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Yorkshire Ambulance Service appoints new Chief Executive and Director of Operations

12 May 2015

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Rod Barnes as its Chief Executive.

Chairman Della M Cannings QPM with Dr David Macklin (left) and Rod Barnes (right)

Chairman Della M Cannings QPM with Dr David Macklin (left) and Rod Barnes (right)

Rod has held the post on an interim basis since November 2014 and prior to that he was Director of Finance and Performance at the Trust as well as Deputy Chief Executive.

Chairman of the Trust Ms Della M Cannings QPM said: “With this appointment Rod will continue to deliver the progress he has started with immediate effect. Rod is very experienced and well respected within the NHS, particularly in the finance sector, in both acute hospitals as well as within ambulance trusts. His experience is crucial to YAS going forward and delivering modern services and improved facilities for patients as well as securing Foundation Trust status.

“In addition to appointing Rod as Chief Executive, YAS has also selected Dr David Macklin as our permanent Director of Operations. David is an experienced clinician and has been Interim Director of Operations since November 2014. As the interim director he has already started the process of modernising our A&E workforce to improve our response to patients and ensure there is clear career progression for all our staff and he will continue this going forward.

“The Board is looking forward to continuing to work with both Rod and David and the stability their appointments will bring to the organisation.”

Rod Barnes added: “I am delighted to be offered and accept the role of Chief Executive. We have started a journey over the last six months to deliver our vision to provide world class services for the people of Yorkshire and to provide rewarding careers and a working environment that supports all staff to fulfil their potential.”

Dr David Macklin said: “I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to take on the substantive post of Executive Director of Operations. I have really enjoyed carrying out the role on an interim basis over the last six months and believe that I have started to make improvements for both patients and staff.

“I have been Associate Medical Director at the Trust for the last six years and this, together with my experience as an A&E and pre-hospital care doctor, will provide a good grounding to help to take forward clinical and operational developments. This is a really exciting time for Yorkshire Ambulance Service and I am looking forward to leading the Emergency Operations Team and supporting staff through the future challenges and opportunities we face.”

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department