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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Appoints New Associate Directors

01 November 2012

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has appointed two new associate directors. Shelagh O'Leary joined the Trust on 29 October 2012 as Associate Director of Organisational Effectiveness and Education while Graeme Jackson took up the position of Associate Director of Human Resources on 20 August 2012.

Prior to joining YAS, Shelagh was employed as Service Director (People and Development) for the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) where she was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and delivery of workforce strategy, training, education, professional development and assessment and selection services, amongst many other functions, for 43 police forces. Having held this role since 2007, Shelagh was instrumental in developing the first national leadership strategy for the police service and was recognised by the then Home Secretary for the work and for ensuring that it was effectively implemented in partnership with Chief Constables and the police service.

In previous roles Shelagh has been the Assistant Director of Learning and Leadership for the Crown Prosecution Service and led the development of a multi-award winning virtual 'prosecution college' with the Law Society and law colleges, amongst other key stakeholders.

A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a member of the CIPD's Membership and Professional Development Committee, Shelagh has a number of formal qualifications including an MA in Human Resource Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law and Employee Relations and is currently studying for her Masters in Career Counselling and Coaching. With extensive learning, training and education experience in various local government organisations and having held HR and Equalities roles, Shelagh will bring significant skill, expertise, capability and credibility to the Trust's newly formed Organisational Effectiveness and Education Department.

Commenting upon her appointment, Shelagh said: "As a resident of Yorkshire, I'm very much looking forward to being a part of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and helping to develop services for our patients and staff."

Photo: (From left to right) Graeme Jackson, Associate Director of Human Resources, Shelagh O'Leary, Associate Director of Organisational Effectiveness and Education and Stephen Moir, Deputy Chief Executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Graeme Jackson was previously employed as Head of Human Resources for the Scottish Ambulance Service. In this role Graeme was responsible for leading a similar range of Human Resources-related functions for a comparably sized workforce and has the benefit of bringing with him an understanding and appreciation of the context of the ambulance service. Prior to this role, Graeme worked in a range of increasingly senior roles including Head of HR and Estates for Registers of Scotland (part of the Scottish Government) and Deputy Command Secretary (Head of HR) for HQ British Forces stationed in Gibraltar. In addition, Graeme has worked as an Internal Consultant for the Defence Procurement Agency leading a team of 43 Integrated Project Team Leaders. He has also worked as the Head of Management Training for the Royal Air Force at the RAF college in Lincolnshire. With extensive experience in the key areas of managing workforce change and reform, employee relations and performance management, he brings a significant level of additional skill, capability and expertise to the HR Department.

Also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and possessing a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management, Graeme is also a qualified Investors in People and ISO9000 assessor, as well as being a member of the Association of Project Managers. A trained First Person on Scene, he is also well versed in business continuity planning and management, having undertaken training in Nuclear Accidents and Civil Contingencies while with the MoD.

Speaking about his appointment, Graeme said: "I'm very excited about my new role with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and am looking forward to delivering our ambitious programme for transforming the HR function and the way that we empower and support our managers and staff."

Stephen Moir, Deputy Chief Executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: "I am delighted to welcome both Shelagh and Graeme to the team and am looking forward to working closely with them to ensure that we enhance our approach to the leadership, management and development of our staff. As a consequence of their work and the teams that they lead, our patients will continue to receive high quality care. The wealth of experience and knowledge that they both bring will be a great asset to the Trust."

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department