South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.

Daren Mochrie, currently director of service delivery for the Scottish Ambulance Service will join the trust, with a start date yet to be decided.

Mr Mochrie replaces Paul Sutton who left the scandal-hit ambulance service last May. A Care Quality Commission report found fundamental failings in governance at the trust, following a failed scheme under which it decided to delay ambulance response to some calls.

The trust is currently rated as requires improvement by the CQC.

Mr Mochrie has worked for 30 years in the NHS in Scotland. He was the lead for ambulance provision in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as well as being a specialist adviser for the CQC, leading four recent inspections of ambulance trusts in England.

He also has experience of managing ambulance services in rural and urban settings.

Trust chair Sir Peter Dixon said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure a new chief executive with Daren’s skills and experience. I’m confident he will provide the necessary leadership to support our recovery.”

Geraint Davies is currently acting chief executive at the trust. Sir Peter said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Geraint for the stability and focus that he has provided during this very difficult period for the trust.”