I qualified from Newcastle in 1983 and initially spent a few years in general practice in Nottingham. I moved from there to an Oral and Maxillofacial SHO post also in Nottingham which enabled me to pass my Primary Fellowship. I took few months off to travel to Australia and New Zealand after which I returned to the UK and general practice. I was fortunate enough to be accepted for the MSc in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital. I gained my Final Fellowship just prior to starting the course. Under the guidance of particularly Richard Ibbetson, Derrick Setchell, Kishor Gulabivala, Simon Cunnington, Lloyd Searson and many others I completed the course in 1989.
I moved back to Nottingham and in 1990 purchased a practice with my wife and partner Kaye at which we still work. Much of my work is on referral and implant or prosthodontically based. I am lucky enough to be supported by an excellent team of dental assistants, three hygienists and two other associates one of whom, Justin Dinley accepts our endodontic referrals.
I became involved with the BSRD in 1990 initially as a member of council, then Treasurer. My “President’s meeting” was held in York in May 2003 and entitled “Solving Aesthetic Challenges”. I was ably supported in its’ organisation by Serpil Djemal. The speakers were Gerard Chiche, Martin Kelleher, Lloyd Searson, Paul King and Graham Gilmour. The contrast in treatment planning and execution from the more conservative and often adhesive UK approach to the more aggressive fixed preparations from the US were a great contrast at times. The annual dinner was held in the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall which provided and excellent meal and live band to allow us all to dance the night away.
I’ve gained a great deal and many friends from my membership of the BSRD and look forward to it’s next 50 years.