Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chief Executive steps down

17 May 2023

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust has today announced that Rod Barnes, Chief Executive, is to step down at the end of May 2023.

 Mr Barnes joined the Trust in October 2011, firstly as the Trust’s Executive Director of Finance and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive, then as Chief Executive from 2015.

 He has led the Trust through a period of significant change and operational challenges, most recently leading the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 He has overseen the development of the emergency ambulance service through the Trust’s 999, NHS 111 and non-emergency patient transport services.  He has also been an advocate for diversity and inclusion and staff networks, championed the development of community engagement and addressing health inequalities.  Rod has also had a leading role in the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), leading the work on non-emergency patient transport services and more recently on developing volunteering in the ambulance service.

 Martin Havenhand, Chair of Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust said:

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Rod for his excellent service, dedication and compassion for staff, volunteers and patients.  Rod has led the organisation through its most challenging period in its history and we would like to wish him every success as he embarks on the next stage in his career.”

 Rod Barnes said: “I am incredibly proud to have served as Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Chief Executive over the last eight years.  However, as the Trust embarks on a new strategy and vision, the time is now right for me to step down.

 “I would like to thank staff and volunteers for their commitment, compassion and resilience.  It has been a huge privilege and honour to be part of the ambulance family and to be part of an organisation that makes such a positive difference to the lives of so many patients across Yorkshire and the Humber.”

 Commenting on plans to replace Rod, Martin Havenhand said: “We have been taking steps to recruit a replacement for Rod and will be able to make an announcement soon.”


Notes to Editor:

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 around an average of over 3,500 emergency and routine calls per day and employs over 7,200 staff.

 The Patient Transport Service made over 706,000 journeys in 2021-22 transporting eligible patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments. The Trust’s NHS 111 service helped around 1.7 million patients across Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during 2021-22. To find out more about YAS, please visit the website at www.yas.nhs.uk

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