Reappointments of Three Non-Executive Directors of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

Date published: 20 June 2019

The Department of Health has announced the reappointments of three Non-Executive Directors to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).

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Mr Trevor Haslett, CBE and Mr William Abraham’s reappointments commenced on 18 May 2019 and will run to a date not later than 17 May 2023, and Mr Alan Cardwell’s reappointment will begin on 1 August 2019 and end on a date not later than 31 July 2023.

Each appointment attracts a remuneration of £6,141 per annum and carries a time commitment of 3 days per month.

The Board of NIAS is made up of five Executive and five Non-Executive Directors plus a Non-Executive Chair.

These appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Trevor Haslett CBE is a Chartered Engineer and Environmentalist with over 40 years’ experience in project management of a broad range of areas including energy, water and waste water technology, construction and the environment.  He also has previous Board experience, working at Chief Executive, Executive Director and Senior Management positions across complex and heavily regulated environments including public sector, government owned company, non-departmental public bodies and the private sector.  Trevor has also led and successfully implemented business change programmes delivering sustainable improvements to customer service along with efficiency savings.   His experience also includes Major Incident Planning, Procurement, Risk Assessment and Management, Governance, Renewable energy, and Health & Safety. As well as being President of the NI Wateraid Committee, a voluntary charitable post, he has recently been appointed as Chairman of CASE (Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy- NI) and a Non-Executive Director of the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.  Trevor was recognised in the 2014 Queen’s Honours list for services to the local water industry and voluntary work in the community.
  1. Mr William Abraham has held senior law firm and business positions in the UK and Asia.  He has also been involved in a number of companies on special projects, as an investor, senior advisor, or on the board.   As a senior partner and the Head of International Projects and Finance for a major international law firm, he led transactional teams working on the project financing of complex, high value international projects. Among other roles, William is currently the Vice Chairman in charge of Development for the Canada- UK Foundation which is tasked with promoting an understanding of Canada in the UK. William holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Cambridge focusing on international commercial law.  He was qualified and practiced in both Canada and in the UK.  He is active on a number of educational and charitable ventures and is particularly focused on projects that can deliver the goal of societal transformation in a commercially sustainable manner.
  1. Mr Alan Cardwell graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and began his Civil Service Career as a Chartered Engineer with the River’s Agency. On moving to the then Department of Finance & Personnel (DFP) he represented Northern Ireland on a H.M Treasury Telecommunications Team for the development of an Integrated Services Government Network. Also within DFP and as a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Alan spent ten years working in the area of public procurement taking a particular interest in European Contract Law, and working for a short time with the French authorities.  Alan then served as Town Clerk and Chief Executive with Carrickfergus Borough Council from 1999 to 2011, during which time he provided public procurement consultancy to the Government of Bulgaria.
  1. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. All appointees declared they had not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.
  1. The mission statement of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service promises to provide safe, effective, high-quality, patient-focused care and services to improve health and well-being by preserving life, preventing deterioration and promoting recovery.
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