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Trust welcomes new Non-Executive Directors

30 July 2021

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new non-executive directors who will be joining the Trust Board of Directors – Margaret Batty and Andy Marsh QPM. 


Margaret has held a number of senior professional leadership positions focused on a commitment to health progress, social change and equity, and has wide experience of working for central and local government, international institutions, and non-governmental organisations. Roles have included: director of global policy and campaigns for the international charity WaterAid; deputy director in the UK Government’s Cabinet Office; and Board Trustee for Age International.

She has also recently served as a Trust public governor. 

Margaret has a passion for governance, equality and environmental issues and describes her style as: 'constructively challenging with support, aiming to build trust through listening and investing in relationships.' 

SWASFT Chairman Tony Fox says: “I am thrilled that Margaret has joined the Trust Board. She has been a great ambassador for the Trust as a governor, and I look forward to her bringing her views, skills and experiences.”

Margaret commented: “As a SWASFT governor, it has been a privilege to observe how the Trust has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis over the past 18 months and to learn about the immense challenges of operating emergency services across the south west region. I'm both honoured and excited to join the Board as the service embraces a new set of post-pandemic challenges and strategic opportunities." 


Andy has been a transformational chief constable with a track record of delivering innovation, collaboration, inclusion and diversity with an exceptional career that spanned over thirty years. A natural collaborator, Andy has worked with many partners including police, ministers and international colleagues; leading the coordination of all international policing on behalf of the UK.    

He has also been a member of the Home Office Strategic Capability Board and the Crime and Policing Performance Board.

Tony Fox says: “It’s fantastic that Andy has joined the Trust Board – not only has he dedicated his career to public service; he is also a leader in digital and data driven transformation. We look forward to working with him and his insights and knowledge will be a great addition to the Board.”

Andy comments: “After many years working in partnership with colleagues from SWASFT and facing many shared challenges including increasing demand and pressures on staff, it is a great privilege to be able to join the Board to help support and develop the essential services provided by the Trust."

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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.

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