SCAS announces two new non-executive director appointments

Jan 10, 2023 | Members e-Bulletin, News, Stakeholder eBulletin

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has announced two new non-executive appointments to its board of directors.

Mike McEnaney, who comes with 25 years of finance director level experience, most recently as finance director for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust where he had additional responsibility for procurement, IT, HR and estates, began his initial three-year term on 1 January 2023.

He has also worked in senior manufacturing and logistics roles for Honda Motor Company and Avis Plc and has non-executive director experience as part of the audit committee at Oxford Brookes University. He also sits on the finance committee of NHS Providers and the board of Akrivia Health (a venture with Oxford University and the NHS).

Mike McEnaney and Dhammika Perera

New SCAS non-executive directors Mike McEnaney and Dr Dhammika Perera

He is joined by Dr Dhammika Perera, a public health professional with over 20 years’ experience as a medical doctor and more than a decade of experience in international healthcare management. He will begin his initial three-year term on 20 February 2023.

He has been the global medical director of Marie Stopes International (MSI) Reproductive Choices UK for the last nine years, one of the largest providers of contraceptive and safe abortion care services in the world.

He is part of the MSI executive team and provides professional clinical oversight globally for the organisation, which has 10,000 staff with 4,000 clinicians across 37 countries, as well as operating as a non-executive director for three countries.

Prior to joining the SCAS Board, Dr Perera was an associate non-executive director with the Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is a member of working groups including with the World Health Organisation and International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FIGO).

Mr McEnaney replaces Mike Hawker who has retired from SCAS after three terms of dedicated service as chair of the audit committee, while Dr Perera replaces Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE who left SCAS in September to take on the national role of the first Patient Safety Commissioner for England.

Professor Sir Keith Willett, SCAS chair, said: “I am delighted to welcome both Mike and Dhammika to the SCAS board.

“Mike brings a breadth of experience and skills which I know will be incredibly useful in helping SCAS to achieve its ambitions despite the economic challenges that we are all facing, while Dhammika has a very interesting clinical background which brings very valuable experience to help us as we continue our improvement journey.”