Introducing Jonathan Gardner
As you will likely know, Jonathan Gardner recently joined the senior management team at Rodericks as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He takes on this role as Shalin Mehra moves into the position of Chairman to guide the strategic direction of the business.
A healthcare background
Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in leading and supporting healthcare providers. Over the last 30 years, he has performed various roles within one of the most trusted healthcare providers in the UK – Boots The Chemist. He is also a qualified pharmacist and so he understands the importance of clinical excellence in delivering patient care.
“I started with Boots when I was 16, working on a healthcare counter,” says Jonathan. “I went on to work in numerous positions, giving me a strong grounding of customers, patients, clinicians and colleagues. During this time, I studied pharmacy at the University of Nottingham and later completed my MBA. My roles included multi-site management, creating the Boots travel format and directing stores in London and then the West of the UK. More recently I had the opportunity to create Boots Hearingcare and to lead Boots Opticians as stand-alone healthcare services within the brand. My focus has always been on promoting professionalism, delivering high quality patient outcomes as well as expanding patient choice.”
What made Rodericks stand out
When Jonathan decided to move onto pastures new, he was keen to remain within the healthcare sector.
“I looked at a number of opportunities in different areas of healthcare. However, one of the key factors that led to me join Rodericks was meeting Shalin. He and I have very similar values, particularly in our championing of a clinically-led ethos. I’m still a pharmacist and I understand the importance of professional roles in clinical governance and patient treatment outcomes.
“Rodericks also stood out thanks to the very capable people already leading the business. Shalin’s expertise is renowned and highly respected across the profession, and there is a very strong executive team already in place. This is an exciting time in dentistry. There is a real opportunity to build upon what Rodericks has already achieved and provide high quality dental care to even more patients.”
Building on stable foundations
With Jonathan as CEO, Rodericks is poised for further success in the years to come. Jonathan adds:
“In the months and years to come, we can look forward to significant growth of the business. The group’s reputation for clinical excellence offers exciting opportunities to work in closer partnership and to innovate with the NHS, in addition to expanding on our private offerings.
“Rodericks is already well-positioned to provide the high-quality care and choice of treatment that patients today are demanding. My role is simply to build on the strong clinical and operational foundations already established. I am delighted to be working alongside Shalin – there really is no one better to guide me into the dental world. I will be visiting more practices in the New Year so I can meet and speak to more of you. It’s important to me that I really understand the challenges you face. In this way, I can help to ensure that you continue to have access to the systems and support you need to maintain exemplary patient care.”