Air ambulance chief to fly off to pastures new

THE chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance is to leave the charity next year.

Simon Gray will be leaving the EAAA, who provide life-saving air ambulance services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, at the end of January to take up a new role with the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), the representative body for all 18 air ambulance charities in England and Wales.

Andrew Egerton-Smith, chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, said: “We’re hugely indebted to Simon for the commitment he has shown to making the charity one of the most effective air ambulance services in the country.

“He has made a particularly outstanding contribution to the development of the air ambulance service in our region.

“The charity has made great progress under his leadership and has just celebrated its tenth anniversary.”

The EAAA’s trustees have recognised the workload and commitment that will be required for this ne role and have granted Mr Gray leave to help him prepare for the new challenge.

His deputySteve Whitby will take on additional responsibilities while the trustees begin the search for a new chief executive.

Mr Egerton-Smith added: “The EAAA is about to enter a new and exciting phase as we’ll shortly be launching our new enhanced service, developed with the full support of the East of England Ambulance Trust, to ensure we have NHS doctors on board both of our aircraft.

“We’ve been working towards this for some time. It will ensure we can help save more lives in the region and ensure better outcomes for many other victims of medical emergencies and accidents.”