The Central Management Team
Keith leads NARU in its liaison with Government, NHS England, NHS Ambulance Trusts and stakeholders ensuring effective governance through the development and maintenance of an organisational strategy, an annual work plan and regular progress reports to stakeholders and commissioners. Under his leadership NARU has grown to become widely recognised as the leading organisation for national Ambulance Service emergency preparedness, resilience and response.
Keith is a HCPC registered Paramedic, a strategic level Commander and holds an MSc in management. Keith is married and has two daughters. In his spare time he is a committee member, team manager, coach and player with his local Charter Standard Community Football Club.
Responding to 100+ 999 calls annually, and alongside HART maybe once a fortnight. Clinical pre-hospital skill national level 7, short of RSI but including surgical skills, SORT, and with personal emphasis on CRM.
Contributor to national consensus groups on spine and pelvis immobilisation, and on PALM. Instructor previously for MIMMS and currently for ALS and PHTLS and is AIT/MTFA trained.
Reduced hospital commitment to allow secondments as, in addition to NARU, Eddie is:
- Associate Medical Director NWAS, with Area responsibility (with Consultant Paramedics) in clinical leadership for Cheshire and Mersey, and corporate responsibility (with team) for systems development in Urgent Care (since 2001) including initial introduction and continuing development of face to face triage systems (Pathfinder and others)
- Clinical Adviser to Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group on Urgent Care, and Chair of North Mersey Systems Resilience Group (SRG – formerly Urgent and Emergency Care Network). Team developing Urgent Care provision across the whole-system health and social care economy, to relieve pressure on the Emergency Care capacity.
Eddie’s son is also a HART Paramedic.
Gerry has a strong managerial background working across both agency and Government departmental boundaries at a senior level specialising in CBRNE. With his expertise in CBRN he was seconded to the Scottish Ambulance Service supporting their tactical response during the G8 Summit Conference in 2005, the Papal Visit in 2010 and the coordination of four international exercises in Europe, North America and Canada.
The capabilities portfolio includes the National HART Vehicle and Equipment Group, NARU policy and guidance, management of the NHS Strategic PPE Reserve, NARU Central Stores and the procurement of specialist ambulance equipment. He was seconded to a Home Office unit (Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism) in 2014 to the post of Head of Centre at the UK Police National CBRN Centre returning to NARU in March 2015. He lives on the Wirral with his partner Christine.
Key achievements include developing and implementing the National training and education for Hazardous Area Response Teams and planning national live exercises. David has developed and maintained close links with other service EPRR colleges and has established excellent International links, always sharing best practice and benchmarking NARU courses. The Education Centre has won various awards and now holds the Skills for Health Quality Mark as a recognised NHS Education provider.
In 2013 David was decorated with the Queen’s Ambulance Medal for Distinguished Service and in 2014 David was the only Ambulance finalist in the Health Service Journal Rising Stars Category. Being a national role David spends many nights of the week away from home and he is grateful for the support of his family. Off duty David is keen on military history and is both Chairman and Parade Marshal for a branch of the Royal British Legion, which reflect on his 14 years military service.
Before joining the NHS he worked as News Editor for the Guardian Media Group. He subsequently became a Broadcast Producer with placements in South Africa, New York and Los Angeles. Christian joined the NHS in 1999 and spent 10 years delivering emergency care as an Ambulance Paramedic in Bristol becoming First Response Manager and then Divisional Commander.
He went on to develop his NHS Management and commissioning experience working as Resilience Manager for the South West Strategic Health Authority. He has successfully delivered a range a capital projects including a £5 million construction and the implementation of new NHS service lines, including the introduction of Hazardous Area Response Teams for which he received a Commendation. He has managed NHS resources during a number of major incidents and in 2015 he was seconded by NHS England to support the Cross-Government Ebola Programme.
Christian has undertaken extensive research into the legal duty of care for emergency responders and lectures on a number of national courses for the emergency services.
He lives in the Cotswolds with this wife, Natalie and their two sons. Christian also serves his local community as a Magistrate sitting on the Wiltshire Bench.
CMT Co-Opted Members
Since qualifying as a Paramedic in 1995 Carl has held a number of management positions providing a broad range of operational and corporate experience. To underpin his drive for continued professional development he was instrumental in the development and introduction of the National Occupational Standards for Ambulance Commanders. In 2011 Carl authored the first ever approved National Ambulance Command and Control Guidance.
Carl has been involved with numerous major incidents at the Operational, Tactical and Strategic Command levels and he has managed many aspects of service delivery in Greater Manchester, including the development, enhancement and management of non-standard response capabilities including Rapid Response Vehicles, Cycle Responders and the response to Major Incidents. Carl attained a Master’s Degree in Management from Manchester Metropolitan University Business School in 2009.
He has a particular interest in the emergency preparedness, resilience and response community and was part of the DH implementation team that rolled out Hazardous Area Response Teams (HARTs) across NHS ambulance trusts nationally.
He is the retained Communications Consultant to the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) and has been a co-opted member of the National Ambulance Resilience Unit’s central management team since the organisation’s inception.
As both an applied practitioner and active researcher, Tony is passionate about psychology and its role in delivering individual and organisational effectiveness. Tony’s particular areas of interest include health and well-being at work, leadership and management behaviour as well as the importance of individual and collective confidence.
Tony also spends a great deal of time working alongside numerous NHS organisations, including all Ambulance Services, helping them to collect, review and use evidence to create and sustain healthy and productive workplaces. He has been involved in various national projects associated with improving health and well-being in healthcare settings working with groups such as the Department of Health, NHS Employers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).