The Christian Dental Fellowship is governed by...

  • Susie Matthew

    Susie Matthew


    Susie has been President of CDF since the AGM at the Family Conference in October 2016. She will be trusting on God, as she takes forward the work that is already happening within CDF, with a prayer that God will give her the wisdom and ability she needs.

    Susie qualified from the University of Dundee in 1982 and in 2003 received MSc and MOrth from the University of Manchester.

    She works part-time in a small specialist orthodontic practice in Cumbria which she opened in 2003. It is an entirely NHS practice contracted by our Area Team to provide care to young people under the age of 18 . She also works for the local hospital as an Associate Specialist in Orthodontics again mainly treating teenagers.

    She is married to John with 3 grown up sons, worships at her local parish church in Ulverston and is involved with the 11-14 year olds youth work in the church. If she has any spare time she loves gardening and reading.

  • Prince Thomas

    Prince Thomas

    President elect

    Prince is honored to be be President-elect for CDF and be part of the diligent work accomplished with a great sense of calling by his predecessors, and trusts Gods purposes are fueled by Gods provision.
    He qualified BDS from Tamil Nadu, India in 1994 and in 2001 received his Masters degree in Prosthodontics(MDS).After moving to the UK in 2006,he was awarded MFDSRCPS from Glasgow and pursued PG Cert in Endodontics from UCL, Eastman Dental institute and a Certificate in Dental implantology from Sheffield.
    Prince shares his working week as an Associate GDP in Liverpool, Clinical teacher in Restorative dentistry at the Liverpool University Dental Hospital and as a Specialty dentist in Prosthodontics at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust.

  • Maureen Richards

    Maureen Richards


    Maureen has been a member of CDF for as long as she can remember. 

    The support CDF offers to mission is important; alongside this Maureen would also hope that we can increase the support to students and young dentists. This is a very difficult are to reach.

    Maureen spent many years in the community in a clinical and admin role before moving to general practice in North Devon, retiring in 2013. She has three grown up children, with the number of grandchildren increasing. She is a church warden, enjoys gardening, walking her two dogs, helping at the Calvert Trust (holiday centre for the disabled), and at the village museum.

  • Kirsty Gayton

    Kirsty Gayton


    Kirsty is married to Ed, also a dentist, and they have two boys, Stephen and James. They live in Lincoln and own a mixed private/NHS practice in Sleaford.
    She graduated from Sheffield in 2002. Her first CDF conference was as an undergraduate, and she has been most years ever since!
    CDF has been a great encouragement to her professional and spiritual life. As a family they really value the experience of meeting together with other like-minded families at conference once a year.

    Kirsty is glad to be able to serve on Council and be more involved in CDF behind the scenes.
    She goes to a local Anglican church where she is involved in the worship group.
    In her spare time she enjoys running , baking and playing the piano.

  • Ian Harris

    Ian Harris

    Vice President

    Ian joined CDF whilst a dental student at Guys in the mid 1980's. He has been a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Dental Hospital in Sheffield for 20 years. Ian is a former CDF President and was honoured to be invited back on Council as a Vice President. Actively involved in his local church, he currently serves as PCC Secretary.

    Ian is married to Jenny, a paediatric dentist, who has been a CDF member 1 year longer than him! They have two grown-up sons who were lifelong attendees at CDF family conferences until starting at university and who still meet up with the friends they made in the children’s groups. Outside work and church activities Ian’s passion is singing with a barbershop chorus and in a barbershop quartet.

  • Martyn Green

    Martyn Green

    Vice President

    Martyn was senior partner in an NHS dental practice for 30 years in Tiverton until 2013 having previously worked in Newport, South Wales, The Dental Unit in Kisumu, Kenya from 79 – 81 and in Wimborne Minster. He has been a Vocational Trainer, Vocational Training Adviser, Regional Adviser in General Dental Practice and Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean (DF1) in the South West Region. He was a member and a chair of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the General Dental Council for 10 years. Currently he is a lay tribunal chair of the GMC’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and has other regulatory roles with the GDC, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the First-tier Tribunal (Primary Health Lists). He is a Non-Executive Director of Dentists' Provident Ltd.

    Martyn is married to Sue, they have 3 adult children and live in Devon and are members of a local Anglican church where there are three other CDF dentists! In his spare time he enjoys walking, gardening, playing golf and listening to classical music. He is chair of the East Devon Choral Society and sings with the basses. Martyn joined CDF as a student, is a one of CDF’s past Presidents and has served on Council as Missionary Secretary.

  • Karen Paterson

    Karen Paterson

    Pastoral Care Coordinator

    Karen is the CDF Pastoral Care Coordinator on CDF Council.

    Karen facilitates and coordinates the pastoral care of members of CDF, and where appropriate, dentists and DCPs in the wider profession. CDF has a prayer chain and support group to help in this regard.

    Many members have a wide range of experience and knowledge that is helpful in encouraging and supporting those in need of spiritual, emotional or professional support/advice. To this end we are developing our pastoral care with a Listening Course at our next conference in October, along with a meditation room where delegates can come and recharge their batteries and connect with Our Lord in a quiet space, or join in with a led meditation. We are also exploring our links with the BDA Benevolent Fund with regards to widening our Pastoral Care to the rest of the profession.

    Karen is GDC registered Specialist Oral Surgeon, working on several Intermediate Minor Oral Surgery contracts in the East Midlands, having previously done SHO posts, worked/taught in Malawi, Africa for 3 years, and been a GDP for 14 years.

    She is married to Mike, with 3 boys and enjoys cooking, photography, walking, travel and involvement in her local Baptist Church and community.

  • Siew Leng Tan

    Siew Leng Tan

    Student & Electives Coordinator

    Siew Leng is the CDF Student and Electives Coordinator. She graduated from King’s College London Dental Institute in 2014, completed her Dental Foundation Training in 2015 and Dental Core Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2016. After hospital training she is now working as an associate in a general practice.

    Siew Leng joined CDF when she was at dental school and think it was one of her best student experiences. She now looks forward to helping students and graduates in CDF to grow faith in Christ, serve and grow fellowships with each other while pursuing God’s calling to serve as dentists.

    She enjoys travelling and has travelled to six continents. She has carried out dental externship programs in America as well as involved in dental volunteering projects in South America and Africa.

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  • Tracey Dalby

    Tracey Dalby

    Three-in-One Editor

    Tracey qualified from Guy’s and Thomas' in 1996 and worked as an associate in general dental practice in Buckinghamshire for fifteen years. As editor of Three-in-One her mission is to keep apostrophes in their correct place. When she isn’t being a grammar super-hero she is actively involved in her local church where she helps with youth work. She is also fiercely competitive and still has a few friends left who will play board games with her and will tolerate the sulking when she loses!

  • Jonathan Longhurst

    Jonathan Longhurst

    Mission Partner Secretary

    Jonathan worked in a NHS practice in Milton Keynes and Northampton for 22 years. He has been CDF mission partner sec for the past 6 years and has a particular interest in dental work in Zambia. He has recently taken early retirement. He worships at Newport Pagnell Baptist Church has an interest in digital photography, gardening, reading and watching TV.

  • Alan Vogt

    Alan Vogt

    Prayer Calendar Compiler

    Alan has been a founder member of CDF since 1952! He has been encouraged to see the growth (with some highs and some lows!) of the Fellowship over the years both in UK and overseas. Alan is the compiler of the prayer calendar, and has thoroughly enjoyed keeping in touch with many members through emails. Since retirement, together with his wife Mary, Alan has been involved with activities in Cranleigh Baptist Church, particularly with Churches Together, “Open the Book” team, acting out the Bible stories in the local junior schools.

    Alan and Mary are celebrating 60 years of happy married life and thankful to the Lord for 4 children, 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. By their own admission they are feeling their old age, dependent on walking sticks but rejoicing in the Lord with daily renewal (see 2Cor. 4.16.)

  • Frances Vose

    Frances Vose

    Conference Secretary

    Frances has been the Conference Secretary for CDF for the past five years, enjoying the role that brings so much enjoyment and relaxation for those that attend conference.

    Frances owns her own small family run private practice in a village on the outskirts of Bradford. Prior to this she lived and worked in Blantyre, Malawi for almost 10 years, along with her husband, Jason, and their three boys who grew up there.

    Frances is a sport addict! She enjoys running, doing the occasional half marathon, and in the summer, lots of tennis! In her local church she is on the children’s ministry and worship teams, and runs a home group. Home life is busy with a variable number of their boys living at home and Jason working frequently in Malawi; with a few chickens in the garden, there is always plenty to do, along with a regular supply of fresh eggs!

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  • Cathy Fordyce2

    Cathy Fordyce

    Communications Coordinator

    Cathy is based in Colchester, Essex and is wife to Andrew and mum to Isobelle and Abigail.

    Cathy has worked in Oral Surgery, but now works in General Practice and is undertaking an MSc in Advanced General Dental Practice with Birmingham University. In her spare time she is active within the Church, likes to go to the gym and bake.

    Cathy has a varied role on CDF Council and she enjoys it!

  • Karen Silcox

    Karen Silcox


    Karen has spent the last 10 years supporting charities and other community groups with their accounting and administration. She is treasurer of her local church in Exeter where she worships with her husband Colin and two children. Colin has been a member of CDF since his student days at Sheffield University. He now works full time as an associate in Dawlish, Devon. Karen took up the post of CDF administrator in 2019

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