Ex-Gwent police chief lands ambulance role

3:15pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

FORMER chief constable of Gwent Mick Giannasi has been appointed chairman of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

Mr Giannasi retired from Gwent’s top police post in April 2011 after a 31-year career during which he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his outstanding contribution to policing.

He has been appointed to the £59,760-a-year ambulance trust post until March 31, 2016. Most recently Mr Giannasi, who was chief constable in Gwent for three years, has acted as a commissioner for the Isle of Anglesey county council, an appointment made by the Welsh Government after it intervened in the running of the authority.

Health minister Professor Mark Drakeford said: “Mick’s experience will help us to lead the organisation through a period of very significant change, including full implementation of the output of the McClelland Review.”

Mr Giannasi joins the trust as it prepares for a fundamental change of role, through a series of changes recommended in the report of the McClelland Review.

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