Tony Kemp, previously chairman of BASICS, has joined the staff of the Association as it’s new Chief Officer. This follows the departure of Gary Scott who joined BASICS as an interim General manager to work with the trustees towards the delivery of the strategic plan. Gary was responsible for much of the preparatory work undertaken that supports the transition that is currently underway.

Tony, well known to many of you, is a nurse by profession and a respected BASICS responder. He comes to us from his role as a senior lecturer in medical education and advanced practice at the University of Bedfordshire. Paul Gates, chairman of BASICS said “Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association not least because he has led the strategic planning and implementation that has brought us to where we are today. I look forward to the development of a stronger and more active Association under Tony’s leadership of our professional staff.’

Tony can be contacted by email at or by phone on 01473 359921.

Office roles & contact details

The BASICS office has two external facing staff:

  • Nancy Howlett is our Membership and Communications Officer, she is responsible for all matters to do with individual and scheme membership, including subscriptions, our discount schemes and keeping you in the loop about what is going on. Nancy can be contacted on 01473 359923, or by email at
  • Tracy Parkinson is the Education and Events Officer coordinating all of our courses and other events which includes our annual conference. Tracy can be contacted on 01473 359922, or by email at 

Two other staff work ‘behind the scenes’ to bring order and organisation to our wider functions that include fulfilling our regulatory responsibilities.

  • Derek Eade is the Associations Finance Officer and joined us late last year. He comes from a varied background that includes have originally studied veterinary medicine before moving into accountancy and working at senior levels within the business sector.
  • Lindsey Howlett (Nancy’s mother) supports the office staff and is who undertakes a variety of administrative tasks which at the moment includes sorting the archives and updating our office filing systems.