Ambulance Watch: 999 trust completes non-executive director recruitment

An ambulance in Norwich.

An ambulance in Norwich. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The region's ambulance service has a full complement of non-executive directors for the first time in six months following the announcement of new appointments.

Three new non-executive directors have joined the East of England Ambulance Service after a host of resignations in June following a damning report into the organisation's leadership.

The NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) today confirmed the appointment of Peter Kara, Valerie Morton and Dean Parker on four year terms to the board of the NHS trust, which completes the recruitment of the trust's new non-executive team.

It follows the appointment of Sheila Childerhouse, former chairman of NHS Norfolk and Waveney, Andrew Egerton-Smith, chairman of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Judith Lancaster earlier this year.

Geoff Harris, chairman of the ambulance service, said, 'We have been working hard to build a new board, especially developing the non-executive team from scratch in just five months. I am delighted that we have been able to recruit Pater, Valerie and Dean – three very experienced people who add even further expertise and skills to our board.'

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'Transforming the ambulance service is going to take time, but we are making real progress and improvements. We know that we are turning a corner - ambulance delays are reducing and compliments from patients and users are significantly up amongst other things.'

Valerie Morton, who runs a consultancy business, has spent more than 35 years in the voluntary sector holding senior positions at Help the Aged, the NSPCC and the RNIB.

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Peter Kara is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a director of two companies, and runs a consultancy providing financial and strategic planning to small and medium sized companies.

Dean Parker has more than 18 years professional experience and expertise in audit, audit committees, financial reporting, risk management and corporate governance. For the last five years he was a financial audit director at the National Audit Office.

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