Who’s Who

img-20180629-wa0004Ross Herbert – Branch President

Ross is a Paramedic based in Edinburgh. Originally from the Isle of Skye, he moved to the Capital in 2002, when he joined the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Starting as an Ambulance Care Assistant, he has progressed up through the various operational grades and enjoys the challenges and varied nature of the job.

As a long standing member of firstly, the Ambulance Service Union and subsequently the GMB, Ross is a passionate trade unionist who is proud to represent the members of this Branch. Working alongside committed colleagues who share the same values, he is motivated by helping others and promoting the collective strength of an organised workforce. In 2018, Ross was elected as Branch President and hopes to continue facilitating the growth of GMB within the Service.

Married with 2 children, he enjoys football, music and travel in his spare time.



Garry-CollGary Coll – Branch Convenor












Robert Pollock – Branch Vice Convenor 

Mr Robert Pollock, worked in the telecommunication industry from 1976 until 1981, worked in British Rail in Glasgow before moving to Liverpool for a promotional transfer.

Returned to Glasgow to work in telecom industry in 1983 and worked for several companies before joining sky Television installation side of the business, was promoted from senior Engineer to Northern Regional Manager covering all Scotland and North East England.

The last 14 Years involved customer services and trouble shooting on behalf of Sky customer services along with a massive recruitment drive of engineering staff to cope with the massive increase in demand for Sky Television.

Left sky Just before the millennium to join the SAS starting off on PTS before qualifying as a paramedic in 2004, Was a member of unite the union until the well documented exodus in 2011, Joined GMB and accepted the role president, in March 2018 he stepped down as president and is now Vice Convenor.

5 children 7 grand children. Children aged 32 down to 8 years and grand children ages 12 down to 1 year, Grand daughter Karah current world champion free style dance champion and has held the title for 3 years. Married to Debbie who works in mental Health as a Nursing assistant.

Enjoy union activity and privileged to work on behalf of over 1100 members striving for better terms and conditions within the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Hobbies: horse racing, football, boating, camping and foreign travel.



John-MarrJohn Marr – Branch Secretary

John joined the Army straight from school and after 6 years service left and joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in Stornoway, 5 years later he transferred to Inverness where he joined Helimed 2, he then worked in Inverness station for 27 year until his retirement in 2017, at the same time John held a commission in the Royal Air Force Reserves for 15 years. John is married to Emma and they have one daughter Sophie, as his past time he runs Battlefield Select Tours taking clients direct from Scotland to the battlefields of northern Europe. John feels that GMB@SAS is the way forward to improve conditions and protect staff and fight for their wellbeing. Over the past year we have had an influx of over 600 new members and the more that join the stronger and united we become and hopes that in the near future we will have one union within the service for all SAS staff.

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