Qualifications: BSc FCIPD
Mike is an energetic, insightful and entrepreneurial leader. Mike has established a formidable track record as the instigator of positive change in blue chip environments as well as SMEs. Mike special skill is in seizing entrepreneurial opportunities and creating new businesses, and adding commercial value while at the helm of major high-street service and professional organisations.
In mid 2008 Dr Harvey Grahame and Mike, with great passion and determination, created the Smilepod concept. There vision was to create a ‘different kind of dentistry’, that would be ‘the best’, ‘the first’ and ‘very unique’. Smilepod would be truly accessible and match the needs of the busy London-wide working population. This would mean the duo challenging every aspect of traditional dentistry and adjusting to fit their vision.
Mike dreamt of a fully professional dental team, made up of exceptional highly motivated and capable individuals. The team would have shared values bound together by the desire to work as a family does, to provide treatments in a caring and friendly way that clients would find irresistible. The team would also care for each other and become life-long friends and colleagues.
Now 8 years later, their vision is reality. Smilepod is a 70 strong professional team, with 7 studios, carrying out 30,000+ dental treatments per year and 25,000+ regular clients.
To Mike Smilepod was always much more than ‘just a job’! Mike works in the belief that if you are able to bring together motivated and talented individuals, with a clear vision and purpose, you can achieve truly wonderful outcomes. Mike now holds the role of Founder Director.
Mike has extensive experience as a CEO – notably with Aviva, owners of The British School of Motoring Ltd (BSM), where he held the position of CEO. At Kall Kwik UK Ltd, as CEO Mike won the acclaim of the British Franchise Association and was awarded ‘Franchisor of the Year’ in 2005, and created www.kdesigngroup.com. In these roles Mike was responsible for overseeing the growth of businesses which operated, with 100+ high street locations nationwide.
For 15 years while with the acclaimed Mars Incorporated, Mike held a number of Senior Europe-wide role. Notably as Human Resource Development Director, and as European Brand Director for the sizable Milky Way and Twix brands.
Mike is a graduate in social and pure science, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Mike lives in North West London.
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