The Board

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 the other 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 Chairman of the West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust Board of Directors, and also Chairman of the Council of Governors is Professor Ian Cumming who was appointed by the Council of Governors with effect from 1 April 2020 for an initial term of three years.

The Chief Executive Officer is Anthony Marsh.  The Chief Executive is appointed by a committee of the Chairman and the other Non-Executive Directors, and the Council of Governors are asked to endorse the appointment.

The other Executive Directors are appointed by a committee consisting of Chairman, The Chief Executive and Non-Executive Directors.

The Trust is led by a unitary board, consisting of executive and non-executive directors. In unitary NHS boards, all directors are collectively and corporately accountable for organisational performance. This aspect is, therefore, a fundamental part of the board’s role in pursuing high performance for its organisation, ensuring that the best interests of patients are central to all it does. Effective boards recognise that ‘the buck stops with the board’. Non Executive Directors form an integral role as members of the Board.

The Board of Directors is, 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 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 has Non-Executive Directors drawn from backgrounds in law, finance, marketing, business, NHS, 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 and Nominations Committee
  • An Audit Committee
  • A People Committee
  • A Performance Committee
  • A Quality Governance Committee
  • A Trustee Committee (To deal with charitable funds)

The Executive Management Board, which 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 Chief Executive reports to the Board as part of his regular report on the key decisions of the EMB. Most report of the Board of Directors are normally reviewed by the EMB prior to submission to the Board of Directors.

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.


Schedule for Board of Directors Meetings

Date & Locations

Parking. Disabled parking bays are available to assist employees and visitors at The Academy. Please confirm with the meeting organiser (Tel: 01384 246411) who will be able to support or advise on appropriate car parking facilities.


Board of Directors Agenda Papers

The latest agenda papers will be published and shown on the link below, shortly before the next meeting. Select the links below to view or download the latest Board of Director meeting papers.

Board of Directors Agenda Papers


Questions to the Board

If you wish to submit a question to West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Board of Directors, please send it in writing, at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

Answers will normally be given at the meeting in the public questions session of the agenda. However, if you are unable to attend the meeting, please let us know and we will arrange for a written answer to be sent to you.

Please send your question for the attention of Trust Secretary, Phil Higgins:

By email to: Board of Directors

By post to:

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
Millennium Point
Waterfront Business Park
Waterfront Way
Brierley Hill
West Midlands
DY5 1LX

By telephone: 01384 215555
By fax: 01384 246316


Useful Links

Register of Directors Interests can also be found within the Lists and Registers details on our Publications page


Contact Details 

If you require any further information on the work of the Board of Directors, please contact:

Trust Secretary
Phil Higgins

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
Millennium Point
Waterfront Business Park
Waterfront Way
Brierley Hill
West Midlands
DY5 1LX

Email: Board of Directors

Telephone: 01384 215555