Chairman retires after eight-years service
Tony calls it a day after successful spell in North East
The man who has been the figurehead of one of the most dramatic
decades of change for the North East Ambulance Service is standing
down after eight-years' service.
Tony Dell, who has been NEAS Chairman since 2004, has overseen a
significant number of developments within the organisation - most
recently, the achievement of Foundation Trust status in 2011
NHS Foundation Trusts give local people a greater say on how
their local services are run, while remaining under the National
Health Service umbrella.
Tony, who's originally from Sussex, arrived in the North East in
1991 when he was appointed as a Director of the DTI Regional
Office. This later became part of the Government Office for the
Tony was the lead Director for Trade and Industry, specialising
in Inward Investment opportunities, and responsible for providing
financial grants to companies looking to expand their businesses.
He was also the lead Director for European Funds.
The North East was a major beneficiary of these funds which
amounted to hundreds of millions of pounds. Projects which received
funding included the Centre for Life, The Millennium Bridge,
Gateshead Angel, and the development of Newburn Riverside.
After two-years of early retirement, Tony applied for, and was
successful in becoming, Chairman of North East Ambulance
Tony was reappointed as Chairman of the "new" NEAS after the
radical restructuring of ambulance services in England which saw 31
Trusts reduced to 11.
The new area includes Teesside which previously came under the
jurisdiction of TENYAS (Tees East and North Yorkshire).
Tony is very committed to Equality and Diversity, and has been
the Trust Champion since his initial appointment. He was appointed
as the first National Chairman of the Ambulance Service Network
Diversity Forum in April 2007.
A board member of the Ambulance Service Network (a national body
representing all English ambulance services) and a former director
of the predecessor body the Ambulance Services Association, Tony
was Chair of the NHS Confederation Ambulance Forum in July 2006. He
was also a member of the NHS Confederation's Council and a Trustee
of that organisation for three years (2007-2010).
Tony said: "It has been a privilege to be the Chair of NEAS and
I have greatly enjoyed being at the head of such a caring
"We have been innovative and pioneering in a number of different
areas, including the development of a new clinically-based triage
system called Pathways. We have also helped create an alternative
to the 999 A & E service, called 111, which helps people
suffering from injuries or illnesses which aren't quite an
"After being pioneered in the North East by NEAS, 111 is now
being rolled out nationally.
"We have always insisted that patients are our top priority.
Throughout the Trust - from Board members to frontline crews, from
call operators to fleet mechanics - the focus is on providing the
best possible service to the people of the North East."