Chief Executive: Anthony C Marsh
Anthony Marsh started his ambulance service career in Essex in 1987 within patient transport services. His career took him to Hampshire before taking up Director of Operations roles in Lancashire and Greater Manchester where he led he ambulance service during the Commonwealth Games. His first Chief Executive role was in Essex before coming to the West Midlands when the Trust was formed in 2006.
He holds three Masters Degrees: an MSc in Strategic Leadership, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Arts.
Mr Marsh holds the National Portfolio for Emergency Planning, Response and Resilience and is the lead for the National Ambulance Resilience Unit. He is also strategic ambulance advisor to the Department of Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Director of Clinical Commissioning and Strategic Development/Executive Nurse: Mark Docherty
Mark graduated from Leeds with a First Class honours degree in Nursing in 1983. He has worked in a variety of acute clinical settings across Yorkshire and the Midlands. In 1997 Mark was a finalist in the Nurse of the Year Awards, and since then has held a variety of senior clinical posts in provider organisations, as well as a Director of Operations and Nursing Post.
In 2009 Mark was appointed as the Ambulance Commissioning Director for the West Midlands, and in April 2012 he was elected to be Chair of the National Ambulance Commissioners Group. In December 2012 Mark was successful in being appointed to the Director of Ambulance Commissioning role in London. He has recently been awarded a MSc from the University of Birmingham and has co-authored a book on “Management of Emergency Ambulance Services” published by Springer Publication, USA. Mark is an active clinician who regularly spends time working with ambulance staff in the clinical environment.
People Director: Carla Beechey
Carla has over 20 years experience of working in the Human Resources profession having previously worked in the Further Education Sector. She joined WMAS in 2008 as an HR Advisor after completing her professional qualifications in Human Resources Management at the University of Wolverhampton. She was promoted to HR Manager before being appointed as Head of HR in 2016 and following a competitive selection process, she was appointed as People Director and commenced her new role on 1st April 2021. Carla is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (MCIPD).
During her time at WMAS Carla has led the digital paperless HR agenda to implement an online employee personal record solution which won ‘Public Sector Project of the Year’ award in 2020 and introduced an Employee Relations Case Tracker System. She has also led her team to maintain the highest workforce attendance rates in the country of all ambulance services since 2014 through excellent sickness absence management and, in addition, maintained zero vacancies within frontline clinicians year on year which has enabled the Trust to continue to be the only ambulance service with a qualified paramedic on every response vehicle.
Director of Finance: Claire Finn
Previously a Director of Operational Finance at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Claire has more than 17 years of experience within the NHS, having worked in a range of senior strategic and operational finance roles within acute, specialist and commissioning organisations.
Claire is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and joined the NHS on the regional graduate finance scheme after graduating with a Psychology degree from Coventry University.
She is a strong advocate of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and has been a member of the West Midlands branch committee and Finance Skills Development Board for many years. Claire joined WMAS on 1st April 2021.
Director of Strategic Operations and Digital Integration: Craig Cooke
Craig joined the Warwickshire Ambulance Service as a Cadet in 1990. Craig worked Operations and Control before working his way to the rank of the Director of Operations prior to the merger of the Coventry & Warwickshire Ambulance Service in 2006.
Since the merger of West Midlands Ambulance Service, Craig has been instrumental in the implementation of the reconfiguration of the Emergency Operations Centre, he has also been responsible for a major Fleet modernisation plan and the realisation of the innovative Make Ready programme for the Region.
Craig is a State Registered Paramedic and is currently the Emergency Services Director and an Associate Director of the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Board, who is responsible for the Emergency and Urgent Service and its support functions.
Medical Director: Dr Alison Walker
Alison has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. She is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine with a Specialist interest in Prehospital Care. She was a regional NHS Ambulance Service Medical Director from 2005-2013 and has worked with WMAS as an Interim Medical Director and Honorary Medical Advisor since 2010.
She was the chair of the National Ambulance Services Medical Directors Group 2012-13. She is an examiner for the FIMC and DipIMC examinations for the Faculty of Prehospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She holds Clinical Research Network lead roles and has authored publications on ambulance service clinical pathways and other prehospital topics.
She has also been a member of the JRCALC (Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee) national committee since 2005 and is a member of the Trauma and Audit Research Network Committee (TARN).
Communications Director (Non-Voting): Murray MacGregor
Murray MacGregor has been working in the media and public relations since 1995 and has been Communications Director for West Midlands Ambulance Service since 2006. During that time he has overseen a significant development of the Trusts internal communications and helped raise the profile of the organisation within the Region and nationally. He has won commendations for work during the riots in 2011 and for the handling of the Smiler Ride crash at Alton Towers.
Prior to moving to the West Midlands, Murray worked for three years with Essex Ambulance Service and two years with Cambridgeshire Police. He was heavily involved in the initial phases of managing the media around the Soham Murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Murray’s background is as a radio journalist and worked for both the BBC and independent radio stations in Scotland and the south east of England.
Strategy and Engagement Director: Vivek Khashu
Vivek is well known in the West Midlands having worked for a number of hospitals in the Region. After gaining a degree in Medical Biochemistry he joined the NHS General Management Training scheme. Vivek has worked in acute hospital operational management across the country before returning to the West Midlands to manage Emergency Medicine at Heart of England FT, at the time one of the largest providers emergency medicine in the country.
More recently he worked in the national NHS provider regulator the TDA and has held senior leadership roles with University Hospitals North Midlands, where he was Deputy Chief Operating officer and Acting Chief Operating Officer. Vivek joins WMAS from NHS England and Improvement where he led two national programs with the CQC, on Use of Resources and Well Led. Vivek holds a MSc in Health Service Management, from the University of Birmingham.