Air Ambulances UK is pleased to announce the shortlist of nominees for the 2022 Awards of Excellence sponsored by Airbus. The annual awards celebrate and recognise the specialist lifesaving skills and commitment of those working tirelessly within and in support of the air ambulance community. We are delighted and excited to be reconnecting in person for the first time since 2019.

The annual awards ceremony is being held at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on the 14th November and will include a wide range of speakers covering various areas and topics.

The Independent Awards Judging Panel consists of Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO, Directory of Social Change, Mark Docherty, Executive Director of Nursing and Clinical Commissioning, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust, Tim Fauchon, Chief Executive, British Helicopter Association and Professor Karim Brohi, Trauma Surgeon and Director, London Major Trauma System. Our judges deliberated long and hard over some very difficult decisions due to the excellent quality of nominations.

In no order our awards shortlist is:

Breaking Barriers 

Sponsored by Airbus

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

 of the Year

Sponsored by Lottery Fundraising Services

Devon Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Charity Staff Member
 of the Year

Joe Hughes, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Sarita Taneja, Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex

Nicola Cooper, Magpas Air Ambulance

Charity Team
 of the Year

Sponsored by Sloane

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance

Magpas Air Ambulance

Charity Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by Tower Lotteries

Pino Giannitti, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Colin King, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Kathleen Nelson, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Critical Care Practitioner of the Year

Sponsored by Zoll

Lee Hilton, Devon Air Ambulance

Pete Appleby, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Adam Pitcairn, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Fay Pollock, Midlands Air Ambulance

 of the Year

Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopters

Ian Mew, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Amy Hughes, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Mike Hughes, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

 of the Year

Sponsored by Aeroptimo

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Operations Support Staff of the Year

Wayne Busby, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Richard Jenkinson, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Christine Henry, London’s Air Ambulance

 of the Year

Sponsored by Safran

Eduardo Prato, East Anglian Air Ambulance

Matthew Wood, Midlands Air Ambulance

Special Incident

Sponsored by Ageas

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Young Person
 of the Year

Jack Jinkerson, East Anglian Air Ambulance

Alfie Lowther, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Bradley Staples, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

Ellie Smyth, Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Cory Pygott, Wales Air Ambulance

Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Specialist Aviation Services

To be announced

We would like to congratulate all shortlisted nominees and to thank the judges for their hard work when facing some very difficult decisions on deciding the shortlist.

Simmy Akhtar, Air Ambulances UK CEO said “Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted after long and hard deliberations from our independent judging panel all of whom have volunteered their time to support the recognition of our air ambulance community.  Thank you to all those who submitted awards nominations and we look forward to welcoming colleagues to our in person Annual Conference and Awards later this year”.

Click here to find out more information and to book your tickets for the Air Ambulances UK Annual Conference and Awards of Excellence.