Specialist in Periodontics (GDC Reg No. 54159) MSc FDS RCS BDS MGDS RCS
Richard qualified as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Dundee University in 1980. After a decade in general dental practice he joined the Royal Army Dental Corps. On his return from Service as an Anaesthetics Support Officer in the first Gulf War, he gained his Membership in General Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCS (Ed.)) in 1992.
After achieving a Master of Science (with Distinction) in Periodontology from the Eastman Dental Institute (EDI), University of London, in 1996, he became the first Commanding Officer of the tri-Service Defence Dental Agency (DDA) Training Establishment for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) in the rank of Lt.Colonel. In this role as Head of DCP Training for the DDA he was responsible for the training of all classes of Military DCPs and also combined teaching with an extensive periodontal referral service for military and civilian dental practices throughout the South of England and was a member of the Directors of Schools of Dental Hygiene and Therapy Group.
During this period, he was admitted onto the Register, at its inception in 1998, as a Specialist in Periodontics by the General Dental Council (GDC) and was an examiner and member of Examination Boards of the RCS (Ed.) and the Central Examining Board for Dental Hygienists of the GDC. He retired from the Army in June 2001 to become Head of Periodontics for ORA Dental Group, London. In 2003 he gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Richard has published internationally (including collaborations with the EDI and the UK Department of Health) and is a past Member of Council of the British Society of Periodontology. In 2013 he was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in Copenhagen.
From 2003 to date Richard has combined freelance specialist practise with his research and teaching.
He is also experienced as a medico-legal Expert in Periodontology and is a professional panel member for the GDC's Dental Complaints Service for private patients. In addition, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Preventive Dentistry magazine.In summer 2007 he was elected to the Board of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), RCS (Eng.) as Director SW. Thames Division.