About us

Air Ambulances UK is the national organisation representing, supporting and advocating the lifesaving work of the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities and wider air ambulance sector.

We achieve this through offering a dynamic range of Memberships and Fundraising Partnerships.

Our Membership options include powerful opportunities to become involved in our clinical, operational and policy research and development programmes, good practice and knowledge sharing forums and committees, Government lobbying on key issues affecting the sector, commercial investment and chance to also benefit from national PR activities, campaigns and events.

Our wide range of national Fundraising Partnership opportunities enable nationwide businesses and organisations to benefit from enhanced brand exposure, increased PR opportunities, improved CSR and employee motivation and engagement, as well as providing a powerful way to connect with existing customers and wider audiences.

Our Members and Partners play a pivotal role in helping air ambulance charities to save lives on a daily basis across the UK and remain at the forefront of innovation in trauma care, working alongside the wider air ambulance community, helping to reduce loss of life in people with life-threatening injuries or a medical emergency.

Our Mission

Enable air ambulance charities to save even more lives every day across the UK

Did you know?

Air ambulance charities collectively make around 70 lifesaving missions a day across the UK

Each mission is funded by donations

Our Values

Life

We are united in our ultimate aim of helping air ambulance charities save more lives every day.

Collaboration

We believe in the power of bringing organisations and people together to help save lives.

Innovation

We are committed to being at the forefront of partnerships fundraising in the UK, harnessing new technologies and approaches to maximise national income.

Integrity

We take great pride in our integrity and are committed to being trustworthy, honest and transparent in every aspect of our work.

Excellence

We are focussed on driving excellence through the heart of everything we do, reflecting the world-class lifesaving service of the UK’s air ambulance charities.

Does  your organisation share our values?

Support from Members and Fundraising Partners is vital

Our Members and Fundraising Partners have the ultimate impact of helping air ambulance charities and the wider air ambulance community to continually develop their services to help save even more lives every day across the UK.

Our Fundraising Partnerships have so far raised nearly £7,000,000 for the UK’s air ambulance charities.

Watch this short film to see this vital support in action, helping Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, as well as the many others across the UK to complete daily lifesaving missions and continually explore the frontiers of trauma care to reduce loss of life in people with life-threatening injuries or medical emergency.

Support in action

Our Trustees

The Air Ambulances UK Board of Trustees comprises of an Independent Chair, Independent Trustees and Trustees associated to an air ambulance charity. The collective combined years of experience of the Board is far-reaching and ensures the Governance excellence of Air Ambulances UK.

Liz Campbell

Independent Chair

As well as being the inaugural Chairman of Air Ambulances UK, Liz is also a Trustee and Director of Justice, the law reform and human rights charity. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Addenbrookes Abroad. From 2006 to 2015, Liz was Chief Executive of national charity Wellbeing of Women, and was previously Vice Chairman and Chairman of Surrey Police Authority and a non-Executive Director in two NHS Trusts. She has also chaired and been a Trustee of a number of local charities.

Adam Fawsitt

Independent Trustee

Adam started his career as an IT engineer before moving into IT management with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Insurance and then into outsourcing sales for CapGemini PLC. In 2006 Adam started his own technology business, which he sold to a pension fund in 2010. Since then he has successfully founded, grown and exited three further businesses. He worked as a government advisor on outsource and data centre strategy and authored a White Paper on data centre strategy. Adam’s affinity with Air Ambulances UK is enhanced by being a qualified helicopter pilot himself and his wife being a doctor.

Martin Jeffery

Independent Trustee

Martin joined Air Ambulances UK as trustee having led the finance function in medical research charities for the previous 13 years. He brings a wealth of experience from the commercial sector, which was gained in the UK and abroad. A qualified accountant, he has an MBA from the London Business School.

Jane Gurney

Trustee
Chief Executive of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

With a background of PR, marketing and media Jane joined what was then just Essex Air Ambulance as a Business Development Manager. She is now CEO, a role that covers everything including clinical strategy, financial governance and risk, and helping to find new ways to promote the charity. She has overseen developments including launching Herts Air Ambulance in 2008, creating and developing the charity’s Visitor Centre, introducing Doctor/Paramedic and double Pilot models, purchasing their own aircraft, developing their highly successful lottery and much more.

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Anna Perry

Trustee
Chief Executive of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Anna joined Great Western Air Ambulance Charity as CEO in 2017. Her previous roles include CEO of a social care charity, and senior positions in national charity and public sector organisations. Anna became a Director of the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) in 2019, and was part of the working group leading on the merger of the AAA and Air Ambulances UK. Anna has been a school governor and councillor, has a Diploma in Fundraising, an MBA and degrees in psychology and criminal justice.

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Patrick Peal

Trustee
Chief Executive of East Anglian Air Ambulance

Patrick trained as an engineer and spent twenty years with Group Lotus. He then moved into PR, starting his own award-winning agency in 1997.

Patrick helped to set up the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity in 1996 and became a trustee in 2003. In 2014 he was appointed Chief Executive of the charity.

The Charity was the first in the UK to achieve night HEMS approval. It was recently placed in the top ten charities to work for in the UK according to the Sunday Times Best Companies survey.

Patrick served as a director and Chairman of the Association of Air Ambulances, leading the merger process.

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Daryl Brown

Trustee
Chief Executive of MAGPAS

Daryl joined Magpas Air Ambulance in 2009 and has seen a number of key strategic developments; taking the clinical service to 24/7, gaining the first Air Ambulance CQC registration and hosting the UKs first accredited PHEM trainees.

Daryl has held a number of honorary and elected roles within Charity, Healthcare and Local Government, including serving as Lead Governor at Cambridge University Hospitals, Chairman of NHS Cambridgeshire LINK, member of the East of England Trauma Network, member of the Intercollegiate board for Training in PHEM. Daryl also served as Executive Councillor for Huntingdonshire District Council, overseeing Shared Services and Commercialisation and served as Mayor of Huntingdon.

John Christensen

Trustee

John trained as a pharmacist and ran his own successful pharmacy group and consultancy before its sale. After that John was a member of a number of public bodies including Chairing an NHS Ambulance Trust, a Probation Board and a Police Authority.

Whilst Chair of the Police Authority, John formed the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust charity. This experience helped later when, while Chair of the Great Western Ambulance NHS Trust, John formed and was inaugural Chair of the Trustees of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. He later became Chief Executive of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity until he retired from that position in 2017.

Become an Air Ambulances UK Member or Fundraising Partner and help the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities and wider air ambulance sector save lives everyday across the UK