AFD's New Co-Opted Trustee - John Taylor
Employment for me started at the tender age of 16 when I joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as an apprentice tradesman. In 1972 having completed my term of engagement I began a succession of posts in NHS management moving from Reading to Oxford to North Norfolk.
In 1978 I joined a subsidiary of Grand Metropolitan Ltd called GrandMet Services for Hospitals. The company provided ancillary services to nursing homes and private hospitals in the UK and overseas. In 1981 the company acquired its first private hospital. Seabrook Independent Hospital in Worthing and so began my career running at first a single private hospital and then a number of hospitals as a Regional Director. There followed five years managing a hospital owned by a Friendly Society in North London finally ending up as Head of Private Patients at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2003 I was diagnosed with tinnitus and in 2005 was fitted with my first hearing aid. As a client of Action for Deafness in Worthing I was quickly impressed with the professionalism of the organisation and when reading that Action for Deafness was looking for new trustees I expressed an interest and was delighted to be accepted as a trustee.
I am looking forward to supporting Jane and her management team as they face the challenges that NHS financial constraints will inevitably bring as well as the immediate challenge of increased competition from other providers of NHS services.
I am married to Sue a retired nurse. I have two daughters and four grandchildren.
John was co-opted in May 2015.