After a career in the private sector, Tony gained first class honours in Social Policy at Birmingham University. After graduation, he joined the NHS as an Information Manager and eventually held posts in Walsall, North Staffs., Manchester and South Staffordshire. His last NHS post was as Director of a Health Informatics Service providing services to nine NHS organisations, managing a multi-million pound budget and over 150 staff.
Tony has been a member of ASSIST since its inception and served as the national Chair from 2001 to 2004; he is still a member of the National Council. He was part of the group of individuals brought together by the former NHS Information Authority that eventually led to the formation of UKCHIP. He has served as a Director on the UKCHIP Board since March 2004.
He has contributed to the development of the UKCHIP vision and the 2010/2011 Business Plan and priority areas. Most recently and together with other Directors, he has put his energy into lobbying the Departments of Health throughout the UK for explicit endorsement of the UKCHIP vision and the certification of Health Informatics staff.
His professional consultancy career has covered a wide range of topics at national and local levels; these have included development of Informatics Strategies, Programme and Project Management, capability and capacity reviews of Informatics teams and the development of benchmarking criteria for Health Informatics Services.