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Ray Creen joins St John Ambulance SA as CEO

Highly respected emergency services leader Ray Creen has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance SA.

Mr Creen is currently the NSW Ambulance Services Commissioner and has a long and impressive pedigree with a career beginning as a paramedic, before going on to hold the most senior of health and ambulance operational and leadership roles in the United Kingdom and Australia.

St John Ambulance SA Chairman, Mal Hyde has welcomed Mr Creen’s appointment as a major coup for the organisation.

“We are delighted to have someone of Ray’s stature take over the role of CEO of St John Ambulance SA,” he said.

“He brings not only a broad depth of knowledge and experience to the role but also a proven ability to unite teams and drive operational and commercial success.

“He’s certainly well credentialed for St John, has a commitment to service excellence and understands and appreciates volunteers. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Before commencing his role with NSW Ambulance Service in 2013, Mr Creen had been the CEO of the SA Ambulance Service since 2008.

“My wife and I are delighted to be returning to Adelaide and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of taking St John Ambulance SA forward to meet the emerging challenges in our field,” said Mr Creen.

“I’ve come full circle having joined my local Cadet Division of St John Ambulance when I was just 12 years of age. So to now be leading the organisation in South Australia is a huge honour and a thrill.”

Under Mr Creen’s stewardship, SA Ambulance Service was acknowledged as having risen to be one of the top performing ambulance services in Australia and became renowned for its innovative approach to delivering high-quality, patient focused out-of-hospital care.

In 2012, he also took on the management and governance of three additional agencies of SA Health – SA Pathology, SA Pharmacy and SA Imaging under the banner of Statewide Clinical Support Services.

During his tenure with the NSW Ambulance Services, Mr Creen has been described as a ‘hero’ to many paramedics who built a Facebook page devoted to “Ray Creen, Ambo Legend” and credited him with building extraordinarily positive morale within their organisation.

He’s also been praised for his ‘hands on’ approach to his role in NSW, where he has regularly headed out on the road with crews, earning the tangible admiration of his team.

“I’ve been lucky to work with some terrific people and been able to galvanise teams to mutually achieve great results,” said Mr Creen.

“I am very much looking forward to doing the same with St John Ambulance SA.”

It’s anticipated Mr Creen will commence his role in mid September.