Dental Directory appoints new Managing Director

Dental Directory, one of the largest full-service suppliers of dental materials and equipment in the country, has announced the appointment of Paul Adams as its new Managing Director.

Mark Stephenson, who has been Managing Director of Dental Directory since January 2015, has stepped down from his role to pursue other opportunities, and leaves the business this month. Paul Adams has been appointed as his replacement and will start in his role on 30 April.

Paul has more than 20 years’ experience in the consumer products, retail, technology, financial cash management and healthcare sectors, including the manufacture and supply of pharmaceutical and medical device products.

He has strong operations experience, having been Chief Operating Officer of Talaris Ltd, the cash management company, then owned by private equity house, Carlyle, the current co-owner of IDH Group. In 2012, he became CEO of Talaris, taking the business through a successful sale to Glory Ltd later that year, where he continued as Chief Executive. Most recently, Paul was CEO of Redeem Group Ltd.

Tom Riall, IDH Group CEO, said: “I would like to thank Mark Stephenson for all he has done at the helm of Dental Directory: the business today is unrecognisable from the one he took on three years ago with a great leadership team in place, a hugely increased scope of service offerings, and extended geographic reach. Paul has a strong operations background and will bring his extensive experience to help build on our past success and drive further high-performance across Dental Directory.”

Paul Adams, incoming Managing Director of Dental Directory, said: “I’m delighted to be joining IDH Group at such an exciting time. Dental Directory has a fantastic reputation as one of the largest full-service suppliers of dental materials and equipment in the country and I am looking forward to building on its past success, continuing to put our customers first and supporting UK dentistry.”

Dental Directory’s digital guru is appointed to committee of international experts

Richard Esgate, digital and laboratory specialist at Dental Directory, has been appointed to the International Digital Dental Academy (IDDA).

Esgate was selected from thousands of dental professionals to join the IDDA’s Dental Technicians Committee.

Founded by Dr Adam Nulty, Dr Chris Lefkaditis and Dr Patrik Zachrisson, the IDDA is made up of lecturers and trainers who specialise in the field of digital dentistry and aims to provide the very best expertise to its members.

Esgate, as a committee member, will now be available to share his experience with members through its training tools.

He said: “I was selected by the IDDA as one of only 30 professionals worldwide to join the committee. It’s quite an honour. Dental professionals from around the world can go to the IDDA and ask for advice on any aspect of digital dentistry, from what equipment to buy and how they can develop their offering through to general advice.

“It’s a great way to dispel the myths surrounding digital dentistry – there are quite a few – and offer peer to peer support. There are no sales pitches involved.”

Dr Adam Nulty, implant dental surgeon and one of the founders of the IDDA, said: “Before being asked to be a committee member for the IDDA, Richard has continually impressed us with his open, honest and fact-based advice he shares in person and on social media. He has an excellent knowledge of the materials and tools within digital dentistry and he will no doubt be eager to help formulate guidelines, protocols and general advice to dentists, technicians and auxiliaries alike.

“Beyond his knowledge, Richard is a genuinely nice and approachable person, an important personal strength needed to communicate well with those who are nervous about purchasing equipment that is generally quite an investment. Members of the IDDA will have Richard amongst those they can contact for advice and we are pleased to have him on board.”

Esgate brings to the IDDA more than 17 years of experience working within digital dentistry, a HND in Dental Technology and time served as a CAD CAM dental technician a Dental Directory’s facility PDS Dental Laboratory before joining the dental supplier in 2016 as a specialist advising customers.

Esgate added: “Digital dentistry is still considered cutting edge even though the technology has been around over 30 years.

“My role at Dental Directory, and now as a committee member of the IDDA is to breakdown some of hesitation dental professionals have about digital dentistry and show just how valuable it can be to their practices and their patients.”