New Board appointments to help to drive forward Trust

The Trust has today announced the appointment of two new executive directors, who will help to create a stable executive team that will continue to drive the organisation forward.   

The appointments are: 

  • Kevin Brown, as Director of Service Delivery; and
  • Wayne Bartlett-Syree, as Director of Strategy and Sustainability.

Both Kevin and Wayne will be joining us on 5th July.

Chief Executive Robert Morton said: “I am delighted that we have been able to make these appointments.  After joining and during my subsequent travels across the Trust meeting with colleagues, the lack of stable leadership and direction was an area of concern which was consistently raised by staff in every area.

“Creating a stable and permanent executive team and Board is absolutely essential in enabling us to move the Trust forwards.  Kevin and Wayne were both exceptional candidates and the knowledge and skills they bring to the Trust will help further build our leadership capability.”

Kevin, who has always lived in the east of England, has more than 18 years’ experience in the ambulance service. He spent his first ten years as a paramedic in the Beds and Herts Ambulance and Paramedic Service, before moving onto the police service and eventually into commercial healthcare, where he specialised in critical care. He then worked for London Ambulance Service for nine years as an experienced strategic commander who, amongst other achievements, led the planning and delivery of the ambulance response for one of the London 2012 Olympic Games zones. 

Kevin said: “Having worked as a paramedic and also having been a community first responder, I am delighted to be given the opportunity to help lead the great staff and volunteers across the east of England, who work exceptionally hard to provide high quality patient care. I look forward to working with all of you to ensure you have the best possible support in place to deliver outstanding patient care.”

Wayne has extensive NHS experience in a career that has taken him from the sluice rooms to the Board room. Wayne started as a nurse auxiliary at Bedford South Wing Hospital in 1998, before training as a nurse at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.  After qualifying, he progressed to becoming a senior nurse in critical care. Wayne then moved into management, delivering a range of service improvement programmes, before leading urgent and emergency care reform in Coventry and Warwickshire and the west Midlands.  More recently, Wayne was a member of the national team for specialised commissioning at NHS England, where he led the strategic planning function.   

Wayne said: “I am very pleased to have been appointed to this role; I cannot wait to work with an exceptional group of staff and be part of the team that improves the ways in which we support communities across east of England”.

The Trust is also in the process of recruiting a permanent Medical Director, and we’ll share news on this as soon as it’s available.

These posts will create a stable executive team that will, for the first time in up to six years, have all vacancies filled, and is a really positive step forward in our progress. Please extend a warm welcome to Kevin and Wayne if you see them!

To see the full executive update, please click here

Published 19th May, 2016

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