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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Appoints New Non-Executive Director

14 May 2009

Paul Osborne has been appointed to serve on the Board of Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) as a Non-Executive Director. The appointment was made by the Appointments Commission and runs from 1 April 2009 until 31 March 2013.

Non-Executive Director Paul Osborne
Paul Osborne is from Tadcaster and has extensive experience in general management, including significant responsibility for finance, governance and change leadership.  He has worked in a number of blue chip organisations in the Technology and Services sectors, as well as customer-facing call centre environments where he was responsible for directing operations and problem resolution.  In recent years he has been based at O2 in Leeds where he has fulfilled the roles of Head of IT and latterly the Head of Technology Transformation. 

Dr Nick Varey, Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "I am delighted to welcome Paul as a member of the YAS Board.  I am confident that his skills and knowledge will be a great asset to the organisation as we continue to develop our services for the benefit of patients.  We have a high regard for the work carried out by our non-executive directors and their valuable contribution helps to ensure we provide the best quality ambulance service to meet the needs of local people.

As members of the Trust Board, non-executive directors oversee the delivery of ambulance services for the local community and help ensure the best use of financial resources to maximise benefits for patients. They also contribute to plans to improve and develop services which meet the area's particular needs. 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.

Non-executive directors are expected to spend 2 days a month working for the Trust. They receive 7,765 remuneration per year, which is the current rate for all non-executive directors of NHS trusts.

The appointment has been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA) Code of Practice.  All non-executive appointments 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.  Paul Osborne does not hold any other ministerial appointments and has no declared political activity within the last five years.

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