The Team

Our board of trustees. From left to right: Victor Lopes, Policy Advisor; Orna Ni Choileain, Research Lead; Niall Mc Goldrick, Convenor; Stephanie Sammut, Secretary; Ewan MacKessack-Leitch, Treasurer.

We are 5 volunteers who are passionate about tackling Mouth Cancer and getting people talking about this disease. We all met whilst working in Edinburgh and soon our ideas came together to evolve into the public facing charity we have today. We are all healthcare professionals with day jobs including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Surgery, Dental Practice and Hospital Dentistry. Read more about each of us below!

We are delighted that ex-international Scottish rugby player Scott Hastings is our patron. Click here to read more about him, and how he became involved with Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer.

We couldn’t do any of our work without the support of our many volunteers! Thank you!

About Us

Convenor: Niall McGoldrick, BDS MFDS RCSEd
Dental Core Trainee, Dundee Dental Hospital

Niall holds the position of convenor of LTAMC and is one of it’s founding trustees. He graduated from Dundee Dental School in 2013 and immediately pursued longitudinal foundation training in the South East, working in general dental practice, paediatric dentistry, OMFS and the public dental service throughout Lothian and Forth Valley. Moving into dental core training he took up post in OMFS at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

Niall currently works with the SDCEP team in Dundee as a DCT in quality improvement and clinical practice. With an interest in global health and humanitarian work, Niall is leading a team of dental students on their elective to the Peruvian Amazon. In his free time he enjoys keeping fit by hitting the gym regularly and planning his next getaway.

Research Lead: Orna Ni Choileain
Medical Student, Trinity College Dublin

Treasurer: Ewan C MacKessack-Leitch, BDS (Hons), MFDS RCPS (Glasg)
General Dental Practitioner, Fife

Ewan is one of the founding Trustees and currently Treasurer of LTAMC. He graduated from Dundee Dental School in 2011. After completing VT in Perthshire he undertook further CT training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Community Dental Service within Fife; the Edinburgh Dental Institute; and Dundee Dental Hospital; before moving to work in general practice. Most of his week is spent as an associate GDP in Glenrothes but on Fridays he works at Dundee Dental Hospital & School as a Specialty Dentist/Honorary Clinical Teacher in Paediatrics.

Always busy, Ewan is the former Treasurer of BDA Dundee & Perth District Section and when not at work or volunteering with LTAMC can be found regularly training & playing rugby for Perthshire RFC.

Policy Advisor: Professor Victor Lopes, BSc (Hons), PhD, MB.ChB, BDS (Hons) FRCS (Gen) FRCS (OMFS)
Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Edinburgh Dental Institute

Victor trained as a head and neck oncology surgeon and was amongst the first in the UK to undertake interface training in head and neck surgical oncology. He also undertook formal academic and research training leading to the completion of a PhD in molecular oncology within the setting of a CRUK research institute and sponsored by an MRC research training fellowship.

Victor was appointed in Edinburgh in 2007 and whilst practicing as an academic surgeon held a senior management role within the NHS for nearly five years as Associate Medical director until he was awarded a chair by the University of Edinburgh in 2013. He now heads a translational research group. Victor’s research is focussed on improving outcomes for patients with mouth cancer by developing biomarkers of disease and by using modern molecular methods to stratify disease and develop new therapeutic targets.

Secretary: Stephanie Sammut, BChD, MFDS, M Clin Dent, M Oral Surg, FDS(Oral Surgery)
Consultant Oral Surgeon, Dundee Dental Hospital

Stephanie graduated in dentistry from the University of Malta in 2005. She moved to Edinburgh in 2008 to undertake postgraduate training. In 2010 she began her specialist training in Oral Surgery. She now works as a Consultant Oral Surgeon at Dundee Dental Hospital and school, where she is the specialty lead for the department. She is heavily involved in teaching of undergraduate dental students and postgraduate trainees. Her research interests are in the genetic predisposition to medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw and the epidemiology of this same disease. She is a trustee and secretary of Lets Talk About Mouth Cancer.

Our digital media advisor Andrew Hannah provides essential support for our online platforms and teaching events.