Tony began his career in analytical chemistry and from there spent more than 20-years at Rolls Royce Aerospace, leading major change programmes and covering a complexity of services delivered on multiple sites. With a desire to ‘make a difference’ he looked to move from the private sector to the National Health Service, attracted by the opportunity to contribute to the wide-ranging transformation and change that formed part of a radical NHS reform programme launched by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Consequently he joined Derby Hospitals in 2004 first as a general manager, then progressing in various Divisional Director roles and becoming Improvement Director. In February 2014, he took up the board position of Director of Strategy and Performance at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He was appointed Acting Chief Executive two-years later and then became its first Chief Operating Officer, leading and influencing partnership working and implementing change across the wider health system, as well as within the Trust. He has recently joined Derbyshire Health United (DHU) Health Care as Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships in February 2021. As part of DHU Health Care he will support the organisation with the next stage of its development, bringing this wealth of commercial and public sector experience with him. He is passionate about improvement, creating a culture that engages and empowers all staff, and which gives everyone the opportunity to become involved in transforming both the patient care and services they provide; and their own workplaces. He is equally committed to making sure individuals can learn and flourish to achieve their own goals; and believes working in collaboration with stakeholders across all sectors is key to excellent service delivery.
His encouragement of people, in particular helping them to reach their aspirations, is why he has taken up the role of governor at Chesterfield College. He will use his experiences and skills to work alongside the College, instilling confidence in students; and to support them on the journey to achieving life-ambitions.