New chief executive announced

Robert Morton OPT1

After a thorough recruitment process, the Trust is pleased to announce that Robert Morton, a paramedic and community first responder, has been appointed as our new chief executive.

After 22 years of working for the National Ambulance Service in Ireland, where he worked his way from the frontline to become chief executive, Robert became the CEO of the South Australian Ambulance Service.

Robert will be taking up the full-time, permanent role here at EEAST on 24th August.

Robert said: “I am thrilled to be the new chief executive and very much look forward to working with all of you. The service has been through some very difficult and challenging times over the last few years, but I am confident we can build on the good work that Anthony Marsh has put in place to further improve our services for patients, and at the same time make this an even better place for you to work.”

Robert added: “Having worked in the ambulance service for many, many years I understand the challenges and issues and how we can resolve them together. Whilst it is not going to be easy, I know that with commitment and dedication together we can make a real difference for patients and one another.”

Trust Chair Sarah Boulton said: “I am delighted that Robert is going to lead our Trust and am pleased that we have been able to bring in such a capable chief executive. I have no doubt that Robert’s knowledge and experience of the ambulance service and its staff will make him an excellent leader; Robert absolutely understands our need to continue the good work and improvements that we have already made for both patients and staff. I know Robert is very much looking forward to joining us and will be travelling around the region during his first few weeks to meet as many of you as possible.”

Sarah added: “On behalf of all of us here at EEAST I’d like extend our sincere thanks to Anthony, who joined us at a particularly difficult time in our history; he made a number of changes during his time with us that have undoubtedly made a huge difference to us and to our patients. Under his leadership we recruited hundreds of frontline staff, improved and expanded our ambulance fleet, and created a number of career development pathways. Thanks to this work, we are now in a position to take the next steps on our journey, building a better service for patients and staff.”

Please check Need to Know for information on Robert’s station and office visits.

Pictured: New CEO Robert Morton

Published 13th August, 2015

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