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 being 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 is Chairman of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives and 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 Corporate & Clinical Services / Deputy Chief Executive Officer: Diane Scott
Diane joined the Ambulance Service in 1985 and during her career has held a number of senior posts in the emergency and urgent service, routine patient transport and the emergency operations centre.
In 2002 she left Hampshire Ambulance Service as the Acting Director of Operations and joined a private ambulance provider as a Board Director. She joined re-joined the NHS as the Director of Corporate Services for Warwickshire Ambulance Service in 2003 and has since undertaken Director roles within both West and East Midlands Ambulance Services. She was awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal in 2018.
She maintains her skills as a paramedic and is also Strategic Commander trained. Diane is responsible for Corporate and Clinical Governance, which includes Patient Safety and Experience, Safeguarding, Infection Prevention & Control, Legal Claims, Foundation Trust Membership and Governors, Risk Management and Health & Safety, Security Management, Information Governance and is the Manager responsible for liaison with the Care Quality Commission.
Medical Director: Dr Chaitra Hodegere
Dr Hodegere joined the Trust in December and works two days per week. He has had a varied NHS career starting as an anaesthetist in 2004 before moving through various surgical specialities and emergency medicine before joining general practice. He has worked as a GP since 2012 and been in management for the last five years in primary care.
As well as WMAS, he works as a clinical lead in a community setting. His role is to provide clinical direction to the Trust Board and to take responsibility of the medical leadership in the organisation.
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.
Director of Workforce and Organisational Development: Kim Nurse
Kim joined West Midlands Ambulance Service in October 2006 and had led a workforce transformation programme including the standardisation of the agenda for change terms and conditions and pay arrangements for operational staff to bring parity across the region. She has completed an MBA, which added to her Masters in HR Management.
Kim started as a Careers Advisor in London before holding a senior post within human resources of a large local authority and acting as a HR consultant for two large Regeneration Partnerships which brought Private / Public / Volunteer groups together.
After a career in Local Government she joined the NHS as Head of HR Strategy at Southend Hospital before becoming the Director of Human Resources at Essex Ambulance Service where she was part of the executive team that led the Trust from zero to a three star organisation within two years.
Director of Finance: Linda Millinchamp
Linda has an Honours Degree in Commerce, Foreign Trade and Languages from the University of Birmingham and joined the NHS in 1983 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Spicer and Pegler (now Deloitte) in 1980. She was originally responsible for the financial management of Mental Health Services in South Worcestershire as well as Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service.
In 1986 she was transferred to the Acute Service as Finance Director for what grew over six years to become Worcester Royal Infirmary combining acute, maternity, mental health and elderly care services, but she also retained responsibility for the ambulance service. When both entities applied for Trust status she moved full-time to Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service and was Director of Finance from its establishment in 1994 until it merged with the other West Midlands services in 2006. She also acted up as Chief Exec from 2000 to 2002.
Linda was appointed Deputy Director of Finance of WMAS and has remained in that position until her appointment to the Director role in 2016.
Strategic Operations Director (Non-Voting): 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.
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 the Trust since 2006. During that time he has overseen a significant upgrade in the way the Trusts internal communications are handled and has helped raise the profile of the organisation within the Region and nationally.
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 managing the media coverage surrounding the tragic deaths of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham in 2002. 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.