After serving 8 years in the Royal Navy Tony re-trained as a Registered General Nurse. On qualifying in 1990 he worked on general medicine, accident and emergency and orthopaedics before moving to a career in Health Improvement and Public Health in County Durham.
During his 28 years in the health sector Tony worked on many topics and settings including as a Head of Service for a Health Improvement Team, Public Health Nurse Lead, lead commissioner for a number of varied services, and for the last several years as a Public Health Specialist in both the NHS and then the Local Authority where one of his lead roles was for veterans health.
In June 2016 Tony took early retirement, and after some time spent travelling was employed as a Development Worker for Mental Health Matters (Sunderland Mental Health User Voice).
Tony is currently a member of the Sunderland Mental Health Programme Board, Sunderland Equality and Diversity Group, Sunderland Health and Wellbeing Engagement Network and is Deputy Chair of Sunderland Recovery College.
'I am particularly interested in the wider and social determinants of health and how they affect both mental health and wellbeing, and physical health'.