• Fionna Moore previously led London Ambulance Service
  • Trust in process of appointing permanent chief executive

A “special measures” ambulance trust has named an interim chief executive while it waits for a permanent recruit.

South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has appointed its medical director, Fionna Moore, to the role.

She is a former accident and emergency consultant who has previously worked as medical director and chief executive at the London Ambulance Service Trust, and will take over from 1 April.

Dr Moore will be replacing Daren Mochrie, who is joining North West Ambulance Service Trust. Joe Garcia, executive director of operations, and David Hammond, executive director of finance and corporate services, will act as her deputies.

The trust has offered a candidate the permanent job, and they have accepted, but they have not been named, and the trust said it would take “some time for the process to conclude”.

The trust is rated as “requires improvement” but in quality as “special measures”.

Dr Moore joined SECAmb as interim medical director in March 2017 – a month before Mr Mochrie arrived – and took on the substantive role in June 2018. Her work has included improvements in medicine management.

The trust has also persuaded local clinical commissiong groups to give it additional funding to meet demand and is recruiting more staff.

When Dr Moore worked in London, staff organised a petition calling for her to be appointed as chief executive.