CBE for Scotland’s first CDO
Scotland’s first Chief Dental Officer (CDO), Ray Watkins, has been awarded a CBE for services to healthcare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Watkins served as CDO from 1996 until 2007 and was involved in the introduction of the Childsmile programme and the expansion of the VT system in his time. Before his retirement last year he was a consultant in dental public health at NHS Grampian where he was tasked with wiping out the 35,000-strong waiting list in the region and the opening of Aberdeen Dental School, among other things.
The Cardiff graduate, who retired at the age of 65 after spending 43 years in dentistry, said: “It is quite an honour and as much an honour for the people I have worked with as much as anything.
“I’ve been very lucky in that I enjoyed dentistry from day one, I always enjoyed being a dentist. Whatever I did, I enjoyed it.”