Gerard Byrne  DipHep

Gerry heads the NARU Capabilities team of four Ambulance Advisors based at the multi-agency National CBRN Centre.  A HCPC registered paramedic educated at Coventry University, his experience extends to more than 34 years, the last 15 years in emergency preparedness.

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.