London Ambulance Service appoints new senior leadership team members

London Ambulance Service has announced the appointment of a new non-executive director and an associate non-executive director to support its Trust board building a world-class ambulance service.

Dr Anne Rainsberry CBE

With a professional background in HR and management, Dr Anne Rainsberry has 32 years’ experience working in the NHS at local, regional and national levels. Before joining healthcare and life sciences consultancy Carnall Farrar as managing partner in 2017, Anne was London regional director at NHS England for four years where she led major service changes in the capital including the reconfiguration of cancer and cardiac services. Anne’s tandem role as the national executive lead for emergency preparedness – ensuring the NHS has resilience to cope with incidents from extreme weather to terrorist attacks – also brought her into frequent contact with emergency services including London Ambulance Service. Previously, Anne was chief executive of NHS NW London and Deputy Chief Executive of NHS London and through her career has held a number of managerial NHS roles in London and the south east. Anne was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to the NHS.

Speaking of her appointment as non-executive director, she said:

“London Ambulance Service has a huge opportunity to transform healthcare in the capital over the next decade and I am excited to be part of that work.

“I am looking forward to supporting the board as they deliver on their strategy at such a profoundly challenging time for the NHS and its staff.”

Line De Decker

For 24 years, Line De Decker has worked at senior levels in large corporations leading them through transformational change programmes. Line has been with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for over 13 years in HR business partner roles of increasing responsibility before last year becoming Head of the GSK Transformation Office charged with preparing the organisation for separation and creating two new companies. Before GSK, Line worked at DuPont, UCB and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Speaking of her appointment as Associate Non-Executive Director, Line said:

“I am delighted to be able to use my experience of cultural change and transformation to make a contribution to this wonderful city.“

“I want to help guide the board in their complex role as they lead the thousands of London Ambulance Service staff who make a difference to millions of Londoners each year.”

Heather Lawrence OBE, chair of the Trust board, said:

“As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital we keep driving forward the strategic change necessary to fulfil our vision to be a world-class ambulance service.

“I am delighted to confirm these appointments to the board. All bring different perspectives, but each of them appreciate the importance of supporting our people as we deliver change during such challenging times.”

Dr Anne Rainsberry took up her role on 1 May and Line De Decker takes up her role in June. The appointments follow the departure of non-executive director Jayne Mee. Trust Chair Heather Lawrence said:

“I would like to thank Jayne for her dedication and the advice brought to the Board throughout this unprecedented time for London Ambulance Service.”

The London Ambulance Service trust board is responsible for appointing non-executive directors through a process of open advertising and formal selection interview, and NHS Appointments then ratifies them.