A tribute to Janet Goodwin, former charity President and oral health champion

Last week we received the tragically sad news that Janet Goodwin, former President of the Oral Health Foundation, passed away from cancer.

A trustee for the best part of a decade, Janet became the first dental nurse to be elected President of the Oral Health Foundation in the charity’s nearly 50-year history.

During her time at the Oral Health Foundation, Janet played an influential role in helping steer the trustees to make informed decisions about the direction and future of the charity. She believed strongly in improving people’s experiences, information and knowledge of dental health and best practices.

Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation pays tribute: “Janet will be sorely missed by many, including myself. She was not only a highly respected colleague but also a much-loved friend.

“Her unique and vibrant personality allowed Janet connect with people from all areas and walks of life. We feel incredibly proud to have had Janet represent our charity for so long, and 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 and we will also look back at her time with us with a great fondness and gratitude.”

For many people associated with the Oral Health Foundation, their last memories of Janet were her retirement party in December 2019. The evening was filled with fun and laughter as the team went ten-pin bowling.

Current President of the charity, Ben Atkins, worked alongside Janet for many years.

He added: “The news has been really difficult to digest. Janet was such a wonderful person to be around and was always there to support me.

“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, community, dental hospitals and further education.

An influential figure within oral health, 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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