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

The Trust’s Council of Governors recently passed a resolution to appoint Professor Tom Quinn to the role. Tom, who works at St George’s, University of London and Kingston University, will begin a three-year term of office on 1 October, subject to the usual employment checks.

Tom is a passionate supporter of the NHS. A nurse, he has spent four decades in healthcare and has experience in both hospital and pre-hospital care. Now a senior academic the majority of his research has focused on improving outcomes for patients under ambulance care.

Tom has a long-standing relationship with SECAmb and has previously served as a SECAmb governor while at the University of Surrey. He holds a number of volunteer roles locally including being Clinical Director of HeartStart Farnham Lions and nationally as a Trustee of British Association for Immediate Care.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, European Society of Cardiology, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. His contribution to patient care was recognised in 2019 by election as an honorary Fellow of the College of Paramedics.

SECAmb Chairman, David Astley said: “I am pleased we have been able to appoint Tom and I look forward to working closely with him. I know SECAmb will benefit from his extensive clinical experience and his long-standing relationship with the Trust and other local partners.”

Tom added: “As a patient I have first-hand experienced calling 999, receiving expert care from call handlers and the ambulance crew who came to my aid. This interaction confirmed the highly professional and compassionate care which I already knew SECAmb delivered day-in, day-out. I am looking forward to taking up this new role and working with everyone across the whole organisation for the benefit of patients.”