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Salford Dean makes 2009 Black Powerlist

Oct 27, 2009

A professor from the University of Salford has made the Black PowerList 2009 - a list of the UK's 100 most influential people of African or Afro-Caribbean heritage - for the second year running.

Professor Cynthia Pine CBE, Executive Dean of the University's Faculty of Health & Social Care, was among the 100 influential figures in a list that included the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

To celebrate the award, Professor Pine and other members of the list were at a reception hosted by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, earlier this month.

Celebrating people in the UK with African heritage who have the ability to make a difference to people's lives, the Powerlist is broken down by sector, with Professor Pine being included in the Science, Medicine and Engineering category.

Professor Pine was acknowledged for her achievements and pioneering status - after her appointment as the first female dean of a UK dental school since the first one opened 150 years ago, and her subsequent work as the Dean of Health & Social Care at Salford.

She also works with the World Health Organisation to tackle inequality in children's oral health. In 2006 she was appointed CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to dentistry.

As well as these achievements, she is the consultant in dental public health at Salford Primary Care Trust.

Professor Pine accepted the honour at a reception held at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday 14 October, where she got to meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other members of the Powerlist, including Attorney General Baroness Scotland and David Lammy, the Minister for Higher Education.

Professor Pine said: "To make the Powerlist for the second time is a tremendous honour for me. I'm committed to the cause of improving people's health, and if awards such as this can help to draw attention to this, then I'm doubly pleased to be included."