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Non-Executive Directors Re-appointed to the Region’s Ambulance Service

04 August 2009

The Appointments Commission has re-appointed three non-executive directors to serve a further term on the Board of Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust. 

Richard Roxburgh, Nancy Murgatroyd and Nina Wrightson OBE, all with extensive experience in the public, private and voluntary sector, will continue in their positions with effect from 1 July 2009.

Richard Roxborough Nancy Murgatroyd Nina Wrightson

Richard Roxburgh

Nancy Murgatroyd

Nina Wrightson

As residents of Yorkshire, the non-executive directors provide a crucial link between the Trust and local people and help to ensure that the interests of patients are well-represented when any decisions are taken by the Board.

Commenting on the re-appointments, YAS Chairman Dr Nick Varey said: I am delighted that Richard, Nancy and Nina are able to complete a further term with us. Their knowledge and wealth of experience, that spans a range of sectors, will continue be a great asset to the Board, particularly as we put into action our development plans for the next five years.

We very much value the dedication of our non-executive directors who bring a range of skills and points of view to the organisation and help ensure we deliver services that meet the needs of local people."

All of the appointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice. They are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. All of the appointees have no declared political activity.

Each will be paid 6,096 per annum for their role, based on two and a half days a month. The appointments are for four years and will end on 30 June 2013.

Nina Wrightson OBE - Biography

Nina, of Church Fenton near Tadcaster in York, is a Chartered  Health and Safety professional. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the British Safety Council, a Non-Executive Director of NHS Litigation Authority and has recently been appointed as a Public Member of Network Rail, as well as being on the Local Authority Citizens Panel.
Nina was previously Risk Management Director for Northern Foods plc and has also worked for the Health and Safety Executive, the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside and Nestle Rowntree.
She was awarded the OBE for Services to Health and Safety in 2005

Nancy Murgatroyd - Biography

Nancy, of Middleham near Leyburn in North Yorkshire, was previously a non-executive director with the former Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service - with specific interests in audit and governance. Prior to this she served for six years as a non-executive director for the York Hospitals NHS Trust and was Chairman of Middleham Key Partnership Ltd, spearheading a local regeneration initiative. She worked in the design industry for 24 years, and is an internationally exhibited artist.

Richard Roxburgh - Biography

Richard, of Ilkley in West Yorkshire, is a chartered management accountant with extensive financial and commercial experience. His most recent role was Finance and Commercial Director with Arriva Trains Wales and previously Finance Director with Arriva Trains North, based in York. Earlier experience includes senior financial positions with BT Cellnet (now O2) and BT Business Division throughout the UK.

Notes to Editors:
1. A non-executive director is accountable to the Secretary of State. They are expected to hold the executive to account, to use their skills and experience to help the board as it develops health strategies, and ensure the delivery of high quality services to patients. They are lay people drawn from the community served by the Trust.
2. The other non-executive directors for YAS are Roger Holmes and Paul Osborne; the Chairman is Dr Nick Varey.
3. YAS was formed on 1 July 2006 when parts of Tees, East and North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Metropolitan and South Yorkshire Ambulance Services merged.
4. YAS operates 61 ambulance stations throughout the county, with its main headquarters in Wakefield. It holds a budget of 199 million and serves a population of 5.4 million and an area of 7,500 square miles.

For further information please contact YAS’s press office on 0845 120 0048 or email pressoffice@yas.nhs.uk

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department