About us

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

Our vision is that together we will ensure the best possible chance of survival and patient outcome for everyone in need of lifesaving pre-hospital care

We continually strive towards this by providing vital national funding to air ambulance charities, increasing awareness of their lifesaving work, advocating on key issues and policies affecting the delivery of their services, helping to enable advancements in patient care, providing a collective national voice and enabling the exchange of information and knowledge across the air ambulance sector.

We are achieving this in collaboration with our members, generous individual, corporate and grant donors as well as our strategic partnerships.

Together, we are making a real difference by enabling  air ambulance charities to save even more lives and remain at the forefront of pre-hospital care, helping to reduce loss of life in people with life-threatening injuries or a medical emergency.

Our Purpose

Champion, support and represent the vital work of air ambulance charities, enabling them to save even more lives and improve patient outcomes every day across the UK

Did you know?

Air ambulance charities collectively make over 80 lifesaving missions a day across the UK

Each mission is funded by donations

Our Values


We foster integrity in all we do, in order to be an ethical and trusted charity


We focus on innovation in order to continually improve the services we deliver and enable improvements in patient outcomes


We bring people, organisations and ideas together to maximise impact


We aspire for excellence in everything we do


We treat everyone with utmost kindness and respect at all times

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.

We have so far raised nearly £12,000,000 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.

Heather Benjamin


Heather became Chair of Air Ambulances UK in April 2020, and brings a wealth of experience having held senior and Board positions with several large corporate businesses as well as not-for-profit and membership organisations.

Heather’s corporate experience includes Chief Procurement Officer at Centrica and Senior Independent Director on the Boards of Portsmouth Water and Cheque and Credit Clearing Company. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at Supply Chain Coordination Ltd.

She has previously been a Trustee of Volunteering England and The Academy of St Martins in the Field international orchestra and is currently Honorary Vice-President of learning-disabled organisation Walsingham Support.


Anna Perry

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.


Daryl Brown

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


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.

Tim Howard


Tim is an experienced finance professional with 20+ years of leadership within hi-tech businesses.  He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Tim qualified as an accountant with Deloitte and as a treasurer at BAE Systems and has since spent his career as a Finance Director within several SMEs.  His broad experience encompasses multiple sectors: Software, Professional Services, Hi-Tech Hardware, Cloud Managed Services, Telecoms, Fintech, Healthcare, Defence & Aerospace and Financial Services.

He is passionate about utilising technology to bring benefits in the healthcare domain.

David Welch

Chief Executive Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex

David joined Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (AAKSS) as Chief Executive in 2019 and has over 25 years of national and international experience in senior management roles at Board level in the not for profit sector. In the short time David has been with AAKSS, he has led to the team to achieve an outstanding rating from The Care Quality Commission.

David is a natural leader, team builder and team player with the ability and confidence to succeed and to motivate, inspire, communicate and influence at all levels.

David joined the Board of AAUK in April 2020 and looks forward to working with the wider air ambulance community to support strategic development and to collectively best serve patients across the country.

Amanda McLean

Chief Executive of Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Amanda joined Air Ambulance UK as a trustee in April 2020. She has been CEO of Thames Valley Air Ambulance since October 2016 and led the charity through their transition to a new clinical operating model. During this time Amanda was also the Founding Chair of the Bonitas Multi Academy Trust. Having read law at Oxford, she started her career as a fundraiser and has held senior leadership roles in healthcare charities since 2006.

Claire Walters


Claire first got involved with Air Ambulances UK as a fundraising partner, having benefited from an air ambulance mission following a cycling accident in 2019, and is really looking forward to bringing wider support.

Claire’s other role is Chief Commercial Officer for Unipart Logistics, responsible for business development, marketing, strategy, leadership of customer partnerships, digital innovation, consultancy, and programme delivery across Technology, Automotive, Health, Consumer and Utilities customers in the UK, US and Asia Pacific.

Outside of work Claire is passionate about travel and the outdoors, with a love of cycling and walking.

Mathew Williams


Matthew joined Air Ambulances UK as a trustee in October 2020.  He is a junior doctor currently completing his emergency medicine specialty training in South Wales and is looking to pursue a career in pre-hospital medicine in the future.

Matthew has recent experience of charity leadership and governance as a trustee of other UK wide health and education focussed charities including one with a similar membership structure to AAUK.  He is also in the final stages of completing a Masters in Healthcare Leadership and is looking forward to working with the rest of the Board of Air Ambulances UK to help drive the charity forward over the next few years.

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