Sean qualified in Dental Technology in 1987 from Newcastle and went on to study for a further 4 years, gaining Advanced qualifications in Prosthodontics and Orthodontics. Sean worked in various commercial Laboratories for 18 years before running the day-to-day operations of the Orthodontic and Maxillofacial laboratory at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Whilst there, he studied for a further 2 years gaining a Post grad Professional Studies Diploma in Maxillofacial Technology from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002, gaining the first and only highest-level pass with 'Distinction' from the course since its induction. In 2001, he left the NHS and established Ashford Orthodontics, which now employs over 70 members of staff. Ashford became an ‘early implementer’ of digital techniques within Orthodontics and firmly established itself as the ‘go to’ lab for digital Orthodontics at scale. Sean sold Ashford Orthodontics in 2020 with the intention of a peaceful retirement but was enticed into becoming CEO of Retainers4Life, due to his vast industry knowledge and wealth of experience with digital manufacturing.