The Welsh Ambulance Service has appointed a new Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Resources.
Chris Turley has had a 30-year career in finance in NHS Wales, during which time he has served as interim Director of Finance at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Head of Finance for the NHS Wales Health Collaborative.
He led a radical overhaul of how organisations were funded following the reorganisation of NHS bodies in Wales, and the creation of the current seven Local Health Boards in 2009.
Chris, who is based in Cwmbran, joined the ambulance service in October 2015 as the Trust’s Deputy Director of Finance, and has been the interim Executive Director of Finance and ICT since February 2018.
Along with being the Executive Director of Finance, Chris will hold the portfolio for all of the Trust’s Corporate Resources, including Estates and Fleet, as well as being responsible for the Trust’s capital programme.
He will also act as the Trust’s Senior Responsible Officer for the continuing implementation of the 111 service in Wales.
Of his substantive appointment, Chris said: “I am delighted to have secured the Executive Director of Finance role on a substantive basis.’
“I am really excited about bringing the new Finance and Corporate Resources directorates together to deliver on a range of exciting projects ahead of us over the next few years.’
“I would especially like to thank the ICT and Health Informatics teams, alongside my finance colleagues, for their support over the last two years whilst I have been in the interim role.”
Chief Executive Jason Killens said: “Our ambulance service simply could not operate without its Finance and Corporate functions; without Chris and his colleagues, we couldn’t run a service or invest in the resources and technology we need to keep up with demand and keep pace with innovation.’
“Chris has been a hugely valuable asset to our organisation since he first joined us in 2015, and we’re thrilled that we could appoint him on a permanent basis.”
Chris’ appointment is the latest in a series of new appointments to the Trust Board.
In January, Andy Haywood took up post as Director of Digital Services.
Andy, a former Royal Navy officer, was appointed to shape and oversee an ambitious digital services strategy which will support the delivery of patient care and improve the experience of staff.
Claire Roche, formerly the Trust’s Assistant Director of Quality Governance, also took up the Executive Director of Quality and Nursing post following the retirement of her predecessor Claire Bevan.