Air Ambulances UK is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair of its Board of Trustees, Patrick Peal MBE, DL. The appointment follows a thorough selection process to find an individual with the vision and expertise to drive the charity forward in its vital mission of supporting Air Ambulance charities across the UK.

Patrick brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the role, having worked in the air ambulance sector for over 20 years, retiring in 2021 as Chief Executive of East Anglian Air Ambulance. His determination in that role to encourage collaboration and provide a positive impact in the air ambulance sector aligns perfectly with the values and goals of Air Ambulances UK.

Reflecting on his appointment, Patrick said: “I am delighted and honoured to join Air Ambulances UK as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Air ambulance services play a critical role in providing life-saving care to communities across the UK, and I am committed to supporting and advancing their vital work.”

John Christensen, current Trustee and Vice Chair said: “As Patrick takes over as Chair of Air Ambulances UK, I am enthusiastic about the fresh perspective and expertise he brings to our organisation. His commitment to our mission aligns perfectly with our values, and I am confident that together we will continue to drive positive impact for Air Ambulance charities across the UK. I look forward to collaborating closely with Patrick in our shared dedication to patient outcomes for everyone in need of lifesaving pre-hospital care.”

Simmy Akhtar, CEO of Air Ambulances UK, said: “I and my team are thrilled to welcome Patrick as the new Chair of Air Ambulances UK’s Board of Trustees. Patrick brings invaluable expertise to the board of AAUK, and I am confident that with his guidance we will continue to strengthen our support for Air Ambulance charities across the UK. We look forward to working closely with Patrick and the Board of Trustees to advance our mission and make a positive impact in the communities Air Ambulance charities serve.”