Air Ambulances UK reveals esteemed nominees for The Awards of Excellence 2023

Air Ambulances UK, the national charity supporting the lifesaving work of the UK’s air ambulance charities is thrilled to announce  the shortlist of nominees for the highly anticipated  Awards of Excellence 2023, hosted by Hayley McQueen. The annual awards celebrate and recognise the specialist lifesaving critical care skills and commitment of those working tirelessly within and in support of the air ambulance community.

Air ambulance charities are collectively dispatched to over 102 lifesaving missions each day across the UK, delivering advanced pre-hospital care to people with a sudden life-threatening injury or illness, saving lives and improving patient outcomes.

The annual awards of excellence ceremony and annual conference is being held at Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading Football Club on the 30 November and will include a wide range of speakers covering various areas and topics.

Our awards judging panel deliberated long and hard over some very difficult decisions due to the excellent quality of nominations.

Judging Panel:

  • John Christensen, Vice Chair, Air Ambulances UK
  • Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of Directory of Social Change
  • Professor Karim Brohi, Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital Major Trauma Centre and Director of the London Major Trauma System for NHS England
  • Gill Jolly, Director, Achieve Consultants
  • Dr Syed Masud, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Paediatric Emergency Medicine & Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine
  • Paul Westaway, Director, Blue Light Aviation Limited

Campaign of the Year
Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust
Dorset And Somerset Air Ambulance
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Charity Staff Member of the Year
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – Debbie Briden
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – Caroline Guy
Magpas Air Ambulance – Natalie Church

Charity Team of the Year
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Thames Valley Air Ambulance
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance
Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

Charity Supporter of the Year
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity – Polledri family
Magpas Air Ambulance – Alison McCreery
London’s Air Ambulance Charity – Ali Wade

Critical Care Practitioner of the Year
The Air Ambulance Service – Mark Beasley
Magpas Air Ambulance – Steve Chambers
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – Matt Sawyer
London’s Air Ambulance Charity – Chris Doyle

Doctor of the Year
The Air Ambulance Service – Jake Turner
Magpas Air Ambulance – Adriana Cordier
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – David Cooper

Innovation of the Year
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust
Magpas Air Ambulance

Operations Support Staff of the Year
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust – Alice Gardner
Wales Air Ambulance – Greg Browning

Pilot of the Year
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance – Russ Myles
Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust – Rich Dixon
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – Mario Carretta

Special Incident of the Year
Magpas Air Ambulance
Wiltshire Air Ambulance/Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance/Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
Wales Air Ambulance

Young Person of the Year
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance – Molly Harris
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland – Madison Crawford
Magpas Air Ambulance – Abigail Sperrin

Trustee of the Year
Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Chris Lear
Thames Valley Air Ambulance – Sarah Roberts
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity – Robin Jacques
Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex – Barney Burgess

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Air Ambulance Service – Dr Matthew Wyse
Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance – Captain Chris Attrill
Wales Air Ambulance – Mark Winter
Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex – Captain Blaine Ashurst
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – Ian Roberts

AAUK would like to congratulate all shortlisted nominees, all those who submitted applications and to thank the judges for their hard work when facing some very difficult decisions on deciding the shortlist.

Simmy Akhtar, CEO of Air Ambulances UK, shared her heartfelt congratulations with all those who have been shortlisted for the AAUK Awards of Excellence.

Simmy said “Congratulations to all those who have been chosen as finalists for the Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2023. Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the awards. All nominees are extremely talented, and our judging panel had the unenviable task of finalising the shortlist for all categories. Thank you also to our judges for their time and commitment to this process. We are extremely excited to welcome colleagues and peers to the awards ceremony and look forward to bringing our air ambulance community together at our annual conference and awards on 30 November.”

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