I am a 73 year old Lancastrian born in Blackburn and have lived near to the centre of Ely for the last thirteen years. I moved to the area in 1986 when I became Regional Planning and Estate manager for the then East Anglian Regional Health Authority, based in Cambridge.
On leaving school in 1962 I joined the NHS as an administration trainee starting at Bradford Royal Infirmary and subsequently worked in differing capacity at several hospitals in West and South Yorkshire. I married Helen in 1970 when I was Hospital Secretary at Montagu Hospital, Mexborough near Rotherham and we bought a house in the “Queen of Villages,” Wath-on-Dearne. We have subsequently lived in Sheffield, the High Peak of Derbyshire, Ripon as well as Wicken, Cambridgeshire for 16 years.
Although basically within the NHS, my career has been varied from being responsible for the planning and procurement of new hospitals and facilities to the disposal of redundant land and buildings. I was also responsible as a member of a small team for the introduction of private finance into the NHS. For some 6 years I worked as an independent consultant back into the NHS, advising NHS Trusts on a variety of planning and capital development matters.
In 2001, I was invited to re-join the public sector as a civil servant, working at the Department of Health with an initial specific responsibility to assist NHS staff find affordable accommodation as an aide to recruitment and retention. The role was subsequently extended to assist the Police and the Probation Service and a close working relationship with the Education sector was essential as well as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasury. I also had the opportunity to work across Government as well as working directly to senior Government Ministers.
I retired in March 2006. I am currently the Chairman of Cambridgeshire ACRE and a church warden at St Peters Church in Ely. When I can, I enjoy playing golf, watching football (up the Rovers) and touring.
Cllr John Yates, 1b Ship Lane, Ely, CB7 4BB – Tel: 667672
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