In honour of the NHS in its 70th year we are celebrating our wonderful staff.
Tony Stanyard, Assistant Director of Finance – Procurement, tells us what he enjoys most about his role “Leading a capable and well-focused Procurement & Supply Chain Team in one of the biggest acute Trusts in the country is both enjoyable and challenging. Networking with other Trusts, with NHSi and being an active member of HCSA are important aspects of the day to day activity and I greatly appreciate the support and guidance that I receive from my peers in the NHS.”
Tony’s role is to lead a team of 40+ procurement and supply chain staff in delivering goods and services to a circa £950m Trust. Following a long career in High Street retail, Tony has served as procurement lead for three Acute Trusts over a 10 year period, initially at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, followed by a 3 year stint at Royal Wolverhampton Hospital, before joining Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust as Assistant Director of Finance – Procurement in 2014.
So why choose to work within the NHS, which he has done since 2007, Tony said: “I didn’t plan an NHS career. Following spells with Asda Stores and Woolworths, I was heavily involved with procurement and global sourcing for Littlewoods Stores until they were sold and closed down in 2006. I joined the public sector in 2007 and the rest is history!”
We asked Tony what his favourite memory of his NHS career was “Two memories come to mind. One is that I’m very proud that my team has achieved challenging savings targets every year at NUH and Two, from a personal perspective, being awarded Procurement Leader of the Year 2017 by HCSA members”.
Tony thought long and hard when we asked what advice he would give to someone who was thinking of working for the NHS, “Be open and be honest, but above all keep a sense of humour”
Thank you Tony! #NHS70