Community Dental Services CIC Chief Executive, Helen Paisley, honoured in awards

Community Dental Services CIC (CDS CIC) Chief Executive, Helen Paisley, has been recognised by Anglia Ruskin University for outstanding contribution to Public Services in their 2024 Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Awards.

Helen played a key role in the leadership team who oversaw the transition of CDS CIC from the local NHS Trust to an independent employee-owned social enterprise in 2011. She was a student on the University’s post graduate certificate in Social Enterprise Management, in the early stages of CDS CIC’s formation, and the two-year course supported her to understand more about the social enterprise sector and to develop the leadership and management skills the organisation needed to succeed.

On receiving her award Helen said: “I am honoured to have been recognised in the Anglia Ruskin Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Awards along with many others who have achieved so much on the back of their studies. The course I followed in Social Enterprise Management helped me to grow in confidence to develop from my clinical role as a dentist to take on more leadership responsibilities in CDS CIC and to eventually become Chief Executive. The course was invaluable in helping me to develop the strategic, entrepreneurial and judgment qualities to become CEO and to instil a deep knowledge and belief in the social enterprise business model and how it can deliver public services effectively.”

Helen was appointed CEO in 2022 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer overseeing special and paediatric dental care, epidemiology and oral health improvement across much of the East of England and the East Midlands. CDS CIC provides high quality services for the NHS and local authorities with a patient satisfaction rating of 99%.