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The National Ambulance LGBT Network was created in August 2015 with the purpose of bringing together all NHS Ambulance Service LGBT staff networks, as well as providing an overarching support body and promoting equity across the United Kingdom

Alistair Gunn

Alistair Gunn

Chairperson

Planning and Development Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

alistair.gunn@nhs.net

Alistair left a career in teaching in 2003 and joined the Ambulance Service as an Emergency Medical Technician. After four years working on the emergency ambulances in the East Riding of Yorkshire, he moved into a management role, initially as Service Improvement Manager when three former services merged to become Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

He has worked in a number of management roles including operational management and developmental roles. This has included leading the implementation of technologies, creating training courses, working on the modernisation of services and linking with Primary Care Trusts and hospitals to set up and deliver commissioned services. His current role is working within the Planning and Development Team, responding to tenders and assisting with the development of sustainable service delivery models.

Aside from his formal CV, Alistair has been involved in a number of voluntary and part-time roles for LGBT projects. This began in 1996 as one of the founder members of Manchester’s Peer Support Project, aimed at young people disaffected from education and unable to gain the right support in schools. After moving back to Yorkshire Alistair ran the Gay Youth Group in Sheffield for three years and later moved on to work for, and later jointly manage, a gay men’s health and wellbeing project.

In 2011 Yorkshire Ambulance Service formed an LGBT Network to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered colleagues and Alistair has acted as Chair to the group since the start. In 2016 Alistair was elected as Chair to the National Ambulance LGBT Network and has led on developing the branding, creating a new website and also planning the future direction of the Network.

In 2018 Alistair was awarded an Outstanding Service Award by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives in recognition of work to progress the LGBT agenda in the Ambulance Service and development of the National Ambulance LGBT Network.