London Ambulance Service NHS Trust - Chair

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £35,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Heather Lawrence OBE from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021 as Chair of London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. She is entitled to receive a remuneration of £40,000 per annum. Ms Lawrence has no declared political activity.

Date: 29/03/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    21/02/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. This is a unique opportunity to lead the Board of Directors to continue the improvement journey of the Trust, improving patient experience, staff experience, and improving quality and value.

LAS is the largest and busiest ambulance service in the UK and the only London-wide NHS Trust.  It has over 5,300 staff and over 1,100 vehicles providing a 24/7 service for Londoners, commuters and visitors to the capital.  LAS covers around 620 square miles and work from 70 bases.  The trust’s fleet is being constantly developed and now includes: 446 ambulances, 208 cars, 21 motorbikes and 78 bicycles.

In 2017/18 LAS answered 1.9 million 999 calls and attended 1.2 million incidents. The trust’s NHS 111 service answered 356,826 calls.

LAS’s main role is to respond to emergency 999 calls, getting medical help to patients with serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.

However, many of its patients have less serious illnesses or injuries, and do not need to be sent an ambulance on blue lights and sirens. LAS has a range of clinicians and vehicles to respond to less urgent situations and is providing an increasing amount to telephone only support.

Person Specification

We are looking for candidates who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of London. Candidates will be able to demonstrate  that they have undertaken a range of board level leadership roles. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experience from different sectors, as well as from health, to this demanding role.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Additional Information

For an informal and confidential discussion with Garrett Emmerson, Chief Executive please contact his PA Jacqui Galletta on 020 7783 2571 or by emailing

For general enquiries and to request an information pack contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing

How to Apply

Please contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing for full details

Closing date for receipt of applications:  12 noon on 21 February 2019

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