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Appointment of NED and Advisor to the Board

Press release - 12 February 2010

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment a new Non-executive Director and an Advisor to the Board.

Mr Trevor Willington from Tadworth, Surrey, has been appointed by the Appointments Commission as a Non-executive Director for a four-year term from 28 January 2010 to 27 January 2014. He replaces Mr Richard Green from Cranleigh, Surrey, who has stepped down from the Board.

Mr Tim Howe, from Buckland, Surrey, will serve as an Advisor to the Board from 28 January 2010 – a position previously held by Mr Willington.

The pair bring with them board-level experience in both the public and private sectors.

Mr Howe, who has a wealth of experience in the private sector as a senior Human Resources executive, was previously International Vice President, Human Resources at United International Pictures and Group Human Resources Director of The Rank Group Plc.

He is currently an Accredited Business Advisor for the Institute for Independent Business (IIB) and provides HR services through his own company Komoka Ltd. and through a jointly-owned marketing company, The Human Resource Centre. He is a trained mediator and member of the Management Committee for East Surrey Community Mediation Service.

He said: “I am delighted to accept this opportunity and look forward to working with this progressive thinking and patient-orientated organisation. I look forward to applying my private-sector experience in helping SECAmb achieve its objectives.”

Mr Willington has had a lengthy career working in local government.  Most recently he was the Strategic Director – Resources at Elmbridge Borough Council overseeing financial management, accountancy and exchequer, internal audit, information and communication systems, local taxation and cashiers and legal estates and property services.

He is a Non-executive Director of Orbit South Housing Association and a member of the Surrey Parent Carers’ Advisory Board.

He said: “As I've always had a strong interest in health and associated support services, I'm very pleased to have been appointed as a Non-executive Director of SECAmb. I welcome the opportunity to be involved in the development of SECAmb’s services and believe that my background in public sector finance will enable me to make a positive contribution to the work of the Trust Board."

Mr Willington joins fellow non-executives, Martin Kitchen (Chair), Christine Barwell, Nigel Penny, John Jackson and Isobel Simpson.

Mr Kitchen, who welcomed the appointments, said: “I am delighted with Trevor and Tim’s new roles at the Trust and I am sure their appointments will be of great benefit to SECAmb.”

Mr Willington was appointed in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

Mr Willington and Mr Howe will receive a remuneration of £6,096 per annum for their respective roles, which is the current rate of remuneration for non-executives of NHS Trusts. They have both declared no political activity in the past five years and hold no other ministerial appointments.

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