CDS Board

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

David Martin, the new Chair of CDS, has been the CEO of the national charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Trust for the past six years. He is also the Chair of the Neurological Alliance, a national umbrella group for more than 100 neurological charities. David will be stepping down from both of these roles in the next six months to prioritise his new role at CDS.

As a former Director at the leading disability charity Papworth Trust, he focused on increasing the organisation’s growth, impact and effectiveness, using many of the skills he learnt at the BBC where he was a TV and radio reporter before becoming a senior manager.

David is a keen cyclist – he recently rode from London to Paris for the MS Trust. He is also an occasional and passionate supporter of Grimsby Town where he was born.

He studied Economics at Newcastle University.

David lives near Cambridge with his wife, Julie and his spaniel, Remy. He has three grown up children.

Helen has been Chief Executive Officer of CDS since 2022. Prior to that she was the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the organisation’s dental care, oral health improvement programmes and epidemiology services.

Qualifying as a dentist in 1984, most of her career has been in community dental services, treating patients with complex needs including under sedation and GA in services across South Wales, Worcestershire and Bedfordshire.  She is a passionate advocate of ensuring people with additional needs receive the oral health care they deserve.

She was part of the leadership team that transitioned CDS from the NHS to form the successful employee owned, social enterprise it is today, focused on bringing high quality dental care to people with additional needs.

With a background in epidemiology, Helen brings a clear understanding of the oral health needs of diverse populations.

Helen has been listed in Dentistry’s Top 50 for 2023 celebrating and recognising impact in UK dentistry.


Adrian qualified from Liverpool University, leading to be a part-time Associate Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a primary care oral surgeon in North Wales in his own seven-surgery practice.

Adrian started the Oral Surgery MCN in North Wales and was one of the individuals who developed the National Accreditation for Tier 2 Oral Surgery in Wales. He was the Deputy Chair of the Strategic Advisory Forum for Oral Surgery in Wales, giving advice to the Chief Dental Officer. He was asked to re-write the Welsh Health Curricular on Oral Surgery provision, which was given Ministerial Approval. He has developed a training scheme to upskill General Dental Practitioners to prevent onward referrals of primary care oral surgery. He is current President-Elect for the British Association of Oral Surgeons.

He sat in the Speciality Advisory Committee for Oral Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was one of the individuals that developed the new four-year curriculum for Oral Surgery in the UK. He continues to sit on the Strategic Advisory Board for Oral Surgery / Oral Medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Adrian is one of the representative that sits on the British National Formulary for NICE to determine the drugs available for the Dental Practitioners Formulary.

Adrian is one of the assessors for the General Dental Council for non-CCST applications to the Oral Surgery Specialist List. In addition he is an expert witness for the Dental Defence Union for medico-legal cases in relation to Oral Surgery

Adrian is the Training Programme Director for North Wales and examine for the RCS Eng in the Diploma in Oral Surgery and am Deputy Chair for the MFDS Examination.

Nicola graduated as a dentist in 2000, she has a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Diploma in Special Care Dentistry.  She joined CDS in 2017.  Prior to starting her post as Chief Operating Officer she was the Associate Operations Director in Leicestershire.   Nicola continues to work clinically, providing comprehensive dental treatment under general anaesthetic for adults  with severe learning disability, she also treats patients under inhalation sedation and provides domiciliary care.



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.

George joined CDS as Finance Director in January 2023.

Prior to joining CDS, he was Finance Director for Harpenden Building Society

George is a Chartered Accountant with a wealth of financial experience gained through extensive periods at a number of organisations including KPMG and Hornbuckle, the UK’s largest independent pension administration provider. George has strong background in the mutual sector having collectively spent 12 years with Nationwide and Lambeth building societies. His Board experience spans 15 years.

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.

In his role at the Co-op, Mark worked closely with HMP Hollesley Bay to improve prisoner employability. This included an on site discussion with prisoners followed up by a practical scheme of work placements with prisoners released on licence. The Coop were the first food retailer to support the ‘Ban the Box’ campaign.

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 led 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.

Paul’s career started off in change management in international banking, first in his native Netherlands and – from 1997 – in the London City. A sabbatical and Executive MBA at INSEAD made him decide to a change of direction, and ever since he has made a career out of helping purpose-led organisations realise their full potential.

He led and created several employee-owned social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations in health, mental health and social care, mostly former public sector services. Three years at Buurtzorg Britain & Ireland saw him introduce the world-famous Buurtzorg care model of self-managed teams to parts of the NHS, local authorities and others.

In 2020 he created Trust Works, which delivers interactive, fun and thought-provoking programmes that inspire and provide practical tools and skills to organisations who want to learn about self-management, empowerment and autonomy. Trust Works also provides tailormade support to organisations through consultancy and coaching, helping them to introduce innovative ways of working that are suited to the hybrid times we are living in and are in tune with the aspirations of the latest generations of employers and staff.

In his spare time he plays basketball.

Lorraine has worked for the service in Derbyshire since 1995. She became a senior dental nurse in 2010, working in special care.

Lorraine works with the special care team to deliver services for the most vulnerable groups who access the service, including adults and children with learning and physical disabilities, medically compromised, those unable to access a general dentist and severe dental phobics. She manages several clinics and is involved with the IV sedation service, where patients are treated with sedation if they are unable to have their treatment in the conventional way. She also works for the Derbyshire training team as an administrator and books all the internal and external training and assists the tutors where required.


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.”

Brigit is our Associate Director of Communications and an Employee Elected Director. Her 30 years of communications experience spans many sectors from retail and tourism to health and social care. For the last 12 years, she has specialised in social enterprise and, prior to joining CDS CIC, worked with many early-stage social care social enterprises advising on creating brands to reflect their values and on communications and marketing. She previously worked for fellow social enterprise, Leading Lives, where she was also an employee Director, and has served on the Board of Social Enterprise East for many years.

Brigit joined CDS CIC in 2017 and is responsible for all internal and external communications.

I am a Dental Therapist currently working for Community Dental Services CIC Leicestershire, as well as the East of England Dental Therapist Foundation Training Programme Manager. I graduated in 2016 from the University of Highlands and Islands. Afterward, I completed my Vocational Training with NES in 2017, which enhanced my clinical and academic skills.

In 2018, I joined CDS-CIC Leicestershire, and in 2022, I completed my inhalation sedation training with the organisation. I work clinically across 3 sites and as the Radiation Protection lead for Leicestershire. Between 2021 and 2023, I served as an NHSE Midlands (WT&E) Clinical Fellow, becoming one of the first in the Midlands to hold this position. During my fellowship, I led several impactful projects, contributing to the advancement of our field. In this role, I have led various projects, written a GDC blog, and a publication in the BADT and The Dentist Magazine. The main project during my fellowship was ‘Project Sphere’ I led this project alongside my mentor Jason Wong MBE, Chief Dental Officer for England, to create a positive patient safety culture. We created patient safety huddle sheets and a human factors-based supporting document as a group.

I have recently won Dental Therapist of the Year in the 2023 Probe Awards and the Philips Shine On award at the Clinical Dentistry Awards 2023. I am currently undertaking an MSc in Public Health and Leadership.