The recipients of the Queen's Medal along with chairman Peter Strachan, chief executive Helen Ray and chief operating officer Paul Liversidge

Ambulance staff receive Queen's Medals

Eleven members of staff at the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) have been presented with the Queen’s Medal for their long service on the frontline.

In total, Andrew Cleland, Linda Craggs, Nigel Dawson, Christine Emms, Iain Hendy, Christopher Richardson, Ellen Scott, Mark Scott, Julie Tait, Malcolm Turnbull and Gavin Wells have served on the ambulance frontline for more than 200 years.

The Ambulance Service (Emergency Duties) Long Service and Good Conduct Medal has been designed for emergency ambulance staff who have worked on the frontline for more than 20 years.

The medals were presented on behalf of Her Majesty by the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield, OBE.  She said:  “I am delighted to present these 11 members of the North East Ambulance Service with the Queen's Medal for long service.  This is truly well-deserved recognition of their loyal and dedicated work and for which I warmly thank them.

"I would also like to extend my thanks and appreciation to their colleagues across the region for all they do for our communities by providing medical assistance at times of emergency."

NEAS Chief Executive Helen Ray said:  “We’re very lucky to have such dedicated people at the ambulance service.  They have provided decades of work, helping hundreds and thousands of people across the region when they most needed medical assistance.  They should be very proud of their achievement.”


Andrew Cleland from Duns, Berwickshire.

County Durham:

Iain Hendy from Peterlee, Nigel Dawson from Sacriston, Linda Craggs from Waterhouses, Malcolm Turnbull from Spennymoor and Mark Scott from Bishop Auckland.      


Gavin Wells from Concord, Washington and Christopher Richardson from South Hylton in Sunderland.


Christine Emms from Hemlington in Middlesbrough, Julie Tait from Grangefield, Stockton-on-Tees and Ellen Scott from Ingleby Barwick.

In the previous five years 49 frontline ambulance staff have been awarded the Queen’s Medal.

“My journey has been amazing, I love my job immensely.

“There has been so many memorable moments. From births to sitting and holding someone’s hand in their final moments.  Lots of little moments that all add up to make this one of the best jobs in the world. I wouldn’t do anything else” – Ellen Scott

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