• David Astley headed two acute trusts
  • He will take up role next month

A former acute trust chief executive is to take over as chair of South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

David Astley – the former chief executive of East Kent University Hospitals Foundation Trust from 1999 to 2006 and St George’s Healthcare Trust from 2006 to 2011 – will take up his new role at the end of September.

SECAmb currently has an interim chair, Graham Colbert, who took over in April when Richard Foster stepped down on health grounds. The trust is rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission and is in special measures.

Mr Astley is currently a non executive director of Liverpool Women’s Hospital Foundation Trust but will leave this role when he starts at SECAmb. He worked in Qatar after leaving St George’s in 2011 and now lives in Kent.

He said: “I am delighted to be appointed as chair of SECAmb and look forward to chairing the board as we continue to consolidate recent improvements and strive to manage increasing demand for our services. I am looking forward to supporting the executive team and our committed, skilled staff to do their best for the people we serve.”