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Independent Trustees – College of General Dentistry

College of General Dentistry

We’re looking for strategic and expert independent trustees to join the College of General Dentistry, a new independent Royal College.

  • Location: Meetings held in London
  • Salary: Expenses only
Chair of General Dentistry Trustee Recruitment

About this role

Establishing the College of General Dentistry (CGD) presents a rare and unique opportunity to be at the heart of shaping a brand new independent Royal College with the potential for global influence. The CGD is positioned strongly as a centre of excellence that will provide the future leadership to foster excellence in oral healthcare, by setting the standards, promoting excellence and delivering the highest quality of education for the whole dental team.

Modern in every respect, and with digital technology at its heart, the CGD seeks to appeal both to the younger professionals who will shape the future of dentistry, as well as offer more support and inspiration to established professionals. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to influence oral healthcare globally and set the standard for modern professional education and membership organisations more generally.

We will do this through establishing exemplary governance structures that support enterprise and ambition; by delivering outstanding services to members, by using modern methods of engagement and creating digital communities and by creating career pathways for oral health professionals that support careers in the future world of work.

The CGD is also being established to help address the challenges of health inequality, declining NHS funding and reduced care options, and increasing patient expectations. At the same time the opportunity exists to take advantage of advances in dental care and to support a more patient centred profession. Helping oral health professionals to embrace new technology such as artificial intelligence and 3D printing will also support better public health and increased well-being.

This is very much a start-up enterprise benefiting from the history and achievements of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP). The journey has begun and our legitimacy imminent with the successful transfer of the FGDP from the Royal College of Surgeons into the new CGD.

Independent Trustees

To support the next phase of our development we wish to attract a diverse range of Independent Trustees with a variety of skills and experience that will help create a fully-fledged modern education and membership with global influence.

One of the first tasks is to help us raise the capital to establish the College and develop the business models to be sustainable in the longer-term, so we need people who will bring strong commercial and business acumen, ideally with experience of brokering and sustaining high-level partnerships and contracts with significant educational, healthcare, technology and blue-chip commercial organisations.

We also welcome people who bring insight into future social, economic and / or healthcare markets to help us anticipate the future and stay relevant.

All Independent Trustees, regardless of their backgrounds, must be able to demonstrate clear strategic thinking and relevant experience of successfully developing a new enterprise that has achieved a strong reputation and enviable market positioning.

There can be few better or more exciting opportunities to help create an organisation that will leave a lasting legacy by positively impacting on millions of people and the health of the general population.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor on 07958 690184 or Grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Michael Earnshaw on 07494 595178 or Michael@peridotpartners.co.uk


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Dear Candidate,

Independent trustee recruitment with Nairn Wilson CBE

Thank you for your interest in the College of General Dentistry – a long-overdue development in dentistry.

With historic links to barber surgeons, it is possibly no surprise that Royal Colleges of Surgeons developed faculties of dentists, including the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FDGPUK) hosted, over the 27 years of its existence, by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

With dentists of the future becoming as much oral physicians as dental surgeons and the increasing recognition that oral healthcare should be preventative and integral to general health provision, it is now time to realise the founding ambition of FGDPUK to form an independent College worthy a Royal Charter.

The College of Dentistry will be operational as an educational provider in the next few months. To achieve this goal and prepare the College to become a fully functional membership body when it acquires the 4,000+ membership of FGDPUK on its separation from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, there is a need to expand the existing Board of Trustees of the College.

The College of General Dentistry will need to be innovative, dynamic and, above all else, forward-looking in realising its immediate mission to become the recognised, widely supported collegiate home for all members of the dental team. The Trustees of the College, in addition to being the driving force, must establish solid foundations and relationships on which the College can grow and develop nationally and internationally.

As the cost of failure to the profession would be huge, with consequences which could reach far into the future, the expanded Board of Trustees will need collective determination and drive to succeed.

As Chair of the Board of Trustees of the College of General Dentistry, I look forward to welcoming new Trustees to the Board to strengthen its membership and skills base ahead of the ‘push’ to firmly establish the new College as the much-needed, standard-setting collegiate home for dentistry in the UK.

Nairn Wilson CBE

Time for a new College

The UK has been well served in dentistry through the twentieth century, with oral health being systematically transformed across the nation for the better.

But as we progress through this technologically advancing century, those gains cannot be taken for granted and new challenges face the profession: in health inequalities and distribution of disease; funding of NHS care and increasing patient expectations; complexity of care and advances in technology.

Advances in knowledge and understanding, coupled with changes in attitude have led to significant improvements in the quality of care provided for patients in the UK. At the same time, dentistry faces changing expectations of patients in shaping their physical appearance, with implications that go beyond the simply aesthetic.

The dental profession can indeed raise these disparate expectations and the implications for ethical, person-centred practice – with the right leadership. A new Royal College will provide the opportunity for the profession to play its full part in addressing these challenges.

This new and independent College will provide the future leadership to foster excellence in oral healthcare, for all – setting the standards, promoting excellence and delivering the highest quality of education for the whole dental team. We will be UK based but with global relevance and reach, the College will provide a centre of excellence, drawing on its established regional presence and the opportunity to establish a digitally-enabled community internationally.

Our philosophy and approach

College of General Dentistry Independent Trustees

We are intent on developing a College for the 21st Century that is:

• Committed to patients’ interests

• Authoritative thought leadership in holistic oral healthcare

• Defining career pathways and cultivating a passion for learning

• Nurturing excellence in practice, with integrity

• Team-oriented and inclusive

• Commercially aware and a trustworthy player in the market

• Building on the goodwill in the profession for such an initiative

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor on 07958 690184 or Grant@peridotpartners.co.uk or Michael Earnshaw on 07494 595178 or Michael@peridotpartners.co.uk.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Independent Trustees, CGD” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 3rd June
Candidates informed of outcome: 5pm, Wednesday 5th June
Informal first stage meetings: w/c Monday 10th June
Formal panel: w/c Monday 17th June

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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