Trust Board

The Trust Board formally comprises thirteen members all of whom have voting rights:

  • a Chairman
  • seven Non-Executive Directors
  • a Chief Executive and four Executive Directors

The Board’s role is to:

  • Set the policy and strategic direction of the Trust;
  • Manage the Risk;
  • Manage its people and resources;
  • Establish governance systems to enable it to effectively measure progress and performance, and to make sure this is achieved.
  • Work in partnership with key stakeholders, both internal and external.

Non Executive Directors have an important role to play in the development of the Trust. As well as monitoring the Trust’s overall strategy and performance, they also liaise widely with Executive Directors and other key staff. Their knowledge of local needs, allied to their experience provides a valuable contribution in developing strategies to meet the ever increasing challenges ahead.


Jason Killens

Chief Executive
Jason has spent his career working in Ambulances Services in the UK and Australia. He progressed through the ranks in London Ambulance Service from an Emergency Medical Technician to Executive Director of Operations. He was appointed as the...

Martin Woodford

Martin is a qualified accountant who began his career as a trainee accountant with the former Gwent County Council. He has more than 30 years experience in the local government and healthcare environment with the last 20 years operating at Board ...

Lee Brooks

Executive Director of Operations
Having previously worked in Australia as Director of Operations for Metropolitan Adelaide, Lee joined the Welsh Ambulance Service in July 2019 as Director of Operations ...

Andy Haywood

Director of Digital Services
Andy Haywood was appointed Director of Digital Services in Janury 2020. He joins us from Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, where he was the Associate Director of Digital. Prior to that, he was a Head of Relationship Management at NHS Digital and a Prog...

Wendy Herbert

Executive Director of Quality and Nursing (Interim)
Wendy started her nursing career in 1988 specialising in Emergency Nursing and Trauma and Orthopaedics and in 1996 went on to qualify as a Health Visitor. From 2003 she held a number of senior clinical leadership roles for Cardiff and Vale University...

Estelle Hitchon

Director of Partnerships and Engagement
Estelle Hitchon was appointed to the post of Director of Partnerships and Engagement in December 2015 having been on secondment with the Trust since October 2014 from Cardiff and Vale UHB. Estelle is a communications and engagement specialist, wh...

Dr Brendan Lloyd

Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services and Deputy Chief Executive
Brendan graduated from Cardiff and started his career as a GP in a teaching practice in Swansea in 1989. In 2003 Brendan completed his MSc in Diabetes and held posts as Honorary Lecturer with Cardiff University School of Medicine and Honorary Clinica...

Rachel Marsh

Director of Strategy, Performance and Planning
Rachel Marsh became the Director of Strategy, Performance and Planning in October 2019, having first joined the Trust as Interim Director of Performance and Planning in December 2018. Rachel has worked within the NHS in Wales for 27 years, mostly w...

Trish Mills

Board Secretary
Trish joined the Trust in August 2021 from the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust where she was the Trust Secretary. Before that, Trish had held Executive Director of Corporate Governance/Board Secretary, and Director of Legal Services positions at Sidr...

Andy Swinburn

Director of Paramedicine
Andy joined the then Lancashire Ambulance Service in 1991 as a part-time Patient Transport Service Ambulance Person. Progressing his career to Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Leading Ambulance Paramedic and Operational Trainer, Andy moved in...

Chris Turley

Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Resources
Chris joined the ambulance service in October 2015 as the Trust’s Deputy Director of Finance and from February 2018 he was the interim Executive Director of Finance and ICT. Chris was appointed Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Resources in...

Claire Vaughan

Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development
Claire began her career at Welsh Government, and subsequently took up Human Resources roles within the public sector including Cardiff Women’s Aid and the National Museum before joining the NHS. For nearly 13 years, Claire worked for Cardiff and V...

Emrys Davies

Non Executive Director
Emrys has had a successful career at senior levels in the motoring industry, after completing a senior management course at Ashridge Business School, and an MSc specialising in management to drive continuous improvement in Quality, Productivity and P...

Kevin Davies

Non Executive Director
A Professor of Nursing and Disaster Healthcare, Kevin was appointed Non-Executive Director for the Trust in January 2015. He is an Independent Trustee of St John Wales and President of Confédération Interalliée des Officers Médicaux de Réserve and ha...

Bethan Evans

Non Executive Director
Bethan has worked in local government, the public and private sectors, supporting people with a disability to maximise their opportunities and realise their aspirations for over 25 years ...

Paul Hollard

Non Executive Director
Paul Hollard began his NHS career as a registered nurse before he moved into nurse education and later into general management. Paul was appointed Non Executive Director for the Trust in April 2016 and is geographically aligned to the Cwm Taf Loca...

Ceri Jackson

Non Executive Director
Ceri has held a number of senior roles in the charity sector. She was the Interim Director of Strategy and Transformation at Ty Hafan until last year, and has previously worked as both the Director and Head of Community at the Royal National Institut...

Joga Singh

Non Executive Director
Joga is an experienced employment lawyer, currently practising in Cardiff. He acts for clients from the public, private and not for profit sectors. Joga has over 15 years’ experience of working closely with Board Members and Senior Management Te...

Martin Turner

Non Executive Director
Martin is a management consultant who has worked in the health sector in the UK as well as Jamaica, Lithuania, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Serbia and Sierra Leone. He was a Chief Executive in the NHS for over 20 years before moving to Australia to work as ...