London Ambulance Service has announced that Antony Tiernan will join the LAS as director of communications and engagement.
He has more than 20 years of health related communications experience and he joins LAS from NHS England and NHS Improvement where he has spent the last four and a half years in senior strategic communications roles including leading the NHS70 campaign to celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service.
Tiernan will lead the external communications, internal communications and partnerships teams as well as leading on volunteering for the Trust. He started his career at the award-winning charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer and was an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer. He worked in public affairs for a number of national charities, before joining the NHS in 2003.
He joined NHS England in 2014 and has held a number of high profile roles, including leading the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations, which were named as one of PR Week’s top campaigns in 2018. He currently manages a team of 65 including digital, publishing, events and strategic communications, including leading on EU Exit. He speaks regularly at conferences and sits on a number of boards in a voluntary capacity. In 2018, he was named by the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) as one of the UK’s top PR people.
The London Ambulance Service is a NHS trust responsible for operating ambulances and answering and responding to urgent and emergency medical situations within the London region of England. The service responds to 999 and 111 phone calls, providing triage and advice to enable an appropriate level of response.