New chairman in the driving seat

A SENIOR regional businessman has been appointed Chairman of the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

Ashley Winter, who was Chairman and Managing Director of Patterson Motor Group, has been appointed by the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Council of Governors.

Mr Winter previously served as President of Tyne and Wear Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Business Link Tyneside, and was awarded the OBE for Services to Businesses in the North East.

He is also Chairman of the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, and the Tyne and Wear Enterprise Trust, a Director of Herbert Dove Trustees and a trustee of the Charlotte Straker Project. He is also High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.

He takes over the NEAS position from Tony Dell.