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The Trust Board

The YAS Trust board meets every two months. The public may attend these meetings, and the minutes of the board meetings are published in the Publications section of this site. 

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, chief executive, five directors and five non-executive directors.

Detailed descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of the chief executive and executive directors can be found in Department of Health's Code of Conduct: Code of Accountability.

Who’s Who

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chairman - Ms Della M Cannings QPM

Chairman

Ms Della M Cannings QPM

Della joined YAS on 10 May 2010.

Key Facts

  • Currently Deputy Chairman of the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care.
  • Served for 32 years as a police officer including in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, with Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police.
  • Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police (2002 – 2007) and still lives near Northallerton. Holder of the Queen’s Police Medal.
  • Harkness fellow having undertaken a 15 month study tour of the USA on ‘the police response to domestic violence’.
  • Currently Chairman of Independent Advisory Panel of the Army Foundation College (Harrogate).

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Chief Executive - David Whiting

Chief Executive

David Whiting

David joined Yorkshire Ambulance Service on 1 February 2011.

Key Facts

  • Chief Executive of Great Western Ambulance Service between April 2009 and January 2011.
  • Previously Director of Operations at East Midlands Ambulance Service.
  • Worked with the Healthcare Commission (now the Care Quality Commission) and the Department of Health supporting trusts throughout the implementation of the Call Connect response standards in 2007-09.
  • Registered paramedic with over 28 years’ experience in the ambulance service.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service Director of Finance - Rod Barnes

Executive Director of Finance & Performance

Rod Barnes

Rod joined YAS as Executive Director of Finance and Performance on 3 October 2011. He is responsible for finance, performance, contracting, business development, information, communication and technology, fleet, estates and procurement.

Key Facts

  • Previously Director of Finance at Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) for 18 months.
  • Worked as Director of Finance at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust in Bath and Deputy Director of Finance at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust so he has extensive FT experience and working with Monitor (the FT regulator).
  • During the early part of his career he worked in Airedale and Harrogate hospitals so is familiar with Yorkshire.
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
  • Masters in Business Administration from the University of Bath.

    Yorkshire Ambulance Service Executive Director of Workforce and Strategy - Stephen Moir

    Executive Director of Workforce and Strategy and Deputy Chief Executive

    Stephen Moir

    Stephen joined YAS on 1 June 2011 as Executive Director of Workforce and Strategy, responsible for organisational strategy, human resources, organisational development, equality and diversity and workforce education, training and development.  Stephen is a non-voting member of the Board.

     Key Facts

    • Extensive experience of working in senior management and human resources roles across the public sector.
    • Specialist in leading large scale organisational change and transformation programmes.
    • Prior to joining YAS was Corporate Director for People, Policy and Law at Cambridgeshire County Council.
    • Masters Degree in Personnel Management with Information Technology.
    • Fellowships with both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Chartered Management Institute.
    • A Past President of the Public Sector People Managers’ Association (PPMA).
    • Consistently listed as one of the most influential HR practitioners by his peers in industry rankings for a number of years.

    Yorkshire Ambulance Service Medical Director - Dr Alison Walker

    Executive Medical Director

    Dr Alison Walker

    Alison joined YAS from West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WYMAS) where she was also Medical Director. Her role is split between working at YAS and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust where she is a consultant in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.

    Key Facts

    • Alison has also been Medical Director for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance since 2002
    • One of only 16 to join The National Health Foundation's Leadership Fellows Award scheme in 2006
     

    Executive Director - Standards and Compliance

    Steve Page

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

    Key Facts

    • Over 25 years’ experience in the NHS.
    • Clinical background as a registered general nurse.
    • Spent nine years in Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Trust, most recently as Assistant Director of Patient Services.
    • Spent four years working in the North East Strategic Health Authority as Deputy Director of Nursing and Strategic Head of Patient Safety.

    Non Executive Director

    Nina Wrightson OBE

    Nina, of Church Fenton near Tadcaster, is a chartered safety practitioner and is currently Chairman of the British Safety Council.

    Key Facts

    • A Chartered Safety Practitioner
    • A Board member of the NHS Litigation Authority
    • Former Chair of the British Safety Council
    • Previously Risk Management Director for Northern Foods plc
    • Has also worked for the Health and Safety Executive, the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside and Nestlé Rowntree

    Richard Roxburgh

    Non Executive Director

    Richard Roxburgh

    Richard, of Ilkley, is a chartered management accountant with extensive financial and commercial experience.

    Key Facts

    • Most recent roles were Finance and Commercial Director with Arriva Trains Wales and Finance Director with Arriva Trains North
    • Earlier career experience includes senior financial positions with BT Cellnet, (now O2) and BT Business Division throughout the UK

    Non Executive Director

    Roger Holmes

    Roger, from York, a former Chief Executive of St John Ambulance.

    Key Facts

    • Has held senior posts in the Department of Trade and Industry and a number of large commercial organisations
    • A former Board director at Dunlop and the Chloride Group
    • Former Chief Executive at the Royal Mint

     Pat Drake

    Non Executive Director

    Pat Drake

    Pat, from Scammonden near Huddersfield, has extensive experience in the NHS from her role as the Assistant Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Key Facts

    • Previously the Assistant Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (retired 2006)
    • Currently a Director of Innovate and Development Ltd.
    • An independent lay member of the Kirklees Community Health Service and Justice of the Peace in Calderdale

    Elaine Bond

    Non Executive Director

    Elaine Bond

    Elaine, of Pool in Wharfedale, Leeds, has extensive commercial experience of developing strategies for major restructuring initiatives.

    Key Facts

    • Experienced in improving efficiency in manufacturing, logistics and supply chains
    • Previously Group Operations Director at UK Greetings Ltd, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of greetings cards and related stationery products

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