South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), is pleased to announce the reappointment of its Chair, David Astley, for a second three-year term.

David’s reappointment was formally approved by the Trust’s Council of Governors at its most recent meeting on 4 March.

Welcoming David’s appointment, SECAmb Chief Executive, Philip Astle said: “I am delighted to be able to continue to have David leading the SECAmb Board.  His combination of experience, local knowledge and his huge desire to help patients make him a fantastic asset to the Trust and I am really pleased that we will have the benefit of his leadership for another three years.”

David was appointed as SECAmb Chair in September 2018 and lives in Kings Hill, Kent. He has had a long career in the NHS and was awarded an O.B.E in 2006. He has held a number of 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.

David then held a senior position with the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar before retiring in 2015 and taking up a non-executive position with Liverpool Women’s Hospital. He is also a Board member of the Michael Yoakley Charity based in Margate.

David added: “I am delighted to have been reappointed as SECAmb’s Chair. This year has, of course, been extremely difficult for staff and I am incredibly proud of the way everyone has risen to the challenges presented by the pandemic.

“I look forward to continuing to implement the Trust’s strategy, working closely with our system partners to improve patient care and to steering the Trust Board through the changes set out in the recent White Paper.”