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Chief Executive Peter Bradley to leave the Service

Peter Bradley Chief Executive

Peter Bradley has today announced that he will be leaving the London Ambulance Service to take up the post of Chief Executive of St John for New Zealand, a role which will include running the ambulance service.

Peter, who has led the Service for 12 years, will continue as Chief Executive until later this year, allowing him to ensure that the Service plays its role in delivering a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He will then move to New Zealand, returning to the organisation where he first embarked on his career with the ambulance service.

Peter said: “I feel really privileged and proud to have led the London Ambulance Service over the last 12 years. It is, in my view, the best capital city ambulance service in the world. More importantly, I’ve seen the care we provide to Londoners improve significantly; more of our most critically ill and injured patients are surviving, and our patients are having their 999 calls answered and responded to quicker than ever. Our highly professional staff are now able to diagnose and treat a wider range of medical conditions, working with the rest of the health service in the capital to ensure patients receive the best possible care for their needs.

“I will be sad to leave, but this opportunity which has come out of the blue brings new and exciting challenges which I’m looking forward to.” 

Chairman Richard Hunt said: “The offer of a role in New Zealand as Chief Executive of an organisation where he started his ambulance service career is, of course, a tremendous opportunity for Peter, and one that couldn’t be missed. He will continue with the London Ambulance Service to ensure delivery of the busy summer of events in London, culminating with the Olympics and Paralympics. This will be a fitting conclusion to Peter’s career in the capital.

“Peter has given tremendous service over 12 years as Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service and has contributed extensively on a wider basis through his role as National Ambulance Director for the Department of Health. We will, of course, lose his committed and dedicated approach at a time of further change across the NHS. He is well respected by all those that work with him, none more so than by his colleagues in the London Ambulance Service. However, he will in due course leave with our very best wishes for future success in a new and challenging role in New Zealand.”

Peter has agreed with the Chairman that he will remain in post until later this year. The recruitment process for his successor will begin in due course.


Note to editors:

  • Peter Bradley joined the London Ambulance Service in May 1996 as Director of Operations and was appointed Chief Executive and Chief Ambulance Officer in 2000.
  • He has worked for 20 years in a variety of posts with ambulance services in New Zealand, mostly as a paramedic and latterly as Chief Ambulance Officer of the Auckland Ambulance Service.
  • Peter holds an MBA from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and he was appointed CBE in the 2005 New Year Honours.
  • In his additional role for the Department of Health as National Ambulance Director, he led the strategic review of NHS ambulance services in England, Taking Healthcare to the Patient, which was the catalyst for the transformation in ambulance services over the last seven years. 
  • In 2011 Peter, along with colleagues, established the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. The Association, of which he is also the Chairman, plays a key role in setting the strategic direction for ambulance services nationally.
  • St John in New Zealand is a charitable organisation with a volunteer ethos. The organisation provides a range of services including emergency and non-emergency ambulance services for approximately 90 per cent of New Zealand’s population, emergency care and first aid at public events, transport for people to their health appointments, first aid training and health-related products and services to the community.
  • For further information about the London Ambulance Service or this news release please contact the communications department on 020 7783 2286.
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