The Ambulance Staff Charity is a governed by its Board of Trustees, which makes decisions about our strategic direction and is ultimately responsible for the management and conduct of the charity.
Diane recently retired as the Executive Director of Corporate and Clinical Services/Deputy CEO for West Midlands Ambulance Service. Diane completed just under 34 years within the NHS, which included 17 years at Board level, and she is very proud to have been awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for distinguished service.
As well as a registered Health and Care Professions Council Paramedic (HCPC), Diane is also a pool member of NHS Interim Management and Support (IMAS) and has experience of being a Director of a private ambulance company.
Gordon is one of our longest serving board members, originally joining our Board in 2009 when we were still known as the Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund. Gordon has a wealth of knowledge in the ambulance sector, both NHS and private.
He began his career with Hertfordshire Ambulance Service in 1964 as a Patient Transport Driver and went on to serve over 34 years in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Ambulance Service. Gordon retired from the NHS in 1998 and spent the rest of his career in a private ambulance service.
Carl has over 40 years’ experience within the ambulance service and qualified as a Paramedic in 1986. He has worked in various roles for West Midlands Ambulance Service, and had the role of CBRN Operations Manager until he took early retirement in 2012. Carl was an avid support of the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund which resulted in him becoming a Trustee in 2015 when The Ambulance Staff Charity was formed.
Carl is heavily involved in our biennial memorial and is also very proud to be the Ambulance Services Co-ordinator for the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph Whitehall.
Gerry re-joined our Board of Trustees in early 2017 after a two-year break, however he first joined our Board of Trustees in 1996 when we were still known as The Ambulance Benevolent Fund.
Gerry started his career as a construction engineer before joining Essex Ambulance Service as a trainee technician in the 1980s. Gerry had many roles in the ambulance service throughout his career including being a Paramedic, NHS Tutor, Ambulance Liaison Officer and Control Manager. Gerry retired from service in 2009.
Edward originally trained as a chartered accountant but spent much of his career in industry for several international companies including Drake & Cubitt, and Chubb Security. In 1992 he joined Lloyds as Chairman of Loss Reviews which resulted in him becoming one of the first Commissioners of the Criminal Cases Review Commission dealing with alleged or suspected miscarriages of justice.
Edward has also held non-executive director roles for South Central Ambulance Service and the Home Office’s Security Industry Authority. Alongside his work, Edward as also been a Chair of a leading mental health charity, a diocesan representative for the Church Urban Fund and a Treasurer of his local Church.
Tony joined as a The Ambulance Staff Charity trustee in 2019 following a career in advertising and marketing. He has previously been a PLC Director of the Charles Barker/ BNB Resources Group and was responsible for their UK advertising and public relations businesses, as well as a Chairman of the UK Central Agency of McCann-Erickson.
Tony has served as a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for 12 years to October 2018 and has also been a Trustee of the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Helen started her career as a graduate management trainee within the rail industry, fulfilling operational and business management roles. She has worked for the past fifteen years within the national health service, primarily as a commissioner of primary, acute and community services but more recently as Director of Integration for a London GP Federation. She is an elected governor for a primary school and Chair/lay member of the Nursing & Midwifery Council Assurance Advisory Group.
Kevin has worked for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) for over 39 years and during his time he has served as a paramedic and a manager. Following his ordination, Kevin is now a Parish Priest in the Church of England and serves as Chaplain for EMAS, Mansfield Town Football Club, Military and Hospitaller order of St.Lazarus, Ashfield and Mansfield Merchant Navy Association and the Armed Forces Breakfast Group.
Simon’s career clearly demonstrates how a positive mental attitude can achieve great business goals and he is an inspiring Patron for The Ambulance Staff Charity.
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