Chairman: Sir Graham Meldrum CBE, OStJ
Sir Graham Meldrum was appointed as Chair of the Trust on 1 February 2007 following a career in the Fire and Rescue Service spanning over forty-two years. Sir Graham was appointed as Chief Fire Officer for the West Midlands Fire Service in 1990 and served in that position until 1998 when he became HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services for England and Wales. He has served on national bodies associated with the emergency services and has particular experience in respect of emergency planning having led the Government’s planning team following the World Trade Centre disaster.
Since becoming Chair of the Trust Sir Graham has continued his interest in matters related to equality and diversity and has served as Deputy Chair of the National Ambulance Service Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum. He is currently a Board member of the national NHS Providers organisation and the Chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives Council and a member of their Board.
During the time Sir Graham has been a member of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust he has taken a particular interest in the following areas of the Trust:
- Health education and prevention
- Alternative care pathways
- Reducing patient conveyance rates
- Policy and strategy development
Sir Graham has been involved with St John Ambulance Association for over twenty years and served on the West Midlands Council of St John for over ten years and was awarded the Order of a Brother of St John in 1999 in recognition of his work for the Association.
He lives in Kineton in Warwickshire, is married with two grown up children and can be found at events involving steam engines most weekends.
“I am very proud to be the Chair of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, it is the leading Ambulance Service in the Country. Even after eight years as Chair of the Trust I never fail to marvel at the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism of all our staff. The Board’s objective is to deliver a high quality service to our patients, but this can only be done if we also ensure that our staff are highly valued and appreciated.”
Deputy Chair: Tony Yeaman
Tony has worked for both the Public and Private sector in the last 30 years and became a Non- executive director with the Trust in October 2006 and Vice Chair in 2010.
He started off in private practice training to be a solicitor and moved, continuing his career, to British Gas being there throughout the privatisation programme. After qualifying, he moved back into solicitors private practice specialising in complex personal injury claims.
He later joined the health service and served as one of a team of Regional Solicitors to a large Regional Heath Authority based in Hampshire, advising on all aspects of the operation of the NHS. Following major reforms and six years service he contracted out and re-joined the private sector where, for the last 12 years, he has continued his specialism in health service related issues for two national law firms.
He has gained an MBA and served for several years as a Trustee to the Macfarlane Trust. He is noted in Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession as a leader in his field. He is married with 4 children and lives in Solihull West Midlands.
Non-Executive Director: Narinder Kaur Kooner
Narinder has been a local authority Councillor since 2006 and has held the prominent position of Assistant Leader of Birmingham City Council. Narinder is a Local Government Association Labour Peer and on the Executive of Sikh Council UK. She is also a qualified Neuro-Linguistics Programming Practitioner and Mental Health First Aider. Narinder was recognised as one of 350 influential Sikh Women across the world and has had numerous awards in recognition of her Leadership and Community Work.
Narinder was instrumental in shaping devolution in Birmingham and is passionate about tackling unemployment and supporting and empowering local community groups. She has strong links with businesses, voluntary, third sector and community organisations within the city.
She is a Director of Sikh Women’s Action Network (SWAN), an organisation which provides one to one support to victims of abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming. SWAN delivers workshops to raise awareness of the impact of abuse on families and children and works in partnership with statutory organisations to feed into policy, influence service delivery. Narinder also co-hosts a talk show on TV to address issues that exist within South Asian communities that are not openly discussed.
Non-Executive Director: Jacynth Ivey
The Trust appointed Jacynth Ivey as its first clinical non-executive director in July 2011. Whilst there are two clinicians who are executives, this is the first time the Trust has appointed a non-executive.
Jacynth has over 25 years of NHS experience, starting her career as a nurse, midwife, and health visitor. She progressed throughout her career to become an executive director of clinical leadership within a Primary Care Trust and acting Director of Nursing within a Strategic Health Authority.
Jacynth has been an active member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) gaining membership to several key policy committees and representing the Region the National Council. She is currently an Associate Non-Executive Director in Health Education England and Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.
Non-Executive Director: Wendy Farrington-Chadd
Wendy has over 25 years experience at Executive Board level within the NHS both in Finance and General Management, and has undertaken several Executive roles at Chief Executive and Finance Director level.
She has worked across the complete spectrum of the healthcare system both in hospital providers and in commissioning, and has experience in both England and Wales. Wendy joined the NHS through the National Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme in the North West and undertook several senior roles prior to obtaining Finance Director positions.
She has also undertaken several national and regional Chair and leadership roles including: Chairman of the West Midlands HFMA; lead Chief Executive for the National Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance; Chair of the Local Education and Training Committee informing workforce strategy for NHS providers, and Chair of NHS West Midlands Providers.
Wendy has worked as a Management Consultant since 2015 and supports the British Academy of Audiology as Consultant CEO, as well as undertaking Financial Turnaround and Strategic Consultancy assignments for the NHS and private sectors. She is also a qualified Executive Coach. Wendy lives with her husband Trevor near Shrewsbury in Shropshire and has two grown up children.
Non-Executive Director: Caroline Wigley
Caroline has over 25 years’ experience as a Director in the NHS both in Human Resources and general management. She joined the NHS as a National Graduate Management Trainee and has worked in a variety of health authorities and hospitals in the North of England before moving to Birmingham in 1987.
She had a brief spell working for Ernst & Young, Accountancy Management Consultants but re-joined the NHS in 1988 as Director of Personnel for Birmingham Health Authority and has since undertaken a variety of posts in Birmingham’s health services.
She was Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s Health Care Trust from 2000 to 2005. Her last role was Director of Leadership at West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) where she took early retirement in 2012.
She is a Fellow of the CIPD and a qualified coach. She left the West Midlands SHA on 31st October 2012 and is now a freelance consultant. Caroline lives in Worcester and has three grown-up children.
Non-Executive Director: Mushtaq Khan
Mushtaq is a legal consultant to corporates. He is a highly regarded solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience, including at a senior level as partner and head of department at top 50 national corporate law firm, Freeths LLP. He has worked with a wide range of enterprises spanning the private, public and the third sector.
Mushtaq is a former President of The Birmingham Law Society, the largest UK regional law society established in 1818. He has been highly recommended as a leading lawyer in the globally renowned directory on lawyers – Chambers & Partners UK.
He has been identified in the Birmingham Post, Power 250, as a senior figure who (with others!) is key to the future of Birmingham.
Mushtaq supports values led social businesses and is a board director (non-executive) at the Accord Group, one of the largest housing and social care organisations in the Midlands, with an annual turnover of c£120 million, an asset base of c£700+ million, providing over 13,000 affordable homes and health care support to 60,000 people and employing over 4,000 colleagues. He is a board director (non-executive) at the Birmingham Education Partnership, a charity and company (not for profit) that is focussed on school improvement through partnership works including contractual or commissioned work, membership services and traded activities to over 500 schools in Birmingham.