Trustees - Magpas

Trustees

John Bridge OBE DL
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Having operated at the highest level in the corporate, public and charity sectors John has achieved significant success in all his roles over many years and has forged strong and meaningful relationships at all levels within these. He has a great passion to enhance the ability of business to succeed and uses his extensive expertise as an advisor and non-executive director in a number of different organisations.

Currently some of John’s other involvements include the honour of being a Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, Independent Chair of Cambridge City Airport Consultative Committee (Statutory Body), Vice Chair of Governors of Kimbolton School, Deputy Chair of the of the St John Ambulance Priory Group – Cambridgeshire and an Audit & Risk Committee member of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).

Previously for over 17 years John was Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, the vibrant and influential business membership organisation committed to driving economic confidence and growth and “Inspiring Success” where he still continues to be involved in various other capacities.

His extensive experience includes leading the Road Haulage Association at national level as both

National Chairman and for a period as acting Chief Executive, Chairing the Project Board setting up the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Chair of Opportunity Peterborough (The Economic Development Company for Peterborough), as a Director of Cambridgeshire Horizons (delivering the growth strategy for Cambridgeshire) as well as being the Chair of their Audit & Risk Management Committee and a past Chair of the Greater Peterborough Partnership (LSP).

During his career John was for over 18 years Managing Director of C W Bridge (Holdings) Ltd, his family road haulage & distribution company based in Huntingdon.

His achievements have included being a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CharteredFCIPD) – for over 30 years, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) – for over 20 years, a Freeman of the City of London and an Honorary Life Member of the Road Haulage Association.

John was awarded his OBE in 1997 in Sir John Major’s resignation honours list for services to him whilst he was Prime Minister.

Dr Alec Ostler

Trustee

Dr Alec Ostler, is currently a civilian GP working within the Ministry of Defence. He has 23 years of service within the RAF Medical Services. Since he was an A&E SHO in Peterborough City Hospital in 2000 he has admired the lifesaving work of Magpas. Alec says “as a resident of Cambridgeshire now, I would relish the opportunity to be a part of the Magpas family, and act as a Trustee to assist the Management team in developing, protecting and governing the organisation for now and for the future.

Christopher Dodd

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

Kate Lancaster

Trustee

Kate Lancaster is currently Chief Executive of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In previous roles Kate was Director of Strategy, for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Director of Corporate Affairs at Cambridge University Hospitals where she had executive responsibility for corporate governance, strategy, clinical engagement, public and patient engagement and public relations and communications. Kate says Magpas Air Ambulance is clearly a very successful charity and an excellent provider of high-quality care. I am impressed by the calibre of the team and the dedication of staff and volunteers.

Geoff Davies

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

Ash Richardson

Trustee

Ashley is a Clinical Lead working within the Clinical Directorate of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust where he has worked since 2003.

Ashley trained as a Paramedic at the University of Hertfordshire whilst working for the ambulance Trust. Qualifying in 2006 Ashley then developed his clinical leadership career in a variety of roles that have included education and training, training centre manager and clinical operations manager leading to a number of secondments before settling as a clinical lead. In his current role, he clinically leads Cambridgeshire and Peterborough alongside chairing one of the organisations clinical governance groups and maintaining a regional portfolio for the Trust in the areas of Cardiac Care, Resuscitation and Trauma and Critical Care.

Outside of the ambulance Trust, Ashley has previously sat as a Fitness to Practice Partner with the Health and Care Professions Council, currently works as a Critical Care Paramedic and Clinical Advisor for Enhanced Care Services Ltd and is a fellow and examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the Diploma and Fellowship of Immediate Medical Care examinations.

Ashley served as a Magpas Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic team member from 2010 – 2021. During this time, he continued to faculty on our regional training programme and previously sat on the Clinical Governance Committee and worked as our Safeguarding Lead for the charity.

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