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Meet the Team

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Ambassadors | Champions | Mentoring | Legal | Education | Operations | Student Reps

AMBASSADOR LEAD

SALLY SIMPSON

Sally is Dental Hygienist and Therapist, past President of the BSDHT, a Heart Your Smile Mentor and Ambassador for 2 years running. Sally is passionate about bringing positivity to dentistry and her honest and friendly demeanour makes her a fantastic networker. As well as being a judge for our innovation 360 grants, Sally coordinates our Ambassador programme. If you are interested in becoming a Heart your Smile charity ambassador, Sally will be able to answer any questions and give you advice and support in achieving your goal.

Contact Sally here: ambassadors@heartyoursmile.co.uk

CHAMPION LEAD

GILLIAN FENWICK

Gillian is a Dental Hygienist and a Heart your Smile ambassador. Gillian was awarded Best Dental Hygienist UK Highly commended at the DH&T awards in 2014. Gillian is one of our Innovation 360 grant judges and promotes Heart your Smile values throughout her business and personal arenas. Gillian is passionate about oral health and has a fantastic rapport with her patients. She was instrumental in championing a diabetes project which will help dentists and the public have a better understanding how dentistry can aid in the care of patients with this condition. A great networker and keen social media user, Gillian is the perfect person to help you follow in her footsteps and become a Heart your Smile champion.

You can contact Gillian here: champions@heartyoursmile.co.uk

MENTORING LEAD

FIONA ELLWOOD

Fiona is a Training and Development Consultant, Trained Mentor and learning facilitator. Fiona became a Heart your Smile Ambassador and President of the BADN in 2013 and has been instrumental in developing our mentoring programme and resources. These are freely available to any mentors and mentees that sign up on our website or at an event. Fiona continues to facilitate mentoring by offering support and tuition to our mentoring groups, both at events and during evening presentations and conference calls.

If you have questions about mentoring Fiona will be able to discuss your needs and provide the guidance required to find the right mentor for you.

Contact Fiona here: mentoring@heartyoursmile.co.uk

LEGAL ADVISOR

SARAH BUXTON

Sarah is a Dental employment and HR solicitor in the healthcare sector. Sarah is a Heart your Smile mentor and ambassador and provides legal advice and support, with the assistance of her colleague Thomas Coates. Sarah is our legal eagle and is passionate about helping people. Sarah brings a new perspective to the Heart your Smile team.

You can contact Sarah here: legal@heartyoursmile.co.uk

EDUCATIONAL LEAD

DEBBIE HEMINGTON

Debbie is a registered Dental Hygienist and Therapist and tutor at the Eastman Dental Hospital Educational Centre, with 30 years' experience of delivering oral health promotion in the community. Debbie assesses and evaluates oral health education presented by students in a real classroom setting. Debbie is leading our educational project "A Wild Smile" bringing a team of experienced professionals together to create fun and inspiring educational resources. Debbie is passionate about dental education and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our education project.

You can contact Debbie here: awildsmile@heartyoursmile.co.uk

Student Reps

AJAY MEHTA

Nationwide Student President

Hi everyone! I am the nationwide student representative for HYS. I got involved with the charity after I organised and marketed an event at King`s College London. This was a talk by the Semi-finalist of the show 'The Apprentice'. The talk raised £500 for Heart Your Smile. Subsequently, I joined the charity`s committee and attended several meetings. I was also kindly awarded the 'Champion Award' and decided to set up a student rep scheme in order to spread awareness about the charity amongst young dentists. I am honoured to be part of such a fantastic cause and hope to further my work with Heart Your Smile as I continue on my professional career.

ALICE WORNE

Hi, I'm a current second year dental student studying at Cardiff. I'm a student rep for HYS to help in changing the public perception of dentistry & improve the dental experience for all, something the dentists of tomorrow can do. I am also a volunteer for the Teddy Bear Hospital charity, helping educate and give children an insight into the world of heath care. Dentistry aside, I'm a keen squash player and baker, and love to wind surf from time to time. I'll also be writing a blog for HYS so feel free to check it out!

ANNA BRESLIN

Hey! I'm a dental student at Cardiff University!I am a keen fundraiser and involved in various charities over the years, including Teddy Bear Hospital. I was Dental Lead on the Cardiff MedDay 2014 committee; an event which aimed to increase health awareness issues in children by raising money for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association and Noah's Ark Foundation. I have infectious enthusiasm, a go-getting attitude and Irish charm!

ASHWINI MOHAN

Hi I'm a third year dental student at Kings College London. Although oral hygiene awarenessis still an issue in the UK, going to India every year, seeing locals in pain without toothbrushes, made me realise how important it is to start educating people about the importance of oral hygiene. I've helped out in a clinic in India, giving basic oral hygiene instruction and provided toothbrushes and toothpaste. Recently I visited Honduras where I worked with a team of dentist doing extractions and offering guidance to locals. These experiences have been satisfying and they highlighted that globally, neglect to oral hygiene and dentistry is prevalent. I want to be part of changing that. I have been on the dental society committee at Kings College London and I am currently tennis captain for my university. I am looking forward to supporting Heart Your Smile and affecting positive change in the dental profession.

EMILY TUCKER

Hi there, I'm a third year dental student at Bristol! I'm really excited to have been given this fantastic opportunity to represent Heart Your Smile and my dental school. I already have a few ideas up my sleeve of fun ways to fund raise and promote the charity's important messages. Looking forward to the year ahead!

HILARY CHENG

Hi! I'm a 4th year dental student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. I am always open to trying new things and meeting new people. With Heart Your Smile, I am excited to spread positivity and passion about the profession and I look forward to changing the public's perception of dentistry through supporting community projects. I anticipate meeting new students at our fundraising events and encouraging them to do the same.

HIRRA KIRMANI

Hi, I'm a fifth year student at King College London. I've volunteered for Heart Your Smile at various dental events, and helped with fundraising for the charity. I am really passionate about the charitable aims and objectives of Heart Your Smile and believe in everything the charity stand for.

ASEES LAMBA

Hi, I am a second year dental student at King's College London! As a Student Rep of HYS I am keen to promote oral health in an interactive way, through shows, charity events and outreach programs. In the past, I have been heavily involved with charities at school. As the Chair of the Service Volunteers Committee, I planned events for the wider community and was also a mentor for children in Year 5 from the surrounding schools.

MEERA SHAH

Hi, I am a fourth year dental student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. I'm extremely passionate about this charity's goals and I'm enthusiastic to work alongside the Heart Your Smile team to help change the perception and accessibility to dentistry in society.

NEHAL DOSHI

Hello! I'm a fourth year dental student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. I'm hugely excited and feel very privileged to be on the HYS Committee this year. I look forward to engaging with various communities, working with my fellow peers to raise the profile of this amazing charity and cannot wait to see many more people join the HYS family. Hope to see you soon!

PRIYA SOHANPAL

Hi I'm a final year dental student at the University of Liverpool. Heart your Smile is an amazing charity that I recently got involved with. I have always had a passion for promoting oral health to the community and spreading a positive message. As well as helping promote the charity, I have also recently completed a tooth brushing oral health project in poorer schools in India as part of an elective. I am a student representative for the BDSO which is an organisation screening the public for any oral health related conditions. I have written a paper on the changes within the NHS and how they have affected the public. In my spare time I love playing the piano and catching up on reality tv! We really hope to raise awareness of Heart Your Smile over the next few years so get involved now!

ROMANA ALLI

Hi, I am a fourth year dental student at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. I am really passionate about Heart Your Smile and the projects they support.I want to make dentistry more accessible to the community and feel positive and passionate about this profession. I am really excited to get involved and start working with the rest of the team and meet people within the dental community. I look forward to pitching ideas and see them come to life! The Heart Your Smile manifesto is a perfect way in which a dentist can improve their attitude and help to raise awareness of the charity. I am ready to embrace these characteristics.

SOPHIE BANNISTER

Hello! I'm Sophie and I'm currently a 4th year dental student at Bristol. I was recently elected as charity representative for UBDSS and have been enjoying fulfilling my role through planning charity events, fundraising and organising donations to local homeless shelters. I'm enthusiastic and grateful to have been given the opportunity to become a heart your smile student representative and am excited to help try and refresh the public's perception of dentistry.

ZAIN HAMEED

Hey there, I am a third year dental student at Kings College London. I thoroughly enjoy participating in all types of outreach and fundraising from bucket collections, soup kitchens and bake sales to organising huge charity dinners and award ceremonies. I joined HYS as I would like to create initiatives at schools, universities and beyond with the intention to greatly help our patients and members of the dental profession. Through working with the amazing team, my goal this year is to improve patient self care and the portrayal of all dental professionals in a more positive light, using education and charity in a fun and engaging way. I look forward to the beneficial differences we will all collectively make and hope you can join us on this journey!