Janet Goodwin, former president of the Oral Health Foundation, has passed away from cancer.
A trustee for almost a decade, Janet became the first ever dental nurse to become president of the Oral Health Foundation in the charity’s nearly 50-year history.
During her time there, Janet played a significant role in helping the trustees to make informed decisions about the charity’s future.
She was a firm believer in improving people’s experiences, information and knowledge of oral health. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, says she leaves behind a lasting legacy.
‘Janet will be sorely missed by many, including myself,’ he says.
‘She was not only a highly-respected colleague but also a much-loved friend. Her unique and vibrant personality allowed Janet to connect with people from all areas and walks of life.
‘We feel incredibly proud to have had Janet represent our charity for so long. The people we are able to help today can be attributed to her guidance and vision.
‘During her time with our charity, Janet transformed the board of trustees by recruiting a wonderful group of people with forward-thinking approaches to oral health promotion, education and prevention.
‘This will leave our charity in good stead for many years. We will also look back at her time with us with a great fondness and gratitude.’
For many people at the Oral Health Foundation, their last memories of Janet were at her retirement party in December 2019 when the team went ten-pin bowling.
Current president of the charity, Dr Ben Atkins, also worked alongside Janet.
‘The news has been really difficult to digest. Janet was such a wonderful person to be around and was always there to support me,’ he added.
‘She always spoke with positivity and kind words, and a balance of frank talking, which I truly respected.’
Janet began working in dentistry in 1971, and worked in general practice, dental hospitals, community and further education.
Janet held roles at Leeds Dental Hospital, The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses, The Faculty of General Dental Practice and the General Dental Council.
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