Meet Our Leadership Team

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Andy Jones

Interim Chief Executive

Andy arrived as our Director of People and Organisational Development in August 2019, having previously worked in various not for profit organisations, prior to which he held a number of senior positions within the NHS.

Fellowship with the CIPD, Andy has a breadth of experience within operational and strategic human resources management with a significant portfolio of managing large scale programmes of change. He’s passionate and committed to strengthening people engagement, workplace health and the Charity’s equality, diversity and inclusivity agenda. He previously received national recognition for excellence within his field and is a key influencer in creating a place where our people can grow, realise their own potential and achieve success.

Andy moved into the role of Interim Chief Executive in November 2022.

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Benjamin Savage
Chief Operating Officer

Benjamin joined our senior management team as Chief Operating Officer in June 2021.

Arriving from St John Ambulance in England, who he first joined as a volunteer, he held the role of Head of Planning and Programmes for Event Planning, having previously been in position as their Ambulance Operations Manager for Greater Manchester.

Having led and implemented major improvement programmes in his previous roles, and working and volunteering on the front line across the pandemic, Benjamin’s passion for patient care and enhancing community services has been a constant throughout his career.

David Monk
Clinical Director

David joined St John Ambulance Cymru at the beginning of January 2023 with a broad background in urgent and emergency care. David has held senior leadership roles in the NHS since 2008. A paramedic by profession, David has worked in clinical roles since 1997. David has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance in England for 22 years.

David holds an MBA and is a fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. As the Executive Clinician for St John Ambulance Cymru, David’s role includes clinical leadership and oversight of all our activity. Working closely with our existing clinical, quality and safety leads his initial focus will be to review and assess the work programme needed to strengthen the charity’s clinical governance and to develop the clinical management and leadership model to support St John Ambulance Cymru’s operational service delivery.

David feels both elated and excited about working in partnership with so many of our talented and experienced volunteer lead officers and key staff.

Richard J Paskell MBE CStJ
Chief Volunteer

Richard joined St John Ambulance Cymru initially as a Trustee in 2017. He was successfully appointed to the role of Chief Volunteer in 2020.

Since then he has led on the Modernisation of St John Ambulance Cymru volunteer structures and is a proactive, visible uniformed leader of our Volunteers. He is passionate about volunteering, something he has done for over thirty years with various Charities. In 2022, he was appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, by the late HM Queen Elizabeth, for services to Mountain Rescue and to the communities in South Wales.

Richard’s full time job is a Police Officer within South Wales Police, where he serves as a Specialist Crime Detective.

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