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Issue:- 02 January 2015

North West Ambulance Service Director on the New Year's Honours List

THE North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is very proud to confirm the award of the Queen's Ambulance Service Medal in this year's New Year's Honours List, to its Director of Operations, Derek Cartwright. Derek, who has worked for the Ambulance Service for almost 30 years, is 1 of 5 recipients of the medal, which is awarded to members of the NHS Ambulance Service who have demonstrated exemplary, distinguished and meritorious service.  Based at the Trust's headquarters in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Derek, regularly travels the length and breadth of the region to fulfill his duties and is the second NWAS manager to receive the award after Cumbria and Lancashire Head of Service, Peter Mulcahy in 2012.

Chief Executive, Bob Williams, who nominated Derek for the award comments:- "I've known Derek for a very long time and his commitment to the Ambulance Service, and in particular its staff, is unending. He is a great asset to the Trust, a much valued member of the Board and this award is very much deserved. I'm very proud to call him a colleague and pleased he has been recognised in such a prestigious way."

Derek started his Ambulance career in 1986, working on the patient transport service for two years before progressing into the emergency service. He continued to develop and rise through the ranks, taking on training and management roles before being appointed onto the former Greater Manchester Ambulance Service Board in 2003.

On establishment of the North West Ambulance Service in 2006, Derek was appointed to the post of Area Director for the Cumbria and Lancashire area and subsequently became the Director of Emergency Services for NWAS in 2009. Derek was appointed as Director of Operations in March 2014 after acting to this role since 2012.

Talking about his award, Derek comments:- "I'm very proud to be awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal. I wish to thank the North West Ambulance Service for my nomination and also my family who have supported me over the years in the work I do, which at times can lead to a very disruptive family life, I can't remember when I last saw in a New Year at home with my family! My career with the Ambulance Service spans almost three decades and throughout that time I have worked with a lot of great people focused on providing the best possible service to the people of the North West. My acceptance of The Queens Ambulance Medal is on behalf of all those good people many of whom continue to work tirelessly to improve the quality of the service that we provide for our patients."

Derek lives in Bolton with his wife Joanne, has 4 grown up children and one grandchild who keeps him on his toes! He is a lifelong supporter of Bolton Wanderers, an active and Registered Beekeeper and, keeps chickens.

Chief Superintendent Jon Ward has received the Queen's Police Medal

FOLLOWING the announcement that Chief Superintendent Jon Ward has received the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours List, Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy, said:- "On behalf of all the officers and staff of Merseyside Police I would like to congratulate Chief Superintendent Jon Ward on receiving his Queens Police Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours List. I am sure members of the public will also join me in thanking him for his commitment to the force in helping to make Merseyside a safer place. Jon has 28 years experience and is held in high regard by his colleagues. I am delighted that he has received this honour in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the Police service." 

Chief Supt Jon Ward, who originally comes from Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, joined Merseyside Police in 1987 as a Constable and now Area Commander for Liverpool North, said:- "It is a real honour to have received the Queens Police Medal and at the same time it is extremely humbling. I could not have achieved it without the help of the many colleagues and partners from other agencies I have worked with over the years and most notably the support of the communities where I have had the honour to serve. I joined Merseyside Police as a Constable back in 1987 and my first beat was in Sefton. Since those early days, as well as returning to Sefton I have worked in Liverpool, St Helens and Wirral in various ranks and have had the pleasure of working for a fabulous force with colleagues who are committed to providing the public of Merseyside with a 1st class Police Service. I would like to thank my family, and also colleagues from both the force and the many partner organisations I have worked with over the years. There is no doubt in my mind that the honour I have received also recognises their support and commitment to the people of Merseyside"

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