Chair, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS)

We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair NWAS. This is a unique opportunity to lead the Board of Directors to continue the improvement journey of the Trust, by sharing your talents and expertise to help transform the trust and make a positive difference to your community.


NWAS provides 24 hour, 365 days a year urgent and emergency care and patient transport services to those in need. Their highly skilled staff provide life-saving care and clinical advice to patients in the community and take people to hospital or a place of care if needed.

NWAS is geographically the largest NHS ambulance service in England, providing services to a population of around seven million people across a geographical area of approximately 5,400 square miles. The Trust handles over 1.23 million emergency calls each year, 1.6 million 111 calls and undertakes approximately three million patient journeys. Within this total, around 1.4 million patient journeys are undertaken by their non-emergency service for patients travelling to hospitals and other healthcare centres for treatment.  The service is commissioned by 31 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the North West and provides a wide range of services that cover emergency and urgent care, patient transport, resilience and NHS 111 service.

We are looking for candidates who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of the North West. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experience from different sectors, as well as from health, to this demanding role. 

For more information and to request a chair information pack please contact Miriam Walker at NHS Improvement on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing, quoting reference N1729 in the subject line.

You can also contact the office of Michael Forrest, Interim Chief Executive, NWAS on 01204 498413.

Key dates:

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on 8 November 2018
  • The shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Trust Headquarters in Bolton to meet groups of its key stakeholders on 3 December 2018 (morning)
  • The final panel interviews will take place on 10 December 2018 in Central Manchester
  • The proposed start date is 1 February 2019, when the retiring Chair’s term of office comes to an end, although the successful candidate will be invited to undertake some preparatory work on behalf of the Trust during January.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.  

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

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