New chairman for ambulance trust

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has appointed a new chairman.


Following an extensive recruitment process and appointment by Trust’s Council of Governors, Richard Foster will join the trust on March 31.

He will replace interim chairman Sir Peter Dixon who has served as the trust’s chairman for the past 12 months.

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Richard, who has lived with his family in Kent and Surrey for more than 25 years, has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sectors.

His career has seen him serve as chair, CEO, trustee, executive director and non-executive director of a variety of large, complex, public, voluntary and private sector bodies.

He was chief executive of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) between 2001-2007 and began his career at the Department of Employment in the 1970s.

More recently he has chaired the Criminal Cases Review Commission from 2008.

In welcoming Richard to the trust, lead governor for SECAmb Brian Rockell said: “I am pleased that the council of governors has been able to appoint a person with the experience we need to this important position.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sir Peter Dixon for his commitment to the vital role as interim chairman, over the past 12 months.

“We are all looking forward to working with Richard in the near future.”

Mr Foster added: “I am honoured to have been appointed chairman of SECAmb and look forward to working with the Council of Governors, the board, our new CEO Daren Mochrie and all SECAmb staff.

“I know that the trust has been through difficult times recently. But I am equally confident that by working together, and by keeping patient need and patient care at the heart of everything we do, that we can restore public trust and confidence by delivering what we all want, the best possible public service.”

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