I am particularly impressed with the SCA ethos of supporting others to lead better lives. I am involved with the YMCA, foodbank and a charity that provides food for the homeless. So working for SCA, which has similar values, is a fantastic opportunity. I see my role as helping dentists reach their full potential, both for their own wellbeing, but importantly, for the wellbeing of their patients. Below is a potted history of where I have been!
Having graduated from Sheffield, Colin completed his VT year in Mansfield before starting his General Practitioner life back in Ireland. After 3 years, he spent a year out travelling round Kenya in a Landrover undertaking mobile dental clinics, before going into war-torn Somalia. There, along with 3 others, he ran a TB clinic as well as doing dental training, clinical dentistry and other development projects.
Colin completed his BA in Anthropology before he and the family went out to India to set up community dental projects and run the elective programme. In 2001 they returned to the UK, settling in Devon where he became a partner in 2 dental practices.
As a practitioner, Colin particularly enjoyed the business aspect of the practice, where he set up the governance aspects, creating policies and procedures, and setting a vision for the future of the practice. This involved modernising and doubling the number of surgeries of the practice, gaining NHS capital investment into providing additional capacity. He undertook his Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies including Dental Business and went on to gain approval to become a VT training practice. For this the practice was awarded the BDA Good Practice Award.
Colin was appointed the Lead in Oral Health Promotion for Devon, where he set up dental public health programmes to help improve the oral health of the community. He provided lectures and seminars to fellow health professionals, enthusing them to incorporate dental health messages as part of their repertoire. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society for Public Health.
In 2010 Colin was appointed Associate lecturer in Peninsula Dental School where he facilitates in Case Discussions with groups of students, helping them apply theoretical knowledge to practical clinical cases.
When he became Clinical Director for another provider, Colin provided clinical leadership for about 70 practices, dealing with GDC and CQC regulatory issues, and supporting clinicians in providing the best possible patient experience. His work with Apolline involves helping practices become CQC compliant.
Colin loves studying and has completed his Diploma in Business Administration, the Certificate in Operative Dentistry and the Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Law and Ethics. He has also been awarded the Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. He is currently on the list of HIW inspectors in Wales.
He is married to Ruth, and has two children, Ryan and Emma. He is also a proud owner of a cat!