South West Ambulance Service welcomes new CEO

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is pleased to welcome incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Will Warrender CBE (left). Will succeeds Ken Wenman, who retires, after more than 40 years’ service in the NHS. With over 30 years’ Royal Navy experience, Will has spent much of his time at sea, where he commanded… Read more »

BlueLight Commercial team growing rapidly as key appointments made

BlueLight Commercial, the new national police commercial support organisation, has appointed Stuart Jose (left) as its first Regional Commercial Director. Mr Jose, previously Head of Regional Procurement in the South West of England and also chair of the National Police Procurement Executive, started his new job on 22 June. Drawing on his expertise and contacts,… Read more »

Cambridgeshire FRS confirms ACFO appointment

Members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority have approved the appointment of Jon Anderson (left) as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO). Chairman of the authority, Councillor Kevin Reynolds, said, “We are delighted to confirm Jon in the role and offer our congratulations after a challenging process. Jon has showed his passion and drive… Read more »

Fire service awards recognises women’s exceptional leadership at the London Fire Brigade

Four female colleagues at the London Fire Brigade have been recognised for their exceptional leadership, innovation and for delivering on the brigade’s commitment to diversity in the 2020 Women In The Fire Service (WFS) awards. Dr Anne Scoging, the brigade’s Head of Psychological Health, and Lynsey Seal, the brigade’s Principal Fire Engineer, share the Dany… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service appoints its first chaplain

Reverend Mike Shephard (left), from Carmarthenshire, has been appointed as the Welsh Ambulance Service’s first chaplain, to provide a ‘listening ear’ for the 3000-strong workforce and to provide pastoral care to colleagues and their families. The 73-year-old former probation officer joined the service in January, and quickly and inadvertently became a crucial source of support… Read more »

West Midlands Police confirms new Deputy Chief Constable

The new Deputy Chief Constable of West Midlands Police has been announced as Vanessa Jardine (pictured). The force’s former Assistant Chief Constable succeeds Louisa Rolfe, who has joined the Met Police as Assistant Commissioner. Chief Constable Dave Thompson said, “I am delighted Vanessa will be my deputy. She succeeded in a talented field and is… Read more »

VCS appoints Electrical Engineering Manager

Gordon Murphy has been appointed by VCS as Electrical Engineering Manager. Gordon started his career in auto electrics almost 12 years ago as an apprentice auto electrician and has trained and studied extensively. He has a vast knowledge of electrical engineering, gaining a BEng degree with honours in 2018 at Sheffield Hallam University. Gordon has… Read more »

Deputy confirmed as new Sussex Police Chief

After being chosen as the preferred candidate of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Jo Shiner has been confirmed as the new Sussex Chief Constable. The announcement comes after a rigorous recruitment process, which began in March, following the retirement announcement from Chief Constable Giles York. Jo Shiner has been Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police… Read more »

First Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care appointed in newly developed role for the South West

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) has appointed Vicki Brown as an Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care (APCC) to their unit, in what is the first of its kind within the pre-hospital critical care environment. The role has been recently developed and approved as a career pathway by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation… Read more »

London emergency services ‘blues brothers’ paired up on front line to tackle COVID-19

London Ambulance Service paramedic Jack Binder (27) and his London Fire Brigade brother, Leading Firefighter Tom Binder (28), have been working together responding to those in need across the capital as part of a new blue light partnership to help boost the ambulance service’s response to COVID-19. The new partnership across the two emergency services… Read more »