South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) has announced that Tricia McGregor, one its non-executive directors, has sadly passed away.

Tricia, from Epsom, Surrey, died after a short but serious illness.

She was a speech and language therapist and visiting professor, bringing more than 30 years' experience in healthcare and social enterprise.

SECAmb chair, David Astley, said the trust's thoughts were with Tricia’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"Tricia was truly committed to helping the Trust to provide the very best services possible to our patients and in supporting our staff and volunteers and remained completely focussed on this despite her illness.

"I know she will be very much missed by her fellow Directors, colleagues and volunteers throughout the Trust.”

Tricia had joined SECAmb in January 2018 and was serving a three-year term with the trust.

A visiting professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, Tricia served on a number of SECAmb’s Board Committees, including chairing the Quality & Patient Safety Committee from October 2018 onwards.

She joined SECAmb with more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare, social enterprise, and employee-owned sectors.

She was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to social enterprise, while serving as Managing Director for CSH Surrey (formerly Central Surrey Health).