Appointment of non-executive directors

The London Ambulance Service is pleased to announce the appointment of three non-executive directors of the Trust: Caroline Silver, Roy Griffins CB, and Dr Ingrid Prescod.

Caroline Silver, 43, took up her post on 1 March 2006 and will serve on the Trust Board until 28 February 2010. A chartered accountant, Mrs Silver is Vice Chairman of the Investment Banking Division at US investment bank, Morgan Stanley. In her 12 years at Morgan Stanley, she has specialised in advising on international mergers, acquisitions and financings, particularly in the financial services and healthcare sectors. Previously, she worked at Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and at Morgan Grenfell (now Deutsche Bank).

She said: “I am delighted to be in a position to contribute to the future of the London Ambulance Service. I look forward to using my financial skills and experience to help this incredibly important organisation with the financial and operational challenges we face in today’s environment.”

Roy Griffins CB, 59, also took up his post on 1 March 2006 and will serve on the Trust Board until 28 February 2010. He is Director General of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, having served as UK Director of Civil Aviation between 1999 and 2004. Previously, he worked as Director of Public Affairs at Eurotunnel plc after a career of nearly 30 years spent in the British civil and diplomatic service, mostly in international, transport and environment posts. Mr Griffins was made a Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am pleased and proud to be part of a service on which millions of Londoners rely.”

Dr Ingrid Prescod, 47, will take up her post on 1 April 2006 and will serve on the Trust Board until 31 March 2010. She acts as a consultant to organisations on a variety of organisational development issues including assessment, selection and talent-management strategies.

She is also an Associate Director in the Centre for Management Development at the London Business School. Previously, Dr Prescod was Director of Management and Professional Development for the Oracle Corporation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

This followed a period of 15 years in senior management development roles in a number of sectors, including local government, financial services and information technology. Dr Prescod’s doctoral research was in the field of career development and the predictors of progression.

“I am delighted at the prospect of serving on the Board of the London Ambulance Service,” commented Dr Prescod. “It gives me the opportunity to act on my passions for improving health and organisational performance. I hope that my experience and the perspective I bring will be of benefit to the Service.”

Each of the three non-executive posts carries a remuneration of £5,673 per annum. None of the appointees holds any other ministerial positions nor have they declared involvement in any other political activity.

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