SECAmb appoints two new Non-executive Directors

Thursday, 30 August, 2012

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Non-executive Directors.

Graham Colbert, from Guildford, Surrey and Katrina Herren, from Lightwater, Surrey, were both appointed as Non-executive Directors by SECAmb's Council of Governors at the Council meeting on 30 July 2012. They will initially serve a three-year term from 1 September 2012.

Dr Isobel Simpson, who was appointed as a Non-executive Director in 2008 has stepped down from the Trust Board.

Graham is Senior Vice President Finance at AstraZeneca and has led a finance function that supports the company in over 60 countries. He has extensive experience in growing businesses in both developed and emerging markets.

He said: "I am delighted to have been appointed and am excited about joining an outstanding organisation that has such a major impact on the community it serves."
Katrina is Medical Director at Bupa Health and Wellbeing UK. She is a licensed doctor who has more than 10 years experience operating at board level, in a variety of executive roles, within complex organisations.

She said: "SECAmb performs an important and valuable role in the community and I am really looking forward to working with them in the future."

Graham and Katrina join fellow non-executives Tony Thorne (Chairman), Christine Barwell, John Jackson, Nigel Penny, Tim Howe and Trevor Willington.

SECAmb Chairman Tony Thorne, welcoming the appointments, said: "I thank Isobel for her significant contribution, especially in her work to help secure Foundation Status. I am delighted that Graham and Katrina are joining the Board as I believe both will contribute strongly to moving the Trust further forward."

The new Non-executive Directors will receive a remuneration of £13,000 per annum for their respective roles.

The Trust's Council of Governors appoints Non-executive Directors to the Board. The Council undertook a rigorous selection process, which involved candidates' meeting various SECAmb staff and specialists in finance and clinical practice prior to a panel interview with governors.

Lead Governor Ken Davies said: "I am pleased to welcome both Graham and Katrina to SECAmb. They bring valuable skills and experience to the Board and on behalf of the whole Council I would like to say how much I look forward to working with them."

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