Chief Dental Officer


Margie Taylor has been appointed as Scotland's new Chief Dental Officer.

Miss Taylor (51) has extensive experience in dentistry and is currently Consultant in Dental Public Health at NHS Lanarkshire.

Before joining NHS Lanarkshire in 1994, she worked in Fife and Lothian as Chief Administrative Dental Officer and in clinical dentistry respectively.

She has also held positions as board member at NHS Health Scotland between 1998 and 2006 and has chaired the dental committee at NHS National Education for Scotland for the past few years.

Deputy Health Minister Lewis Macdonald said: "Miss Taylor has a strong reputation for her commitment to improving the dental health of all sectors of the community.

"She has years of experience in the field which will prove invaluable and I am very pleased that she will be joining us as Chief Dental Officer."

Miss Taylor said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Dental Officer. I look forward to working with Ministers and NHS staff to improve the dental health of everyone in Scotland. I want to build on the good work that has already been done in reducing inequalities in dental health and improving access to NHS dental services."

Miss Taylor will take over on May 1 from current CDO Ray Watkins, who is leaving to take up a post as Consultant in Dental Public Health at NHS Grampian. Mr Watkins will continue to act as Chief Dental Officer until Miss Taylor takes up her post.


Born in Edinburgh and educated at James Gillespie's High School, Miss Taylor graduated from Edinburgh University in 1978. She gained an MSc in Community Medicine in 1985 and an MBA in 1996. She is a fellow in dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Miss Taylor has also held posts as Honorary Senior Lecturer at St Andrews, Glasgow and Dundee universities.