We would like to give you the opportunity to meet the faces behind the team at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance!
Our crew, which are based at either our Nostell Airbase, near Wakefield or RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk, are a highly skilled team of paramedics, pilots and doctors.
The pilots are highly experienced and skilled helicopter specialists. They have many years of flying experience, and it is this experience that enables them to land our crew in some of the most remote locations across Yorkshire.
Our highly skilled paramedics are provided by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and they are all fully trained in HEMS (Helicopter Medical Emergency Service). They also receive further specialist training.
Doctors work with us on a regular basis, bringing extra medical skills to the team.
For further information about Yorkshire Ambulance Service and training to be a paramedic please visit www.yas.nhs.uk
Peter first joined the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) as a Trustee back in 2003 after retiring as a UK director from a major PLC in the construction products industry.
His varied career included 28 years with RMC Group PLC, an international building materials manufacturing company operating in 27 countries which had an annual turnover of 5bn. For 5 years prior to retirement, (Nov 03) Peter acted as their UK Customer Focus Director.
Peter brings to the YAA a wealth of experience in senior management, monitoring & delivering of business targets, workshops, strategic development, financial & budgetary control and project implementation as well as being one of the most IT literate people we have ever met!
In January 2007, Peter was appointed to the prestigious role of a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. He is also a member of the Wakefield Cathedral Council, and a previous Subscribers Secretary for The Huddersfield Choral Society (of which he was President of between 1994 & 1996).
Peter took the helm as Chairman of the Charity in 2006 and over the last 6 years has overseen major landmarks for the Charity such as the purchase of our helicopters G-SASH an G-CEMS and the installation and implementation of our first of a kind Dedicated Air Desk.
In 2007 Peter also took over the overseeing role for Fundraising & PR and Media activities
Brian has worked for the healthcare company, B.Braun Medical Ltd, since 1989, having spent 10 years working in the NHS. He is responsible for strategic marketing, media relations, branding, advertising and website development. Brian also manages and oversees the company’s dedicated education function, providing continued learning for healthcare professionals.
Brian became involved with YAA in 2000 through initial contact by B. Braun Medical to become a corporate partner and supporter of the Charity. He then became a Trustee of The Yorkshire Air Ambulance in October 2005 offering invaluable marketing expertise to assist with growth of the charitable organisation. He was appointed as Vice Chairman towards the end of 2016.
Brian is married to Sarah and has two grown up boys and lives in Derby.
Andy is our Director of Aviation. He is responsible for the day to day running of anything involving our helicopters, flying and our Pilots. Andy is also our Accountable Manager.
After joining the Royal Navy as a pilot in 1992 he initially flew a Sea King HC4 in support of amphibious operations, eventually transferring to the Lynx Mk3 and Mk8. Tours of duty included jungle flying, mountain flying in the Arctic, and counter-drug operations in the Caribbean. Left the military in 2001 and have spent the past sixteen years in emergency service aviation, predominantly on the AS355 Squirrel and MD-902 Explorer for HEMS work, and also a fixed-wing BN2 Islander for police operations. I’ve been employed by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for the last six years, firstly as Chief Pilot and more recently as their Accountable Manager, responsible for the overall safety of two H145 helicopters, two operational bases, six pilots, and a team of paramedics and doctors provided by the NHS. For certain periods, I have been appointed as Safety Manager for various operations, and I am also qualified as both a TRI/TRE and CRMI. Increasingly, I find myself writing and developing procedures for the Charity, but am also honoured to support the British Helicopter Association as chair of the Emergency Services Committee, providing guidance to all current UK HEMS operators.
Neale is our Director of Operations. He is responsible for the day to day running of our airbases, offices, IT requirements and administration – generally anything that is fixed to the ground.
Neale works closely with external agencies including the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, National Police Air Service (NPAS), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), White Knights Yorkshire Blood Bikes & Local Mountain Rescue Services.
Neale joined the charity in 2003 and has held various posts in that time. Prior to joining the charity he worked in the insurance industry and automotive industry. Although not originally from Yorkshire Neale moved to the county in 1996 and is proud that his children are born and bred Yorkshire folk.
Garry is our Director of Fundraising. He joined the team in 2017, succeeding our previous director, Paul Gowland, on his retirement. Garry works with the Chairman to support the delivery of the charity's fundraising strategy and with our dedicated team of fundraisers, setting budgets which ensure we raise enough money to continue our life saving operation. He also works closely with our corporate partners.
Originally from a banking background, Garry has worked in the charitable sector since 2001. He is a certificated member of the Institute of Fundraising and obtained a Master’s Degree in Hospice Leadership in 2015.
A native of the North East, Garry has called Yorkshire his home since 2006 and is proud to represent such an incredible and highly regarded local charity.
Abby is our Director of Marketing & Communications. She is responsible for the day to day running of the Marketing & Communications department at the Charity.
Anything which has the YAA brand on it falls under Abby’s responsibility along with the website, social media channels, internal and external communications, PR, Media, all our literature, merchandise and events that we organise, amongst other duties.
She is supported in the Marketing Department by two lovely ladies. Liv (Marketing & Communications Manager) and Pearl (Marketing & Digital Media Assistant).
Abby joined the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in December 2008 after previously working in advertising agencies and as a Marketing Manager for a Construction company. Not a native of Yorkshire, Abby now regards herself as an honorary Yorkshire lass.
Our office, fundraising and marketing teams are the ‘backbone’ of the Charity! These guys keep the Charity running on a day to day basis whether it be out on the road attending and supporting fundraising events, or in the office making sure everything is appropriately managed.
Our trustees are responsible for controlling the management and administration of the Charity. They act strictly within the Charity’s interests only without regards to private interests.
The YAA’s trustees all have different skill sets and expertise to bring to the Charity. These range from financial expertise, marketing skills, and various commercial backgrounds.
The trustees are led by the Chairman who is overall responsible for the running of the Charity. He is then supported by the Vice-Chairman and the other Trustees of the Charity.
Peter Sunderland DL, Dr Peter Smith, Kevin Hynes, Sandra Marson, Brian Chapman, Sarah Moore, Amarjit Singh, Simon Pearson, John Samuel, Viv Lewis, Judith Parker.