An ex-army doctor from Rutland, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Kenya and Uganda, has been appointed medical director at the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
In his new role, Dr Leon Roberts will be responsible for maintaining and improving the clinical standards of 999 care across the six counties covered by the service.
The 41 year old married father of two also works as a critical care doctor with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, East Midland Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) and as a GP associate at Oakham Medical Practice.
During his time in the British Army he rose through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel, and along with tours of duty in Kenya and Uganda, he also served in Sierra Leone, Belize, Canada, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Uganda, he provided medical support for 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment working with a team of 28 regular and reserve soldiers who provided training for 1,800 troops from the Ugandan People’s Defence Force.
Deployed to Singo camp in the south of the country, he had to endure tropical rainstorms and temperatures of up to 34°C as the military personnel delivered combat and counter-insurgency training in rural and urban settings.
Working alongside soldiers from America, France and Denmark on a range of realistic, intelligence driven exercises, the Ugandan soldiers were shown not only how to deal with IEDs and defend a convoy from attack but also how to engage with the local community.
The training was to prepare the Ugandan troops for their deployment as part of the African Union Mission to Somalia.