Queen’s Ambulance Medal for Garry Fraser

 Monday 15 June 2015

The Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal has been awarded to Garry Fraser, Scottish Ambulance Service General Manager for South West Scotland and the  Air Ambulance Service.

Garry joined the Service in 1997. Always wanting to improve, he ran local clinical workshops for colleagues in his own time and qualified as an Advanced Life Support Instructor. In 2005, Garry was one of a few paramedics to pass the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Diploma in Immediate Medical Care.

Appointed Area Service Manager in 2007, Garry was responsible for managing a number of stations and staff. He was quickly promoted to Head of Ambulance Services, responsible for the South West Ambulance Division as well as the Air Ambulance Service. He used both his managerial leadership experience and clinical credibility to motivate staff and others to achieve consistently high operational performance across South West Scotland. He also worked with partner agencies to establish landing light provision to support the evacuation of critically ill patients off islands at night.

Garry has a unique style and ability to effectively communicate at all levels. For the past four years, Garry managed and directed the re-procurement of the Air Ambulance Service redesign programme and has worked tirelessly and passionately to deliver the new contract and project on time, within scope, and with full staff, clinician and local community stakeholder engagement.

Garry has continued to develop himself in his strategic role by qualifying as an Ambulance Gold Commander and completing an MSc in Leadership from Edinburgh Napier University in 2011.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“I’d like to congratulate Garry on his award on behalf of everyone in the Scottish Ambulance Service and I know that all his colleagues will be delighted for him.  In the eighteen years since he joined the Service Garry has consistently shown the highest standards of professionalism and dedication. He has successfully managed some vital and complex projects, and is an outstanding operational leader.”