Cynthia has a varied background in the public sector in both health and academia. She is a public health academic with a background in paediatric dentistry. Cynthia is Professor of Dental Public Health at Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.
Prior to this appointment, Cynthia was Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Salford, Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), and Dean of the College of Health and Social Care. As Dean, she led the College of over 450 staff. The 7,000 students came from a wide range of backgrounds including students from across Europe on Erasmus exchange programmes.
Cynthia has worked as a Visiting Fellow to the National Institutes of Health in the USA, advised Departments of Health in England and Scotland and worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the Director of a WHO Collaborating Centre for ten years. The first woman to be Dean of a Dental School in the UK, on appointment in 2003. Cynthia has been invited to present her research in 26 countries and in universities globally. Research and leadership roles in health and academia have led to several national and international awards.
Appointed CBE, by the Queen, for Services to Dentistry in 2006; NHS National Clinical Excellence Award (Silver) in 2010 and appointed Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute in 2014. In 2018, Cynthia was awarded a major prize by the International Association of Dental Research for her work in health promotion. In addition to roles in the public sector, Cynthia is also the Managing Director of Kippax Design Ltd.
Married with two daughters, Mika is a barrister and Helen has recently qualified as a teacher. Cynthia has two lovely grandchildren, William Geoffrey and Hannah Cynthia and lives in North Essex with her husband Geoffrey. A Friend of Covent Garden and enjoys attending the ballet, opera and the theatre; she supports the National Deaf Children's Society and is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine.