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Trust appoints new independent Non-Executive Director

27 September 2018

Michael WhitehouseSouth East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new independent Non-Executive Director.

Michael Whitehouse, who lives in Surrey, was appointed by the Trust’s Council of Governors and will join SECAmb for a three-year term in office starting next month on 24 October.

As a qualified accountant, Michael replaces Graham Colbert’s skill set as he steps down from his role as a non-executive director and most recently the Trust’s Interim Chair.

Also stepping down this month is fellow non-executive director, Tim Howe, who has served the Trust since 2010. Tim’s replacement on the board is Laurie McMahon who was appointed earlier this year.

Michael brings with him a wealth of experience of audit and financial oversight across the public sector. Until 2017 he was Chief Operating Officer of the National Audit Office.

Michael has also been responsible for a number of evidence-based reports to Parliament related to the health sector, including on the financial performance and sustainability of the NHS, hospital-acquired infection, dementia, end-of-life care and autism.

Since retirement, Michael has focused on his role as a trustee and honorary treasurer of Cruse, the bereavement charity.

Welcoming the appointment, SECAmb chief executive Daren Mochrie said: “I’m looking forward to working closely with Michael and know his experience will prove invaluable. I’d like to thank our Council of Governors for their hard work in finding and appointing the right person for this role.

“I’d also like to thank Graham and Tim for their commitment to the Trust. Their hard work and professionalism over the years is very much appreciated and I’d like to wish them both all the very best for the future.”

Newly appointed SECAmb Chair David Astley said: “I would like to add my thanks to Tim and Graham for their past work and the smooth handover of the Chair position. Michael brings a wealth of experience to the Board from his past work with the National Audit Office. He is most welcome.”

Michael said: “I am really pleased to be joining the Board. This is a great opportunity to support SECAmb in the incredibly important services which its people provide to local communities across the region. I look forward to working with my new colleagues over the coming months and meeting as many people as possible.”

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