Our implausible 4: Greg Lloyd QAM, Gill Pleming QAM, Peter Richards BEM and Tomos Hughes BEM

FOUR Welsh Ambulance Service volunteers and employees have been named within the Queen’s 2019 New 12 months’s honours checklist in recognition of their achievements and excellent service.

Newport-based Group First Responder (CFR) volunteer Peter Richards is a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for his long-standing dedication to serving the neighborhood and supporting different organisation actions, together with charity work in Africa.

One other volunteer CFR, Tomos Hughes, has additionally been awarded a BEM for his work in putting in defibrillators within the Conwy Valley, together with one on the high of Snowdon, and managing lots of extra of the life-saving machines throughout North Wales.

Lastly, Utilisation Supervisor Gill Pleming and Head of Medical Providers Greg Lloyd choose up Queen’s Ambulance Service Medals (QAM) for his or her distinguished service, each having labored for the ambulance service for greater than 30 years.

The honours recipients related to Welsh Ambulance Service was introduced late on Friday night (December 28) by the Cupboard Workplace. They had been amongst greater than 1,100 individuals named, many for work of their communities.

Peter Richards BEM

In his 9 years volunteering for Welsh Ambulance, retired instructor Peter has helped others all through Caldicot, Chepstow and Newport in addition to his dwelling village Llanvaches. Co-ordinating a number of CFR schemes, Peter trains different CFRs and supplies defibrillator instruction. He’s additionally a key member of our Partnership Abroad Networking Belief Charity Ambulance staff, working with colleagues in Uganda.

Peter stated: “I’m very proud. I take this as an award not for me however in recognition of the entire staff, and my spouse. You need to have a associate who’s sympathetic. It does intervene with life. In the midst of meal, pager goes off and off you go. However I wouldn’t change something for the world.”

Tomos Hughes BEM

Tomos is a volunteer that’s been instrumental within the deployment and use of defibrillators within the Conwy Valley and now extra broadly manages a community of Public Entry Defibrillator Websites (PADS) throughout North Wales. Tomos contributes an outstanding quantity of voluntary hours to the scheme yearly and regularly promotes the position of the CFR, recruiting and coaching new members and fundraising for further gear to assist the supply of care by his staff.

Tomos stated: “I used to be utterly shocked and overwhelmed once I acquired my invitation onto the New 12 months Honours checklist. I want to thank the communities for his or her assist and my household and associates together with my colleagues from Welsh Ambulance Service. I really feel extraordinarily proud once I see individuals I’ve helped getting higher and carrying on with their lives. Individuals ought to prepare as CFRs as they assist make a distinction within the early minutes of an emergency name and may save lives inside the local people.”


Jason Killens, Chief Govt Officer of Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Belief, stated: “I’m delighted for Peter and Tomos on the information of this particular award in recognition of their tireless work in assist of their native communities.

“Our volunteer Group First Responders play a significant position in supporting the supply of emergency care in Wales and their compassion, coupled with their dedication to coaching, professionalism and use of community-based life-saving gear, function an inspiration to us all.”

Gill Pleming QAM

Gill joined the previous Gwynedd County Ambulance Service in 1982 and have become a Management Supervisor following the merger of county ambulance companies into the North Wales Ambulance Service. In 2008 she moved to South Wales to assist set up a brand new South East Wales Medical Contact Centre (CCC). Gill returned to North Wales to handle the CCC at Llanfairfechan and performed a number one position within the introduction of the Belief’s new Computed Aided Dispatch System in 2017. In the identical 12 months, the Belief’s three CCCs had been accredited as Centres of Excellence by the Worldwide Academy of Emergency Dispatch (IAED), a challenge through which Gill was a pivotal determine.

Gill stated: “I really feel privileged, honoured and humbled to have received this award. It’s recognition not only for me however for all of the individuals previous and current that I’ve labored with, all through my profession within the Ambulance Service. It acknowledges our dedication, dedication, teamwork and professionalism.

“I’ve been so lucky to have labored with and study from some implausible leaders and other people over time, in a tremendous organisation.”

Greg Lloyd QAM

Greg served as a cadet when he joined South Glamorgan Ambulance Service in 1986. He was operational lead for the event of the Alcohol Remedy Centre in Cardiff and volunteered to hitch the NHS Wales Medical Workforce in Sierra Leone following the Ebola outbreak in 2014-15. As Head of Medical Operations since 2016, Greg has continued to modernise the ambulance service’s scientific surroundings and has performed a key position within the implementation of the revised scientific mannequin.

Greg stated: “I really feel actually humbled and privileged realizing that considered one of my colleagues has nominated me for the award and hope indirectly I’ve helped to enhance the service we offer, for employees and sufferers.

“I began my profession at 16 when the then Chief Ambulance Officer, Keith Goodall took on a bunch of Ambulance cadets. I stay extraordinarily grateful to Keith for his assist and steerage he gave to all of us which has stood the take a look at of time.

“I nonetheless really feel a fantastic sense of delight to work for the Belief and really feel very fortunate have labored alongside so many devoted, skilled and simply implausible individuals over time.”


Jason stated: “On behalf of the Ambulance Service I congratulate Gill and Greg on being awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal.

“Their dedication to the service of our communities for greater than 30 years has made a major and lasting contribution to the standard and supply of emergency care in Wales and it’s an honour to work with such dedicated and inspirational individuals who have made such a constructive impression for thus many sufferers.”


In whole, 70% of awards within the New 12 months’s Honours Checklist went to individuals who have undertaken excellent work in or for his or her local people.

Jason added: “To have two volunteers and two employees named within the New 12 months’s Honours Checklist is a tribute to their contribution to the ambulance service, a mirrored image on the dedication and excessive requirements all our individuals uphold and to the service supplied in assist of our communities.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the Welsh Ambulance Service and to work alongside individuals resembling Peter, Tomos, Gill and Greg who epitomise what the service is all about and assist lead our contribution to the care and wellbeing of the individuals of Wales.”


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