Mr Roger Bettles - 10am, 24 January

Mr Bettles was for five years Chairman of the University Council following a long career in the NHS in the city and county of Leicester.

Roger BettlesRoger Bettles was born in Leicester and attended Wyggeston Boys’ Grammar School where he gained his colours for Rugby Football. The first in his family to go to university, he studied Dentistry at the University of Birmingham and was very involved in student affairs at a national level. He qualified in 1961 gaining the Cale Matthews Prize in Orthodontics and the Student of the Year Cup in 1961. He practiced in Leicester, later studying Dental Public Health at a postgraduate level and becoming one of the first in the Country to be appointed as a Consultant in this field advising Leicestershire Area Health Authority and Trent Regional Health Authority.

In 1985 he was appointed as a Unit General Manager within the NHS subsequently becoming the Chief Executive of Fosse Health NHS Trust providing Community Health services across the City of Leicester and Counties of Leicestershire and Rutland including 14 community hospitals in the various county towns. This was the largest NHS Trust of its kind and was successful in many areas of innovation including the development of home care options for treatments formerly only available in hospitals, three new Community Hospital developments, Prince Philip Community Care Centre in which much work was done with the University, and a greatly extended range of outpatient specialty clinics at peripheral hospitals. He was also asked to lead on the commissioning of health service education and training and contributed to the development of cancer services, including home care services.

He was elected President of The British Dental Association in 1995 after more than twenty years of being engaged in The Association`s affairs.

Roger joined the Council of the University of Leicester in 1998 and became Chairman of Council and Pro-Chancellor in 2007 finally retiring from this office in July 2013.

In his personal life, Roger is an active Anglican and enjoys his family of four children, 11 grandchildren and one great grand-daughter.

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