Yorkshire Ambulance Service appoints chief executive

New chief executive and director of operations at YAS. Chairman Della M Cannings QPM with Dr David Macklin (left) and Rod Barnes (right). (S)
New chief executive and director of operations at YAS. Chairman Della M Cannings QPM with Dr David Macklin (left) and Rod Barnes (right). (S)

A new chief executive and a director of operations have been appointed to Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS).

Rod Barnes officially takes the helm after holding the post on an interim basis since November 2014. Prior to that he was director of finance and performance at the Trust, as well as deputy chief executive.

He said: “We have started a journey over the last six months to deliver our vision to provide world class services for the people of Yorkshire and to provide rewarding careers and a working environment that supports all staff to fulfil their potential.”

Chairman of the Trust Della Cannings QPM said: “With this appointment Rod will continue to deliver the progress he has started with immediate effect.

“Rod is very experienced and well respected within the NHS, particularly in the finance sector, in both acute hospitals as well as within ambulance trusts.

“His experience is crucial to YAS going forward and delivering modern services and improved facilities for patients as well as securing Foundation Trust status.”

Dr David Macklin has also been appointed to YAS, as permanent director of operations - a role he took over on an interim basis in November 2014.

He has already started the process of modernising the A&E workforce to improve response to patients and ensure there is clear career progression for all staff.

Dr Macklin said: “I have really enjoyed carrying out the role on an interim basis over the last six months and believe that I have started to make improvements for both patients and staff.

“I have been associate medical director at the Trust for the last six years and this, together with my experience as an A&E and pre-hospital care doctor, will provide a good grounding to help to take forward clinical and operational developments.

“This is a really exciting time for YAS, and I am looking forward to leading the emergency operations team and supporting staff through the future challenges and opportunities we face.”