London Ambulance Service NHS Trust Chief Executive Peter Bradley visited Buckingham Palace today to receive his CBE from the Queen.
Peter was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the NHS in the New Year’s Honours list.
Speaking after his trip to the palace, Peter said: “The Queen asked me how long I had been in the job and said it had been a difficult year for the London Ambulance Service but was very complimentary about us.
“I was very proud—ambulance services do not normally get the recognition they deserve and the award came as a complete surprise to me, so to go to Buckingham Palace to receive it was terrific.
“Our Service has come a long way and it is nice that the Queen recognises that.”
Since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2000, Peter has led the Service through a period of transformation which has seen greater investment in staff, ambulances, technology and equipment.
Last year he was appointed to the part-time post of National Ambulance Advisor to the Department of Health and wrote the National Ambulance Review, which proposed radical changes for ambulance services nationwide.
Peter said he had accepted the honour on behalf of everyone in the organisation who continued to work hard to improve the Service.
Born in Leeds, Peter moved to New Zealand when he was 15 and spent 20 years working for the ambulance service there, rising to the position of Chief Ambulance Officer of the Auckland Ambulance Service. He returned to the UK in 1996 and served as Director of Operations at the London Ambulance Service before taking up his current post.
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