Professor Tony Young

Director of Medical Innovation

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care


Location: Chelmsford

Tony is a practicing frontline NHS surgeon, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and has founded four Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which is set to become one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces.


In 2014, Tony was appointed as National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England; in February 2016 he became the first National Clinical Lead for Innovation.

As Clinical Lead, Tony provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes in England. He drives the uptake of proven innovations across the NHS, promotes economic growth through innovation, and helps make the NHS the go-to place on the planet for medical innovation.

In 2015, Tony founded the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur programme. This has become the world’s largest entrepreneurial workforce development programme for clinicians.

Tony also holds the following positions:

  • Consultant Urological Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Innovation, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Innovation Lead, Essex Success Regime/STP
  • President, Institute of Decontamination Sciences.