Welcome to SWASFT

Welcome to Our Board

The Board are accountable for our vision, strategy, the way we run our services and spend money. We have 7 Executive Directors and 8 Non-Executive Directors.

Our Executive Directors are responsible for the operational management of the Trust. They are a part of the Board as well as being employees of the Trust.

Non-Executive Directors make sure the Board acts in the interests of our patients and community. They are members of the public and they're appointed for a set period of time for their skills and experience.

The Trust Chair is one of the Non-Executive Directors and undertakes a dual role as Chair of the Board of Directors as well as the Council of Governors. This means that the Chair is responsible for leading both the Board and the Council of Governors to ensure that they are working together effectively.

The Board also include the Deputy Chair who deputises for the Chair when appropriate and a Senior Independent Director (SID) who is appointed by the Board made in consultation with the Council of Governors. The SID should act as the point of contact with the Board of Directors if Governors have concerns which approaches through normal channels have failed to resolve or for which such approaches are inappropriate. The SID may also act as the point of contact with the Board for Governors when they discuss for example the Chair's performance.

The Board works closely with our Council of Governors who represents the views of our local community.

All Board members may be contacted via the Trust Secretary through Marty.McAuley@swast.nhs.uk or the Trust Secretary, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter, EX2 7HY.

Meet the Board:

  • Chief Executive - Ken Wenman
  • Trust Chair - Tony Fox
  • Executive Directors - Tim Bishop, Jonathan James (acting), Dr Andy Smith, Jenny Winslade, Jessica Cunningham, Amy Beet and Ken Wenman.
  • Deputy Chair - Gail Bragg
  • Senior Independent Director - Venessa James
  • Non-Executive Directors - Nick Cullen, Martin Holloway, Minesh Khashu, Paul Love, Ian Reynolds, Gail Bragg, Venessa James and Tony Fox.

To view the Boards profiles please click here



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South Western Ambulance Charity

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.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/SWASC.