eastman Dental Hospital in London, passing MClinDent with distinction. Following this Ewen completed 3 years of training at Guy’s Dental Hospital in order to become an accredited Restorative Consultant. During this period he also attended an internship in endodontics at Loma Linda University in California.
Following accreditation as a Restorative Consultant in 2009 he was then employed as a consultant by the military, taking restorative referrals from military General Dental Practitioners. Ewen took up his current position at Peninsula Dental School in September 2012, where he is the Clinical Lead of the Devonport Dental Education Facility, and the Director of Clinical Dentistry.
His major interests are in implant dentistry, and all aspects of surgical and non surgical periodontal therapy.
Clare Featherstone, Commercial Manager
Clare is a Chartered Management Accountant who has over twenty years’ experience working in the NHS and Further and Higher Education in senior financial management roles. She was involved in the bid to establish a new Dental School in Devon and Cornwall in 2004/05 and its early establishment over the following years. She took up the post of Commercial Manager of the new Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise in February 2014 responsible for all aspects of non-clinical management, including financial planning and management, human resource management, buildings and equipment maintenance and all contractual matters. Clare supports the Board of Directors with strategic planning and supports other senior staff with operational running of the four dental clinics on a day to day basis.
Wendy Smith, Strategic Lead for Community Engagement
Wendy is the Strategic Lead for Community Engagement at the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise; with a background in community education and health promotion she brings a mix of skills which enables effective outreach and development work. She has a proven track record in the delivery of projects and initiatives which impact directly on the people we seek to support. This approach ensures the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise has a meaningful understanding of health, general well-being and how this may effect lifestyle choices. With a passion for communities and making a difference at a local level Wendy brings a warmth and humour to the tasks she undertakes!
Christine Bedford, Clinical Assistant to the Director of Community Based Dentistry
Christine Bedford is the Clinical Assistant to the Director of Community Based Dentistry. Christine is a qualified, registered Dental Nurse who has spent many years assisting with the treatment for children and nervous adults. Her role is to produce the clinic timetables for students, plan events in the Dental Education Facilities and ensure the Facilities are safe for the students, the staff and the patients. Christine often travels around the peninsula to have face-to-face contact with the staff and students in the four Dental Education Facilities.