Interim chief executive at Great Western Ambulance Service

Tuesday, 23 September, 2008

The former chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Anthony Marsh, has taken up the role of interim chief executive for the Great Western Ambulance Service.

He will be supported by Tamar Thompson, who has held a similar role with Hereford & Worcester Ambulance Service NHS Trust and is currently Chief Operating Officer/Director of Nursing for West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority. The move follows the departure of Tim Lynch to take up a new executive position with the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Tony FitzSimons, chairman of the GWAS, said, "This is a great opportunity for Great Western Ambulance Service. Anthony Marsh has extensive experience in the NHS. West Midlands Ambulance Trust is one of the highest performing ambulance trusts in the country, and Anthony is cognisant of the challenges that ambulance trusts are facing nationally as we transform the way we deliver emergency and urgent care.

He added, "The Board and I are confident that Anthony's appointment gives us the strongest leadership possible to take on the challenges that we are facing, and provides us with a strong interim arrangement to allow us to undertake a robust process to appoint a permanent chief executive."

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