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New Chairman Appointed to Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

01 July 2016

NHS Improvement has appointed Mrs Kathryn Lavery as the new Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust with effect from 1 July 2016.

Kath has 35 years' experience of chairmanship, including Chair of NHS Hull and Chair of Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull.  She is Director of Kath Lavery Associates and specialises in board governance and joint working between the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. In addition, she is Chair of Humber Business Week Steering Group, Chair of Active Humber (formerly Humber Sports Partnership Ltd) and a Trustee at Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust.

Kath succeeds Ms Della M Cannings QPM who stepped down from the post in May 2016 after six years as Chairman at the Trust. During May and June 2016 Pat Drake took on the role of Interim Chairman, but has now resumed her substantive role of Deputy Chairman.

As leader of the Trust Board, the Chairman's role is to ensure that the service performs effectively by delivering high quality ambulance services for its local communities and making the best use of financial resources to maximise benefits for patients. 

Rod Barnes, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: "On behalf of the Trust Board I would like to extend a warm welcome to Kath and look forward to working with her to progress our ambitious plans for providing world class services to patients in Yorkshire and the Humber. I know that her extensive experience of chairing organisations and her particular expertise in the healthcare sector will be valuable in helping to lead and develop the Trust."

Speaking of her appointment, Kath Lavery said: "I am delighted to be appointed Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service and look forward to being an integral part of driving forward improvements in urgent and emergency care and working with Trust Board colleagues and staff to provide the very best care for patients."

The appointment of all chairs and non-executive directors to NHS trusts is the responsibility of NHS Improvement.  All appointments are 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. Mrs Lavery has declared political activity on behalf of the Labour Party in the last five years.

The remuneration for the role is 35,000. The appointment is initially for two years.

1. For further information, please contact the YAS Press Office on 0845 120 0048.

2. NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. They offer the active support these frontline providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, they help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

3. NHS Improvement brings together Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority plus groups from three other organisations: from NHS England both the Patient Safety Team and the Advancing Change Team, from NHS Interim Management and Support two Intensive Support Teams, together with the National Reporting and Learning System Team. NHS Improvement is an operational name for the organisation which formally came into being on 1 April 2016.

4. 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 provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,330 emergency and urgent calls per day and employs over 5,000 staff.

The Patient Transport Service made over one million journeys in 2015-16 transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments.

The Trust's NHS 111 service helped 1.5 million patients across Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during 2015-16.

5. The other Yorkshire Ambulance Service Non-Executive Directors are currently Barrie Senior, Mary Wareing, Erfana Mahmood, John Nutton and Ronnie Coutts (designate).

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department