The Welsh Ambulance Services trust has appointed a turnaround expert as its permanent chief executive.

The Welsh Ambulance Services trust has appointed a turnaround expert as its permanent chief executive.

Alan Murray is the third person to be appointed to run the service in three months. Last month Anton van Dellen stood down as interim chief executive, saying he could not commit to the role in the long term; his predecessor Roger Thayne (see story, left) left in May after two months, saying the service was in 'crisis'.

The Welsh Assembly has announced an inquiry into the service.

Mr Murray has spent the past nine years running an organisation he set up called Fitch and Associates, which gave consultancy advice to ambulance trusts and other organisations, both nationally and internationally. After giving advice to Mersey Regional Ambulance trust he became its interim chief executive last year, until the trust merged.

Before setting up his business in 1997, he was chief executive of Surrey Ambulance Service trust, and before that chief executive of Northern Ireland's Eastern Ambulance Service trust.