Obtituary - Ian Macleod

Ian Kenneth MacLeod, former Dental Laboratories Technical Manager at University Dental Hospital, Manchester, died on 20 August 2011, aged 59.  His funeral was held on 26 August at St Mary the Virgin Church in Elland.  DTA President John Stacey attended along with previous Presidents, Tony Griffin and Paul Mallett.


Ian had a lifelong commitment to team dentistry and was best known for his expert handling of initial negotiations with the General Dental Council over the introduction of registration for Dental Care Professionals.


Simon Butler, John Stacey and Ian Macleod

Simon Butler, John Stacey and Ian Macleod


As a lifelong Dental Technologist, Ian started his career in the Royal Air Force Dental Branch and as he often said of himself, moving around with the armed forces was something he had lived with since being a child.  


After a long period in the RAF, both as a dental and maxillofacial technologist, Ian left to work at Walsall Manor Hospital. Following a stint in the Lake District, where he was employed by a dental practice to design and set up a lab, Ian joined University Dental Hospital Manchester as Dental Laboratories Technical Manager.  As part of his role at the Dental Hospital he was active in liaising with hospital laboratory managers throughout the UK to enhance and improve patient care.


He was committed to developing Dental Technology as a professional career and a strong supporter of life-long learning through what we now know as Continuous Professional Development. He recognised the importance of Dental Technologists within the wider dental team and joined a number of support groups and working parties to help develop National Occupational Standards. In addition Ian contributed to the Medical Device Directive implementation within the NHS, and to Educational liaison committees linked to academic providers and the Department of Health dental forums.
Ian was a former President of the Dental Technologists Association (DTA) and was previously Chairman of the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory Board Association (DTETAB) – the forerunner to the DTA.  He was also a past Chairman of the Central Council for Health Authority Dental Technology.


Having previously been awarded, the prestigious Dennison Award from his peers in dentistry, Ian received an MBE in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to dental care. Then in 2010 he was honoured by the DTA with a Fellowship in recognition of his life time of active commitment to dental technology.


Ian was always keen to help the underprivileged and was active in gaining support for the charity Mission Cure Bangladesh in their quest to set up a specialist centre for head and neck cancer, and maxillofacial trauma centre. He was instrumental in encouraging a redirection of unwanted UK dental equipment for this project.


As head of the dental laboratories at Dental Hospital Manchester Ian facilitated their refurbishment and up-date, and enhanced the QA within dental care.  He also actively encouraged the integration of real work skill development activities between the dental technology training courses at Manchester Metropolitan University and the education of dentists at the University Dental Hospital Manchester to further enhance team working in dentistry.


Outside of work Ian’s immaculate MG sports car was his pride and joy and taking her for a ride over the moorland roads was always a great treat for him. The onset of an aggressive cancer cut short his future plans, although he fought hard and bravely to live out the year that he had and to give more care to others.


Ian Macleod is survived by his wife Julia, his mother Jean, his daughter Gail and son Keith, and his grandchildren of whom he was so proud and would often enjoy reading stories to.


Tony Griffin