MJ August 2015

Mark Johnstone

Non-executive Director

From as early as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a dentist, so I feel very lucky to be doing the career I love.  I have held various roles in my dentistry career to date, starting off in general practice and managing my own practice for a number of years before studying for an MSc and becoming a Periodontal Specialist.

I joined the Community Dental Service (CDS) in 1994 and am now Clinical Director for a NHS Foundation Trust based CDS which, through tendering, provides special care and paediatric dentistry in Kent and North East London, Oral health programmes in six London Boroughs and Kent, plus dental care in prisons and via mobile dental units. I studied successfully for an MBA, was Clinical Adviser to the Chief Dental Officer for about 6 years and am Chair of the NHS England Local Dental Network covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

I have always had an interest in the politics of dentistry and was until 2018 Vice Chair of the British Dental Association English CDS Committee.

In 2010 I was able to convert the CDS in my own Trust to a semi-autonomous Business Unit with the ability to set our own dental strategy within the context of an NHS Foundation Trust.  My ideal would have been a dental spin-out and my interest in this and employee ownership led me to meet Paul Critchley, and we have been in contact now for many years.

I love the passion, ambition, employee involvement and innovation of Smile Together, and I am really excited to be part of the Board, able to share my knowledge and experience with the team.

Outside of work  I am the Executive Chair of Governors of three Academy Schools in Kent, I like motorcycle touring and watching the weeds grow on my allotment!  I am married with two children (well, young men – one being at University and the other at College – and my youngest is an England Football Schoolboy international).

The fun bit

Cats or dogs? Dogs

Surfing or sunbathing? Sunbathing

Manual or electric toothbrush? Electric

Cornish cider or gin? Gin

Mini or VW Campervan? VW campervan with a motorcycle on tow

Peace and quiet or loud and lively? Loud and lively

Flossing or interdental brushing? Interdental brushing

Full on roast or salad? Salad – I’m a vegetarian but you wouldn’t guess if you saw me!

Football or rugby? Football – Manchester United forever

Rock or classical? (Progressive) Rock

Under cover or outside in the elements? Outside