Dr John Martin appointed as interim Chief Executive at South Western Ambulance Service


The College of Paramedics would like to congratulate former president Dr John Martin on his appointment as Interim Chief Executive at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

John is currently the Chief Paramedic and Quality Officer at London Ambulance Service and is a long-serving executive board member with clinical and operational experience across ambulance, acute, community and mental health services. He will join SWASFT next month when he takes over from Will Warrender who announced in September that he intended to resign.

Stephen Otter, Chair of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to welcome Dr John Martin to the Trust as our Interim Chief Executive.

“John really impressed the interview panel with his operational and clinical leadership, and passion for people and patients which aligns with our values, behaviours, and Trust Strategy.

“The Board and I look forward to working with him over the coming months to provide stability and a smooth transition of leadership.”

John was president of the College of Paramedics from 2017 to June 2023 and has also worked as a director at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Tracy Nicholls, Chief Executive for the College of Paramedics, said: “I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to John on his new appointment with SWASFT. This is a wonderful opportunity for him and I have every confidence that he will do his utmost for the staff and patients as that is at the heart of everything he does. Through his work with the College and the profession as a whole, John has already made such a tremendous contribution and impact and I’m certain he will do the same at SWASFT.” 

The recruitment for a substantive Chief Executive will start before the end of this year, with a permanent Chief Executive commencing their journey with SWASFT from August 2024.