New chief executive for East of England Ambulance Service

CEO Robert Morton ANL-150814-141853001
CEO Robert Morton ANL-150814-141853001

Robert Morton

Mr Morton is a paramedic and a community first responder, and has worked in the ambulance service for nearly 25 years – predominantly with the National Ambulance Service in Ireland, where he was its chief executive for three years.

He then went on to be chief executive of the South Australian Ambulance Service.

Mr Morton replaces Anthony Marsh, who stood down as interim chief executive earlier this month.

He had proved controversial as he remained chief executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and was thus drawing two salaries totalling more than £230,00 a year for a four-day week.

Mr Morton will be paid a reported £142,000 pa in his new post.

He said: “I am thrilled to be the new chief executive and very much look forward to working with my new EEAST colleagues.

“The service has been through some very difficult and challenging times over the last few years, but I am confident we can build on the good work that Anthony Marsh has put in place to further improve our services for patients and at the same time make this a even better place to work.”

He added: “Having worked in the ambulance service for many, many years I understand the challenges and issues and how we can resolve them together.

“Whilst it is not going to be easy, I know first-hand the commitment and dedication of those working in the ambulance service and that together we can make a real difference for patients.”

Trust chairwoman Sarah Boulton said: “I am delighted Robert is going to lead our trust as we look to make further improvements to the service we give to patients.

“Robert is an experienced ambulance chief executive who will be able to connect immediately with frontline staff and volunteers thanks to his paramedic and volunteering background.”

She continued: “I would like to pay special thanks to Anthony who has worked tirelessly to rebuild the service since last January.

“Thanks to this work, we are now in a position to take the next steps on our journey, building a better service for patients and staff.”

Mr Morton starts work next Monday.