Ambulance Leadership Forum

ALF 2019:
Book your seat at the top table of UK Ambulance Services

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives Ambulance Leadership Forum takes place 19-20 March, 2019, at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire, UK.


Organisational development, the Carter Review, Project ‘A’ and leadership in the ambulance service are just some of the hot topics on the agenda for the 2019 Ambulance Leadership Forum in March 2019.

Booking is now open – you can register here.

Organised and managed by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) this important event allows senior managers, suppliers and others with an interest in the effective management of ambulance services to join forces to share ideas and best practice in a supportive and high-profile environment.

Delegates from both the UK and overseas can look forward to two days of exceptional speakers and presentations.

Reserve 19-20 March 2019 in your diary now – conference registration is now open and bookings can be made here.

 As ever with this high-level conference and networking opportunity, ALF 2019 is open to all with an interest in pre-hospital urgent and emergency care – clinicians and senior managers through to directors and board members of NHS and associated healthcare bodies, as well as suppliers.

AACE Member Trust attendees should book through their respective CEO’s office.


The Ambulance Leadership Forum has become one of the most significant dates in the ambulance service calendar and among the line-up of speakers for 2019 are:

  • Lord Patrick Carter of Coles – Non-Executive Director of NHS Improvement
  • Professor Michael West – expert in developing effective and innovative organisations / leadership
  • Helen Bevan – NHS Horizons
  • Chris Hopson – CEO NHS Providers
  • Mark Gough – NHS Improvement
  • Helio Vogas – Effective leadership expert
  • …and any others yet to be announced

The Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock has confirmed he is delighted to be invited and keen to participate (subject to parliamentary business). 

Sharing best practice

Day One will focus on the main conference programme while the morning of Day Two will again feature 12 separate sessions across three concurrent conference streams to allow focused groups to learn and exchange ideas of particular interest.  A full agenda will be published on these pages soon.

The ALF Gala Awards Dinner 2019

On the evening of Tuesday 19 March 2019, AACE will host the ALF Gala Awards Dinner to which all are welcome. For this relaxed celebration, dress code is business suit / smart casual (uniform or black tie is not required).

As always, the Gala Awards Dinner will be an excellent opportunity for Ambulance Leadership Forum attendees to applaud excellence, discuss developments from the last year, and network with colleagues. We anticipate a great opportunity for social and business engagement at the event, with a special guest host for the night.

However, most importantly, the evening provides an opportunity for AACE and colleagues to recognise members of staff from across all UK ambulance services who have provided truly outstanding service, going above and beyond the call of duty in a variety of categories that represent the whole breadth of service delivery.

Register to attend ALF 2019 here.

Research papers

For the first time at ALF we will feature five presentations at conference of research papers relevant to ambulance service delivery and leadership (a call for abstracts is here). This welcome addition to the already busy agenda will provide a prestigious platform for those seeking to provide evidence for development and change.

Delegates will also benefit from poster displays of best practice and innovation from around the UK as AACE member services highlight areas of local practice that have potential national significance.

Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance (GPLA) 2019 Summit, 21-22 March

Following the success of the 2018 Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance (GPLA) employee mental health event, ALF 2019 is followed immediately by the 2019 GPLA Summit, taking place at the same venue on 21st and 22nd March.

AACE are proud to host this important summit for another year. The GPLA Summit brings together a firm commitment between ambulance associations from the UK, Canada, America and Australasia to share best practice and research across a wide range of topics and especially to ensure that mental health stigma is mitigated across the pre-hospital care arena.

You can register for the GPLA Summit here.
Please read the booking instructions first.

The programme will include progress over the last 12 months in relation to employee mental health across the host nations considering new research and interventions.  We will also be exploring employee mental health and wellbeing from the wider organisational culture context considering its impact upon our staff. 

We hope to build on last year’s success of colleagues learning from both national and international colleagues, whilst providing ample opportunity for interaction, discussion and solution-finding.

The CAA, PCC, NEMSMA & AACE have ten prepaid places available to them (for the Summit) so liaise with your home association before making your GPLA booking. Use this booking site if you are paying your own way or need further items such as ALF days or additional accommodation.

The venue – Chesford Grange, Warwickshire, UK

Chesford Grange is one of the most accessible and well-appointed conference venues in the west Midlands. It has been traditionally popular with ALF delegates and has over 650 free car parking spaces and high quality free wi-fi for all delegates, as well as an indoor pool and fitness area. Get more details about the hotel on their website here.

Thanks again to our sponsors

We are delighted to announce that the main commercial partner for ALF 2019 will be Optima.

We also extend our sincere thanks to the major sponsors for supporting the event:

More information?For more details contact Steve Irving at AACE on 0207 783 2036 or via

For a recap of ALF 2018, click here.

Register to attend ALF 2019 here.




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