Our People


Jane Gurney

Chief Executive Officer

EHAAT has developed so much since I joined in 2003, and it is still a special Charity to work for. I love the variety of my role, working with a huge range of supporters across the counties. I was honoured recently to receive the IoD East of England Director of the Year Award in the Public/Third Sector.

Cliff Gale

Operations Director

My role involves ensuring the Charity gets value for money from contractors providing our aviation services and support them in maintaining safe operation. I represent EHAAT at aviation-based committees and work with contractors and medical colleagues to provide clinical excellence.

Pam Withrington

Fundraising and Marketing Director

I joined the Charity in 2006. As Fundraising and Marketing Director, I develop and oversee new initiatives that generate vital funds and raise awareness of the Charity’s work. I manage an enthusiastic team dedicated to providing the best Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Essex & Herts.

Jonathan Ager

Finance Director

I'm a Chartered Accountant and responsible for all of EHAAT’s financial activities. I joined in 2017 having spent 15 years in the motor industry in financial and managerial roles. Bringing my commercial experience, I am relishing the opportunity of working in the charity sector.

Dr Neal Durge

Medical Director

I began working in Pre-hospital and Retrieval Emergency Medicine in Australia in 2008. Since returning to the UK I have worked in the pre-hospital arena and I have been a governance lead at EHAAT since 2019.

Jonathan Trower


I am the Chairman of DC Advisory, a City based corporate advisory firm. I have lived most of my life in Hertfordshire & Essex and my wife and I also own a local farming business. It is a real privilege to Chair the Board of Trustees of this great charity.

Anni Ridsdill Smith


I was delighted & proud to become a Trustee in 2011, having supported the trust as a volunteer trainer since 2008. I’m a conflict resolution trainer in aviation & I run a Stand Up Paddle board school in Maldon, racing competitively on the national circuit.

Ramzi Freij


I’m a founder member of UK Helicopter Emergency Medical Services and have been a Consultant in A&E Medicine since 1996 and a Consultant in Major Trauma since 2017. I became a Trustee in 2013 and am proud to sit on the Board of such a well led & reputable charity.

Roy Marfleet


I retired in 2020 as Chairman of MDS Civil Engineering Ltd. A Trustee since 2018, it’s a privilege to be part of such an amazing charity. I’ve been involved with Rugby refereeing and am a Premiership timekeeper. I’m a helicopter pilot and fly a Robinson R66.

Darren Hayward


I’m the Managing Partner of Nockolds Solicitors. I’m an avid Blackburn Rovers fan and enjoy playing & watching sport and travelling. It’s been a huge privilege to see the amazing work and passion of everyone at EHAAT who make a real difference to people’s lives.

Clive Gilham


I am director of several local enterprises and a chartered accountant by qualification. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, walking and travelling to other parts of the world. I admire and respect the Charity and am keen to help it continue to grow and flourish.

Claire Smith


I had a law career before becoming a Director of my own company and a Trustee for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust. I also work with my husband in our farming enterprises. I’m deeply passionate about EHAAT having had direct experience when they treated my daughter.

Andy Tunningley


I work in London for investment manager, BlackRock, commuting from Witham in Essex. I hope to bring a wealth of finance experience to the Charity. I've already been involved as a member of the Charity’s Investment Advisory Committee.

Clinical Leadership

Dr Peter Sherren

Interim Deputy Medical Director

I am a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, ECMO and Anaesthesia at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London. I've been a consultant and governance lead at EHAAT for the last three years having previously worked for air ambulances in both Sydney and London.

Dr Simon Walsh

Clinical Lead

I'm an Emergency Medicine Consultant and Paediatric Emergency Medicine specialist at the Royal London Hospital. I began pre-hospital care in 2014, flying with London's Air Ambulance. I then joined EHAAT's emeritus team in 2017 and then became Clinical Governance Lead in 2018.

Consultant Team

Dr Ash Vasireddy

Pre-hospital Care Consultant

I'm a Consultant Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon at King's College Hospital and an Academic Lecturer at Barts and the London School of Medicine and the Institute of Pre-hospital Care (London's Air Ambulance). I worked for EHAAT and LAA from 2013-2017, after which I solely worked for EHAAT in addition to my NHS post.

Dr Ben Clarke

Pre-hospital Care Consultant

I have spent 5 years with EHAAT as a Pre-hospital Consultant and a Consultant in emergency medicine at RLH. I trained as an emergency physician in Australia, worked as a trauma physician with Queensland Ambulance Service and also in aeromedical retrieval.

Dr Dom Rayment

Pre-hospital Care Consultant

I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, based in Cambridge. As well as EHAAT, I have worked for London's Air Ambulance and Sydney HEMS. The best thing about my job is the helicopters and fast cars! Outside of work I enjoy cycling, travelling and photography.

Dr Matt O’Meara

Pre-hospital Care Consultant

Dr Naomi Pritchard

Pre-hospital Care Consultant

I'm a Consultant Anaesthetist, specialising in trauma and obstetric anaesthesia. In 2014 I spent a year with EHAAT as a Pre-hospital Care Doctor and then five years with the emeritus team. I'm interested in developing world healthcare, having done a lot of teaching and mentoring in East Africa.

Dr Roger Bloomer

Pre-hospital Care Consultant

I started with EHAAT in 2012. Previously, I worked for the HEMS services in London and Australia. Since 2016, I've been a Consultant for EHAAT, seconded for 1 day per week from my NHS job as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Major Trauma at King's College Hospital.

Dr Will McGuinness

Pre-hospital Care Consultant

I have now been with EHAAT for five years. Previously I have worked on London's Air Ambulance and was am Emergency Medicine Consultant and Trauma Lead at St George's Hospital, London. I love making a positive difference for patients and their families.

Clinical Managers

Ben Myer

Head of Clinical Delivery (and CQC Registered Manager)

My role is to provide tactical management and support our team so that we can continue to provide phenomenal medical and trauma care to the people of Essex and Hertfordshire. I embrace the challenges ahead and know that we will carry on providing great care to our patients.

Laurie Phillipson

Head of Clinical Development (and Deputy CQC Registered Manager)

In 1998 I started my career in the ambulance service and in 2002 I was seconded to Essex Air Ambulance as a HEMS Paramedic for 5 days a month. In 2014, after completing over 1500 flying missions and a Masters in Critical Care, I applied and succeeded as Essex Clinical Manager.

Adam Carr

Head of Patient & Family Liaison

I’ve worked in the ambulance service as a Paramedic for 14 years with my career being angled towards working on the Air Ambulance as part of the Pre-hospital medical team. I achieved this in 2013. In addition, I’m now Patient Liaison Manager, delivering patient care post-accident.

Scott Mcllwaine

Head of Operations

I started my career in the public services with the Police Force as a Special Constable. Before joining EHAAT I worked at London Air Ambulance as an Emeritus Paramedic; I am now the Clinical Operations Manager and work to ensure smooth running of operations.

Tony Stone

Head of Patient Safety & Quality

I started in 2014 as a Critical Care Paramedic and became a Patient Liaison Manager in 2017. As a PLM, I signpost former patients to support organisations, and stay a part of their journey to recovery. I love working for EHAAT and being part of a truly life-saving cause.

Pre-hospital Care Doctors

Dr Alexander Johnstrom

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Dr Brendan Fletcher

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Dr Leah Burgess

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Dr Lisa Ramage

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Dr Sebastian Clark

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Dr Rachael Harding

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Dr Daniel Slane

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Dr Amy Hughes

Pre-hospital Care Doctor

Critical Care Paramedics

Adam Pitcairn

Critical Care Paramedic

Previous to EHAAT I have worked in the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). I enjoy working as part of a team and bringing enhanced care to critically ill or injured patients. Outside of work I play lots of football and spend time with my friends and family.

Alex Hartley

Critical Care Paramedic

I joined EEAST in 2009 and qualified as a Paramedic in 2014. For the last four years I have also volunteered as a Paramedic for Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. I’m passionate about providing high quality patient care and enjoy meeting new people along with working in a highly motivated team.

Benjamin Finbow

Critical Care Paramedic

Chris Eagle

Critical Care Paramedic

Chris Keeliher

Critical Care Paramedic

Before working for EHAAT I spent 14 years working for the East of England Ambulance Service. I’ve been a Paramedic for 11 of those year. My job is amazing, and it’s a privilege to know that I have been able to do everything in my power to ease someone’s suffering.

Jakob Humphrey

Critical Care Paramedic

I graduated from University of Hertfordshire and registered as a Paramedic in 2013. I worked for London Ambulance Service for five years before joining the Charity. I enjoy working for EHAAT as I am able to serve the counties where I have grown up, gone to school and university and now live.

James Samouelle

Critical Care Paramedic

It’s amazing to be a part of the HEMS team, I get to learn from brilliant colleagues every day who are at the top of their game. Prior to EHAAT I worked for the East of England Ambulance Service before joining the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) in 2011.

James Mullett

Critical Care Paramedic

I began my career as an NHS Paediatric Nurse. In 2004 I joined London Ambulance Service before moving to EEAST in 2008. I’m passionate about making a positive difference to my patients and being able to provide treatment and reassurance to people to improve their situation in times of need.

Gaynor Wareham

Critical Care Paramedic

I completed my paramedic training in 2006, and during my time in the ambulance service I’ve had a variety of roles, my most recent role being a Team Leader for the Hazardous Area Response Team. I feel very privileged to work for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Louise Rosson

Critical Care Paramedic

I've worked for the East of England Ambulance Service for 7 years and practiced as a Paramedic for 5. It's amazing to have the opportunity to work for EHAAT to widen my knowledge and skills in patient care. It’s great to work for a driven, proactive Charity with an experienced, friendly team.

Philip Almond

Critical Care Paramedic

My goal has always been to join the ambulance service and I lived in hope that one day I would be part of the Air Ambulance team! Being offered the Critical Care Paramedic position with the EHAAT team and working on the Air Ambulance is the highlight of my career.

Scott Wallman

Critical Care Paramedic

I have worked for London Ambulance Service, London's Air Ambulance and East of England Ambulance Service. The best thing about working for the Charity is the people. Everyone has the same drive; to provide critical care to those in need. The fundraising efforts by all supporters are amazing.

Sinead Keane

Critical Care Paramedic

Pilots and Co-Pilots

Sam Tompkins

Unit Chief Pilot - North Weald

I have been a Pilot for 15 years, spending the last six as a HEMS Touring Pilot, working across many bases in the UK. I enjoy working as part of a big team where every day is different and knowing that I have helped to make a difference.

David Kerr-Sheppard

Unit Chief Pilot - Earls Colne

I served in the RAF for over 30 years, predominantly on the Sea King Search and Rescue aircraft. I joined EHAAT in 2008 and I’m now the Chief Pilot at the Essex Airbase. I work closely with the Operations Director to ensure we operate safely within the stringent regulations.

Ian Mills


Before flying I worked as an Aviation Support Engineer and later, after gaining a BSc Computer Science, in IT management. For the past 12 years I have been flying helicopters as an instructor and recently as an examiner. My new role enables me to take something I love doing and use it in such a beneficial way.

Lee Burling


I served 22 years in Essex Fire and rescue service and after talking to a HEMS pilot at a job in 2003 I made it my ambition to become a HEMS pilot in the future. 17 years later I am now flying for EHAAT and proud to be serving the people of Essex and Herts.

Mark Holmes


It's always been my ambition to be part of an Air Ambulance crew. I am now employed by Specialist Aviation Services with EHAAT. My flying career began at London Southend Airport instructing on Robinson and Bell Helicopters. I then moved on to fly Twin Squirrel helicopters commercially.

Oliver David


I started flying with the RAF reserves 13 years ago, then moved on to an instructor role. I gained my helicopter licenses and have flown helicopters across the UK and Europe. I really the enjoy dynamic of being part of EHAAT's HEMS crew, ensuring the safety of crew whilst landing in challenging landing sites.

William Hordley


I joined EHAAT in 2016. My previous flying experience involved flight instruction on R22 and R44 helicopters. It is a great privilege to be part of EHAAT working alongside such a professional team. As co-pilot I help navigate and assist the captain during the flight phase of an emergency call.

Dan Knight


Caroline Beresford

Head of HR

I joined in 2013 and am responsible for all aspects of day-to-day Human Resources. This involves everything from handling HR issues to undertaking all associated administration. I’m extremely proud to be supporting all the hard working Staff and Crew within the Charity.

Clare Calder

Executive Assistant

Since I joined the Charity in April 2008 my main role has been to provide support to the Chief Executive Officer. The days I spend here are incredibly varied, interesting and busy!

Deborah Cooper

Clinical Administrator

Julia Gowers

Receptionist & Office Administrator

I have been a Receptionist for various organisations and am very proud to now work for such a fantastic charity. I enjoy meeting visitors and making them feel welcome. I'm always amazed by the support from the public - the phones are always busy and post brings many donations.

James McInroy

Head of Workplace & Infrastructure

My role at EHAAT is to ensure that our buildings and services, current and future, meet the needs of the people that visit and work in them. Coming from a corporate background; I was previously the UK Property & Facilities Services Manager for a Global Insurer.

Dean Manning

Workplace Assistant

I have previously worked in the military and the police. I look forward to meeting new people here at EHAAT and help ensure the smooth running of facilities. In my spare time, I like to walk my dog and go to the gym.

Sarah McLachlan

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

I completed a PHD in Psychology in 2010 and have since worked at Keele University and Kings College London on a variety of health-related research projects. I enjoy working with a diverse range of people and having the chance to apply my research skills to solve problems.

Brenda Playford

Governance Manager

My role is to ensure the Charity meets its compliance obligations. I'm also the Company Secretary which involves Data Protection, Insurance, Property Leases, Planning, Contracts, Service Level Agreements and Charity Commission Legislation.

Jen Townsend

Finance Manager

As the Charity’s Finance and Legacy Officer, I’m the main point of contact for supporters who are interested in leaving a gift to the Charity in their Will. I’ve been with EHAAT since 2010 and am proud to be part of a dedicated team striving to provide this life-saving service.

Carmel Hudson

Lottery Manager

Liz Potts

Lottery Supervisor

I started with EHAAT in February 2013. I had a short break at the end of 2018 and now I am back to continue to promote the smooth running of the Flight for Life Lottery. I enjoy speaking to members as they are so proud to be providing money to keep us operational.

Helen Archer

Accounts Assistant

Venessa Jones

Finance & Governance Officer

My role is to maintain various aspects of accounting for our Charity’s Flight for Life lottery and also assist the Governance Manager, providing support in many areas including data protection and insurances. I’m very proud to be part of a dedicated team providing this outstanding life-saving service.

Emma Barker

Head of Income Generation

Clair Mitchell

Fundraising Coordinator

I joined EHAAT in 2014 as Community Administrator and was promoted to Fundraising Coordinator in 2015. It’s fantastic to work with such a motivated team and it’s a privilege to go home knowing that we’ve all played a part in keeping the helicopters flying and saving lives every day.

Annie Pitcher

Fundraising Coordinator

Charlotte Evans

Fundraising Administrator

I have previously worked in the retail and hospitality sectors. I am looking forward to hearing stories about people's experiences with the charity. I like to walk my dog and socialize with friends and family.

Vicci Parkin

CRM Manager

I joined EHAAT in 2017 as CRM Manager. My role is to look after the database of all our thousands of wonderful supporters. I have been in the charity sector for over 10 years and I feel lucky to now be part of such an amazing life-saving organisation.

Jane Morton

Volunteer Manager

With a background in international banking, I realised how rewarding volunteering is through becoming involved in the third sector when my children were younger. I am proud to be working for EHAAT, looking after our team of wonderful volunteers, and making a difference to my community.

Vicky McGowan

Community Tin Administrator

I started working at EHAAT in November 2019, looking after the donation tins out in the community. I organize tins being emptied and replaced by our fabulous volunteers, and source new locations to put out more tins. I’ve never worked for a charity before, and EHAAT never really came to my attention - now I’m here I’m constantly amazed at the work we do, the generosity of our volunteers and the public with their money.

Louise Pownall

Regular Giving Manager

My role is to develop and nurture the very vital and valued ongoing support from our Regular Contributors from both Individuals and Corporations. I feel both delighted and privileged to be part of the EHAAT family working together as one team with the aim of saving lives.

Amanda Shead

Regular Giving Assistant

I joined in May 2019 and have always wanted to be given the chance to work in the charity sector. I love the diversity of the role, no 2 days are the same, engaging with volunteers and supporters. I feel proud to be part of the EHAAT family.

Aderyn Gillett

Trusts and Special Projects Manager

I joined in 2003 to work with the media, volunteers and on special projects and later became Communications Manager. My current role involves working with Trusts, Foundations and Corporates to help raise vital funds for a life-saving service of which I'm very proud to be a part.

Stuart Ward

Head of Marketing & Communications

Kerry Russell

Events Consultant

Donna Lee

Head of Retail

I have worked in the charity sector for over nine years. Previous to EHAAT, I worked for Macmillan Cancer Support. I love that no matter what department you work for or whatever job you are doing, everyone is so passionate about working for the same goal.

Stephanie Westall

Retail Area Manager

Leila Clarke

Retail Revenue Development Manager

Anne Beard

Retail Revenue Development Assistant Manager

Previous to EHAAT I was a Flower Shop Manager for over 25 years. I like my role as I enjoy meeting lots of different people who support EHAAT. To relax, I bake cakes, read and walk.

Sharon Clark

Retail Administrator

John Rees

Warehouse Assistant

Before retiring, I ran a Pub and was then a Prosecutions Manager in London. I enjoy my job as it involves fundraising, but in a fun environment. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to Blues and playing Rock Music.

Yvonne Barnes

Warehouse Assistant

Kevin Farrer


Peter Hutchin


I have been an HGV driver for all my working career, I am a professional road user. I enjoy being part of the EHAAT team as it's a great feeling helping saving lives in this Charity. I enjoy riding my motorcycles and working on my allotment.

Theresa Collier

Burnham Shop Manager

As Charity Shop Manager in Burnham my main aim is to make as much money as possible for EHAAT. I’m constantly amazed at the generosity of people and the support that EHAAT receives. It’s so rewarding to work for a Charity where every penny is going to a worthwhile course.

Laura Gibson

Burnham Shop Assistant Manager

I love that I am able to give back to EHAAT as they looked after me when I was involved in a car accident. I enjoy working in the shop as I get to interact with other people. Before working here, I worked in a school as an Admin Assistant.

Simon Prosevicius

Braintree Shop Manager

Shelby Lewingdon

Colchester Shop Assistant Manager

Vikki Gunner

Eastwood Shop Manager

I love hearing stories from customers of their experiences with the air ambulances. I enjoy the fast paced environment of the role and what we represent as a charity.

Lynda Costerd

Eastwood Shop Assistant Manager

Romyla White

Hitchin Shop Manager

I love the variety of working in a Charity Shop and Hitchin is a great town to run a shop in. We opened in early 2018 and I look forward to continue helping the shop grow and raise lots of money for a great Charity with the help of some great Volunteers.

Denise Barker

Hitchin Shop Assistant Manager

Vicky Bishop

Mersea Shop Manager

I love meeting everyone who comes into the shop and hearing all their stories. It feels great helping to make a difference to contribute to such a valued and important charity.

Mandy Taylor

Mersea Shop Assistant Manager

Tina Jolly

Royston Shop Manager

I joined EHAAT in March 2017 when we opened the Royston Shop. Our fundraising continues to grow helped by the generosity of donations from the general public and the work of our wonderful volunteers.

Berni Stringer

Royston Shop Assistant Manager

I have worked in the voluntary sector for over seven years. Previous to my role as Charity Shop Assistant, I volunteered for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance at the Hitchin shop when it first opened.

Clare Elliott

Charity Shop Assistant Manager (Cover)

Kerry O’Driscoll

Charity Shop Assistant Manager (Cover)

Aaron Short


Alex Knight


Andy Parmenter


The best thing about working at EHAAT is knowing that I am helping to keep the helicopters flying and listening to people’s stories. When I’m not working for the Charity I enjoy walking my dog and going to the gym.

Andrew Robinson


Ben Mills


Carlos Dias


I have been working for EHAAT for just over 3 years now. I joined the Air Ambulance to make a difference and I know what I am doing is helping to save lives. They are great people to work for and we are all making a difference.

Colin Whiteman


Connor Glanville


Craig Glanville


I have worked as an EHAAT canvasser for 6 years. Prior to this job I worked for British Gas. It is a pleasure to be part of such a great cause, helping to raise the critical funds need to keep the Charity operational and saving lives.

Danny Wallis


Darren Budd


After a career as a plasterer I joined EHAAT as a canvasser 8 years ago. It is truly rewarding knowing that you are contributing to the Charity’s success. The Charity is improving their procedures and saving more lives from the funds generated by the public's support.

Darren Green


Dominic Neale


Gary Pert


Gary Woolhead


I've been working for EHAAT for 5 years after many years working in the construction industry. I'm proud of the fact that in those five years I have played a part in more than DOUBLING the Flight for Life Lottery membership, providing vital funds for the Charity.

George Purser


Gavin Palmer


James Crick


Jamie Singer


Jason Rosenfeld


I have worked for EHAAT for 5 years and consider it a privilege to work for such a highly respected charitable service. I love being out talking to different people with different life experiences. It makes the job so interesting, varied and keeps me enthusiastic.

Joe Welch


John Beaney


John Botting


Karl Cooper


I have been promoting the services of EHAAT since 2014. Although I have never personally needed their service, I have some friends that have required help. I am proud to raise awareness of the Charity and how we rely on the generosity of the public to keep operational.

Kris Storrie


Kye Charlesworth


Kevin Ward


Lee Lawrence


Leonard Beaney


Leonard Beaney Jnr


Linda Hutchison


Michael Bud


I joined EHAAT as a canvasser for the lottery 6 years ago, after a career in plastering. My job gives me great satisfaction knowing that we are working towards making the Charity a success through raising awareness of the Flight for Life Lottery.

Mary Diggens


Mitch Craven


After a career as a stonemason I joined the EHAAT Lottery canvassing team. This is a Charity close to my heart and when we meet the crew we are always reminded by them of the importance that the Lottery brings.

Neil Poole


I've been working for EHAAT for 18 months now and I've always worked in sales roles. I find being a canvasser very rewarding knowing that between us and the public we keep this vital service running.

Philip Parmenter


The best thing about representing EHAAT is the powerful brand coupled with positive feedback received from the general public. I love the job flexibility as it means I can work around supporting my local rugby club and travel.

Robert Bright


Richard Bottone


Ross Foley


I enjoy working for the Charity because, not only is it less stressful than my previous role as a Surveyor, but it is satisfying knowing that what I do helps to keep the Charity operational.

Sarah Hopley


Scott Foley


Stephen Gibson


Stephen Orrin


Stephen Talbot


Stuart Voice


Terry Brown


Call us: 0345 2417 690

Lottery Hotline: 0345 2417 688

Donate: Text ‘HELI’ to 70588 to give £5

You will be charged £5, plus your standard network rate. 100% of your donation will go to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). By texting, you agree that EHAAT may phone or text you to tell you about our work. If you would prefer not to hear from us again, text HELI NO to 70588.

Stay connected

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1108989). Registered company in England and Wales (05397840). Registered address: Flight House, The Business Centre, Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS.

Be first to get the latest on EHAAT news and events