Mike is Professor of Oral Medicine, Cardiff University and honorary consultant in Oral Medicine for the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.
Mike was born in Aylesbury and lived in Aston Clinton for the first 18 years of his life. He attended Berkhamsted School for Boys and Aylesbury Grammar School before going to Dundee University to study dentistry in 1975. Following dental graduation, he worked in a number of NHS positions for four years and gained the Dental Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. Mike moved to Glasgow in 1983 to undertake a research fellowship for three years. On completion of his PhD, he undertook his specialist training in Oral Medicine over six years whilst a lecturer in oral medicine. In 1992, he moved to Cardiff University to take up a senior lecturer and honorary consultant post in oral medicine. Mike was promoted to a personal chair in 2000.
Mike has served in a number of senior professional roles including, Dean of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University (2010 - 2017), Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow (2007 - 2010) and Director of the Clinical Board for Dentistry, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (2010 - 2018)
Mike has provided the leadership for the undergraduate training of dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists. In addition, he has had senior national leadership roles for specialist postgraduate training of UK and overseas graduates. From an NHS perspective, he has chaired committees involved in the integrated delivery of primary, secondary and community dental services.
As an academic, Mike has published over 200 scientific articles and co-authored six medical textbooks. He has delivered more than 700 postgraduate lectures worldwide. In addition, he has been President of the British Society for Oral Medicine, President of the British Society for Oral & Dental Research, Dental Representative on the Advisory Council for Misuse of Drugs (Home Office) and Dental Representative on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (Department of Health).
From a background of more than 40 years in the dental profession, involving a wide spectrum of educational and NHS service roles, Mike feels that he can now contribute to dentistry by bringing this experience to the General Dental Council. He hopes to serve the clinical dental profession well in his role as a registrant member.