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Four people in dentistry honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list

12 October 2020


Four people in dentistry have had their achievements recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours:


Derek J Maguire OBE


For services to dentistry and the COVID-19 response

​Derek J Maguire, principal dentist at DJ Maguire & Associates in Portadown in Northern Ireland, a large practice with 11 surgeries. His practice plays central role in the community, and champions access to dentistry for all patients, including those who are housebound or in nursing homes. Derek is also a part-time dental adviser with the Health and Social Care Board and a Non-Executive Member of the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental training Agency Board.


Professor Helen Dawn Rodd MBE


For services to Young People and NHS Leadership


​Professor Helen Rodd is Professor and Consultant, Paediatric Dentistry, University of Sheffield, School of Clinical Dentistry. Her work has lead on the planning and delivery of children’s dental services across the UK.


Professor Matthew R Walters MBE


For services to the NHS during COVID-19


Professor Matthew R Walters is Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow.



Professor Simon Paul Wright MBE


For services to patient safety in dentistry

Professor Wright is the Principal Partner at the Glencairn Dental Practice, and is the Chair of the National Advisory Board on Human Factors in Dentistry. His work on human factors in dentistry aims to improve patient safety and the wellbeing of dental teams, and he presented his work at the BDA’s Hospital Study day in February earlier this year.





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