Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) has strengthened its Board with the appointment of four new Trustees.
The new Trustees are:
Nick Hall – Nick’s interest in Air Ambulance services began with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – providing medical support in remote communities in Australia. He became more passionate about what happens in the front of the aircraft than the back and so studied a B.Sc (Aviation) before joining the Australian Army to fly Black Hawk helicopters in operational roles.
He left the military to study an MBA and worked as a corporate consultant in Australasia for several years before returning to the aviation industry.
Nick now has over 30 years in the helicopter industry in strategic, operational, transformational and entrepreneurial roles as an executive, management consultant or line manager, providing services for end users, operators, maintenance, repair and operations (MROs) and innovators in some of the world’s largest and smallest helicopter organisations.
Richard Lee – As Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive for St John Ambulance and former Director of Operations for Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, registered Paramedic Richard has a strong track record in leadership, delivering improved patient and staff outcomes, operational performance, quality and cost efficiency. He also has experience of leading national policy.
David Morgan – David is an aviation executive with substantial experience in flight operations, training and safety management. He is also an industry leading expert on addressing the climate impact of aviation. David is currently Group Director of Flight Operations at easyJet, with seven years’ experience at the airline including twelve months as interim Chief Operating Officer.
During this time – the busiest and most successful year in easyJet’s history – David was responsible for all operations and customer service, leading a team of over 15,000 staff. David has also been Flight Operations lead for the creation of easyJet Europe and had responsibility for the safe introduction of new aircraft types into the airline fleet.
Jane Redman – Jane is a Fundraising Consultant who helps fundraising teams and leadership work effectively together to achieve income growth, improve relationships with donors and colleagues and create change for the people they support. Over the last 25 years, Jane has developed income generation strategies and campaigns for a wide range of charities including Mencap, Children’s Hospice South West and Kent MS Therapy Centre.
Barney Burgess, Chair of KSS’s Board of Trustees said: “Our new trustees all stood out for their tremendous expertise, the positive impact they have demonstrated, their commitment to the highest quality governance and their belief in KSS’s vision – an end to preventable loss of life from medical emergency. I look forward to working with Nick, Richard, David and Jane as we continue to work with David Welch and his team in delivering excellence whilst also evolving and continuing to push boundaries.”
David Welch, CEO of KSS, said: “On behalf of Team KSS, I would like to welcome Nick, Richard, David and Jane to our Board of Trustees. I am incredibly excited about the breadth and depth of experience which our new Trustees bring to the charity, and I am confident they will all add significant value to our Board.”
Nick Hall, KSS Trustee, said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to help shape the future of KSS. Air Ambulances and helicopter aviation have played a significant part in my career, so I am looking forward to sharing my experience to support the Board. I’m delighted to be part of a world-leading provider of pre-hospital emergency care which puts the patient at the heart of everything it does.”
Richard Lee, KSS Trustee, said: “Being able to play a small part in this mighty team is a fantastic opportunity. I’m looking forward to meeting KSS’s people, patients and the communities we serve.”
David Morgan, KSS Trustee, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the KSS board, an organisation that has the united purpose of saving lives. As a former helicopter and Air Ambulance Pilot myself, I know how much it means for a community to have the support of rapid response critical care, by day and by night. With over 35 years of aviation experience, I hope to be able to support KSS as they further develop this capability, as one of the world’s leading Air Ambulance organisations.”
Jane Redman, KSS Trustee, said: “I am so happy to be joining KSS as a Trustee. I’m blown away by the amazing work the charity does and the difference the team make to so many lives. I’ve worked in the charity sector as a fundraiser for many years. My hope is that I can bring that knowledge and experience to support the Board and Team KSS as we grow the charity’s income and build ever stronger relationships with our dedicated supporters and funders.”
The appointments take effect from 8th March 2022.
KSS provides world-leading pre-hospital emergency care whenever and wherever required to save lives and ensure the best possible patient outcomes. It is a multi-award winning charity that must raise £15.2M to operate its life-saving service. 86% of its total income is raised through the generosity of KSS’s supporters. For further information: www.aakss.org.uk