FORMER Victoria Police chief commissioner Ken Lay APM will become Ambulance Victoria’s chair on 1 December.
Above: Ken Lay speaking today. Photo via Ambulance Victoria on Twitter.
Serving as commissioner for three years and presently chairing the National Ice Taskforce, Mr Lay’s experience was lauded at the announcement of his appointment today.
“Mr Lay’s exceptional experience, integrity and strong commitment to the community makes him an ideal appointment as chair of the new board,” Victorian ambulance services minister Jill Hennessy said in a media release.
“Mr Lay has driven improvements in governance and organisational change at Victoria Police, turning it into one of the most pre-eminent police forces in the region, and I know he will do the same at Ambulance Victoria.
“Already, in the past 10 months, we’ve seen improvements in our ambulance services – the culture is better, the workforce is better supported, and response times are improving. But, there is more to do, and Mr Lay is the right person for the job.”
One key improvement to the system was a $99 million boost for ambulance services in the 2015-16 Victorian budget. Those funds will be put toward vehicles and equipment.
Mr Lay will oversee Ambulance Victoria until mid-2018.
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