New Chief Executive joins London Ambulance Service

30 May 2017

Today (30 May) London Ambulance Service’s new Chief Executive, Garrett Emmerson, takes up his role.

Garrett said he is “proud and honoured” to be appointed as Chief Executive and says it is “an exciting time to join the Service”.

Setting out his immediate priorities over the next few weeks, Garrett said: “The quality of our patient care is already good and we will continue deliver excellent health care to Londoners in the face of increasing demand.

“I want to build on progress already made in the last two years and help set the Service’s longer term vision and strategy.”

On his first day in the Service, Garrett met ambulance crews, motorbike and cycle responders as well as control room staff and those supporting frontline operations in the back office.

Garrett, who was previously Transport For London’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, says he is proud to work in “one of the greatest cities in the world”.


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Notes to editors:

  • Andrew Grimshaw – who has been undertaking the role of Chief Executive since Christmas 2016 – will be leaving the Service in June to become the Chief Financial Officer at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK that provides healthcare that is free to patients at the time they receive it.
  • We have over 5,000 staff, who work across a wide range of roles based in 70 ambulance stations.
  • We serve more than nine million people who live and work in the London area. We take over 1.8 million emergency calls a year.
  • For more information please contact the Communications Team on 020 7783 2286 or communications@londonambulance.nhs.uk