Meet the Leadership Team at Riverdale Healthcare
As Chairman of the Group, Mark has extensive experience of running successful businesses over a career spanning 30 years. Mark was part of the founding team at one of the largest dental groups in the UK where he was instrumental in building the group to 135 practices and 10 laboratories. With a keen interest and a passion for digital dentistry, Mark will play an influential role in rolling out the group wide vision to integrate cutting edge digital technology to better serve our patients. You will find him to be a very approachable, down to earth Yorkshireman who relishes being with the ‘troops’ as often as he can.
Chief Executive Officer
Emma has enjoyed a successful career in positions which sought to grow companies.
Her wealth of experience spans 16 years’ in Retail and 5 years within the Healthcare industry. She has also worked within the care and dental sector, and shares Riverdale’s passion for delivering a strong customer proposition within a clinical environment.
Chief Financial Officer
Gus is Managing Director of The Peloton, a chartered accountant and marketeer firm for Dentists. He was formerly the Financial Director for Harley Street Dental Group. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Smiles Dental Care Clinics where he devised and implemented a turnaround strategy. Co-Founder of Dental Property Investments, Gus was responsible for the sale and lease back of freehold assets and building the business to a multi-million-pound property portfolio. Gus completed his MBA thesis on “Business of Dentistry in the UK”.
Chief Investment Officer
Chris has a passion for acquisitions specialising in healthcare and understands the unique aspects of dealing with sale of a dental practice. Every dental practice is different, every sale has different aspects that need to be addressed and that is why we will work with you to understand your particular needs. Following a successful 20-year career with Alliance UniChem/Boots, Chris has recently held senior M&A roles with small Private Equity backed healthcare businesses, recently as Head of M&A with Oasis Healthcare.
Chief Clinical Officer
Ben trained as a dentist in Newcastle before moving back to North Yorkshire where he worked as an associate in private and NHS practice before going into partnership with Ian Gordon to form The Dental Centre group in 2005. Valuable experience gained from these early years were used to build up the second group of 10 practices that became Alpha Vitality Group with an ethos on building motivated dental teams to provide high-quality NHS and private dental care in modern and progressive practice environments. This team focused passion has also been harnessed to train dentists, firstly as a trainer within a practice and subsequently as a Training Programme Director for Health Education England North East for the past 10 years.
He was recently appointed Regional Foundation Programmes Advisor and overseas dental foundation training across the North East and Cumbria. Ben is also a past member of Tees Local Dental Committee and PEC committee member of Langbaurgh PCT.
He becomes Chief Clinical Officer for Riverdale Healthcare and will work with Ian Gordon on developing the Alpha Vitality Group, and with the Riverdale management team on further planned growth across the UK.
Managing Director Alpha Vitality and Group NHS Lead
Ian Gordon graduated from Newcastle Dental School in 1984. He returned to his native North Yorkshire before starting The Dental Centre Group in 1989 which expanded to include 4 practices across Teesside. In 2008 he founded Alpha Vitality Group with his wife and business partners, which has expanded to 10 practices across the North from York to Chester Le Street, with significant NHS, Private, Referral and Orthodontic commitments.
Ian has been involved in Dental Politics and Vocational Training throughout his career. He is currently Chair of North Yorkshire and Yorkshire Regional Council of Local Dental Committees. Ian retains a clinical commitment providing NHS and Private dental treatment. Until very recently Ian has also been a dento-legal advisor for Dental Protection and is currently a dento-legal advisor to Densura -a recently formed dental indemnity company.
Ian is currently a Director of The Association of Dental Groups, which represents many of the larger Corporates and Groups in the UK. He also becomes a Director of Riverdale Healthcare, Group NHS Lead and Managing Director of Alpha Vitality Group (as part of Riverdale Healthcare) to take the existing practices to the next level through investment and growth.
As a non-executive director, Mike sits on the Boards of a number of high-growth consumer businesses, including a major online beauty retailer and one of the country’s largest consumer law firms. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior management roles at FTSE 250 level. Mike’s role is to use his experience to support the senior management team led by Mark in developing and delivering its vision to become one of the country’s leading dental businesses.
Raj Rattan MBE
Head of Clinical Board
With over 30 years’ experience in clinical practice, Raj is Dental Director at Dental Protection, and previously Strategic Associate Dean at the London Deanery. In 2008, Raj was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to dentistry and he is former policy adviser to the Department of Health.
Raj is a highly respected clinician with a wealth of knowledge to support our clinical teams.
Raj added, “I am delighted to join the team at Riverdale Healthcare. Their vision for delivering high quality, ethical dental care whilst providing patients with the very best experience resonated with my personal values.
I am particularly looking forward to supporting our dental colleagues to ensure they are well appointed to deliver high standards of clinical care to patients in a safe and happy environment.”
Tracey has worked within the dental industry for over 30 years. She began her career as a dental nurse continuing her development to an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history of delivering exceptional results through a people focused approach.
A strong coach and trainer that can create and implement strategies into action. Tracey’s key qualities are building internal team development, improving staff retention and keeping the patient care at the heart of all executive decisions.
People and Culture Director
Suzie leads our people and culture strategy to ensure we are delivering an authentic, open and honest, working environment for all our colleagues.
From a career in Operations and HR, Suzie’s enjoyment comes from supporting teams to develop their skills and drive performance.
Her experience of organisations which undertake acquisitions, restructuring and driving performance makes her a great addition to the Riverdale Healthcare Leadership team.