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The Trust Board

The YAS Trust board meets every two months. The public may attend these meetings.

The Board is legally responsible for the leadership, direction, control, and risk management of the Trust. Its main responsibilities include:

  • promoting the success of the Trust by directing and managing the organisation's affairs
  • active leadership of the Trust within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed
  • setting the strategic aims of YAS, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the organisation to meet its objectives and review management performance
  • setting YAS's values and standards to ensure that its obligations to patients, the local community and the Secretary of State are understood and met.

The Trust Board is made up of the chairman, chief executive, five executive directors and five non-executive directors, one of which is a designate.

Detailed descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of the chief executive and executive directors can be found in Department of Health's Code of Conduct: Code of Accountability.

Code of Conduct for the Board of Directors of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Two copies of YAS Draft Constitution, May 2014 are provided:

  1. One containing tracked changes showing all the amendments from the Monitor* Core Constitution approved by the YAS Trust Board; this is NHS standard practice;
  2. A clean copy i.e. without tracked changes; and
  3. A Letter of Conformity from the Trust's solicitors demonstrating the YAS Draft Constitution is compliant with the requirements of Monitor.

1. Note: Monitor is the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts;
2. Note: Monitor does not provide for a Patient Constituency within NHS Ambulance Trusts.

 

Who's Who


 
Kathryn Lavery - Chairman

Chairman

Kathryn Lavery

Kathryn Lavery was appointed as Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust with effect from 1 July 2016.

Key Facts

  • Kath has 35 years' experience of chairmanship, including Chair of NHS Hull and Chair of Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull.
  • Director of Kath Lavery Associates and specialises in board governance and joint working between the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.
  • Chair of Humber Business Week Steering Group, Chair of Active Humber (formerly Humber Sports Partnership Ltd) and a Trustee at Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust.

Pat Drake

Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Pat Drake

Pat, from Scammonden near Huddersfield, has extensive experience in the NHS from her role as the Assistant Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Key Facts

  • Previously the Assistant Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (retired 2006).
  • Vice Chair of Locala Community Partnerships and Justice of the Peace in Calderdale.
  • Specialist Advisor for CQC.
  • Chairman of the Trust's Quality Committee.
  • Member of Finance & Investment, Audit and RTSC Committees.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service Director of Finance - Rod Barnes

Chief Executive

Rod Barnes

Rod joined YAS as Executive Director of Finance and Performance in October 2011, with responsibility for Finance, Procurement, Fleet and Estates, ICT and Patient Transport Service.

He became Chief Executive in May 2015

Key Facts

  • A member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Governance and Audit Committee.
  • Previously Director of Finance at Great Western Ambulance Service.
  • Worked as Director of Finance at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust (FT) in Bath and Deputy Director of Finance at Taunton and Somerset NHS FT.
  • During the early part of his career he worked in Airedale and Harrogate hospitals.
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Medical Director - Dr Julian Mark

Executive Medical Director

Dr Julian Mark

Julian joined YAS in 2007.

He became Executive Medical Director in October 2013

Key Facts

  • His clinical speciality is in anaesthesia and he continues to hold the post of honorary Senior Staff Anaesthetist at Harrogate and District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Julian is an instructor and examiner in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) for doctors, Resuscitation Council (UK) Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS).
  • Julian is a Board member, Faculty of Pre-Hospital care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • He is a member of the British Association for Immediate Care Schemes (BASICS) as well as the Department of Health Clinical Advisory Group for the national Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) capability.
  • Julian was previously a member of the Department of Health Clinical Advisory Group for Major Trauma in England.
  • Chair of the National Ambulance Services Medical Directors Group (NASMeD).
  • Julian is the Trust?s Caldicott Guardian.

Executive Director of Quality, Governance and Performance Assurance

Steve Page

Steve Page joined the YAS Executive Team in October 2009 as Director of Standards and Compliance

Key Facts

  • Steve has worked in the NHS for 32 years and has been with YAS since 2009.
  • He is the former Chair of the National Ambulance Service Quality and Governance and Risk Directors (QGARD) Group.
  • He is a Registered General Nurse, and has held senior nursing leadership roles in Yorkshire and the North East, working in a number of acute hospitals. He has also worked in higher education, producing and delivering a Masters level nursing programme and working at a national level on multi-professional clinical practice development and clinical team accreditation.
  • Steve spent nine years at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust, initially as a Directorate Head of Nursing and subsequently as Assistant Director of Patient Services with responsibility for clinical governance and quality.
  • He was Deputy Director of Nursing and Strategic Head of Patient Safety for four years at the North East Strategic Health Authority, leading system-wide nursing and clinical governance developments, leading the Safer Care North East Programme, and managing the regional processes for investigation of serious incidents and inquiries.
  • Steve was a fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Health in the North East (2007-09).

David Macklin

Executive Director of Operations

Dr David Macklin

Joined the Trust in 2009.

He became Executive Director of Operations in May 2015.

Key Facts

  • Assistant Medical Director at the Trust for two years before taking up the post of Associate Medical Director for Operations in 2011 and the clinical lead for urgent care.
  • Extensive experience in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.
  • A national expert in 999 call prioritisation and advisor to the National Directors of Clinical Care for Ambulance Services on 999 call handling.
  • Fellow, Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.
  • Currently honorary senior lecturer and programme lead for the MSc Health Incident Command Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Previous experience of working in acute hospitals, workforce development and for a strategic health authority.

Barrie Senior

Non-Executive Director

Barrie Senior

Barrie, who lives in Ilkley, brings a wide range of board-level commercial and financial management experience to the Board.

Key Facts

  • Former partner in two leading accountancy firms, specialising in risk management, internal and external audit, and information systems audit and security.
  • Former Group Corporate Development Director and Finance Director with two major Yorkshire-based PLCs.
  • Non-executive director of AHR, a leading UK architecture practice.
  • Partner in Senior Associates LLP, providing strategic planning support and management due diligence services
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
  • Chairman of the Trust's Audit Committee.

Erfana Mahmood

Non-Executive Director

Erfana Mahmood

Erfana, from Bradford, is a non-practising qualified senior solicitor with extensive governance experience.

Key Facts

  • Head of Volume Commercial Lending at Leeds-based commercial law firm.
  • Over ten years' experience in the high value commercial lending sector and over 15 years public sector housing experience.
  • Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Chorley and District Building Society.
  • Previously a member of the Group Board for Accent Group Limited (2005-08).
  • Current member of Accent's Audit and Governance Committees.
  • Senior Independent Director of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
  • Chairman of the Trust's Charitable Funds Committee.
  • Member of Quality, Audit and RTSC Committees.
  • Member of YAS Forum.


John Nutton

Non-Executive Director 

John Nutton

John joined the YAS Trust Board in October 2013 and brings with him a strong background in corporate finance and experience in financial management, audit and consultancy.

Key Facts

  • At the Leeds office of accountants RSM Robson Rhodes he advised private, public sector and quoted companies on audit and governance matters before building a corporate finance division within the practice.
  • Self-employed Corporate Finance practitioner, Springwell Corporate Finance in association with Cattaneo LLP.
  • Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
  • Has acted as a non-executive director for NHS Sheffield Provider Services.
  • Strong commercial experience and negotiating skills coupled with ability to understand, appreciate, challenge and influence business strategy and direction.
  • Member of the Trust?s Audit, Finance & Investment and RTSC Committees.


Ronnie Coutts MBE

Non-Executive Director (Designate) 

Ronnie Coutts MBE

Ronnie joined the Trust Board in July 2015 and has significant knowledge and experience of UK emergency services and staff engagement.

Key Facts

  • Currently a Capability Director at Serco Defence leading their resilience, fire and defence training portfolio.
  • Before joining Serco, he had a varied Army career serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. His non-operational roles included human resources, training and recruitment.
  • Ronnie was awarded an MBE in October 2006 for his services in Iraq.
  • An apprenticeship ambassador committed to developing opportunities for apprentices in all organisations.
  • A former Chief Executive of the UK Emergency Planning College.





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