Mark Johns NEAS - Guest blogger

We have been working with Mark Johns, Engagement Manager at the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) his team following the news of our Stonewall Star Performer Ranking. We’ll let Mark tell you the rest…

“It all started last January when NEAS and Gentoo started working together as part of the Stonewall Star Performer initiative. Gentoo became our mentor and supported us on our journey to becoming a more inclusive service provider and employer – just like themselves.
“Gentoo’s b-glad group supported our staff network ‘Proud @ NEAS’ and both organisations met regularly to identify areas of strength and explored where improvements could be made. A list of actions was then drawn up and Gentoo shared examples of initiatives & activities they had undertaken as best practice.

“As a result of working together, NEAS ranked 46th in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list in 2015, climbing a staggering 176 places up the rankings. We are now the joint highest ranking Ambulance Service in the UK.

“I’d like to finish by saying the support Gentoo has provided has been extremely valuable to NEAS. We’ve developed a close working relationship, undertook joint initiatives and, we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”