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Ken Roberts

Ken enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1974 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in a medical support role 36 years’ later. He undertook many different duties in a number of (at times) very challenging environments during his service. Amongst others, this included Ken being involved in the assessment of the effectiveness of healthcare systems, both military and civilian, and he was a medical planner at all levels up to Grand Strategic.

Ken was involved in helping to deliver health support to the displaced Kurdish population in Northern Iraq in 1991, and was admitted as an Officer Brother in the Order of St John in recognition of his efforts. He remains active in the Order as a member of the County Priory Group for Buckinghamshire. This episode sparked a great interest in disaster and refugee relief interventions, and after studying risk, crisis and disaster management to MSc level, he went on to plan and deliver effective military operations in this area. He is the Vice President of the Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries of London, where he organises and delivers training and education in this field. He is a visiting lecturer to (amongst others) St George’s University of London and the Defence Forces of the Republic of Ireland.

During his military service, Ken was (at one time) the principal Staff Officer to the Surgeon General in the health aspects of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defence.

Twelve years ago, Ken moved to a small village in north Buckinghamshire, where his wife is a Vicar for a Benefice of four rural Parishes. In addition to enjoying rural life, Ken has been active representing his community as a Parish Councillor and chaired his local Council for three years. He is also a Support Worker for two Service Veterans’ charities. Both of these outlets (and his disaster planning experience) means that he is used to assessing the needs of communities and individuals, and in representing these (and their aspirations – and being able to tell the difference) to service providers.

I am looking forward to the challenge of acting in my role as Governor to a service that already enjoys a rightfully high reputation. I look forward to meeting and working with the Directors, staff, members and other Governors, and will endeavour to represent their interests. I have particular interests in meeting the challenges of providing pre-hospital care to rural, isolated communities (and in increasing their resilience) and to the effectiveness of SCAS to react appropriately to major incidents across its ‘patch’. I am also acutely aware of the necessity to lead, manage and develop those who deliver SCAS services to its communities.

Ken is an active member of his community. He also keeps bees and is a reluctant gardener. He knows how to deal with disappointment as he is a loyal supporter of London Wasps RFC!


If you would like to get in touch with Ken, you should do so at the following address:

Company Secretary
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
7-8 Talisman Business Centre
Talisman Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 6HR.

Or you can send an email to governors@scas.nhs.uk