The team behind the National Association of Community First Responders


Appointment Name Biography
Treasurer & CFR John Davies John has been an active CFR in Warwickshire for over 12 years and has been involved with training for over 8 years. He has been involved with the voluntary sector for over 30 years, within Special Constabulary and Territorial Army. He is Chair of CFR Regional Forum and CFR Appointed Governor, WMAS, and Chair of Patient Quality Panel.
Secretary Duncan Parsonage Duncan has worked his way through the ranks in the Ambulance Service over the last 18 years starting off with Patient Transport and finishing up as Community Response Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service. In his latest role, he was responsible for over 300 CFRs, who were the first CFRs in the UK. They were and still are trained to the highest standard there is for CFRs.Duncan also developed the first Defib web site to act as a national data base for the UK helping pinpoint where public Defibs are sited. He also developed many protocols which are used throughout the UK with companies like Finning UK, Alstom, JCB, Unilever, The FA and HM Prison Service. He also developed a unique first aid course for the Fire Service that has been running successfully over recent years within Staffordshire Fire Service and Warwickshire Fire Service, training in excess of 1000 firefighters.
IT Advisor & CFR Mike Taylor BSc PGCE Mike completed a degree in Management Systems and Computing Science. After leaving university, he has been a IT Technician and Network Manager within Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Councils for 4 years. He then completed his PGCE to enable him to teach ICT in schools. Mike spent 5 years teaching ICT in schools, mostly in Staffordshire.Mike is also a keen outdoor enthusiast and volunteers within the Scout Association, having held various roles from Leader to Manager. He is now a Hillwalking and Climbing Instructor. He has been involved in various voluntary organisations for the last 16 years managing various teams of volunteers.Mike has been a first aid and defibrillation instructor for over 10 years. He has progressed on to become an Enhanced CFR within Staffordshire Division of West Midlands Ambulance Service. He has been a CFR for 5 years experiencing a wide range of calls. Mike is also an FPOS I Trainer and has trained 100s of people in FPOS.
Commercial Advisor Shaun Ingram
Training Advisor & CFR Carol Oldroyd Carol is a CFR in Warwickshire, she is a qualified and experienced Nurse. Her background is acute cardiac nursing and 12-lead ECG interpretation. Her specific interest is resuscitation, and she has been an ALS instructor for the Resuscitation Council (UK) since 1998. Active on the ALS circuit, she contributes to many ALS courses each year within several of the West Midlands NHS Trusts.Carol’s current job is that of Senior Lecturer and she is part of the teaching team at a Midlands University that delivers both nursing and paramedic qualifications. Her main areas of responsibility include acute cardiac care, ECG interpretation, and clinical assessment up to Masters level.
Fire Service Advisor Peter Dartford QFSM Peter Dartford joined Hertfordshire Fire Brigade in 1982 as a Fire-fighter and served at a number of stations, becoming a Junior Officer in 1987 and progressing to Divisional Officer level in 1994.Between 1990 and 1995, Peter undertook a part-time study course at Southbank University, on completion of which he was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in Fire Safety Engineering.  In 2003 he completed the Brigade Command Course at the Fire Service College and was awarded a Masters Degree in Management by Coventry University for the work he completed as part of that programme.In February 1999, Peter joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as Senior Divisional Officer, initially as Head of Central Operations, then Divisional Commander for North Staffordshire.   In January 2001, he took up the post of Assistant Chief Fire Officer, with responsibility for Community Protection.  In May 2005 he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Fire Officer and took on responsibility for the organisations strategic planning and performance management arrangements.Peter was appointed Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive in April 2008.

In 2009 Peter was appointed as a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and in September last year became President of the Chief Fire Officers Association. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University for his work in relation to the impact of ageing and dementia on vulnerability and for his leading role in the transformation of the fire and rescue service.

Peter was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours 2014.

Marketing & PR Advisor Stuart Ballinger Stuart has more than 14 years’ experience working extensively with charities, universities and other public sector organisations covering marketing, PR and Corporate Communications. Stuart has worked as a senior manager at JCDecaux for more than 9 years and is a Board member of a local thinktank developing links between universities and the wider region.
 Chairman Roger Thayne OBE Roger served in the RAMC for 32 years. Prior to his retirement as Lieutenant Colonel, HQ UK Land Forces, he was involved with establishing medical support to the Falkland Islands post conflict, and the provision of medical disaster relief to Eastern Nepal, Lockerbie, Kegworth and Deal. He was in charge of UK medical plans for the National Ambulance dispute in 1989/90 and for support of the Gulf War 1990/91 for which he was awarded the OBE.Roger joined the Staffordshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust as its first Chief Executive on formation of the Trust in January 1992. Under Roger Thayne’s direction, the Staffordshire Ambulance Service underwent a radical re-engineering of the whole Service, with the aim of improving response to emergency calls and survival from cardiac arrest. By 1999, the Staffordshire Ambulance Service was meeting 90% of life threatening emergencies in eight minutes and achieving successful resuscitation in 12% of cardiac arrests attended, without any increase in real costs. Indeed, Staffordshire was some 43% below the average costs of NHS Ambulance Services yet was recognised as the best performing. He was responsible for the idea of Community First Response which was implemented throughout Staffordshire.Roger left Staffordshire Ambulance Service in March 2006 to join the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust as Interim Chief Executive prior to the Staffordshire Ambulance Service being merged into the West Midlands Regional Service. He resigned, from Wales, 3 months later, as he foresaw that the political situation within Wales would prevent him making the improvements necessary.
Ambulance Service Liaison Paul Sutton Paul Sutton joined the Ambulance Service in 1991 after an initial career in teaching.  He worked with Staffordshire Ambulance Service until 2000 as paramedic and Director of (Distribution) Operations and then moved to East Anglian Ambulance Service, as Director of Operations. In January 2005, Paul formally took up the post of Chief Executive at Sussex Ambulance Service, and is currently Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), following the merger of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex ambulance services.Paul has adopted a very innovative approach to improving ambulance services in England with a desire to emulate and exceed international best practice. This has involved re-engineering the systems and processes as well as the technology, the success of which has been highly dependent on strong clinical leadership as well as an aggressive focus on what the patient needs from the service and the tools staff require to meet this need.
Logistics Advisor Geoff Catling Geoff Catling joined the army in 1966 and was commissioned from Sandhurst in 1968 into the South Wales Borderers. During his army career he served in a number of regimental and staff appointments in Northern Ireland, West Germany and Berlin, and took part in military exercises in Cyprus, Morocco, France and Canada.  In the latter part of his career he served as second-in-command of an armoured infantry battalion and retired in 1993 as a Lieutenant Colonel following command of an infantry battalion.Geoff joined the Staffordshire Ambulance Service in 1993 and served as Director of Production and Chief Executive. He formed part of the team that introduced the concepts of high performance into the UK ambulance service and was instrumental in establishing the first Make Ready Centres in the UK in Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield. Upon merger of Staffordshire with the West Midlands Ambulance Service Geoff joined South East Coast Ambulance Service in 2007 as Director of Technical Services and he was part of the leadership and management team that saw the Trust achieve Foundation Trust status. Latterly he took up the appointment of Programme Director Estates to oversee the management of a 5 year, £50M+ programme to deliver 12 Make Ready Centres together with the supporting infrastructure of 100+ Ambulance Community Response Posts (ACRP) and the subsequent disposal of 65 ambulance stations across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He also commenced the programme management of the delivery by 2017 of a new single, strategically sited ambulance headquarters, co-located with other emergency services, and reconfiguration of the Trust Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) (999 call centres), and the subsequent disposal of the 3 legacy headquarter buildings in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and their linked EOCs.Geoff retired from full time employment with South East Coast Ambulance Service in November 2014 but is retained on a 2 day per week part time contract.
Legal Advisor & Medical Advisor Dr Anton Van Dellen Dr Anton van Dellen originally qualified as a medical doctor, working as a Registrar in Neurosurgery and as a Medical Officer for Kwazulu-Natal Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services, Randburg Fire and Rescue Services and a Flight Medical Officer for Medical Rescue International. He then came up to Christ Church, University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar where he completed his DPhil under Professor Sir Colin Blakemore. He was subsequently a Fellow at Christ Church, when he also served as a Field Operations Manager, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Staffordshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, before serving as Interim Director of Operations and Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Anton then read BA (Law) at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, before completing the Bar Course. His subsequent LLM was on expert witness immunity and interim injunctions. He is currently a barrister at Goldsmith Chambers at Inner Temple in London where he practices in the areas of Public Law and Clinical Negligence. He is also an accredited Advocacy Training Council (ATC) advocacy trainer, a Module Leader for the Bar Course at BPP University and a lecturer in medico-legal Master Classes. He is currently involved in a number of cases at the Court of Appeal and the High Court, as well as a being an elected member of the Bar Council and a member of the Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee.