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New chair announced

24th August 2018
 South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair.

Following a rigorous selection process involving stakeholders and staff from across the Trust, the Council of Governors formally appointed David Astley as substantive Chair at its meeting at the end of July, subject to references and pre-employment checks. David will take over from Graham Colbert, who has filled the role on an interim basis since April following the decision of previous Chair Richard Foster to step down.

David, from Kings Hill in Kent, has over 40 years’ management and leadership experience in the NHS and abroad. He will take up his post in late September.

David, who was awarded an O.B.E in 2006 for services to the NHS, has held a number of very senior roles in the NHS including Chief Executive of East Kent University Hospitals NHS Trust between 1999 and 2006 and Chief Executive of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust between 2006 and 2011.

From 2011 to 2015 David was Chief-Tertiary Hospitals Group of the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. On return to the UK and retirement from full time Executive duties, David was appointed as a non-executive director of Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He will stand down from this role when he commences as Chair and will continue as a Trustee of Yoakleycare, a charity based in Margate, Kent, which manages alms houses and a care home.

David said “I am delighted to be appointed as Chair of SECAmb and look forward to chairing the Board as we continue to consolidate recent improvements and strive to manage increasing demand for our services. I am looking forward to supporting the Executive Team and our committed, skilled staff to do their best for the people we serve. “

SECAmb Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said: “I am pleased we have been able to appoint such a highly-experienced person as David as our Chair. I would also like to thank Graham for his hard work as Interim Chair over the last few months.

“I am looking forward to working closely with David as we continue to improve the service we provide and I know everyone at SECAmb will join me in welcoming him to the Trust.”

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