Peter Payne is retiring from the NSW Ambulance service.

Since starting his career at Bankstown in 1976, Peter Payne has played an integral part in the NSW Ambulance story.

Over the decades, he has worked across many parts of the organisation, from Clinical Operations, Control Centres, Aeromedical Operations to his current role as Director of Data Analytics.

He even helped establish the NSW Ambulance Media Unit. Peter has had many proud moments throughout his long career but it was the day he saw his son, Josh graduate and put on his epaulettes as a paramedic that he holds close to his heart.

“It was one of my proudest moments, albeit I really didn’t want him to be a paramedic,” Peter said.

“I admired his determination and commitment to achieve that goal. It was a special day.”

Peter highlighted his mentors in his early working days who set him up with good routines for his rise through the ranks.

“The mentors and friends I met early in my career really had a positive impact on my progression. They taught me to do things the right way the first time and form good habits.”

NSW Ambulance Chief Executive Dr Dominic Morgan emphasised Peter’s leadership as one of his greatest assets. “Peter’s been a role model, mentor and friend for countless members of the NSW Ambulance family, including myself,” he said.

“I wish him all the very best on his retirement after a tremendous innings of 45 years.”

Peter Payne pictured in his younger years.

Peter’s son, Josh praised his father for such a successful career working in a number of areas across the organisation. Josh took to social media to congratulate his dad.

“Congratulations on a stellar career! After 45 years you’re finally hanging up your hat,” he said.

“Words can’t describe how proud you make me.

“Thanks for being the best role model and mate.”

After more than four decades in the job, Peter will be greatly missed by many.

“I’m very fortunate to have had such a great career and met many wonderful people along the way,” Peter said.