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New chief of operations at Ambulance Service.

THE Welsh Ambulance Service has appointed a new director of operations.

Richard Lee, who previously held the post on an interim basis, has been awarded the role following a global recruitment search.

Mr Lee, who is based in Cwmbran, near Newport, first joined the ambulance service in 1993 after serving with the Royal Air Force.

A former pupil at the Alun School in Mold, Flintshire, he quali-fied as a paramedic in 1995 before working for ambulance services in Oxfordshire, London, Avon and here in Wales.

>Richard Lee is new director of operations at The Welsh Ambulance Service In 2004, he moved into management roles, firstly at London Ambulance Service and then at Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust, where he was manager for unscheduled care services.

He joined the Welsh Ambulance Service as regional director in 2009 and was appointed head of clinical services in 2012, before taking up the role as interim director of operations at the start of this year.

Mr Lee, who was recently awarded the Queen's Ambulance Service Medal, said: "I am delighted to have been offered the post of director of operations for the Trust.

"I know how hard everybody is working to deliver care to patients.

"I am determined to get out and about to all parts of Wales to visit local teams and ensure we provide services equitably across Wales.

"The Welsh Ambulance Service is a fantastic organisation to be part of and we all know the opportunities to deliver even better services to our patients in the future."

Chief executive Tracy Myhill said: "We are very pleased that Richard has accepted the post as he has made an outstanding contribution to the executive team during his tenure as interim director.

"Throughout the recruitment process his experience in the Welsh Ambulance Service, as assistant ambulance commissioner for Wales, at the London Ambulance Service and his reputation more widely in the worldwide ambulance community set him apart from a strong field.

"We would like to congratulate Richard and wish him well as he takes up the role on a formal basis."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 4, 2016
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