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Staff governors

SECAmb staff have voted for four staff governors to represent them on the Council.

There are two types of staff governor.

The non-operational staff governor represents the views of 'back-office' staff at the Trust. This includes staff who work on finance, learning and development, communications, scheduling rotas and other people performing important tasks to keep SECAmb on the road. There are around 500 support staff and managers at SECAmb.

The operational staff governors represent the views of SECAmb's frontline staff who work with patients: these include our paramedics, technicians, emergency care support workers, patient transport staff, and dispatch centre staff who take 999 calls from the public and plan how our vehicles get to patients. There are more than 2000 front line staff in the Trust, which is why they have more governors to represent them.

You can read brief biographies of the staff governors below.


Non-operational: Angela Rayner

Angela is the Trust's Inclusion Manager. She's based at the Trust's Surrey Headquarters in Banstead. She's worked in the NHS for ten years and at SECAmb for the past two and a half, building links with a diverse range of people, groups, communities and partners to make sure SECAmb understands and takes account of everyone’s needs. She says "Involving the right people at the right time helps to get things right more quickly for more people (and saves money, too). Staff come up with great solutions to problems that affect our working lives on a day to day basis, just as patients can tell us what would make our services better for can be confident that your views will get the airing they deserve and I’ll be pushing hard for action."


Operational: Nigel Sweet, Mark Buckton and Jon Henderson

Nigel is an ambulance Technician working from Shoreham Ambulance Station in Sussex. He had a varied career before joining SECAmb, including setting up a wholefood company and being a District Councillor for Shoreham and Deputy Leader of the Adur District Council. He sailed, mainly single-handedly, around Africa and the mediterranean for a couple of years, and has worked as a political researcher in the House of Commons. He stood for election because he wants "to make the job even better by making our work more effective, more caring and with even better outcomes for our patients. I strongly believe we’ll only make SECAmb truly the best by considering the needs and welfare of both our patients AND staff – BOTH groups deserve no less."

Mark joined Surrey Ambulance Service 6 years ago, starting his career on the Patient Transport Service before becoming a Technician more than 3 years ago. He is now a Trainee Paramedic based at Epsom Ambulance Station in Surrey and is in the second year of his paramedic foundation degree. His previous career, spanning 17 years, was spent as a Senior Manager within the Financial Services industry. As a governor, Mark says he wants to ensure "That the voice of all staff is heard by SECAMB decision-makers, that staff welfare is at the top of the SECAMB agenda, and that staff are consulted fully and explicitly on issues affecting them."

Jon  has now retired from the Council, and his place has been taken by Paul Ellis.

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