CDS Board

The CDS Board is made up of Non Executive, Executive and Employee Elected Directors.

Janet qualified in the 1980’s from Birmingham University and went on to work in general practice, but primarily in community dental services in and around Birmingham.  She has had significant involvement with the British Dental Association, firstly as Chair of the Central Committee for Community and Public Health Dentistry and then as BDA President in 2011.

She was a member of the Steele Review team in 2008, which produced the Independent Review into NHS Dentistry and led the production of the Commissioning Guide for Special Care Dentistry that was published in 2015. She is currently the Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England and chairs the Local Professional Network for dentistry in the West Midlands.  She was awarded an MBE for services to dentistry in 2010.

Helen has been part of community dental services in Bedfordshire since 1999. She was part of the team establishing CDS CIC as an employee-owned social enterprise in 2011, to provide high quality services to the NHS. She is a passionate advocate for community dental services and providing care for the most vulnerable patients. She has played a key role in CDS’ growth over the last decade and held a number of roles in the organisation prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to CDS, she worked has worked in various dentistry roles in NHS Trusts since the mid 1980s, working with deprived communities and vulnerable groups in Gwent, West Glamorgan and Worcestershire.

She is currently expanding her skills to establish an ear wax clinic to provide additional care for patients.



Jaffer is a Leadership Fellow with Health Education England and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He is currently leading a diabetes transformation programme within Northamptonshire, as well as supporting the Office of Chief Dental Officer England with various workstreams.

Previously, Jaffer led the Midlands Mouth Care Matters programme, working with NHS England and NHS Improvement and Trusts within the Midlands region. Prior to that, he formed the first Secure Settings (Prison) MCN in England. Jaffer is passionate about system improvement and transformation within healthcare as a means of redressing health inequalities and improving patient outcomes.

John Niland was the CEO of Provide – a CIC responsible for delivering a broad range of health and social care services to the people of Essex, Cambridge, Peterborough, and North East London. John left the formation of Provide as part of the Government initiative to separate the commissioning and provider roles within the NHS in 2011.

John was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year 2014 – winner of the Social Enterprise Entrepreneur category. John is passionate about the utilization of the social business model to improve patient care and he supports the wider industry by sharing his extensive knowledge of best practice. He is one of only fifteen government-appointed Mutual Ambassadors in the UK.

Shaun is a general dentist who qualified from Guys’ Hospital in 2002. He has worked mainly in private practice since 2005.

He is currently studying towards a Masters’ degree in Dental Law & Ethics with the University of Bedfordshire with a particular interest in the ethics of evidence-based dentistry, and practice-based research.

Shaun is also the ethics columnist for the British Dental Journal and co-hosts ‘Incisive Decisive’ the UK’s only podcast focussed on the ethics and philosophy of dentistry.

Nicola joined us in 1996 and became a Senior Dental Nurse in 1998 working in Special Care

Nicola works with the special care team to deliver services for the most vulnerable groups who access the service, including special needs schools, adult learning disability day centres and the hard to reach groups.  She’s involved in the Special Care General Anaesthetic sessions across the county to help improve the oral health of the most vulnerable.  Nicola coordinates CDS mobile services which make sure oral health care is accessible to all

Glen joined CDS at the start of 2016, having worked in both NHS and private general practice.  He has been an educational supervisor for dental foundation training for over 10 years.  He enjoys working with young dentists, and seeing them develop their skills, allowing him to pass on his experience from practice or his post graduate qualifications.

He is based in Bedfordshire.  He has found focusing on the care of children and adults with additional needs exceptionally rewarding.   He has acted as the chair of the employee owned representative body.

Philippa graduated from the Royal London Hospital in 1993 and was keen to pursue a career in Community Dental Services. She applied for the post of vocational trainee where Paul Mortimer was her trainer. Philippa enjoyed the year immensely and was pleased to be offered a permanent Dental Officer post. Over the next few years she honed her skill and gained experience in paediatric dentistry, special care dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery, school screening, domiciliary care, dentistry on the mobile unit which she even learnt to drive as it was just under the HGV limit!, sedation and GA. Philippa worked at the multi-surgery Clinic and the single surgery Dental Clinic which although both in Bedfordshire served a very different demographic.

Philippa’s particular interest was Paediatric Dentistry, so she decided to go back to study. In 2013 she completed a Diploma in Dental Sedation at Guys Hospital with Kings College London followed by an MSc with distinction in Paediatric Dentistry in 2016 from the Eastman Dental Institute UCL. She enjoyed the academic challenge and the practical application both postgraduate qualifications presented. Philippa was appointed as a Senior Dental Officer during this time.

She was approved as an Educational Supervisor in 2015 and has enjoyed supporting 5 Foundation Dentists through their first year which she has found has been great to be a part of their career journey. In addition, she was appointed as Clinical Supervisor for the Paediatric Clinical Leadership Fellows based at our Bedfordshire services.

Philippa said “Dentistry has provided me with many opportunities for travel and electives. The most memorable were the holidays spent working with a street kid project in Uganda, providing dental care to desperately vulnerable children; it has been amazing to be able to see how the project changed some of their lives. There have been many changes and challenges within dentistry over the years, but the one constant has been the pleasure of doing a good job, and actually enjoying what I am paid to do.”

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Michael joined the Bedfordshire Dental Team in 1976. Since then, he has worked at several dental clinics across Bedfordshire. For the last 20 years, he has been the service’s Clinical Director transferring in this role to Community Dental Services CIC in April 2011.

Michael is a Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry. He also leads on clinical governance across the Service. During this time, he has had a keen interest in postgraduate education and has been a VT Trainer as well as a joint specialist registrar trainer in paediatric dentistry.

Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and an Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.

He has worked in numerous HR roles, holds a Business Degree, a Masters in Law and a Certificate in Psychology of Management and most recently worked for 7 years as Joint Chief Executive at the East of England Co-Operative before entering consultancy.

Mark moved to a village south of Northampton in 2020 which has proven to be a good base to see his 5 grandchildren. It also allows him to indulge in his love of live sport at Aston Villa, Northampton Saints, Northampton Town and MK Dons.

Lorraine Mattis joined CDS in November 2017. Formerly Operations Director responsible for delivering dental services in Essex, Prisons and Out of Hours services. She brings a wealth of senior leadership experiences within healthcare in secondary, primary care and community services.

Lorraine is passionate about driving organisational transformation and innovation with a strong focus on co-designing services with patients, service users and communities. She is also committed to improving oral health and supporting action on reducing health inequalities.