NEAS appoint new Chief Executive
The North East Ambulance Service is delighted to announce the appointment of Yvonne Ormston as its new Chief Executive
Yvonne has more than 30-years' experience of working in the NHS
locally, and was most recently the Deputy Chief Executive of
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.
She will officially take up the appointment on October 1st.
Yvonne said: "I am delighted and honoured to be joining NEAS as
the new Chief Executive. It is a very strong organisation and has a
great track record in providing high quality services to the people
of the North East.
'I'm particularly looking forward to working with the Board and
meeting the staff at NEAS, who are its greatest asset, and for whom
I have the utmost respect.
"My priority will be to see how I can support them further in
the work that they do. I am also keen to work with patients and
other key stakeholders to explore how, by working together, we can
further improve and develop services."
Yvonne's previous posts include Locality Director for
Northumberland Care Trust, and Chief Executive of Gateshead Primary
Outgoing Chief Executive Simon Featherstone is stepping down
after 15-years at the helm. During his tenure NEAS became the
highest performing UK ambulance service for attending "Red"
emergency calls in 8-minutes or less. Simon also oversaw the
piloting of the NHS 111 service in the North East before it was
Ashley Winter, Chairman of NEAS, said: "The Board are delighted
to have secured such an experienced NHS Director, who knows the
North East health economy so well.
"We are confident that Yvonne has the necessary skills and
experience to lead the service through the increasing challenges
that face the NHS and NEAS in particular.
"Simon has given 15 years of exemplary service to North East
patients and we wish him well in retirement."