13 July 2015
Operations, Jason Killens, today (13 July) announces that he is to
leave London Ambulance Service to take up a new role as Chief
Executive of South Australia Ambulance Service.
Jason, who has worked for the Service for 19 years, was approached
by the South Australia Health Authority earlier in the year to take
up this senior position.
It will see him lead a workforce of nearly 3,000 staff covering an
area the size of France and Germany combined.
Jason said: “It will be a real wrench to leave London where I have
lived and worked all my life. But this an exciting opportunity with
new challenges. As well as a large city, South Australia Ambulance
Service has vast rural areas which rely on helicopters and
aeroplanes to deliver patient care. It couldn’t be more different
As Director of Operations, Jason has successfully led on the
operational delivery of the Olympic Games, been part of the team
that secured extra investment into London, oversaw the introduction
of a second control room and a new computer dispatch system and
doubled the number of motorbike and cycle responders in the
Jason joined the Service when he was 21 years old as an emergency
medical technician treating patients in East London. He went on to
take up senior roles leading teams of ambulance staff before being
promoted to Director of Operations in 2013.
Chief Executive, Fionna Moore, said: “Jason has made an outstanding
contribution to the Service and he will be greatly missed. On
behalf of the Executive Management Team, I would like to
congratulate him on his new role and wish him the very best for the
Director of Performance, Paul Woodrow, will act as interim Director
of Operations until a permanent appointment is made.
Jason said: “London Ambulance Service has had a difficult couple of
years but we are turning the corner. Response time performance is
improving and we have recently recruited hundreds more frontline
“I have always been proud to work for the Service and feel
confident it will continue to go from strength to strength
providing a good service to patients in London.”
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