Honours for UCLan dentist just as he is set to hang up his toothbrush

Posted on - 8th June, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Richard Welbury with the 'phantom head' at UCLan dental school
Richard Welbury with the ‘phantom head’ at UCLan dental school

A Preston-based dentist has been recognised for 40 years of making people smile.


Professor Richard Welbury has been given the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Lecturing at the University of Central Lancashire Professor Welbury is an internationally recognised paediatric dentist.

The 64-year-old said: “I was gobsmacked when the letter arrived a month ago, it was completely unexpected and then of course it had to be kept a secret. I’m retiring in August and this is a fantastic way to end what has been a very happy and fulfilling career. It’s a huge privilege.”

He is well-known in the dental world for his work involving the safeguardian of children, as he points out dentists can spot the signs of abuse or neglect.

Prof Welbury said: “As a father of four, I’ve always enjoyed working with children in a job that has taken me around the world. To receive recognition for my work involving child safeguarding is especially rewarding.”

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He will receive his honour during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in the year.

Executive dean of the faculty of clinical and biomedical sciences at UCLan Professor Cathy Jackson said: “I couldn’t be more pleased to hear of this award for Richard. It is very well deserved and is a reflection of the hard work he has put in.

“I have been delighted to have Richard share his knowledge and experience so enthusiastically with both our students and our staff over the last few years and although we wish him well in his retirement, we will be very sorry to see him go.”

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