WORKFORCE: East of England Ambulance Service Trust has appointed Robert Morton as its new chief executive.

He replaces Anthony Marsh, who left the organisation earlier this month, and who had led it alongside his role as chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

Mr Morton will take up his post 24 August. Deputy chief executive Sandy Brown is leading the trust in the interim.

Mr Morton, a paramedic and a community first responder, has worked in the ambulance service for nearly 25 years.

He worked with the National Ambulance Service in Ireland for much of his career, eventually serving as chief executive for three years. He later became chief executive of the South Australian Ambulance Service.

Mr Morton said he was “thrilled to be the new chief executive and very much look forward to working with my new colleagues”.

“The service has been through some very difficult and challenging times over the last few years, but I am confident we can build on the good work that Anthony Marsh has put in place to further improve our services for patients and at the same time make this a even better place to work,” he added.

Trust Chair Sarah Boulton said she was “delighted Robert is going to lead our trust as we look to make further improvements to the service we give to patients.

“Robert is an experienced ambulance chief executive who will be able to connect immediately with frontline staff and volunteers thanks to his paramedic and volunteering background.”

She also thanked Mr Marsh for “[working] tirelessly to rebuild the service since last January”.

She said: “Thanks to this work, we are now in a position to take the next steps on our journey, building a better service for patients and staff.”