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Our Board

The Foundation Trust Code of Governance states that the Board has two main purposes:

Every NHS foundation trust should be headed by an effective board of directors. The board is collectively responsible for the performance of the NHS foundation trust.

The general duty of the board of directors, and of each director individually, is to act with a view to promoting the success of the organisation so as to maximise the benefits for the members of the trust as a whole and for the public.

The Trust Board is made up of 15 Board Members:

Mr Tony Fox is the Non-Executive Chairman and Mr Ken Wenman is the Chief Executive.

They are supported by Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors.

Trust Chairman, Tony Fox

Tony was appointed to the Board of Directors of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) in February 2013 and became Chairman on 1 March 2017.

With over 30 years senior leader experience of managing large and complex operations, Tony has held numerous Executive positions within the regulated and privatised sector.  

Chief Executive, Ken Wenman

Ken joined the NHS at age 21 years and has undertaken many senior roles within the Ambulance Service including; Paramedic, Trainer, Operational Management and Leadership and he has been a senior level Director and Chief Executive since 1999.

Executive Directors

Executive Director of Information Management and Technology, Tim Bishop

Tim joined the NHS in 2018 as Executive Director for Information Management and Technology (IM&T) having worked for the preceding 14 years within the Public Sector as a senior manager in Policing technology. In the Trust he is responsible for; Information Governance, ICT, Information Governance and Programme Management functions. He is also the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) as well as providing leadership to the national Ambulance Radio Programme team which reports into the Directorate.

Acting Executive Director of Finance, Jonathan James

Jonathan joined Westcountry Ambulance Service in 2000 working in the Finance and Stores department. Having progressed within the Finance function Jonathan completed his CIMA Accounting Qualification before working as a Management Accountant following the merger with Dorset Ambulance Service.

Executive Medical Director - Dr Andy Smith

Andy has been a GP in Devon since 1997 and has been actively involved in medical management. His interests have always included urgent and emergency care. He helped establish the ‘out of hours’ GP service in his area. Prior to his appointment to the role of Executive Medical Director in February 2010 Andy was the Associate Director of Primary Care Services for the Trust since April 2008.

Executive Director of Quality and Clinical Care, Jenny Winslade

As a qualified nurse and Health visitor and having spent the first years of her career within acute care working within the south West and the USA, Jenny has spent the majority of her clinical career working within Community and Public Health settings

Jenny has been a Board Director for more than 10 years initially within commissioning and since 2014 with the Ambulance service. As a clinical board director, Jenny is passionate about quality improvement and ensuring that quality is at the heart of what we do.

Executive Director of Operations, Jessica Cunningham

Jessica started her NHS career in 1992 on the National Management Training Scheme Programme and was posted to the Children’s Hospital in Plymouth.

Jessica spent the next decade working in a number of large teaching hospitals in the north of England as an Operational General Manager managing a number of specialties including Trauma and Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Renal, Neurosciences, Emergency Departments Theatres and Anaesthetics amongst others

Executive Director of People and Culture, Amy Beet

Amy has worked in HR within the NHS since 2003, commencing her NHS career with Weston Area Healthcare Trust and later working for Gloucester Hospitals Foundation Trust before moving to join the Ambulance sector in 2012 as Deputy Director of HR and OD.

Non-Executive Directors

Venessa James

Venessa has a vocational background in general nursing, social work and teaching. An experienced senior manager, she has held executive, board-level appointments in the private education sector and the NHS.

Gail Bragg

Gail joined the Board of Directors of South Western Ambulance Service Trust in September 2016.

Professionally, Gail has worked in large Financial Services organisations, in change and operational management.  She specialises in corporate re-structuring to achieve financial returns whilst continuing to deliver operational results.

Professor Minesh Khashu

Minesh is a Consultant Neonatologist and Professor of Perinatal Health at Poole Hospital where he has been since 2007.  He is also involved in clinical research at Bournemouth University and supervises PhD students.

Paul Love

Paul qualified as an accountant in 1994.

He is currently Finance Director and Company Secretary for Guinness Care, a not for profit organisation within the Guinness Partnership that provides care and housing support services across England. Prior to this role, Paul has 15 years’ experience as a Finance Director within companies in the housing, welfare to work and arts sector, and has also worked as a financial regulator in the public sector

Rakhee Aggarwal

Rakhee is a registered Mental Health Nurse. She currently works at the University of the West of England as an Associate Head of Department for Nursing and Midwifery, with the responsibility for Business and Workforce Transformation. Rakhee is also a treasurer for a charity in South Gloucestershire, with focus on race equality.

Dr Ian Reynolds

Dr. Ian Reynolds has a healthcare, science and regulatory background in both public and private companies. Ian was previously Deputy Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, Chairman of the Meat Hygiene Service and Chairman of the Greyhound Regulatory Board and NED for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority. Ian is currently also Chairman of Chime, a social enterprise company. During Ian's executive career he was Chief Executive of Nottingham Health Authority and of Priory Hospitals.

Susan Bradford

Susan is a lawyer and spent a number of years acting on behalf of NHS Trusts in high value, complex, negligence claims, as well as undertaking healthcare regulatory work.

You can find further information on our Board here.