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Non-Executive Director Sought for Yorkshire’s Ambulance Service

11 April 2011

The region’s ambulance service is looking to appoint a new non-executive director to serve as one of the six on its Trust Board.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and employs over 4,000 staff who provide 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people.

The Trust is looking for an outstanding individual with expertise in the private, public or voluntary sectors with current commercial experience and, in broadening the professional expertise of the Board, is particularly keen to appoint someone with information technology or communications experience.

Della Cannings (pictured right), Chairman of the Trust, said: “Our 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.

“It is vital that they are residents of Yorkshire as they 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.

“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.”

In the interests of geographical balance on the Board, the Trust is particularly looking for candidates living in the South Yorkshire area. Non-executive directors are expected to spend 2½ days a month working for the Trust and receive £6,096 remuneration per year.
For further information, and to apply online, potential applicants should visit the Appointment Commission’s website: www.appointments.org.uk   The closing date for applications is 26 April 2011 at 12 noon and the interviews will be held on 19 May 2011. 

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.

The other Yorkshire Ambulance Service non-executive directors are Nina Wrightson, Roger Holmes CB, Richard Roxburgh and Pat Drake; the Chairman is Ms Della Cannings QPM.

 

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department