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Brian Ashton - Lay member for assurance

Brian’s working background has been in a family business owning and managing a small group of largely engineering businesses producing equipment for the process industries, such as metal refining, paper and general chemicals.

His interest in healthcare started thirty years ago when he was Mayor of the City of Ely, and the Ministry of Defence decided to shut the Princess of Wales RAF Hospital that had served the people of Ely and the surrounding villages so well since the Second World War. Brian led the extensive campaign that, two years later, succeeded in having the bulk of the hospital’s capabilities transferred into the NHS. He joined the Board of Lifespan Healthcare NHS Trust and was Vice-Chairman until he was invited by the GP practices in East Cambridgeshire to join their PCG Board as the Chairman. 

Brian served on the City of Ely Council for about 30 years and was a District Councillor for two terms serving as a Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council for five years. His last public service role was as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Beside his public service roles over the years Brian has also taken leadership roles in a number of local charities ranging from Riding For The Disabled, St. John Ambulance to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. He currently serves as a trustee of a local educational charity founded in 1674 by Bishop Laney.