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

Professor Karen Norman fills a vacant post and will begin a three-year term with the Trust on 8 July. A nurse by background, Karen has worked in healthcare for 45 years in both the public and private sectors in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Gibraltar.

She has 20 years’ experience as an Executive Director at board level, as Gibraltar’s Chief Nursing Officer, including responsibilities as Director of Gibraltar Ambulance Services, (2004-2013) and as Director of Nursing and Clinical Governance at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (1993-2004).

She has also worked as a management and leadership consultant and was a former reviewer for the Commission for Health Improvement.

Karen currently remains a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead. She also serves as a Visiting Professor to the Doctorate in Management Programme at the University of Hertfordshire, and is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing, Allied and Public Health Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education at Kingston University, London.

Welcoming Karen, SECAmb Chair, Usman Khan said: “I look forward to working closely with Karen in the coming years. She has a significant experience at both executive and non-executive level and it’s clear her knowledge and expertise will be of huge benefit to SECAmb.”

Karen said: “I am delighted to joining SECAmb and meeting my new colleagues. I have a particular interest in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Leadership development and I look forward to helping ensure the Trust as a whole and individuals are able to thrive across these vital areas and beyond.”