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Ian Mills recognised for his services to dentistry

8 February 2022

Congratulations to our founding partner Ian Mills on becoming the first ever recipient of the prestigious College Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the College of General Dentistry (CGDent) in the UK.

Ian has received the award in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the dental profession over many years. In particular, the award acknowledges his leadership at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, his pivotal roles in establishing the College of General Dentistry (and securing the transfer of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) into it last year), and his promotion of greater equality, diversity, and inclusion in the dental professions.

Ian qualified as a dentist from Glasgow University in 1987 and spent the early part of his career working in maxillofacial surgery. In 1994 he moved to Devon, setting up Torrington Dental Practice three years later.

He is an Ambassador, Founder, Fellow and former Trustee of the College of General Dentistry and has been instrumental in the establishment and progression of its Career Pathways programme. A Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Higher Education Academy and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, he is a former Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

In 2012, Ian became a Fellow of the FGDP (UK), before becoming the first practitioner from the south-west to be elected Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). During his three-year tenure as Dean, from 2018-2021, he oversaw the historic establishment of the new College of General Dentistry, played a pivotal role in the development of COVID guidelines to allow dental practices to operate safely during the pandemic, and instituted the FGDP-CGDent Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Programme Board.

In addition to his clinical practice, Ian has worked at Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth since it was established in 2006 and was awarded a PhD for research into person-centred care in general dental practice in 2018. He was recently appointed to the role of Associate Professor in Primary Care Dentistry and his current research interests include dental workforce recruitment and retention in rural areas, and mental health and well-being in dentistry.


Mr Mills was kind, pleasant and reassuring, and explained everything to me, so that I knew what was going on every inch of the way. I can’t recommend him and his implant team highly enough.
Super helpful, friendly, clean, efficient and brilliant at informing us of procedures & treatment. We never feel rushed or have to wait too long. They have made the dentist experience a positive one for our children – who are always excited to go!
I would rate this dentist 1000 stars if I could! Everyone there is so friendly and smiley! I had my teeth done by John Cato and Paula and what can I say. Both of them made me feel so relaxed even though I normally hate the dentist they have made this all change! I couldn’t thank them both enough.
Ms P
It’s nearly two months since my treatment for an implanted bridge concluded and I could not be more pleased. The treatment was excellent, the care by Ian Mills and his team was superb and the teeth look fantastic.
Rhys Gabe is an incredible guy. After 30 odd years of avoiding the dentist through fear I actually now enjoy going thanks to this man. I cannot recommend him highly enough to nervous and anxious patients.