Since we were founded in 1989, our charity has grown from just a few pioneers to a wide team of operational crew and fundraising staff.
Whether it’s our pilots, fire crew or charity team, every member of our workforce has a vital part in providing London with our service. Read their bios to find out how they keep us running.
Dr Gareth Davies
Dr Gareth Davies, consultant in emergency medicine, pre-hospital care and emergency preparedness with Barts Health NHS Trust, has over 25 years experience in the air ambulance industry. He joined London’s Air Ambulance as a registrar in 1993 and served as the medical director from 1996 to 2019 and trustee of the charity from 2006 to 2019. He has developed standards in pre-hospital medical care and a number of innovative procedures, including resuscitative thoracotomy (open-chest surgery), and rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia with intubation. Gareth has been the lead consultant at many of London’s major incidents, including the Paddington Rail Disaster and the 7th of July 2005 Bombings. He became a Trustee and Chair of the London’s Air Ambulance Charity in 2006 and is also a director of EMSC, a company formed to provide clinical governance to a number of UK Air Ambulances. He is also honorary consultant at Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Service and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service.
Professor David Lockey
David Lockey is a consultant at London's Air Ambulance and is on sabbatical until 2020. David formerly was the lead for research and development and served as a trustee of the Charity from 2005 to 2019. He grew up in London and moved to medical school in Newcastle upon Tyne. After graduation he trained in Newcastle, Nottingham, London and Bristol. He also did his intensive care training in Perth, Australia. He is currently a consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia in Bristol, Clinical Director of Severn Major Trauma Network and national director of EMRTS Cymru.
He was a registrar at London's Air Ambulance in 1997 and 2000 and has been a consultant here since 2001. As a military reserve he has worked in the conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He completed an MD (Research) at University College London and has authored around 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters mostly related to trauma and pre-hospital Care. He is co-editor in chief of one medical journal and on the editorial board of two others. He is Honorary Professor in trauma and pre-hospital emergency medicine at Bristol University, Honorary Clinical Professor at Queen Mary, University of London and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Stavanger. He is currently Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Vice and Immediate Past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. He is also a board member of the Trauma Audit and Research Network.
Dr Anne Weaver
Dr Anne Weaver is a consultant at London’s Air Ambulance. In 2004, she became the first female consultant in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care in the UK. Anne has years of experience in pre-hospital care spanning the UK and Australia. In 2007 she became lead clinician for London’s Air Ambulance and co-founded the first pre-hospital care programme in the UK for medical students. She organises mentoring of the undergraduate medical students by London's Air Ambulance doctors. Anne is an honorary consultant, on call to advise crews from South East air ambulances in moments of uncertainty on scene. Anne is also a (resting) trustee of the London’s Air Ambulance charity.
Dr Anne Weaver led the blood on board initiative that brought pre-hospital blood transfusion from battle fields to civilian medicine in March 2012. Not only was a precedent set in London, Anne also led the development of protocols on efficient blood storage and safe administration of blood transfusion in the pre-hospital environment, making this innovation available to any air ambulance, aspiring to deliver the same standards of care.
Dr Gareth Grier
Gareth is a consultant with London’s Air Ambulance, and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care at Barts Health NHS Trust/The Royal London Hospital.
As Clinical Director and Education Lead at The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance, Gareth works closely with the clinical leadership of both The Institute and London’s Air Ambulance to define The Institute’s overall medical strategy. He also defines and leads The Institute’s Education strategy. He has published on the use of hi-fidelity scenario training in pre-hospital medical education, and studied medicine at University of Wales College of Medicine.
Dr Claire Park
Dr Claire Park is a consultant in pre-hospital Care with London’s Air Ambulance and in intensive care and anaesthesia at King's College Hospital.
In addition to years of experience with London’s Air Ambulance, Claire has worked with a number of air ambulances in the South of England, has spent time in the US working with both pre-hospital teams and hospital trauma teams at Shock Trauma in Baltimore and has paediatric retrieval experience with the South Thames Retrieval Service.
Claire is an examiner for the Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and lectures and examines on advanced pre-hospital care courses.
Dr Tom Hurst
Tom is a consultant in pre-hospital care with London’s Air Ambulance and consultant in intensive care medicine and major trauma at King’s College Hospital. He trained predominantly in Greater Manchester before undertaking a secondment to London’s Air Ambulance in 2008. He was clinical lead at East Anglian Air Ambulance from 2011 to 2014 and is now the sub-speciality lead for training in pre-hospital emergency medicine in London.
Dr Ali Sanders
Ali is a consultant with London's Air Ambulance. She is chief of service for emergency medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Ali took on the role of organising the emeritus doctor team following her full time secondment with London’s Air Ambulance in 2008, and continued this role until we switched to our new consultant model in late 2017. Ali is an ex-Olympic rower and has an interest in team performance and human factors.
Dr Jon Chatterjee
John is an anaesthetic consultant at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust with an interest in difficult airway and major trauma management. He is also a major incident medical advisor for London Ambulance Service and has worked for air ambulances in Australia, New Zealand and in the UK, as well as BSAICS, motorsport and event medicine. He provides advice to companies involved in pre-hospital care and education. John is a clinical tutor for The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance, and is proud to be involved in mentoring the next generation
Dr Chrissie Hymers
Chrissie is an emergency physician who trained and works in London. Prior to working with London’s Air Ambulance, Chrissie has worked for air ambulance services in Sydney, Cambridge and Essex & Herts. She has been heavily involved with the charity, representing them in the Redbull Soapbox and Run the Beat half marathon. She is a keen skier, runner and enjoys travelling.
Dr Anna Dobbie
Anna is a consultant in emergency medicine at The Royal London Hospital. She remained an emeritus doctor since her year-long secondment to London’s Air Ambulance in 2008, and was appointed a consultant with our service. She developed an interest in pre-hospital medicine whilst at medical school and gained experience in pre-hospital care in Birmingham before coming to work in London.
She has interests in paediatrics and teaching and her time out of work is mainly spent trying to tame two children.
Dr Sam Sadek
Sam works as a consultant in emergency medicine at The Royal London Hospital and in pre-hospital Care with London's Air Ambulance. He also leads clinical governance at Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, our charity's neighbouring network.
His particular interests include education, innovation and endovascular resuscitation. He led the REBOA project together with others at London's Air Ambulance and aims to work across industries to innovate this and other procedures.
Having flown with many different air ambulances, Sam has found a love for the culture of these close knit teams and a passion for training them to perform in unpredictable and stressful situations.
Out of work Sam loves spending time with his family and occasionally sneaks away to his other great love, the mountains, on his bike or snowboard.
Dr Dom Krzanicki
Dom is a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He has worked with London's Air Ambulance since 2012 and more widely within pre-hospital care since 2004.
"Working as a doctor with London's Air Ambulance requires you to be at the top of your game. I am extremely proud to be part of a world-leading trauma service which helps so many of my fellow Londoners."
Beyond medicine he spends his time with his wife and two children. He is a (distinctly average) triathlete.
Dr Ben Singer
Alongside his role at London’s Air Ambulance, Ben is a consultant in critical care, ECMO and anaesthetics at Barts Heart Centre, St. Bartholomew's Hospital. In addition, he is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London, and also flies for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
His main clinical interests are major trauma, resuscitation, ECMO and, one day, combining all three. He is passionate about the life-saving potential of future pre-hospital innovations. He also has a strong interest in education and research.
When not at work his main hobbies are his family, cooking and wine- preferably all together.
Dr Robbie Lendrum
Robbie has worked with London’s Air Ambulance since 2012. Alongside his role as a Consultant in Pre-Hospital Care with Bart’s Health, he is also a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
He is passionate about developing, delivering and conducting research into innovative pre-hospital resuscitation strategies and treatments, to improve the outcomes for our patients suffering from major trauma in London, the UK and internationally.
Dr Daniel Nevin
Dr Daniel Nevin is a consultant in anaesthesia and pre-hospital care at The Royal London Hospital. Dan has years of experience working in pre-hospital care in both South Africa, where he originally trained, and in the UK. His special interests include trauma, critical care anaesthesia and helicopter emergency medicine. When not at work, Dan is a Springbok rugby fanatic.
Dr Kosti Koivisto-Kokko
Dr Kosti Koivisto-Kokko is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, with a sub-speciality in paediatric anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, from Finland. Before coming to London's Air Ambulance, Kosti had previously worked for air ambulance services in Finland and Queensland, Australia.
In his spare time, Kosti does volunteer work for Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross around the world.
Dr Jonny Scrimshaw
Jonny is an Emergency Physician who lives and works in London. Prior to working at LAAC he has undertaken roles as a HEMS Doctor in the East of England region and been part of the Physician Response Unit at London’s Air Ambulance.
“It is a great privilege to work at London’s Air Ambulance and to care for the people of London. I look forward to giving my very best for the patients and my colleagues in the months to come.”
Andrew is an Anaesthetist with an interest in major trauma who trained and works in London. He has also completed subspecialist pre-hospital emergency medicine training in the West Midlands in 2017 and has previously worked at air ambulances in the East and West Midlands.
Dr Richard Bayliss
Richard is an anaesthetics and intensive care registrar from Yorkshire. His previous pre-hospital experience is with West Yorkshire Medic Response Team based in Leeds.
He teaches on critical care simulation and trauma courses in Leeds and his clinical interest in major trauma was the driving force behind his application to London's Air Ambulance. Away from work he enjoys spending time with his partner and their son.
Andrea joined the London Ambulance Service in 2001 and qualified as a Paramedic in 2006. She was first seconded to London's Air Ambulance in 2014, completed a second secondment in 2017, and became our lead paramedic in 2018.
Nick joined the ambulance service in 2005 whilst completing a degree in paramedic science. He qualified as a paramedic in 2008 and progressed to his current role as a clinical team leader in the north west of London in 2012.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, and being outdoors and adventurous. Nick is also a motorcycle rider and enjoys anything motorcycle-related.
"Being a part of this charity and clinical team has been the single most difficult and rewarding achievement of my career, it’s inspiring to witness everyone’s individual efforts to make this the worlds leading pre-hospital trauma service.
Charlotte joined the London Ambulance Service in 2007 and qualified as a Paramedic in 2011, working in South East London. She joined Fulham Education Centre as a clinical tutor in 2015, and continues to work regularly on ambulances and fast response vehicles in the west sector.
Alex joined the London Ambulance Service in 2007 and progressed through a variety of roles before becoming an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner specialising in Critical Care in 2015. In her spare time, Alex enjoys travel and playing rugby for Cuffley Ladies RUFC, playing in the front row as a loose head prop.
"To join the London's Air Ambulance team is a dream come true. To be involved in a system that provides such high quality care to Londoners is truly inspiring."
Tamara Van Zyl
Tamara was born in South Africa and moved to London at the age of 15. She joined the London Ambulance Service in 2006, and has been seconded to London's Air Ambulance Charity since October 2018. Tamara has performed a number of roles including call taking, paramedic and is now a Clinical Team Leader based at Waterloo Ambulance Station.
"To be working for London’s Air Ambulance Charity is a huge personal achievement and I’m incredibly proud to work alongside a team who are dedicated to deliver excellent pre-hospital trauma care to the people of London.”
Sharon joined the London Ambulance Service in 2005 and has been a paramedic with London's Air Ambulance since November 2013.
"To be part of a team that is so passionate and committed to caring for and treating London's most critically injured trauma patients is both an honour and a privilege." Sharon would like to thank all of her London's Air Ambulance colleagues, her husband Paul, family & friends for all their help and encouragement.
Claire has worked for the London Ambulance Service for over 20 years, initially as an Emergency Technician, and then as a Paramedic. Outside of work she enjoys horse riding and has recently become the proud owner of an ex-racehorse called Red.
“I enjoy new challenges and working as a Paramedic with London’s Air Ambulance is proving to be the best challenge yet. It is amazing to work as part of a small, motivated team providing excellent pre-hospital care.”
Marcus is employed by London Ambulance Service as an Incident Response Officer covering South West London. He has been with the service since 1996, qualifying as a paramedic in 2001. He started his secondment with London’s Air Ambulance in July 2015 and has a keen interest in both pre-hospital care and emergency planning. Marcus holds a Master’s degree in Disaster Healthcare and has worked with charities on placements in Haiti, Kosovo and Gaza.
Chris joined the London Ambulance Service in 2003, spending time on operational duties before moving to a management position based at Trust HQ, Waterloo. Chris has a special interest in emergency preparedness and clinical provision at mass crowd events, leading on the London Ambulance Service Medical Response Team, a bespoke team providing critical care in dense crowds and hostile environs in London. Chris is also a Motorcycle Response Unit Paramedic operating in Central London. When not providing a clinical response Chris regularly delivers educational sessions on clinical care, crowd dynamics and crew resource management.
"To qualify as a Flight Paramedic with London’s Air Ambulance has been a life long ambition. Delivering critical care as part of an advanced trauma team is immensely rewarding.”
Lynsey joined the London Ambulance Service in 2002 and has been a paramedic for the last 6 years working primarily in South East London. Lynsey started her secondment with London’s Air Ambulance in September 2013 having always been interested in advanced Pre-hospital Trauma Care. Before becoming a paramedic, Lynsey was a HGV driver and currently holds a licence to race trucks which she hopes to do again soon in the future.
Steve started his career with the London Ambulance Service in 1988, he now works as a Clinical Team Leader and Motorcycle Paramedic at a central London ambulance station. He started as a paramedic with London's Air Ambulance in 2000 completing a thirteen month secondment before returning to operational duties with the LAS. Since completing his original secondment Steve has continued to be a part of the Emeritus team and is a faculty member of the Pre-Hospital Care Course (PHCC).
JP joined the London Ambulance Service in 2001. He qualified as a Paramedic in 2004 and since has worked in various roles, including in the Cycle Response Team and the Hazardous Area Response Team. His current role is as a Clinical Team Leader, based at New Malden. JP underwent his first secondment with London's Air Ambulance in 2012, then again in 2016.
Tony joined the London Ambulance Service in 1990. Initially working in Central London, it wasn't long before he transferred to the Croydon Complex where he has remained since. He became a Paramedic in 1994 and has gained further qualifications over the years to enhance his skills.
“Joining the London’s Air Ambulance team is an amazing opportunity. Pre-hospital Care of trauma patients is such a difficult, yet rewarding, challenge on a daily basis. To work for and represent this world leading pre-hospital trauma team is a privilege that I am proud of.”
Jason Morris joined London Ambulance Service in 1999, where he has progressed from emergency medical technician to paramedic, through to clinical team leader. He completed his first secondment on London's Air Ambulance in 2009.
While working with London's Air Ambulance he has helped to design the dispatch screens which filter calls to the paramedics working in the London Ambulance Service Emergency Operations Centre. He was involved in the development of the London's Air Ambulance dispatch app, which was a massive team effort involving the London Ambulance Service and EE. The app means that calls deemed suitable for the team are now sent within moments to iPads that are held by the medical team and pilots, to enable tasking to an incident to happen within seconds.
Steve has worked for the London Ambulance Service since 2002 and undertook his first secondment as a paramedic with London’s Air Ambulance in 2012, subsequently continuing to be a part of the Emeritus team.
Steve's time in the Ambulance Service saw him progress from an Emergency Medical Technician through to his current position as a Paramedic Team Leader supporting the Cycle Response team across London. He regularly works on ambulances, cars and bicycles responding to medical emergencies.
Richard joined the LAS in 1998 and has spent the last eight years as Motorcycle Paramedic in Central London. Richard is also partially deaf and wears hearing aids, after learning British Sign Language (BSL). Richard also does deaf outreach work teaching Basic Life Support in BSL and visiting deaf schools as a professional deaf role model.
"When I joined the LAS it was my ambition to become a motorcycle paramedic and an advanced trauma paramedic, I have never let my disability hold me back from fulfilling my ambitions and I am privileged to have achieved both and have the opportunity working for the world's leading pre-hospital trauma service." says Richard.
In his spare time Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children as well as playing guitar, cooking, cycling and riding his Café Racer motorbike.
Laura joined the team at London's Air Ambulance in March this year from her usual role as a senior paramedic with the London Ambulance Service. When she is not working as a flight paramedic she looks after patients in Central London in an ambulance or rapid response vehicle.
"London really is my home, I have grown up, studied and worked here. It is a privilege to be working as part of the team that provides advanced pre-hospital trauma care to the most critically injured patients in our city."
Mezie was born in Nigeria and is currently a final year emergency medicine registrar at the Royal London Hospital with an interest in pre-hospital emergency medicine. He also works for the Metropolitan Police Service as a Forensic Medical Examiner and is passionate about legal medicine and teaching.
"It’s been a privilege to work with the PRU within the community where I’m training and to bring excellent people-centered care to our population".
Dr Sophie Mitchinson
Sophie is an emergency medicine physician from London who is now a Consultant on our Physician Response Unit. In addition to pre-hospital medicine and trauma care, she has a keen interest in teaching, particularly simulation training, having spent a year as a simulation fellow in the emergency department at St George's Hospital, London. Sophie has previously flown with London’s Air Ambulance as an emergency medicine physician and worked on the Physician Response Unit in 2017-2018.
Alongside medicine, Sophie has an interest in endurance events and completed a solo swim across the English Channel in 2005.
Dr Tony Joy
Clinical Lead PRU
Tony qualified in medicine from the University of Sheffield in 2004, shortly after which he volunteered as a doctor providing immediate disaster relief in Sri Lanka following the Boxing Day tsunami. His interest in trauma and emergency care developed, and he gained training in a variety of key trauma-related specialties at The Royal London Hospital including neurosurgery, vascular surgery and orthopaedic surgery before undertaking specialist Emergency Medicine training. In 2011/12 he was a Darzi Fellow in Clinical Leadership, and is particularly interested in human factors relating to clinical performance, team-work and patient safety. He is also passionate about health equality, illness and injury prevention, and improving the processes by which emergency healthcare is delivered.
Tony led the remodelling of our charity's Physician Response Unit, delivered in partnership with Barts Health and London Ambulance Service, in 2017. Tony now leads the service to deliver the emergency department to the patient.
‘Working for London’s Air Ambulance has been an ambition for many years, and I feel privileged to work with such an inspirational group of people in such a high-performing service’.
PRU Clinical Manager
Bill is responsible for managing our charity’s Physician Response Unit team, having begun his time with the service as a paramedic.
Dr David Whittington
Dr David Whittington is a GP-consultant in emergency medicine at The Royal London Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust. Qualifying as a doctor in 1983, he has been a local GP since 1988 and a GP-consultant since 2001. Dr Whittington is now medical director of Harold Wood Polyclinic in Romford and he specialises in urgent care and the interface between general practice and emergency medicine. His interests include walking, music, gardening. His family forgive him for loving his job.
Dr Adam Woodgate
Adam completed basic surgical training as a junior doctor, then higher training in emergency medicine working in many North East London and Essex hospitals. For the last five years he has been a consultant in emergency medicine at The Royal London Hospital, a role which involves being the duty trauma team leader for the North East London and Essex Trauma Network. His interests in the emergency department include violence reduction projects and issues relating to major trauma in the elderly – two areas which relate well to the challenges of the pre-hospital environment.
Dr Shah Rahman
Shah is an Emergency Medicine Registrar seconded to the PRU from the Thames Valley Deanery. Having been born in and studied Medicine in London, Shah enjoys the privilege of returning to look after the local community and the challenges of working in the pre-hospital and emergency department phase of patient care.
"It’s really satisfying when we can help; whether it’s enhanced pain relief, delivering a treatment that’s normally done in the Emergency Department or being able to save a patient and their family the time and inconvenience of a hospital visit when we can leave at home with our point of care laboratory, medication or wound care packs."
James has worked for the London Ambulance Service since 2009, and is currently seconded to the Physician Response Unit (PRU). He hopes that his time with the service will help him to gain extra knowledge, and prepare him to move forwards in his professional development to become a paramedic.
Dan joined the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in 2015. He completed his initial training in Southwark and received qualifications from the Institute of Health Care Development while posted to Forest Hill Ambulance Station in South East London.
Dan later qualified as a solo responder in a fast response vehicle and as a clinical practice educator to mentor trainee emergency crews. He developed a particular interest in the pre-hospital recognition and management of Sepsis.
Prior to joining LAS, Dan served in a number of roles in the Civil Service and in HM Forces Reserves. He was mobilised as part of the UK based security operation at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"I've been very fortunate in my working life to have been able to serve the public in different ways. To now be a part of an incredible team of inspirational people delivering world-class care to patients in the community is an exceptional privilege."
Patrick has worked for the London Ambulance Service for almost four years, joining as a trainee emergency ambulance clinician in early 2015. He has been based in East London throughout this time, most recently at Poplar ambulance station in Tower Hamlets. Following his secondment with the PRU, Patrick hopes to go on to study as a paramedic with the London Ambulance Service.
"I am delighted to have secured a secondment with the PRU because I feel it is a comprehensive and innovate service making a really positive difference to the lives of patients in the local area."
Husna began working in Barts Health NHS Trust after graduating in business management from the University of Westminster in 2016. She has worked in various departments within the trust such as pathology, health records and cancer pathways, where she gained excellent administrative and organisational skills before joining the emergency department. She worked as A&E medical coordinator in The Royal London Hospital before becoming our PRU administrator.
Husna is responsible for supporting the team with administrative duties and helps to enable the smooth running of the service. She oversees the activity data, induction packs, training schedules, rotas and minute taking to ensure ensure the highest standard of office organisation is maintained at all times.
Megan joined The Royal London Hospital in 2014, shortly after qualifying from Cardiff University, and is now a Senior Sister in the Emergency Department. Her interests are in all aspects of emergency nursing, with a particular interest in trauma
Megan started as a PRU nurse in June 2019 and currently splits her time between PRU and the Emergency Department
After a distinguished career in the city, Jonathan comes to London’s Air Ambulance from Social Investment Business, where he dealt with charity and social enterprise investment as the company’s CEO. He has a lifelong commitment to charity work, and has served as trustee for a number of third sector organisations. In his spare time he has also managed to run 12 London Marathons and the 2016 & 2018 Marathon des Sables, raising vital funds for London’s Air Ambulance in the process.
Jonathan lives in West London with his wife Heidi, a headteacher, and their two young children, Maggie and Lottie. He is a lifelong Spurs supporter.
Deputy CEO & Chief Operating Officer
Charles joined London’s Air Ambulance at the beginning of August 2014 as the charity’s first Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for aviation, helipad operations, finance & HR. He is the charity’s Air Operations Certificate (AOC) Accountable Manager and it is in this capacity that Charles assumes responsibility for all aspects of our aviation function, ensuring our compliance with the UK and European regulatory frameworks.
Colonel Charles, as he was formerly known, held various senior positions during his time with the British Army including Chief of Staff at the NATO Training Mission in Iraq where he directed a team of 250 multi-national personnel. Towards the end of his military career he was heavily involved in the operational delivery of Army training and developing Aldershot Garrison’s strategy and planning to meet the Army’s restructuring programme.
Deployed to help London’s Air Ambulance to pursue its strategic goals, Charles’ experience of inspiring and motivating mixed teams is a huge asset to the charity.
Manager of the CEO's Office
Richard is responsible for managing the CEO's office and providing organisational and workload management support to the directors. He also provides the administration resource for the Board and is the primary contact for business systems and office facility issues across the office.
Receptionist and Office Coordinator
Jackie is responsible for manning the incoming calls at the reception desk, dealing with queries and other office admin.
Jackie previously worked in a secretarial role for Rush Green Hospital and on the Arcus Facilities Management helpdesk.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Mark is a banking partner and Head of the Bank sector at Ashurst LLP, where he also sits on the Firm's Global Board. He is one of the leading banking lawyers in the City, with leading expert accreditations in Chambers, Chambers Top 100, Legal 500 and other legal publications. His main fields of expertise are in leveraged and acquisition finance and corporate lending. He has management responsibility for a number of the Firm's key banking clients. He has a private pilot's licence for helicopters and drives a Saracen armoured personnel carrier.
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Sam is Head of the Chairman’s Office at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where she is responsible for the strategic management of the Chairman’s activities.
Sam joined ASI as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017. She joined Aberdeen in 2002 as its first Head of Public Affairs, leading on government relations, industry engagement and policy. Prior to joining AAM, Sam was a director in a leading government relations firm, specialising in financial services M&A and regulation. Sam began her career at Westminster as a speech writer and advisor, working on a range of portfolios at ministerial, select committee and constituency level.
A history graduate from King's College London, Sam is Deputy Chairman of London’s Air Ambulance Charity and co-founder and director of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Charitable Foundation.
In a 19 year broadcasting career as a TV and radio reporter, producer and editor, Will has worked for the BBC, ITN, GMTV & Granada Television. In that time he covered three UK general elections, nine budgets, a U.S presidential election, 9/11, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Hurricane Katrina, and the death of Diana Princess of Wales. Will worked with Boris Johnson as his Director of Communications and official spokesman for the majority of his tenure as London Mayor and oversaw his transition team at the Foreign Office when Mr Johnson was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. In December 2016 he was appointed MD of public affairs at Edelman UK. Will lives in West London - a father of three, he's a Tottenham Hotspur FC supporter, a cycling enthusiast and a golfer.
Adrian is the Group Investment Management Director at Lloyds Banking Group and comes to London’s Air Ambulance with over 30 years’ experience spanning retail, corporate and investment banking activities. Adrian likes spending time with his family, going for long walks in the countryside and cooking Sunday roasts. He also loves skiing and watching a variety of sports.
Bob describes himself as an Aberdonian, Trinidadian born, Arsenal supporting water skier and accountant. Bob’s career with Ernst & Young has been an unusual one (for an accountant), with Bob leading change programmes in sales, major account programmes and marketing. At the moment he is also leading the audit quality programme for his firm. Bob has spent more than 20 years as a partner of Ernst & Young, helping clients like Lotus, Sony and Greene King improve their governance and control. His passion is slalom water-skiing, but he spends a lot of time keeping fit with Parkruns, tennis and playing cricket. His wife is a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Free and between them they have three children now evenly distributed across the world.
Ed works as the Head of Communications for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service. In this role, he supports the modernisation of our justice system and an ambitious reforms programme with first-class communications. Previously, Ed was Chief Executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, one of the UK’s leading medical research charities. Under his leadership, the Trust implemented a new research strategy and established plans for a national clinical trials platform in cystic fibrosis. Between 1997 and 2005 Ed was a government adviser in the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Outside of work Ed’s interests are politics, travel and Manchester City.
Captain Neil Jeffers is chief pilot at London’s Air Ambulance. He has flown over 7,000 hours since he started flying in 1997 and has a 5,000-hour track record in instructing and examining. Before he joined the service in 2005, Neil worked in a number of areas including commercial air transport and aerial filming. Neil is an experienced crew resource management instructor. He is a certified first responder and has been a volunteer emergency responder with London Ambulance Service for two years. Neil ran eight marathons in six days through the deserts of Jordan and completed the 2018 Marathon des Sables to raise money and awareness for London’s Air Ambulance.
When not flying for our charity, Captain Johnny Crewdson lives just south of Bordeux in France. His hobbies include skydiving, drums and curry (although not all at the same time).
Captain David Rolfe started flying helicopters commercially in 1999, flying to the oil rigs out of Aberdeen for CHC. He has since flown for the police and in the corporate sector, operating in a variety of countries around the world
Captain Andy Thomson started his career in the Royal Navy. Since leaving in 2004, he has worked in San Francisco as a flight instructor as well as with the police and news crews. Before joining London's Air Ambulance, he spent five years flying to oil rigs and boats in the North Sea for Bristow Helicopters.
Captain Pete Driver joined London's Air Ambulance having previously spent seven years working as an air ambulance pilot outside of London. Previously, Pete flew as an instructor, commercial and corporate helicopter pilot and an airline pilot on Boeing 737 jets.
"I leave behind the open countryside of the counties and get ready for the challenge of London," says Pete.
Chief Fire Office
As Chief Fire Officer, John is responsible for fire prevention and safety at the helipad. John has worked in aviation since 1989 and holds a fixed wing private pilot’s licence and a hot air balloon private pilot’s licence. John was a member of the Air Training Corps (ATC) 16F Wood Green and Hornsey until the age of 18, which helped him to get his foot in the door of the aviation business. He enjoys working within such a close knit team and finds meeting ex-patients and their families very rewarding.
Chris is a member of our charity’s fire crew, who are responsible for fire prevention, safety and running the operations room at our helipad.
Stuart is a member of our charity’s fire crew, who are responsible for fire prevention, safety and running the operations room at our helipad.
Michael cycles 14 miles, not including the train ride, to get to work each day. He is also a volunteer fire fighter at The Shuttleworth Collection and Yorkshire Air Museum, providing fire cover for air shows and other events.
Mark joined London's Air Ambulance in January 2018, having previously worked as an aviation firefighter (later crew commander) at London Biggin Hill Airport for nine years. Mark has also served as a retained firefighter/crew commander with Kent Fire & Rescue Service for 12 years. Prior to this, he trained as an electronics engineer and is a qualified domestic electrician. In his spare time, Mark enjoys martial arts, motor sport and music.
Helipad and Driving Standards Manager
Helipad & Driving Standards Manager Paul Smith is responsible for the secure running and development of our charity's helipad, and for managing our fleet of rapid response vehicles.
Paul began his time with our service as an aviation firefighter and funded his own training to become our fleet manager when we first began using rapid response cars in 1999. Paul introduced London's Air Ambulance's own driving licence system and policies. He is responsible for ensuring that all the blue light driving is checked every day to make sure that we drive to our exemptions, and the navigation is also checked on a daily basis.
As one of the most qualified blue light driving instructors in the UK, Paul has single-handedly trained every paramedic that has worked for our service in the last 20 years. He also trains our doctors in night-time navigation, and other doctors and paramedics from services across the UK. In 2014, Paul added aviation security manager to his list of responsibilities, coordinating the maintenance and development issues that come with a helipad atop the UK's busiest major trauma centre
Paramedic Education & Development Lead
Graham first joined London's Air Ambulance as an advanced trauma paramedic on secondment in 1997 and returned as a lead paramedic and clinical liaison officer in 2004, acting as the main point of contact between London's Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service (LAS). At the end of 2015 Graham joined London’s Air Ambulance as the paramedic education and development lead, with responsibilities in further developing the high standards of education, overseeing governance processes and continuing to promote high quality paramedic trauma practice. He is a lead faculty member for the Pre-Hospital Care Course (PHCC) and a member of Board of Directors at Association of Air Ambulances (AAA).
Patient Development Nurse
Liz maintains the pre-hospital trauma registry and is responsible for data analysis, which includes activity figures and submission of financial data. Liz also co-ordinates audit and research projects. Previously, Liz worked in accident & emergency, paediatrics, orthopaedics and as an in-flight nurse. She is both a registered general and children’s nurse with speciality courses in emergency nursing, autonomous practice and in-flight nursing.
HEMS Administration Officer
Demi joined London’s Air Ambulance in January 2019 as HEMS Administration Officer, working closely with and assisting the Helipad & Driver Standards Manager in ensuring the smooth running of the helipad, while also providing necessary administrative support to the operational and clinical teams as necessary.
Director of Fundraising and Marketing
After a high-profile career as a national newspaper journalist, Louise is passionate about helping charities and not-for profit organisations to tell their stories. Louise joined London's Air Ambulance in 2018 to lead the service's newly combined marketing and communications function, focusing on strategy and helping our charity to achieve its goals over the next three years.
She joined London's Air Ambulance from Guide Dogs, where she increased public awareness and engagement with the charity through her leadership of its marketing communications. She led on key initiatives such as securing a national TV documentary and a partnership with ITV This Morning.
Louise is married to Martin and has two young children, Freddie and Joe.
Deputy Director of Development
Sarah is responsible for managing income from London's Air Ambulance's corporate partnerships and events. With the rest of the events team she works to engage our supporters in fun and exciting ways to fundraise for the charity while strategically developing our portfolio of corporate donors, working with our partners to strengthen our reach into the business community.
Sarah has over six years' fundraising experience at senior level within the health sector and prior to joining the third sector, worked in advertising sales for a national newspaper.
Head of Community and Volunteering
Hayley is responsible for recruiting our volunteers and supporting them throughout their time with London’s Air Ambulance. Hayley joined London’s Air Ambulance after working in fundraising and programme delivery at The Prince’s Trust and homelessness charity, Crisis, where she led on a grants programme.
Yvonne is currently serving as head of community and volunteering, overseeing our charity's entire community fundraising function. Yvonne joined the charity in November 2017 and has 30 years of experience working in the charity sector.
Head of Individual Giving
Anne is responsible for managing income from individual supporters of London’s Air Ambulance Charity. She looks after the strategy and development of our individual giving programme which includes our successful lottery and regular giving programmes, our legacy fundraising programme and is also responsible for developing new income streams for the charity. She has over 15 years’ experience of charity fundraising, having worked at both Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Marie Curie for a number of years.
Head of Event Development
Lindsey is responsible for managing London's Air Ambulance's corporate partnerships and events, including the development of new fundraising event concepts. Working with the team, Lindsey is responsible for engaging our corporate supporters in exciting fundraising activities, whilst also promoting a unique portfolio of sponsorship and marketing opportunities. She also manages the challenge, corporate and supporter events calendars. Prior to working in the third sector, Lindsey managed events for an independent record label.
Head of Corporate Development
Lucy is responsible for managing income from our corporate supporters. Lucy manages some of the charity’s high-profile corporate partnerships as well as strategically developing new business opportunities. Along with the rest of the corporate team she works to effectively support our charity of the year partnerships, strategic partners, corporate events and sponsors. With a degree in marketing Lucy, has over eight years’ experience working in the charity sector, with a background which includes large corporate partnerships, event management and communications.
Direct Marketing Manager
Hannah joined London’s Air Ambulance in 2019, having previously worked at Alzheimer’s Research UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. She’s passionate about all things marketing and fundraising and is responsible for managing a number of our regular giving programmes including DRTV, digital, raffle and is also responsible for implementing a new journey for our fantastic supporters.
Lucy is responsible for the management of non-patient data across the charity and is currently working to ensure this data is centrally stored on our client management system (CMS). Analysis of this data will be used to inform fundraising strategy over coming years and help the charity build funds.
Lucy comes from South East London and has specialised in charity data for 10 years.
Community Fundraising Manager
Alison engages with and supports individuals and groups fundraising in the community. She contacts local businesses to develop partnerships, manages public collections across the city and coordinates and supports our dedicated team of community fundraisers. Alison has formed and maintained strong and lasting relationships with our supporters, patients and families.
She joined the charity staff in 2013, having previously volunteered for us when returning to work after having a family. Prior to this, Alison worked in public facing roles for several organisations including the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard and The Economist, and spent time working with children in America.
New Business Lead
Suzanne is responsible for developing new corporate business opportunities in the philanthropy, partnerships and events team. She grows commercial and strategic opportunities and plays an instrumental role in supporting charity of the year partnerships. Before joining London’s Air Ambulance, Suzanne had over nine years’ previous experience as a senior solicitor at a leading regional firm.
Matt joined London’s Air Ambulance in July 2018 as our legacy manager. He is a passionate advocate of gifts in wills fundraising, having previously worked for RNIB and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Outside of work Matt plays the Ukulele, sings and can often be found at the opera.
Tanya is responsible for managing the charity’s relationships with trusts, foundations and the City Livery Companies. She identifies partnership opportunities and grows income in support of London’s Air Ambulance’s core services, essential medical kit, and to launch innovative projects to help improve the lives of severely injured patients. Before joining the charity in 2014, Tanya worked at a global insurance broker in the City.
Education and Outreach Manager
Rhiannon joined London’s Air Ambulance Charity in October 2017 as Learning & Outreach Manager with the aim of building our engagement with schools across London. She visits primary and secondary schools across London to tell pupils about the lifesaving work of our charity and the various roles in the team. Rhiannon has been working in the charity sector for sixteen years and has experience of working with schools and colleges.
Individual Giving and Supporter Care Manager
Claire is responsible for managing our charity’s regular giving and lottery fundraising across doors and private sites. Claire brings with her 13 years’ experience in fundraising, having managed campaigns for over 30 charities, been a national operations manager for an agency, and most recently worked for Marie Curie. Claire is dedicated to building a compassionate, honest team of face to face fundraisers to engage with our supporters.
Eleanor assists the philanthropy team in building relationships with both trusts and foundations and individual donors. She joined London’s Air Ambulance in July 2017, having previously interned in the major giving team of an international development charity.
Fundraising Compliance Officer
Jennifer Woolford is responsible for ensuring that our fundraising is undertaken while compliant with the Fundraising Regulator, Charity Commission, PECR, ICO and many more.
Having worked in compliance for over 20 years, Jennifer brings experience from a variety of sectors and organisations including TalkTalk, Care UK, Sue Ryder, St Mungo’s to name but a few. Working closely with London’s Air Ambulance Charity individual giving team, Jennifer is here to ensure that our fundraising compliance mirrors the super compliance of our operational teams.
Responsible for leading on the marketing, logistics and delivery of specific events, Sophie supports teams of participants in both their event preparations and their fundraising.
Sophie joined the London’s Air Ambulance Events Team in December 2018 previously having worked for Girlguiding UK, Parkinson’s UK and Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.
Ana is responsible for reconciling income and supporter databases as well as supporting the development team with data related enquiries. She also supports the chief operating officer and the director of development to collate and analyse individual giving data, and the data manager with organisational project planning and input into the shaping and delivery of collaborative projects. Ana joined in February 2017, having started at London’s Air Ambulance as a volunteer.
Sophie joined London’s Air Ambulance team in October 2017 with the aim of significantly growing the charity’s pool of volunteers and volunteering opportunities. Sophie works to recruit, manage and develop volunteers as well as working with the wider team to source relevant and impactful opportunities. Previously she worked for two established education charities, in roles focusing on relationship management, events and programme development. A passionate volunteer, she has volunteered on projects overseas and in the UK.
Ghadeer Abu Shawareb
Corporate Fundraising Coordinator
Ghadeer joined us after completing her postgraduate studies at Oxford Brookes University specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility. She manages key accounts for some of our corporate supporters, helping with employee engagement and supporting corporate events. She previously held a similar role at a local Children’s Museum. Ghadeer has an active interest in the Social Return on Investment discipline. When she has some spare time from taking care of her son, she is found working on her next painting.
Briony is responsible for processing our charity's data and lottery income as well as reconciling databases. She ensures that supporter data, including Gift Aid declarations, are up to date and compliant and that new data is efficiently processed. Before joining London’s Air Ambulance in February 2018, Briony volunteered for a small charity where she developed her interest for working with data in the charitable sector.
Chloe is responsible for the advertising, recruitment and management of events and event participants, as well as planning and on-the-day logistics.
In her spare time, Chloe has a passion for singing and performing. Chloe joined London’s Air Ambulance in May 2018 after working as a team manager in the construction industry
Supporter Care Coordinator
Sarah joined London’s Air Ambulance in September 2018 as a member of the individual giving team. As a supporter care coordinator, Sarah helps supporters with any queries in relation to the charity's lottery and the regular giving programmes, with the aim of keeping the supporter’s journey as positive as possible.
Sarah has a degree in speech and language science from the University of Sheffield and, before joining the charity, had the opportunity to work with developing small businesses in Kenya.
Supporter Care Coordinator
Sanam joined London’s Air Ambulance in January 2018 as a member of the charity’s individual giving team. As a supporter care coordinator, Sanam helps our supporters with any queries, but particularly those relating to our charity lottery and regular giving programme.
Sanam holds a Master’s degree in international politics from City University London and is a self-confessed foodie.
Individual Giving Coordinator (Direct Dialogue)
Brad has been part of the London’s Air Ambulance Charity team since September 2018. His job is to make sure we always have enough fundraisers out and about, letting the public know who we are, how we’re funded, and how they can help out.
Originating from Swindon, Brad studied economics at the University of Surrey and has a keen interest in history, international development and football.
Individual Giving Coordinator (Training & Quality Control)
Dani joined London’s Air Ambulance Charity in December 2018 as part of the Individual Giving Team. As Individual Giving Coordinator (Training & Quality Control) she designs, develops and delivers our fundraiser training programmes and ensures best practice through agency training reviews and fundraiser performance assessments.
Dani holds a degree in Philosophy from University of East Anglia and previously worked as a Community Fundraising Intern for Barts Charity.
Antonia is responsible for reconciling our charity's data and lottery income as well as ensuring the accuracy of our databases. She ensures that supporter data, including Gift Aid declarations, are up to date and compliant and that new data is efficiently processed
Antonia holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, and previously worked with our Community and Volunteering Team.
Head of Communications
Alexandra oversees the Marketing and Communications team, looking after the press, public affairs, digital, brand and marketing functions. She has a background in campaigns and the political sector, and has previously run an MP’s office in Westminster, worked on two General Election campaigns and the 2016 London Mayoral campaign.
Media and Public Affairs Manager
Kirsty joined London’s Air Ambulance in July 2019 as Media and Public Affairs Manager, working with journalists as well as politicians and civil servants to promote the work of the charity. Kirsty has a background in politics, she has previously worked in a busy government press office and in Westminster running an MP’s office.
Content and Digital Marketing Manager
Before joining London's Air Ambulance, Eva specialised in consumer PR at Edelman, Prague, where she undertook product and corporate communication for international brands. Eva established herself as an independent marketing consultant in London in 2011 after she finished her Masters in Media.
Marketing and Patient Liaison Manager
Philippa is responsible for Patient Liaison at London’s Air Ambulance Charity, as well as all aspects of marketing across the organisation.
Philippa joined London’s Air Ambulance Charity in 2016 with over 15 years of experience in Marketing and Communications within the non-profit and commercial sectors. She also has extensive voluntary training and experience with the Samaritans, Victim Support and Missing People. When she’s not at work she can often be found on the river, training to row across the Irish Sea for Team Margot.
Creative & Content Specialist
Jim established himself as a freelance creative consultant after graduating from Leeds College of Art. Since joining our team in 2017, Jim has provided invaluable support on our charity’s major marketing initiatives, including the launch of our first ever Christmas campaign. Day to day, he looks after design, production and brand.
Head of Finance
Tricia joined us in May 2017 to manage the finance function of the organisation. She has long and extensive finance experience with a wide variety of charities, most recently as Head of Finance at the Museums Association. Tricia is a chartered accountant (ACCA). She grew up in the wilds of Donegal in Ireland and still likes to get out to the countryside whenever the opportunity arises.
Tharik joined London's Air Ambulance in July 2015 from KPMG LLP where he worked as a management consultant within their public sector financial management advisory practice. Prior to this, he worked as a management accountant at London School of Pharmacy and University College London. Tharik holds an undergraduate degree in actuarial science from Cass Business School and is a qualified chartered management accountant registered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Ruan joined London's Air Ambulance in April 2016 after graduating from university in South Africa. He is responsible for providing the Finance Department with a management accounting function, drafting management accounts, financial analysis, preparing finance reports and assisting with audit preparation. Having completed his Certificate in Business Accounting at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Ruan is now studying towards an MBA.
Finance Assistant Accounts Payable
Dima joined London's Air Ambulance in June 2017. She is responsible for providing the finance department with day to day book-keeping function, managing the purchase ledger and recording all income received in our accounts.
Finance Assistant Accounts Receivable
Originally from Latvia, Karina joined London's Air Ambulance in November 2017. Having completed her accountancy degree in Riga, Karina has previously provided short support as an AP assistant in the Wellcome Trust. Karina assists the finance team in income recording and analysis, maintaining the sales ledger and bank and cash management. Karina is currently studying ACCA and sees herself as a qualified accountant in the future.
HR Business Partner
Jade is responsible for people and organisational development at London’s Air Ambulance. Her remit includes everything from recruitment to the contracts and policies that underpin our work. She also leads on developing our people and culture, working with everyone across the organisation to create an environment that supports our values and encourages behaviours that make us a great place to work.
Jade’s previous HR roles were in youth and digital services in the charity sector, where she developed a passion for organisational evolution and people development. She lives in East London with her Lurcher, Dogmatix, and likes good coffee.
Zofia joined London's Air Ambulance Charity in May 2019. As HR officer, she supports the HR business partner in a number of areas, including administrative work, recruitment, induction and retention and our internal intranet. Prior to working at London's Air Ambulance, Zofia previously worked in commercial organisations and completed a masters degree in Ethnology in Slovakia, where she is originally from.
Zofia is passionate about working for an organisation that makes a difference and in her spare time enjoys strolling around London, discovering hidden gems and travelling.
Patient Liaison Nurse
Frank brings a wealth of clinical experience to the role of patient liaison nurse Frank qualified as an adult nurse in 2003 and went straight into a career in the emergency department of Basildon and Thurrock Foundation NHS Trust. He started working as a staff nurse at the emergency department of The Royal London Hospital, home to the London’s Air Ambulance’s helipad, in 2007 and became a senior charge nurse in 2011. Frank has been involved with London’s Air Ambulance prior to his appointment, not just working alongside the charity at The Royal London Hospital but also attending the London’s Air Ambulance clinical governance days and pre-hospital care courses. If you have been helped by London’s Air Ambulance and would like to get in touch, please email email@example.com.
Dr Gareth Grier
Institute Director and Education Lead
Gareth is a consultant and lead clinician with London’s Air Ambulance, and a consultant in emergency medicine and pre-hospital Care at Barts Health NHS Trust.
As clinical director and education lead at The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance, Gareth works closely with the clinical leadership of both The Institute and London’s Air Ambulance to define The Institute’s overall medical strategy. He also defines and leads The Institute’s education strategy. He has published on the use of hi-fidelity scenario training in pre-hospital medical education, and studied medicine at University of Wales College of Medicine.
Institute Project Lead
Georgie is responsible for supporting all activities relating to the running of The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care. Georgie brings with her a wealth of third sector experience in the health and employment sectors, mainly focusing on fundraising and strategy development. Georgie’s most recent post was as a development consultant for Walkabout Foundation and previous to that, she worked at The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) and Cancer Research UK
Head of Institute Delivery
Bryony is responsible for supporting all activities relating to the running of The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care. Bryony brings with her a wealth of third sector experience in the health and international development sectors, mainly focusing on fundraising, project management and strategy development. Bryony’s most recent post was as development manager at Walkabout Foundation.
Dr Mike Christian
Research & Clinical Effectiveness Lead/HEMS Doctor
Senior Research Fellow & Clinical Effectiveness Lead/HEMS Doctor Mike is an intensive care consultant from Canada and senior healthcare sector leader with nearly 30 years of experience. His specialisms include critical care, infectious diseases, military, aviation and pre-hospital medicine. Mike has been appointed to join the senior team for a period of two years to lead on the delivery of key objectives within London Air Ambulance's research strategy and clinical effectiveness in addition to his clinical duties as a doctor with the team.
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