UK | AACE Welcomes New Chair


The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) has welcomed the Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Service Daren Mochrie QAM as its new Chair, following the culmination of two successful terms and almost eight years at the helm for Anthony Marsh QAM, the Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

AACE Managing Director Martin Flaherty OBE said: “The backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic means this is a particularly challenging time for ambulance services so the kind of strong leadership that we have enjoyed over the past eight years will be absolutely key to the ongoing progress of AACE and the wider ambulance sector. This is why we are especially pleased to welcome Daren Mochrie as our new Chair and look forward to working alongside him to support the development of our growing organisation while ensuring the voice of the ambulance sector is clearly heard.

“Our outgoing Chair, Professor Anthony Marsh, has been an inspirational figure in so many ways and has overseen the growth of AACE since July 2012. We are all grateful for the commitment and hard work he has devoted to the role and know that he will continue to play an important part in the future of AACE, providing input and ideas as a highly proactive chief executive.”

Commenting on his appointment Mr Mochrie said: “I am honoured to be the new AACE Chair and will aim to maintain the high standards of exemplary leadership shown by Anthony Marsh during his double term in office. With thirty two years of NHS & ambulance sector experience I believe I’m ideally placed to lead AACE during these unprecedented times. My priorities are to ensure that AACE speaks with one strong voice while building relationships and networks that will increase our prominence within the Health and Social Care system and show how ambulance services can provide genuine solutions to so many system-wide challenges.”

The outgoing Chair Professor Anthony Marsh said: “It has been a real pleasure to lead AACE, taking the organisation from its infancy into the powerful agent for change that it is today. It is vital that the ambulance sector has a strong membership body to fight its corner and to help support the development of constantly evolving patient care. I know that Daren will do an excellent job and feel comfortable that I have passed the baton on to a very safe pair of hands.”

Daren will assume the AACE Chair role from 01 August 2020 for a three-year term.

About the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE)

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) is a membership organisation providing ambulance services with a central body that supports, coordinates and implements nationally agreed policy. The primary focus of AACE is the ongoing development of the UK ambulance service and the improvement of patient care. Aside from this, the organisation provides the general public and other stakeholders with a central resource of information about UK ambulance services. AACE also engages in carefully chosen consultancy activities designed to help improve ambulance services in general, both at home and abroad. More information is available at

About Daren Mochrie QAM, MBA, Dip IMC RCSEd, MCPara

Daren Mochrie is the CEO of North West Ambulance Service, which covers a population of 7.5m, over 5,400 square miles, around 8,500 staff & volunteers responding to 5.3m 999, 111 & non- emergency calls a year. With over 32 years’ experience in the NHS (29 in the ambulance sector), Daren is a registered paramedic, holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Napier University, Edinburgh and was one of the first paramedics to gain a Diploma in Immediate Medical Care, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. Daren has spent most of his career in Scotland, several years working in Operating Theatres in NHS Lothian, 26 years in the Scottish Ambulance Service, two years as CEO of South East Coast Ambulance Service before joining NWAS. In 2013 he was awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal (QAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for distinguished service.

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