Alasdair Miller, Team Leader - Healthcare(UK)

Past President British Dental Association, BDS, DPDS, FDS RCS (Ed), FFGDP, FAoME

Alasdair joined Synergy Global in 2000, as Team Leader – Healthcare(UK).

He has had a portfolio career for over 30yrs encompassing clinical practice, NHS management, higher education & non-executive roles at regional & national levels (UK). He was one of the youngest dentists to be appointed as a Postgrad Dental Dean, a post he held for 17yrs, taking a lead role in Regional & National Public Health Policy. He also managed a virtual team of thirty people in this role.

It was during this time as Program Director of the Bristol Universities Open Learning for Dentists (the most successful postgrad program for EU Dentists), that Alasdair transformed the program. It was developed from offering 8 units for study to 14. During this time, he developed his expertisein blended-learning, training >3000 members of the dental team. He personally developed &led the Business Skills & Leadership units of the program. To date >1000 Diplomas have been awarded.

Alasdair was also instrumental in helping the establishment of the Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth. The first new dental school in the UK for over 50 years. In 2007 he was the first dentist to be assessed as worthy of the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators. He has held national positions as an External Examiner, Quality Assurance Officer, Council Member of the Medical Defence Union & Expert Witness. He has run strategic planning workshops for many national & local organisations.

Since 1996 he has been involved the Lloyd & Whyte Group,the leading scheme insurance broker in the Health Sector in the UK. He has been a Non-Executive Director since 2000 & has chaired the Board for over a decade. During this time, he has helped the Group to grow in value >300%. Alasdair now has >30yrs of Board level experience.

In 2014/15 he was the National President of the British Dental Association (BDA),an elected position. In this role, he traveled internationally exploring common themes with other national dental associations. In all the roles he has used his coaching style to improve performance & assist colleagues develop their careers.

His expertise and key interests focus around these 5 themes:

 Vision/Strategy Clarification; Values-based Leadership & Cultural Change
• Executive Coaching for Behavioural Change; Developing High Performing (often Virtual) Teams
• Communications & Conflict Resolution, plus Personal, Team & Organisational Effectiveness
• Simplification/Optimisation; Energising people for innovative & effective Action Orientation
• Staff Engagement, Motivation & other HR/OD Issues, including Performance Management

Of all his career achievements, the things he is most proud of are helping grow the Lloyd & Whyte Group by over 300% in 15yrs & developing/delivery of effective Postgrad education in the South West UK while running a busy NHS dental practice. The knowledge & skills that he learned from completing these projects enable him to help clients with strategic planning, change management, developing effective organisational culture, leading dispersed virtual teams.

Alasdair lives in the West of England travelling around the UK to deliver seminars & workshops. He enjoys skiing & sailing, plus plays both the tenor & alto saxophones.

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