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EEAST appoints new Chief Executive

Following a competitive recruitment process, the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) has appointed Tom Abell as its new permanent Chief Executive. Tom, currently Deputy Chief Executive at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, will formally take up his role in the autumn. Nicola Scrivings, Chair, EEAST, said, “Tom brings significant experience in the… Read more »

South East Coast Ambulance Service appoints Executive Director of Operations

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director of Operations. Emma Williams, previously SECAmb’s Deputy Director of Operations, was appointed on an interim basis when former Executive Director Joe Garcia retired but now takes on the new role following an extensive recruitment and selection process…. Read more »

National Fire Chiefs Council welcomes new Chair

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) welcomed its new Chair on 1 April 2021 for an initial two-year period. Mark Hardingham, formerly Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, brings a wealth of experience to the role and has expressed his ‘huge honour’ to be undertaking the position and is looking forward to… Read more »

Stephen Watson named as next Chief of Greater Manchester Police

Stephen Watson has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP). Chief Constable Watson will take charge of the force in the Summer and has stated that ‘rapid improvement is possible’. Chief Constable Stephen Watson said, “I am acutely aware of the challenges that currently face the force but I am… Read more »

Serena Kennedy confirmed as Merseyside Police’s first female Chief Constable

Serena Kennedy will be Merseyside Police’s first female Chief Constable after her selection by the Police Commissioner was confirmed by the region’s Police and Crime Panel. Jane Kennedy announced on International Women’s Day that Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy was her preferred choice to take over the top role at the force when… Read more »

West Mercia Police Chief Constable announces retirement

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham has announced his decision to retire in September of this year after 30 years in policing. Mr Bangham joined West Mercia Police in 1991 as a Police Constable in Redditch. He has worked his way through the ranks, spending the last five years as Chief Constable. He said,… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for North Wales

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service will welcome a new Chief Fire Officer this summer. Dawn Docx, who is currently the Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, will be taking over as Chief Fire Officer in North Wales when Simon Smith retires later this year. Mrs Docx joined North Wales… Read more »

Air Ambulances UK announces new CEO

Air Ambulances UK has appointed Simmy Akhtar (above) as its new Chief Executive Officer, to lead the organisation supporting the UK’s air ambulance charities and wider air ambulance sector. The appointment, effective from 1 March 2021, follows the successful merger of the former membership-based Association of Air Ambulances and the national charity Air Ambulances UK,… Read more »