West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


Board of Directors

Who are the Board of Directors?

The West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust was authorised as a Foundation Trust in January 2013 and licenced as an NHS Provider in April 2013. The Non Executive Directors (appointed by The Council of Governors) are responsible for appointing the Chief Executive and 5 further Executive Directors to the Board of Directors.  The Board is required by statute to have at least a Non Executive Chair, who will also be Chair of the Council of Governors, a Chief Executive, a Medical Director, a Nursing Director and a Finance Director.

The Chair of the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust Board of Directors, and also Chair of the Council of Governors is Sir Graham Meldrum, who was Chair of the former NHS Trust since 1st February 2007.  The Council of Governors appointed Sir Graham to the position Chair for the Foundation Trust at its meeting in November 2012 and he has been subsequently reappointed.

The Chief Executive Officer is Mr Anthony Marsh.  The Chief Executive is appointed by a committee of the Chair and the other Non Executive Directors.

Executive Directors are appointed by a committee consisting of Chair, The Chief Executive and Non Executive Directors.

The Board of Directors are collectively and corporately accountable for organisational performance of the Trust, in particular the strategic direction of the Trust, the quality and safety of patient care and achievement of its five year strategic plan.

The Board of Directors has produced a forward strategic plan which has been drawn up in consultation with key stakeholders including staff and members.

The Chief Executive and Executive Directors are full time employees of the Trust and are responsible for the day to day operational performance and management of the Trust. Whilst the Non Executive Directors are part time and bring to the Trust their experience having worked in various industries. The Board of Directors currently have Non Executive Directors drawn from backgrounds in law, finance, marketing, business and local and central government.

The Board annually review its
Skills Matrix to ensure that the make up of the Board is complete and appropriate in terms of undertaking the stewardship of the Trust.

The public are encouraged and welcome to attend the Board of Director meetings unless the Board resolves to move into private session to discuss a matter or matters; the reasons for such a move must be stated and recorded in the minutes. This is usually to enable the Board to discuss matters of a confidential nature such as personnel matters or commercially sensitive information. There is an
opportunity to ask questions on matters relating to the agenda of the meeting, by either submitting these in advance of the meeting to the Trust Secretary or asking questions at the Board meeting. The
dates of the Board of Directors meetings are set out within this website, and the
meeting agenda and papers are available at least five days prior to the meeting of the Board.

The Board has established the following committees:

  • A Remuneration Terms of Service, Nominations and Appointments Committee
  • An Audit Committee
  • A Finance and Operational Performance Committee
  • A Trustee Committee (To deal with charitable funds)
  • The Executive Management Board, is chaired by the Chief Executive and has a membership consisting of the Executive Directors of the Trust and other appropriate managers of the Trust as advisors

The Annual Members Meeting is to receive and consider the Annual Accounts and any report of the Auditor, and for the Board of Directors to present its Annual Report at this meeting to the governors and members.

The Trust is an open and transparent body and welcomes your comments on its service or indeed anything contained on this website. We hope that you will find the information helpful.  Should you wish to forward your comments, positive or otherwise, these can be recorded as part of our compliments and complaints procedures.  Further details can be found within our Talk To Us – PALS page.