Andrew Egerton-Smith, founder of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and who is to receive the MBE. Picture: Denise Bradley
Andrew Egerton-Smith, founder of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and who is to receive the MBE.
At the age of 70, Andrew Egerton-Smith
could be excused for winding down a bit.
However, one of the founding fathers of East Angliaâ€™s lifesaving air ambulance charity, and former chairman of the regionâ€™s ambulance service, has thrown his
hat into the ring for another challenging public service role.
The former chartered surveyor, who has achieved more in his
retirement than most of us in our working lives, has decided he
wants to help turn around the fortunes of East Angliaâ€™s ambulance service for a second time.
Mr Egerton-Smith was parachuted into the failing East Anglian Ambulance Service by Labour health secretary Frank Dobson in 1997 to transform the NHS trust that covered Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Mr Egerton-Smith, who lives in Welborne, near Dereham, has now offered his vast experience to the failing trust by applying to become a non-executive director at the East of England Ambulance Service after all five of its non-executives resigned last month following a damning report on its leadership.
said the ambulance service was in a â€œshamblesâ€.
However, the problems could be fixed.
added that he
thought the ambulance trust was too big when it was created in 2006, covering six counties.
However, large trusts in the south-east were performing well, he
As well as running an ambulance service, Mr Egerton-Smith helped establish the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2000 after discovering that the region was the only place in the country not to have a lifesaving helicopter service.
Mr Egerton-Smith, who remains chairman of the air ambulance, said news of his MBE for services to the emergency services in East Anglia was an accolade for the whole charity.
grew up in Surrey as the eldest of four children and trained as a chartered surveyor at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College
love affair with Norfolk began in 1968 when he
future wife Hilary, who lived in the county.
In 1970, he moved to Norfolk where he worked as a surveyor at Norwich City Council for 18 months and he went on to work for Savills for two years.
However, in the mid 70s he left Norfolk to join the Letchworth Garden City Development Corporation in Hertfordshire â€" an organisation he stayed with until 1994 and became chief executive in 1984.
family returned to Norfolk when he
retired in 1996.
said the death of his
father John to cancer in 1975 and the passing of his
brother Patrick in 1977, who died at the age of 26, after being born with muscular dystrophy, raised his
interest in health care and charitable activities.
Mr Egerton-Smith is also a former chairman of Peddars Way Housing Association in Norfolk and deputy chairman of Flagship Housing Group.