Trustees - Magpas


Dr Nigel Brown OBE


Nigel started the financial services and investment management company, NW Brown Group Ltd in 1974 (retired 2007).  He is a partner in the IQ Capital VC fund, a hi-tech early stage venture fund.

Nigel holds an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Anglia Ruskin University.  He was given an Individual Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2007 and was made OBE in 2008.  He is an Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall College, Cambridge.  He was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2010-2011.  He is Chair of the Cambridge CAB and is a Governor of the Anglia Ruskin University.

Christopher Dodd


Chris is a Member (Partner) of Leeds Day LLP.  He completed his legal practice course at the Inns of Court School of Law and qualified as a solicitor in 2004 after completing his training in the City. He then moved to Eversheds LLP before joining Leeds Day. Outside of work, Chris enjoys hockey (and is a member of St. Ives Hockey Club), road biking, golf, rugby and cricket. He is married with three young daughters.

Chris specialises in real estate matters with particular emphasis on investor and occupier work and land development projects. His range of experience covers sectors such as construction and property, finance, manufacturing, food, government, charities, healthcare, retail and leisure.

Hugh Parnell


Hugh has a finance background and spent 22 years with the oil industry before spending the last 19 years supporting the low carbon, renewable and sustainable technology innovators that will be tomorrow’s core businesses. At Magpas he supports the team and Trustee Board on financial, funding and accountancy.

Hugh is closely involved with the early-stage, funding and business development arena around Cambridge and the east of England, particularly in the energy and environmental technology sectors. He is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech/Envirotech Ltd (formerly EnvirolinkUK), co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and of the Cleantech Special Interest Group at Cambridge Network

Dr Anne Booth


Dr Booth is a consultant in anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia and PHEM for Cambridge University Hospitals and Magpas Air Ambulance.  She trained in London at University College and qualified in 2000.  The majority off her specialist training was also undertaken in London with placements in Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine, completing her MRCP with the RCP in London.  She then continued with anaesthesia in London with the North Central Thames School of Anaesthesia and gained her FRCA in 2007.

Dr Booth has worked in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, PHEM, since 2001 and she obtained the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care with the RSCE in 2002, she has been operational in PHEM since 2001.  In August 2010 she took a year out of her anaesthesia training to undertake a pilot fellowship with Magpas.

Following appointment as a consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals in 2013, areas of work include anaesthesia for intracranial and spinal surgery for adults and children, general, orthopaedics and emergency anaesthesia, as well as PHEM with Magpas Air Ambulance, both as flight physician and supervisor.  Dr Booth has been a trustee for Magpas since 2012.

Tom JH Bennett


Tom Bennett has a background in finance and NHS senior management as Director of Operations at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he had day-to-day responsibility for all operational activity and performance targets.  He has previously been an Associate Director of Operations in two hospitals.  Prior to joining the NHS, Tom spent 8 years at Barclays Bank in commercial banking strategy roles.

Tom holds an MBA degree from Judge Business School in Cambridge.  He lives in Cambridgeshire with his young family.

Mark Broadbent


Mark is the Chief Technology Officer and a board member of Xendata Limited, which he co-founded in 2001.  He is responsible for the development of the company’s data archiving software, which is used mainly in the media and entertainment industries.

Mark holds an MA from Cambridge University.  He lives in Cambridge with his wife and son.

Dr Peter Holden


Dr Holden works as a General Practitioner Derbyshire. He is a member of the British Medical Association’s General Practice Committee (GPC) for more than thirty-five years. He was a member of the negotiating team behind the 2004 new General Medical Services (GMS) contract deal. Dr Holden has been a member of the Council of the British Medical Association for 27 years.

Peter trained to deal with casualties in major incidents and gained a Diploma in Immediate Care in 1991 and a Fellowship in Immediate Care with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2001. He attended the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, arriving about an hour into the incident and certifying many people dead. He treated victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings when a bomb exploded on a bus that was travelling through Upper Woburn Place.

Dr Holden has worked as a physician with emergency care charity Magpas Air Ambulance since 2007 and Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance since 1998. In 2019 he became the first general medical practitioner to chair the Inter Collegiate Board for Training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

In 2002, Holden received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012 the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in both cases in recognition of his work in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM). In November 2015, he received a lifetime achievement award at National Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence.

Loretto Leavy


Loretto Leavy has been a Trustee since November 2012 and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Chair of Nomination Committee.

Loretto is a Governance Expert with experience spanning membership organisations, charities, professional bodies, pensions, investments, insurance.

Geoff Davies


Geoff retired from partnership at Grant Thornton in 2015, where he held senior leadership positions.  He now acts as an independent director and consultant with a portfolio of roles, bringing to bear his experience in corporate finance and broader business strategy.

He is Non-Exec Chairman of Waterbeach based Kershaw Group and a Non-Executive Director of KL Technologies Limited. He is also a retained adviser to Newmarket Racecourses and Mills & Reeve LLP.

Geoff is an avid golfer, enjoys watching all sports, including being a season ticket holder at Everton.

Lt Colonel Mary Read


Lt Col Mary Read BSc Hons PhD MBA CMngr is Commanding Officer of 254 Medical Regiment, the Army’s Medical Services presence in the East of England.

As a Reserve, Mary also has a civilian job as a Business Director in a busy medical communications company.

As CO, Mary is responsible for some 400 soldiers spread across the region and beyond, a role which utilises her relevant expertise in healthcare governance, medical planning and delivery of primary care and pre-hospital care in the military. She and her team are responsible for planning high quality medical and leadership training to their unit. As a civilian, Mary brings expertise in business management and communications – as well as scientific programs and significant media experience.

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