Barry Cockcroft qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 1973 and worked for 27 years in NHS general dental practice.
He was elected to the General Dental Services Committee of the British Dental Association in 1990, serving on many sub-committees and working groups before being elected vice-chairman in 2000.
He was appointed Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England in November 2002 and appointed as Chief Dental Officer in 2006.
In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire for his contribution to the dental profession.
He was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List of 2010.
A year later, Barry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practice.