A WELSH Ambulance Service leader has received a prestigious appointment endorsed by the King, it was announced today.
Executive Director of Operations Lee Brooks has been entered into the Order of St John for his work to strengthen the partnership between the ambulance service and St John Ambulance Cymru.
The Order of St John is an Order of Chivalry established in 1888 that can award honours to people or organisations who make a selfless contribution to humanity.
Entry is by invitation only – and subject to the sanction of HM The King – in recognition of progress towards its mission and values.
Lee said: “I am humbled but mostly surprised to receive this honour which means even more when bestowed through an external organisation.
“The Welsh Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance Cymru have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship over many years.
“To be recognised as an advocate for the work and values of St John means a huge deal.
“St John Ambulance Cymru support our activity year-round, and likewise, our collective efforts to strengthen community resilience through volunteering, including those who volunteer with St John Ambulance Cymru, can only be a good thing.”
There are approximately 20,000 members of the Order of St John worldwide, all of whom have become members by being honoured by the Sovereign Head for service rendered in furthering the work of the Order.
Members are admitted and promoted in five Grades from Member, Officer, Commander, Knights and Dames, to Bailiff and Dame Grand Cross.
Benjamin Savage, Chief Operating Officer at St John Ambulance Cymru, said: “It’s wonderful to see Lee admitted to the Order of St John.
“The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and St John Ambulance Cymru work closely together as long-standing strategic partners, and through this work Lee has been recognised for his contribution.
“St John Ambulance Cymru volunteers and staff support the work of the Welsh Ambulance Service year-round, providing patient transport and vital first aid cover to the people and communities of Wales.”
Lee’s investiture is later in the year.