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South Western Ambulance Service announces appointment of new CEO

19 February 2020

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer.

Will Warrender will take up the role following the announcement that our current CEO, Ken Wenman will be retiring at the end of June.

Will, who has had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, has been appointed following a rigorous selection process, involving members of the Board, Executive team and a panel made up of our people representing all areas of the organisation along with union representatives and Governors. 

Will's suitability for the role was supported by each group, with his natural leadership style and his engaging and authentic manner evident throughout the process. His determination to make a difference in the role was infectious. Will demonstrated his ability to be truly effective by quickly assimilating information about our patients, our people, the ambulance sector, the South West health economy as well as our wide range of other stakeholders.

Tony Fox, Chair of the South Western Ambulance Service said “We are very excited that Will is joining us, bringing a wealth of leadership experience in complex and challenging environments. His personal values are a great alignment with those of the Trust and we know that he will be an inclusive and compassionate leader, able to take the Trust forward as we continue our drive to be an outstanding organisation in all that we do.”

Will Warrender said “I am very excited to be joining South Western Ambulance Service. As part of the application process, I met many of the caring and dedicated people who work in the Trust, the committed and insightful leadership team and many health service stakeholders.

I am delighted to be able to continue my career in public service and feel there is no better organisation than SWASFT in which to transfer my skills to deliver exceptional patient care, delivered by exceptional people. I am incredibly proud and excited to join the team.”

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The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

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