Governors have appointed a new non-executive director to the board of the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS)

Raman Sanghera will join NEAS later in January following his appointment last month by the Council of Governors, who are elected by the NEAS Foundation Trust members across the service area with powers to appoint and hold directors to account.

Mr Sanghera, who is assistant director for strategic finance and business partnering at Homes England and recently deputy director of finance at the Department for Education, replaces Douglas Taylor, who retires after six years on the NEAS board of directors.

NEAS chairman Peter Strachan said: “Raman has a broad range of experience gained over a decade working in both the private and public sectors. His experience of planning, budgeting and managing change in large complex organisations will support us in moving forward as we continue to develop our service to meet the needs of our patients.”

Mr Sanghera’s appointment also adds to the diversity of Trust Board to better reflect the region’s population. “As a public service, we are here for everyone and serve all people equally and it’s important that our decision making is as diverse as the population we serve,” added Mr Strachan.

Mr Sanghera, who lives in County Durham, said: “I am excited to be joining NEAS, especially to offer my support and expertise at a time when the NHS has been under enormous pressure combatting the pandemic. Ambulance crews, control room staff and support services have all done a fantastic job in keeping essential services running during such a difficult period and in this context, it will be an honour and privilege to help do my bit.”

Douglas Taylor, who retires after six years on the NEAS Board, has worked in the public sector for more than 50 years. He was Chief Executive of a Newcastle-based regional housing association and a former director of finance at a major teaching hospital trust. Before joining NEAS, he served as a non-executive director at Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Strachan added: “On behalf of the Board, I wish to say thank you to Douglas for his sterling service, not just with NEAS but across a whole range of health and public service roles spanning more than 50 years. He has been an incredibly insightful non-executive director who has embraced the spirit the challenge at Board and committee meetings and will be missed. He leaves with our appreciations and best wishes for a long and happy retirement.”

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