Surrey Air Ambulance Trust

Meet the Team
David Philpott, Chief Executive
I count it a great privilege to be Chief Executive of this life-saving organisation.

I see my role, as one of empowering the staff to achieve ever- improving levels of effectiveness, whether they are fundraisers, operational crew or working with the administration or finances of the charity. Our greatest resource is our people and leading such a gifted team is very rewarding.

I am also the link between the Trustee Board and the staff, ensuring full clinical and governance compliance.
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John Tickner, Operations Manager
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I have been involved with air ambulance operations since 1990 when I first joined the Sussex helicopter as a serving Police Officer.

From 2002 onwards I have been with Kent Air Ambulance Trust, responsible for the safe, effective and smooth running of our helicopter and flight operation. My job involves liaising with the different ambulance services, hospitals, contractors, the Civil Aviation Authority and in fact anyone that our operation comes into contact with.

I have the privilege of leading a dedicated team of three Doctors, three Paramedics, two Pilots and a Nurse. I have the pleasure of working alongside a very professional team of charity staff and regard myself as a very lucky man.

I never imagined that I would have a career in charity. No you cannot have my job just yet!

Jill Playle, Head of Fundraising
I joined the Air Ambulance in early 2005 having previously worked for a regional media company.

As Head of Fundraising, I oversee all fundraising activities, supported by a small but very hardworking team.

My job involves working with corporates and organisations, the media and developing fundraising strategies which will bring in the considerable funds needed to support the Air Ambulance.

The last two years have been an exciting and very busy time, not only for me, but also for the charity and I am privileged to be contributing to what is a very valuable and worthwhile service.


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Julie Jenkinson, Surrey County Fundraiser
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I recently joined Kent Air Ambulance as Campaign Manager for the Surrey Air Ambulance Fund. I live in Surrey and my previous job was Fundraising Manager for Woking Hospice. I am looking forward to this new and exciting challenge of fundraising to bring Surrey a life saving Air Ambulance.

My job will be to act as a support base for people wishing to raise funds on our behalf to organise events and work with clubs, associations and businesses in Surrey to take the Surrey Air Ambulance Fund up to the next level.
Ian Bennett, Finance Manager
As a relatively new member of the team, I am very much enjoying my new career in charity heading up the finance function. It is my direct task to produce budgets, monthly management accounts and the Annual Report for both the Trust and its trading subsidiary.

I am also part of the Management Team which assists the Chief Executive in taking the organisation forward.

Having lived in the South East all my life I consider it a great honour to work for such a well loved regional charity.
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Beverley Thorne, Administration Manager
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Born and bred in London, I moved to Kent just over 6 years ago bringing with me various experiences mainly in advertising and telecommunications.

My role within the Air Ambulance is extremely varied and no two days are the same, which is what makes working within the charity so interesting. It is a pleasure to work with such a great team of committed people who are all striving for the same ambition.

Out of work, my passion for riding takes up most of my spare time and for those of you who own horses, you know that there isn’t a lot of time for anything else.


Lynne Mitchell, Lottery Manager
I joined the Trust in July 2004 as a part time Lottery Administrator. Due to the growth of our lottery I am now employed in a full-time capacity.

I manage our lottery, ensuring all new subscriptions are entered into the draw, sending out renewal reminders and dealing with everyday queries from existing and prospective members.

Since the launch three years ago, not only has the lottery raised a staggering £1,200,000 for your life saving helicopter, but it has also paid out almost £205,000 in prize money to local people.

The success of the lottery across the region has only been possible through the incredible generosity of our supporters.



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Veronica Wiseman, Events & Volunteer Coordinator
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After 10 years as a volunteer for the charity I became a permanent member of staff in November 2005 when I got my first job in fundraising.

My main responsibilities are arranging for our representatives to visit different organisations in regard to cheque presentations and talks about the work of the Air Ambulance. I also give assistance to groups and individuals who wish to fundraise for our charity either by holding an event or sponsored activity.

My role also includes the day to day management of our volunteers which includes making sure they have support in attending events on our behalf.


Kate Duddell, Media Coordinator
I joined the Kent Air Ambulance Trust in spring 2006, after graduating from university with a fine art degree in 2005.

My job role is extremely varied and involves liaising with the local press & media. I also write fabulous press releases informing the public of our regional news & events.

I work particularly in new media; managing and uploading all content onto the charity’s website this involves daily updating, recording statistical analysis and detailing the breakdown performance of our websites and new media.

I am also the assistant to the Head of Fundraising which involves fundraising & marketing within the community and essentially raising awareness of the emergency helicopter within the charity sector.

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Becky Pavey , Part Time Morning Receptionist
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I joined the Trust in February 2007 as a part time receptionist. My role involves welcoming all the charity’s visitors to the Head Office in Kent.

I am also responsible for updating the database with general donations and the ‘In Memoriam’ donations that the charity receives, however the main focus of my role is writing our thank you letters to our kind and generous donors. I live locally and really enjoy working for this local charitable organisation.


Shirley Brown , Part Time Afternoon Receptionist & Collection Box Coordinator
I have worked for the Air Ambulance Trust since February 2007, as a part time receptionist in the afternoons.

My duties include answering the telephone, franking post, ordering our stationary, writing thank-you letters and generating certificates along with assisting the fundraising team.

I am also responsible for our vast number of collection boxes which are allocated all over Surrey. Accurately recording their locations and ensuring they have been placed with the correct paperwork this involves communicating closely with our volunteers. We now have over 50 boxes placed throughout the county.

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