WORKFORCE: Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust has appointed Rod Barnes as its chief executive.

Mr Barnes has held the position in an interim capacity since November. He was previously director of finance and performance and deputy chief executive at the trust.


The trust wants to improve facilities and secure foundation status under the new leadership

The trust has also appointed David Macklin as permanent director of operations. He has been in the role in an interim basis for six months.  

Trust chair Della Cannings said: “With this appointment Rod will continue to deliver the progress he has started with immediate effect.

“Rod is very experienced and well respected within the NHS, particularly in the finance sector, in both acute hospitals as well as within ambulance trusts.

“His experience is crucial to [the trust] going forward and delivering modern services and improved facilities for patients as well as securing foundation trust status.”

She added: “The board is looking forward to continuing to work with both Rod and David and the stability their appointments will bring to the organisation.”

Mr Barnes said he was “delighted to be offered and accept the role of chief executive”.

Dr Macklin said he was “very pleased to have been given the opportunity to take on the substantive post [having] really enjoyed carrying out the role on an interim basis”.