The Trust Board


The YAS board of directors meets quarterly in addition to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September. The public may attend these meetings.

The next public board meeting will be held from 09.30 on 29 November 2018 at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Headquarters, Springhill 2, Brindley Way, Wakefield 41 Business Park, Wakefield, WF2 0XQ.

The Board is legally responsible for the leadership, direction, control, and risk management of the Trust. Its main responsibilities include:

  • promoting the success of the Trust by directing and managing the organisation's affairs
  • active leadership of the Trust within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed
  • setting the strategic aims of YAS, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the organisation to meet its objectives and review management performance
  • setting YAS's values and standards to ensure that its obligations to patients, the local community and the Secretary of State are understood and met.

The Trust Board is made up of the chairman, five non-executive directors and five executive directors including the chief executive.

Kathryn Lavery, Chairman


Kathryn Lavery

Kathryn Lavery was appointed as Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust with effect from 1 July 2016.

Key Facts

  • Kath was first appointed to an NHS board in 1998. Prior to joining YAS, she was the Chairman of West Hull Primary Care Trust and then NHS Hull until 2013.
  • Served as a Hull city councillor between 1988 and 2007. For her service, she was granted the title of Honorary Alderman. 
  • Director of Kath Lavery Associates and specialises in board governance and joint working between the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.
  • Chair of Humber Business Week Steering Group.
  • Chair of Athena Aspire Ltd, working to create innovative paths into employment for young people.
  • A non-executive director of NAViGO, a community interest company which runs NHS mental health services in North East Lincolnshire.
  • Consultant to the University of Hull Faculty of Health Sciences. About to commence a project looking at the impact of health and social care on the economy of place.
Rod Barnes, Chief Executive

Rod Barnes
Chief Executive 

Rod Barnes joined YAS as Executive Director of Finance and Performance in October 2011, with responsibility for Finance, Procurement, Fleet and Estates, ICT and Patient Transport Service.

He became Chief Executive in May 2015

Key Facts

  • A member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Governance and Audit
  • Previously Director of Finance at Great Western Ambulance Service.
  • Worked as Director of Finance at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS
    Foundation Trust (FT) in Bath and Deputy Director of Finance at Taunton and Somerset NHS FT.
  • During the early part of his career he worked in Airedale and Harrogate hospitals.
    Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Steve Page

Steve Page

Executive Director of Quality, Governance and Performance Assurance and Deputy Chief Executive

Steve Page joined the YAS Executive Team in October 2009 as Director of Standards and Compliance.

Key Facts

  • Steve is the former Chair of the National Ambulance Service Quality and Governance and Risk Directors (QGARD) Group.
  • He is a Registered General Nurse, and has held senior nursing leadership roles in Yorkshire and the North East, working in a number of acute hospitals. He has also worked in higher education, producing and delivering a Masters level nursing programme and working at a national level on multi-professional clinical practice development and clinical team accreditation.
  • Steve spent nine years at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust, initially as a Directorate Head of Nursing and subsequently as Assistant Director of Patient Services with responsibility for clinical governance and quality.
  • He was Deputy Director of Nursing and Strategic Head of Patient Safety for four years at the North East Strategic Health Authority, leading system-wide nursing and clinical governance developments, leading the Safer Care North East Programme, and managing the regional processes for investigation of serious incidents and inquiries.
  • Steve was a fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Health in the North East (2007-09).
Dr Julian Mark

Dr Julian Mark

Executive Medical Director

Julian Mark joined YAS in 2007 and became Executive Medical Director in October 2013.

Key Facts

  • He chairs the National Ambulance Services’ Medical Directors group (NASMeD), a subgroup of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE).
  • He qualified in Medicine from Leeds University in 1994 (BSc Hons, MB ChB) and holds the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (DIMC) from the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2010). 
  • He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Law from Northumbria University (2012). In 2017 he was awarded Founding Senior Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (SFFMLM).
  • His base clinical speciality was in Anaesthesia and held the post of honorary Senior Staff Anaesthetist at Harrogate and District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust until April 2014, subsequently continuing to practise clinically in immediate medical care as a member of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS).  He continues to instruct and examine in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and previously instructed, examined and directed Resuscitation Council (UK) Advanced Life Support (ALS) courses until 2014.
  • He sits on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (RCSEd) and on the Clinical Advisory Forum for NHS Improvement.  He is a former member of the Department of Health Clinical Advisory Group for Major Trauma in England and is currently a member of NHS England’s Ambulance Response Programme development group.

Mark Bradley

Executive Director of Finance

Mark Bradley joined the YAS Executive Team in March 2017.

Key Facts

  • A finance professional with over 15 years' experience in senior management roles across the healthcare sector.
    Joined YAS from NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group where he was Chief Finance Officer/Deputy Accountable Officer.
  • Mark has worked in provider and commissioning roles, corporate governance, contract negotiation and informatics, as well as national commercial projects.
  • He has led teams at a number of NHS organisations including NHS Leeds, NHS Connecting for Health, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS Shared Financial Services, Dewsbury Healthcare NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Christine Brereton

Christine Brereton

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Christine Brereton joined the Trust in November 2017.

Key Facts

  • A career spanning 25 years as an HR professional with a particular interest in staff health and wellbeing and engagement.
  • Joined YAS from North Cumbria University Hospital Trust where she was HR and Organisational Development Director. She successfully implemented a number of improvements including the introduction of a comprehensive health and wellbeing strategy and the development and implementation of a workforce and organisational development strategy.
  • A wealth of experience gained while working in a variety of senior HR operations and organisational development roles across the public sector, including Greater Manchester Police, the National Probation Service and Lancaster University.
Phil Storr

Phil Storr

Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman

Phil Storr joined the Trust Board in January 2017 and has extensive experience in emergency preparedness and operational response.

Key Facts

  • A strategic operational manager who has led major programmes in areas such as emergency preparedness, operational response and risk reduction in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
  • 15 years’ board-level involvement at a national and international level and within the NHS including NHS England and the Department of Health.
  • 25 years’ experience in strategic crisis management and public safety.
  • Significant experience in planning and strategy modelling, including a three-year project on resilience and an operational position to steer the strategic direction of the NHS 111 service and its systems following its launch in March 2013. 
Ronnie Coutts

Ronnie Coutts MBE

Non-Executive Director

Ronnie Coutts joined the Trust Board in July 2015 and has significant knowledge and experience of UK emergency services and staff engagement.

Key Facts

  • Currently a Capability Director at Serco Defence leading their resilience, fire and defence training portfolio.
  • Before joining Serco, he had a varied Army career serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. His non-operational roles included human resources, training and recruitment.
  • Ronnie was awarded an MBE in October 2006 for his services in Iraq.
  • An apprenticeship ambassador committed to developing opportunities for apprentices in all organisations.
  • A former Chief Executive of the UK Emergency Planning College.
John Nutton

John Nutton

Non-Executive Director 

John Nutton joined the Trust Board in October 2013 and brings with him a strong background in corporate finance and experience in financial management, audit and consultancy.

Key Facts

  • At the Leeds office of accountants RSM Robson Rhodes he advised private, public sector and quoted companies on audit and governance matters before building a corporate finance division within the practice.
  • Self-employed Corporate Finance practitioner, Springwell Corporate Finance in association with Cattaneo LLP.
  • Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
  • Has acted as a non-executive director for NHS Sheffield Provider Services.
  • Strong commercial experience and negotiating skills coupled with ability to understand, appreciate, challenge and influence business strategy and direction.
  • Member of the Trust’s Audit, Finance and Investment and Renumeration Committees.
Richard Keighley

Richard Keighley

Non-Executive Director

Richard Keighley joined the Trust Board in February 2018 and is an experienced finance director.

Key facts

  • An experienced finance director who specialises in private limited companies; he has his own business providing financial management resource solutions to various businesses and private equity organisations.
  • A non-executive director of Athena Aspire Ltd based in Hull which is focused on supporting people of all backgrounds into work, education or volunteering.
  • Born and brought up in West Yorkshire and now living in North Lincolnshire with his family.
  • A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Tim Gilpin

Non-Executive Director

Tim Gilpin joined the Trust Board in January 2017 and is an experienced HR professional.

Key Facts

  • Has worked at executive level in the public sector throughout his career.
  • An experienced HR professional who specialises in workforce development, coaching, mentoring and mediation.
  • Extensive NHS experience including roles of Director of Workforce and Education at NHS North of England and Non-Executive Director at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
  • Manages a mixed portfolio of work through his own consultancy including search and selection, workforce planning and strategic roles at a regional level.