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The Trust Board

The YAS Trust board meets every two months. The public may attend these meetings.

The Board is legally responsible for the leadership, direction, control, and risk management of the Trust. Its main responsibilities include:

  • promoting the success of the Trust by directing and managing the organisation's affairs
  • active leadership of the Trust within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed
  • setting the strategic aims of YAS, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the organisation to meet its objectives and review management performance
  • setting YAS's values and standards to ensure that its obligations to patients, the local community and the Secretary of State are understood and met.

The Trust Board is made up of the chairman, chief executive, five executive directors and five non-executive directors, one of which is a designate.

Detailed descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of the chief executive and executive directors can be found in Department of Health's Code of Conduct: Code of Accountability.

Code of Conduct for the Board of Directors of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Two copies of YAS Draft Constitution, May 2014 are provided:

  1. One containing tracked changes showing all the amendments from the Monitor* Core Constitution approved by the YAS Trust Board; this is NHS standard practice;
  2. A clean copy i.e. without tracked changes; and
  3. A Letter of Conformity from the Trust's solicitors demonstrating the YAS Draft Constitution is compliant with the requirements of Monitor.

1. Note: Monitor is the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts;
2. Note: Monitor does not provide for a Patient Constituency within NHS Ambulance Trusts.




Who's Who

Kathryn Lavery - Chairman


Kathryn Lavery

Kathryn Lavery was appointed as Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust with effect from 1 July 2016.

Key Facts

  • Kath has 35 years' experience of chairmanship, including Chair of NHS Hull and Chair of Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull.
  • Director of Kath Lavery Associates and specialises in board governance and joint working between the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.
  • Chair of Humber Business Week Steering Group, Chair of Active Humber (formerly Humber Sports Partnership Ltd) and a Trustee at Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Director of Finance - Rod Barnes

Chief Executive

Rod Barnes

Rod joined YAS as Executive Director of Finance and Performance in October 2011, with responsibility for Finance, Procurement, Fleet and Estates, ICT and Patient Transport Service.

He became Chief Executive in May 2015

Key Facts

  • A member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Governance and Audit Committee.
  • Previously Director of Finance at Great Western Ambulance Service.
  • Worked as Director of Finance at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust (FT) in Bath and Deputy Director of Finance at Taunton and Somerset NHS FT.
  • During the early part of his career he worked in Airedale and Harrogate hospitals.
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Medical Director - Dr Julian Mark

Executive Medical Director

Dr Julian Mark

Julian joined YAS in 2007 and became Executive Medical Director in October 2013


Key Facts

  • He chairs the National Ambulance Services’ Medical Directors group (NASMeD), a subgroup of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE).
  • He qualified in Medicine from Leeds University in 1994 (BSc Hons, MB ChB) and holds the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (DIMC) from the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2010). 
  • He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Law from Northumbria University (2012). In 2017 he was awarded Founding Senior Fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (SFFMLM).
  • His base clinical speciality was in Anaesthesia and held the post of honorary Senior Staff Anaesthetist at Harrogate and District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust until April 2014, subsequently continuing to practise clinically in immediate medical care as a member of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS).  He continues to instruct and examine in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and previously instructed, examined and directed Resuscitation Council (UK) Advanced Life Support (ALS) courses until 2014.
  • He sits on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (RCSEd) and on the Clinical Advisory Forum for NHS Improvement.  He is a former member of the Department of Health Clinical Advisory Group for Major Trauma in England and is currently a member of NHS England’s Ambulance Response Programme development group.

Executive Director of Quality, Governance and Performance Assurance

Steve Page

Steve Page joined the YAS Executive Team in October 2009 as Director of Standards and Compliance

Key Facts

  • Steve has worked in the NHS for 32 years and has been with YAS since 2009.
  • He is the former Chair of the National Ambulance Service Quality and Governance and Risk Directors (QGARD) Group.
  • He is a Registered General Nurse, and has held senior nursing leadership roles in Yorkshire and the North East, working in a number of acute hospitals. He has also worked in higher education, producing and delivering a Masters level nursing programme and working at a national level on multi-professional clinical practice development and clinical team accreditation.
  • Steve spent nine years at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust, initially as a Directorate Head of Nursing and subsequently as Assistant Director of Patient Services with responsibility for clinical governance and quality.
  • He was Deputy Director of Nursing and Strategic Head of Patient Safety for four years at the North East Strategic Health Authority, leading system-wide nursing and clinical governance developments, leading the Safer Care North East Programme, and managing the regional processes for investigation of serious incidents and inquiries.
  • Steve was a fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Health in the North East (2007-09).

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Executive Director of Finance - Mark Bradley

Executive Director of Finance

Mark Bradley

Mark joined the YAS Executive Team in March 2017.

Key Facts

  • A finance professional with over 15 years' experience in senior management roles across the healthcare sector.
  • Joined YAS from NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group where he was Chief Finance Officer/Deputy Accountable Officer.
  • Mark has worked in provider and commissioning roles, corporate governance, contract negotiation and informatics, as well as national commercial projects.
  • He has led teams at a number of NHS organisations including NHS Leeds, NHS Connecting for Health, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS Shared Financial Services, Dewsbury Healthcare NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

David Macklin

Executive Director of Operations

Dr David Macklin

Joined the Trust in 2009.

He became Executive Director of Operations in May 2015.

Key Facts

  • Assistant Medical Director at the Trust for two years before taking up the post of Associate Medical Director for Operations in 2011 and the clinical lead for urgent care.
  • Extensive experience in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.
  • A national expert in 999 call prioritisation and advisor to the National Directors of Clinical Care for Ambulance Services on 999 call handling.
  • Fellow, Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.
  • Currently honorary senior lecturer and programme lead for the MSc Health Incident Command Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Previous experience of working in acute hospitals, workforce development and for a strategic health authority.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Director of Workforce and Organisational Development - Christine Brereton

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Christine Brereton

Christine joined the Trust in November 2017. 

Key Facts

  • A career spanning 25 years as an HR professional with a particular interest in staff health and wellbeing and engagement.
  • Joined YAS from North Cumbria University Hospital Trust where she was HR and Organisational Development Director. She successfully implemented a number of improvements including the introduction of a comprehensive health and wellbeing strategy and the development and implementation of a workforce and organisational development strategy.
  • A wealth of experience gained while working in a variety of senior HR operations and organisational development roles across the public sector, including Greater Manchester Police, the National Probation Service and Lancaster University.

Non-Executive Director
Deputy Chairman

Phil Storr

Key Facts

  • A strategic operational manager who has led major programmes in areas such as emergency preparedness, operational response and risk reduction in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
  • 15 years’ board-level involvement at a national and international level and within the NHS including NHS England and the Department of Health.
  • 25 years’ experience in strategic crisis management and public safety.
  • Significant experience in planning and strategy modelling, including a three-year project on resilience and an operational position to steer the strategic direction of the NHS 111 service and its systems following its launch in March 2013.


Non-Executive Director

Richard Keighley

Key facts

  • An experienced finance director who specialises in private limited companies; he has his own business providing financial management resource solutions to various businesses and private equity organisations.
  • A non-executive director of Athena Aspire Ltd based in Hull which is focused on supporting people of all backgrounds into work, education or volunteering.
  • Born and brought up in West Yorkshire and now living in North Lincolnshire with his family.
  • A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

John Nutton

Non-Executive Director 

John Nutton

John joined the YAS Trust Board in October 2013 and brings with him a strong background in corporate finance and experience in financial management, audit and consultancy.

Key Facts

  • At the Leeds office of accountants RSM Robson Rhodes he advised private, public sector and quoted companies on audit and governance matters before building a corporate finance division within the practice.
  • Self-employed Corporate Finance practitioner, Springwell Corporate Finance in association with Cattaneo LLP.
  • Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
  • Has acted as a non-executive director for NHS Sheffield Provider Services.
  • Strong commercial experience and negotiating skills coupled with ability to understand, appreciate, challenge and influence business strategy and direction.
  • Member of the Trust?s Audit, Finance & Investment and RTSC Committees.

Ronnie Coutts MBE

Non-Executive Director

Ronnie Coutts MBE

Ronnie joined the Trust Board in July 2015 and has significant knowledge and experience of UK emergency services and staff engagement.

Key Facts

  • Currently a Capability Director at Serco Defence leading their resilience, fire and defence training portfolio.
  • Before joining Serco, he had a varied Army career serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. His non-operational roles included human resources, training and recruitment.
  • Ronnie was awarded an MBE in October 2006 for his services in Iraq.
  • An apprenticeship ambassador committed to developing opportunities for apprentices in all organisations.
  • A former Chief Executive of the UK Emergency Planning College.

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