17th Mar 2017

Our charity has strengthened its Board with the appointment of three new Trustees. Their names are Adrian Walker, Bob Forsyth and Ed Owen and they bring with them a wealth of experience across the charity, banking and finance, communications, accounting, audit and governance and medical research sectors.

Chairman of London's Air Ambulance, Mark Vickers said: “The past five years have seen transformational growth in all aspects of the Charity, not least in the enhancement of frontline operations and our service delivery capability, including the acquisition and operation of a second helicopter. 

“Our strategy for the next five years will focus on further improving our patient care and developing long term pre-hospital clinical expertise through the Institute.  The appointments of Adrian, Bob and Ed further strengthen our Board to lead us through this next stage of our development.  They come at an exciting time with our new CEO Jonathan Jenkins taking up his role in the middle of next month.  It is fantastic to have been able to attract such high calibre talent into the Charity and we are delighted to welcome them onto the Board.”

Adrian Walker, Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Lloyds Banking Group

Adrian joined Lloyds Banking Group as Managing Director of Leveraged Finance in 2007 and became Head of Global Transaction Banking in November 2015. Adrian comes to our charity with over 30 years’ experience spanning retail, corporate and investment banking activities and is a highly experienced leader and strategist, proficient in leading transformational change and business development. 

Adrian Walker said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Board of London’s Air Ambulance. The Charity has my absolute commitment and I will do my very best to help it prosper and grow for the benefit of Londoners and the capital’s many visitors. I am honoured to be working with the London’s Air Ambulance team.”


Bob Forsyth, Senior Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Bob has been a partner for Ernst & Young since 1992, taking on various management roles from Head of Marketing to his current role as UK Head of Audit Quality. As a client service partner, Bob has helped many companies improve their financial and corporate governance, and developed the firm’s best practice model for audit committees.  

Bob Forsyth said:“I am thrilled to be involved with London’s Air Ambulance and its work in prehospital medicine. I have huge respect for the medical, operational and charity crew and I am looking forward to working alongside them as they continue to provide a life-saving service to the capital. I am excited to offer my support as the charity embarks on the next chapter of its incredible journey.”

Ed Owen, Head of Engagement & Communications, Medicines Discovery Catapult (former CEO of Cystic Fibrosis)

Before joining Medicines Discovery Catapult in December 2016, 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. Ed now leads work at the Catapult to ensure medical research charities play a greater role in future drug discovery and development in the UK. Between 1997 and 2005 Ed was a government adviser in the Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Ed Owen said: “As someone who lives and works in London I know how vital London’s Air Ambulance is to the people of this city. The service is run by a very professional and hard-working team and I am excited to be joining them. I look forward to bringing my experience to bear and to help the charity make an even greater impact over the next few years.”