20 June 2014 - New Non-Executive Directors

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) has appointed the following non-executive directors in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments' code of practice.

Peter White

Peter a retired Assistant Chief Constable, who lives in Clitheroe, joined the Trust in May this year. He is also a Non-executive Director for Riverside English Churches Housing Group which provides housing for people who require support for a variety of reasons.

Michael O'Connor

Mike, who lives in Cheshire and joined the Trust in April, has been a partner in international law firm Addleshaw Goddard since 1996, his specialty is health transactions for the NHS advising at board level and in infrastructure projects particularly in the transport and regeneration sectors.

John Townsend

John who lives in Oldham is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Trust in April. John set up his own consultancy business carrying out corporate finance and project work on behalf of financial institutions.  During this time he acted as Acquisitions Director for Integrated Dental Holdings and Chief Operating Officer for HL Interactive, managing them to a successful MBO.

Professor Iqbal Singh

Iqbal, who lives in Blackburn, has been Consultant Physician inMedicinefor Older People at East Lancashire Hospitals for over 25 years. Professor Singh is currently Medical Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence Awards for the northwest. He has published widely on issues of health care and medical regulation.

The appointments for Michael O'Connor and John Townsend began on 1 April 2014; Peter White joined the trust on the 1 May 2014 and Professor Singh more recently on the 19 June 2014. As with all non-executive directors of NHS Trusts, salary entitlement is £6,096 per annum. 

NWAS Chairman, Mary Whyham, said: "I am delighted to welcome Peter, Michael, John and Iqbal to the board of the North West Ambulance Service. I am certain their experience and knowledge will be a great asset to the Service during the challenging times ahead."

All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

NWAS provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services to a population of seven million people across an area of more than 5,500 sq miles.