The Christian Dental Fellowship is governed by...

Karen Paterson


Karen is the CDF Pastoral Care Coordinator on CDF Council.

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.

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Prince Thomas

Immediate President President

Prince is honored to be be President 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.

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Susie Matthew

Prayer Diary Coordinator & Safeguarding Officer

Susie is a Past President of CDF and began editing the Prayer Calendar in early 2021.  She graduated BDS from the University of Dundee in 1982 and worked in general practice for a number of years before specialist training in Orthodontics.  In 2003 she gained a MSc in Orthodontics and MOrth from the University of Manchester. After this she opened a small specialist orthodontic practice in 2003 serving the southern part of Cumbria.  She also worked for the local NHS hospital trust as an Associate Specialist in Orthodontics in the Maxillofacial Department, retiring in 2019.

She joined CDF as a student in Dundee and is glad to continue serving CDF as Prayer Diary Coordinator.  Susie is married to John and they have three grown up sons and two grandchildren. Susie worships at her local parish church in Ulverston where she is the Parish Safeguarding Officer.  In her any spare time she has undertaken various horticulture courses, loves gardening and has too many books still waiting to be read!

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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 area 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.

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Liz Roebuck


Biography to follow.

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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.

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Naomi Wilson

Three-in-One Editor

Naomi has been a member of CDF since Sheffield dental school and found the weekly student/staff prayer meetings really helpful for keeping focused on Jesus and putting dental-student-related problems in perspective. CDF kindly supported her during her elective to Rugarama hospital in Uganda with Chris and Polly, and later as a mission partner to Central Asia with her husband, where they adopted their son. Now back in England for the foreseeable future, Naomi is part of a team involved in outreach to unreached people groups in a Northern city in the UK and also works one day a week as an urgent care dentist. She loves reading and writing, in particular writing fanfiction for cult TV shows, and is excited to be taking over as editor of the 3-in-1, hoping to explore the difference that Jesus makes to us and our work in dentistry.

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Simon Crewe

Mission Partner Secretary

I have lived in Plymouth most of my life. Liza and I have been married since
1981, our three kids have left home; our two sons are selling wine in Reading,
and building websites and studying Hebrew in Falmouth, while our daughter
is a church children’s worker in Plymouth. The seventh grandchild should be
here before Christmas.
Having volunteered for several special projects and a few short term dental
team visits with Mercy Ships I was at a Community Meeting when the CEO,
Su-Jin Lee suggested that the old Anastasis might be deployed as Asia
Mercy, when the Africa Mercy came on stream. “Ah,” I pompously spouted,
“God has definitely called me to West Africa, so I shall reluctantly transfer to
the new ship, with carpets and air-con, and no rust or cockroaches.” I almost
immediately fell out with the administration as I was leaving the ship, and
arrived home thinking “Did I give up regular employment for nothing?”. God
grabbed me by the lapels and hurled me into SE Asia to do my day job in
Thailand for quite a bit of 2005, and I found myself advertising Mercy Ships to
my colleagues.
My aim has been to persuade the agents of short term volunteering to
support existing continuous projects, and to embrace prevention and dental
(and general) health education, rather than the much loved ‘two week trip in
isolation’ model.
I spend my time, having given up clinical practice in 2002, working with Mercy
Ships (until fairly recently), Operation Mobilisation, Dentaid and a few
independent projects, funding this with forensic work, which is still
identification of the un-presentable, but increasingly dealing with bite-marks in
assaults and homicides.
Hobbies? I run a French car which is the same age as my wife, and play a bit
of music, do a bit of cooking.
It would have been clever to sum this up in Micah 6:8 ‘Seek Justice, love
Mercy, and walk humbly with your God’, but I never thought of it.

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Cathy Fordyce

Vision and Development 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!

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Margaret Reynolds

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Margaret has been a member of CDF since she was a dental student at the London Hospital where she qualified in 1975. She has worked in GDP in South Woodford, Swansea, Hereford, and Llanelli and also in CDS in Bristol and Hereford. She is married to Trevor, a Baptist Minister, so has had plenty of experience in pastoral visiting in hospitals and homes.
Margaret enjoys cycling, swimming and studying foreign languages. She and her husband are
both ‘retired’ and live in Swansea.

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Victoria Rushton

Conference Secretary

Victoria Rushton has been a member of CDF since being a student at Newcastle Dental School. She joined council, initially to develop the pastoral care scheme and then served as president. After a short break, she’s back as conference secretary. Enthused by her dental elective in South India, she has travelled widely and worked both in the Caribbean and Nepal and taken part in fundraising treks for Dentaid and Cancer Research. As a GDP she has been privileged to work in a variety of practices as an associate before settling in Norfolk and enjoying being part of a mixed private/NHS general practice in Norwich for almost 20 years.

She is a keen supporter of Bridge2aid, and has volunteered several times on their Tanzanian training programmes designed to train local health workers in safe emergency dental treatment. Victoria lives and worships in rural Norfolk and together with her new husband they enjoy providing hospitality and day retreats for local Christian and community groups. She is also the East Anglia regional rep. for CDF.

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Malcolm Prideaux

Regional Group rep

Malcolm is married to Bridget, also a dentist, and together ran a small NHS practice in one of the poorest areas of Plymouth for over 30 years until 2016. Malcolm has been involved in Foundation Training from 1993 and teaching at the Peninsula Dental School since 2010. He is currently a Associate Dean for PLVE (a mentoring course for dentists qualifying overseas) in the SW for HEE. Malcolm is currently Churchwarden of the main city centre church in Plymouth and together with Bridget set up a dental surgery in Malawi with the charity Medic Malawi in 2010. They have been involved with CDF and have coordinated the annual regional events in the SW for many years. Malcolm enjoys supporting the local professional basketball team, Plymouth City Patriots with the family and runs regularly to stay fit.

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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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