EMAS chief executive role filled after 18 months under interim lead

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The role of Chief Executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has been filled by Sue Noyes, who sat in the interim seat for 18 months.

As reported previously, Phil Milligan quit the role after two years after plans to restructure the service were met by opposition and the organisation was fined millions for failing to meet target response times.

The role was initially taken on by Jon Towler until Sue Noyes took over, expecting a 9 month position.

In November, EMAS Chairman Pauline Tagg extended Sue’s interim contract over the winter period. The NHS Trust Development Authority then decided to recruit a substantive Chief Executive in March 2015.

Pauline Tagg appointed Sue Noyes as Chief Executive on Friday, May 1 following an applications and interview process.

Pauline said: “We had strong candidates from an international field apply for the Chief Executive role. Sue has a proven track record of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential and improve services for patients and communities.

“As with most public services there are still big challenges to face and we have strong plans in place to address them. Together with the continued backing of our Commissioners and stakeholders, and the support and tremendous hard work of all our colleagues, I am confident that Sue will continue to move EMAS in the right direction.”

Sue joined EMAS as Interim Chief Executive in October 2013, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the NHS.

She said: “I am delighted. We have started a journey here at EMAS, and I’d like to thank all our staff, volunteers, stakeholders and our patients for their support to the organisation, and to me personally over the last eighteen months. I very much look forward to working with them in the future. ‘’