Martin Flaherty OBE, QAM joined London Ambulance Service (LAS) in 1979 as a front-line ambulance technician and paramedic and followed this with 25 years as a manager and executive director in a variety of positions. He was responsible for coordinating the emergency medical response to the 7th July bombings in 2005, work for which he was awarded an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours. He became Deputy Chief Executive of LAS in May 2009.
Following stints on secondment with the Irish Ambulance Service/HSE as Strategic Ambulance Advisor and at Great Western Ambulance Service as Interim Chief Executive, Martin was also the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the LAS Olympic and Paralympic Programme. This was a five year programme culminating in the successful delivery of the 2012 Games in London. Martin ended his career with LAS in January 2013 as interim CEO before taking up his role as Managing Director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE).
Martin successfully managed AACE as Managing Director for over 10 years seeing the organisation grow significantly both in size, revenue and reputation but also in the scale of the membership offer it provides to its members. Martin stood down from this role on October 1st 2023 and took up a new role with AACE as the Director of Operational Development and Quality Improvement, where he will continue to manage the extensive range of contracted support services provided to members as well as remaining the AACE operational lead.
Martin received the Queen’s Ambulance Medal for distinguished service in the 2021 New Year Honours List.