The SCAA Story

Our People

Meet our paramedics, pilots, charity team and board members who work hard both on the frontline and behind the scenes to save lives and keep our helicopter flying!


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  • Find out more about John Pritchard
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    Lead Paramedic

    John Pritchard

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    Lead Paramedic

    John Pritchard

    John is the SCAA Paramedic Team Leader.

    John, who was has been awarded an MBE, was previously a Royal Air Force medic for seven years and has been with the Scottish Ambulance Service for over 20 years. He is also a pre-hospital care instructor and responder with BASICS Scotland.

    "I'm hugely proud and honoured to be part of the SCAA team. This charity greatly enhances the frontline emergency medical response provision, benefiting patients, doctors, nurses, community responders and hospitals."

    "SCAA is a major step forward in terms of patient care – especially in the more remote and rural areas, an air ambulance based at Perth Airport is a vital asset for the people of Scotland."

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    Finance and Facilities Manager

    Joy Nelson

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    Database Co-ordinator

    Karen Purvis

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    Trusts and Legacies Officer

    Katie Wylie

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    PR and Media Manager

    Maureen Young

  • Find out more about John Bullough
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    Chairman

    John Bullough

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    Chairman

    John Bullough

    Brought up in Perthshire and educated at Glenalmond College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, John began his early career as an Army Officer in the Scots Guards. After five years service in Germany, including on operations in Northern Ireland and the Middle East (1st Gulf War), he left the Army in 1993.

    In 1995 John moved to Romania and invested in a number of start up service companies to assist the country's transition after the 1989 Revolution. These included a recruitment firm (Barnett McCall Trading), a chain of dry cleaners (Immaculate Cleaners) and an intra-city courier and logistics company (Pegasus Courier). The latter was subsequently sold to a subsidiary of La Poste in 2003.

    John is presently Business Development Director at Castle European, an bio-engineering technology business based in Edinburgh, specialising in renewable and sustainable heat and power.

    John is Chairman of the Perth City Development Board, which oversees the council in the delivery of its 20 year vision and £500m investment plan, he also leads a local school charity (Friends of Glenalmond).

    John is a Special Constable with Police Scotland and spends many hours a year working with communities throughout Perthshire.

  • Find out more about Mike Beale
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    Vice-Chairman

    Mike Beale

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    Vice-Chairman

    Mike Beale

    Mike spent 28 years as the Headmaster of Craigclowan School in Perth. Following his retirement in 2007, he became President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce. He was Chairman of Peak Leaders UK, a training company based in Strathmiglo for 10 years  and is currently Chairman of the Management Board of Algo, a building company based in Perth. He runs his own consultancy, specialising in mentoring, appraisal and business development. Currently, his clients include schools in England and a Chinese group with educational interests in the UK and China. He also works with a Ski school based in Courchevel in France.

    During his career, Mike has had unique professional development opportunities which have resulted in the award of the highly prestigious Churchill Fellowship in 1991 and an English Speaking Union Walter Hinds Page Scholarship in 2001.

    He was elected Chairman of the International Association of Preparatory Schools in 1994/5 and uniquely, for the Head of a Scottish school, Mike was re-elected in 2005/6. He served for 17 years on the Managing Board of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools and also sat on the Board of the Independent Schools Council in London. He has served as a Governor of several schools, as a trustee of St. John’s Kirk and Horsecross Arts and currently sits on the managing committee of Blairgowrie Golf Club and the Perth City Development Board.

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    Board Member

    Paul Bassett

  • Find out more about Alan Bell
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    Board Member

    Alan Bell

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    Board Member

    Alan Bell

    Alan attended Perth Academy where he played rugby for the 1st XV. He then went on to study at Strathclyde University where he joined the University Air Squadron.

    Alan followed a career in sales and marketing heading up a large sales & marketing department before returning to his first love, flying.

    He moved to Australia and spent the next 2 years flying as a commercial helicopter pilot. Working beside an Air Ambulance base on the Sunshine Coast gave Alan the impetus to introduce the Australian HEMS working model to Scotland.

    On his return to Scotland Alan worked as a helicopter flight instructor and set-up a flight training organisation where he was a Director . Alan is one of the founding Trustees of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and Director of a successful building and manufacturing business. He sits as Non-Executive Director on several other Boards.

  • Find out more about Benedict Lawson
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    Board Member

    Benedict Lawson

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    Benedict Lawson

    Benedict was born in Glasgow and brought up in Moray.

    After university at the University of Kent he moved to London in 1993 to begin a career in investment management. Over that time he specialised in looking after the investments of private individuals for Barclays Stockbrokers and Seven Investment Management, which he helped to found in 2001.

    Benedict returned to Scotland in 2008 to take up an opportunity to work at Alliance Trust. In 2009 Benedict joined the DC Thomson group in Dundee where he continues to manage and advise on investments at both a private client and institutional level.

  • Find out more about Joyce Leslie
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    Board Member

    Joyce Leslie

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    Board Member

    Joyce Leslie

    Joyce has 40 years experience in business management across various industries from new venture start up to growing national companies. With extensive knowledge and expertise in property management in both the commercial and residential sector, Joyce was instrumental in welcoming SCAA to their base at Perth Airport.

    This involved ensuring there was suitable office accommodation for the staff team and an appropriate hangar and landing area for the helicopter was available.

    Joyce is an active local fundraiser in the Tayside area for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres as well as SCAA.

  • Find out more about Andrew Richmond
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    Board Member

    Andrew Richmond

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    Board Member

    Andrew Richmond

    Andrew was formerly a number one rated stockbroking healthcare analyst in the City of London and a Director of Covenant Healthcare Ltd, a healthcare facilities provider.

    He is Non-Executive Chairman of the AIM listed Intellectual Property (IP) specialist, Frontier IP Group PLC, Chairman of hub North Scotland Ltd and Chair’s the finance committee of the Court of the University of Dundee. He was formerly Deputy Chair of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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    Administration Assistant

    Katrine MacPhail

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    Regional Fundraising Manager

    Carol-Anne McMahon

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    Regional Fundraising Manager

    Helen MacGregor

  • Find out more about Rich Garside
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    Paramedic

    Rich Garside

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    Paramedic

    Rich Garside

    Rich joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 2010, working initially in the control room before serving five years as road crew based at Dunfermline.

    He has a BSc Hons in Geography from the University of Wales and has recently completed his BSc in Professional Practice (Paramedical Science) from the University of Stirling.

    “I was ready for a new challenge in my career,” he explained, “and being part of a helicopter air ambulance crew is my dream job.

    “Part of my reason for becoming a paramedic was a real passion for the job and a desire to help those in need. This drive will be even greater at SCAA and I’m so proud to be joining this amazing charity team.”

    As a member of a mountain rescue team, Rich saw first hand the benefits an air ambulance can bring to any emergency.

    “I saw how quickly they could bring help to the scene and the speed with which casualties could be transferred to hospital,” he said. “Having lived in a remote community, I know the distances that can sometimes be involved and how vital a helicopter can be.

    “I’m delighted to be part of that kind of service for both people and communities,” he said, “and to help develop SCAA and enhance the skills we can bring to patients.”

    Married with a daughter, Rich is a keen hillwalker and also enjoys climbing and mountain biking and fell running, having competed in races such as Ben Nevis, the Isle of Jura and the LAMM. Another great passion is touring Scotland in his trusty campervan and walking his Collie dog Skye.

     

  • Find out more about Nigel Clarke
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    Pilot

    Nigel Clarke

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    Pilot

    Nigel Clarke

    Pilot Nigel Clarke brings over 20 years of flying experience to his role at SCAA.


    Originally from Wolverhampton, Nigel worked as a flying instructor and pilot with Helicopter Adventures in California for two years before leaving the golden shores of the Pacific Ocean for the demanding offshore work with Bristow Helicopters on the North Sea.


    Two years later, Nigel moved to Babcock Mission Critical Services (Onshore) Ltd. (formerly Bond Air Services) and began his long connection with emergency services aircraft. Originally working with police and Helimed crews in Glasgow and Inverness, he then worked for 12 years with Humberside Police before transferring to SCAA.


    “The job as pilot at SCAA gave me the opportunity to come back to Scotland to live and fly,” he said. “All aviation activities are team efforts - SCAA having to constantly raise funds to keep the aircraft flying highlights this strong and committed teamwork and I will enjoy playing my part.”


    Nigel knows the benefit of the use of helicopters in primary care and the huge benefits of fast transfers in emergency but modestly claims that the paramedics “do all the work”.

  • Find out more about Russell Myles
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    Russell Myles

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    Pilot

    Russell Myles

    Senior Pilot Russell Myles has been flying with Babcock Mission Critical Services (Onshore) Ltd. (formerly Bond Air Services) since 2006.

    A pilot since 1981, he has flown aircraft ranging in size from a single seater WW2 fighter replica up to a 300+ seat Boeing 767 airliner and from the tiny R22 helicopter up to multi-engine heavy types. With over 10,000 flying hours, his helicopter experience includes police and ambulance flying, SAR and transport flying.

     

  • Find out more about John Salmond
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    Paramedic

    John Salmond

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    John Salmond

    After 18 years with the Scottish Ambulance Service - working from initial patient transport and ambulance technician roles to the rank of paramedic - John decided to learn new skills and become part of the SCAA crew.


    “As a paramedic you want to see patients who are in need of medical attention getting help as quickly as possible and some can be many miles from the nearest ambulance or hospital - or be stranded in remote locations or in time-critical situations,” he said. “It is really satisfying to be part of a team that brings the rapid aid and transport required.”


    John enjoys the unique experience that being part of a charity brings.
    “I’m happy to be involved in promoting the charity wherever and whenever I can,” he said. “I feel very privileged to be with SCAA."  


    Married with two sons, John lives in Arbroath where he is a member of the local cricket club. Other interests include running and general keep fit.

  • Find out more about Craig MacDonald
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    Craig MacDonald

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    Craig MacDonald

    Craig worked with the Scottish Ambulance Service for 21 years before joining the Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance paramedic team in September 2014.


    “It’s hugely rewarding when you can be part of saving or improving a life,” he said. “Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance make a massive difference to people across Scotland and it’s a real honour to be part of the team.


    “The fact that so many other people give financially or freely of their time and effort to keep SCAA flying makes it even more of a privilege to work with them.”


    Married with four children, Craig lives in Angus and was previously based in Forfar as a paramedic, including work in the Rapid Response Unit.


    “Working on Helimed 76 takes paramedic skills to a whole new level - literally - and I love playing my part in making a real difference to people’s lives,” he said. “It’s fantastic that the air ambulance is there to respond at speed and transport people who need medical attention in remote and hard to reach places.”


    Craig enjoys racquet sports and cycling but is equally happy relaxing and loves cooking on a barbeque for family and friends.

  • Find out more about Wendy Jubb
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    Wendy Jubb

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    Wendy Jubb

    A mother of three, Wendy worked out of Dunfermline ambulance station for six years following a career which embraced care assistant, technician and paramedic roles and an exciting five years as a researcher with the University of Iceland where she obtained an MSc in Physiology.

    Wendy also has a BSc Hons in Aquatic Bioscience from Glasgow University and has recently completed a BSc in Professional Practise (Paramedical Science).

    “It’s exciting to be able to merge all my experience as a paramedic with the dedicated and thrilling work of the airborne crew,” she said. “Working at SCAA presents an amazing opportunity and I’m really proud to be on board.”

    When not working at the sharp end, Wendy enjoys running, skiing, sailing, handcrafts and festivals – or looking after her three tortoises.

    “I’m proud to be selected for this exciting and challenging platform of pre-hospital care. It’s a privilege to be there when people are in most need and at their most vulnerable and the air ambulance means reaching those people faster with the better chance of improved outcomes.”

  • Find out more about Graeme Hay
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    Graeme Hay

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    Graeme Hay

    Graeme joined Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance after a nine month spell with Helimed 2 in Inverness.


    From Cullen in Banffshire, Graeme always wanted to be a paramedic and working with the air ambulance and its many challenges adds a whole new dimension to the job.


    Graeme joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 2009, initially as a technician based in Aviemore, before taking up the role of paramedic in Banff and Nairn.
    A house move brought Graeme from his native north east to Perthshire - and to a timely job opening at SCAA.


    “I learned a lot in my short time with the air ambulance in Inverness and it was great to bring those skills to SCAA and build on them,” he says. “The charity aircraft is a fantastic resource for Scotland and a wonderful asset for patients as it gets help to them quickly and airlifts them to the most relevant hospital in the shortest possible time. I also appreciate the fact that we work across the whole of Scotland and with all emergency services.


    “I’m very proud to be part of the only charity air ambulance in Scotland - they’re a great team.”


    Outwith work, Graeme enjoys cycling and keep fit and is a local Scout leader. He is also a Responder with BASICS Scotland and recently achieved a BSc in Paramedic Practice - Critical Care, bringing a valuable new skills set to his work with SCAA.

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    Chief Executive

    David Craig

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    Community Fundraiser

    Fiona Dennis

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    Marketing Officer

    Rebecca Foster

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    Volunteer Co-Ordinator

    Georgie Hood

  • Find out more about Martin Togneri
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    Martin Togneri

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    Martin Togneri

    Martin was born in Stirling and currently lives in Linlithgow. He holds an MA in politics and economics from the University of Glasgow and an MBA from Strathclyde University.

    He has worked in a range of sales, marketing and strategy roles in the computer and semiconductor design automation industries, as well as in a range of senior economic development and academic roles. In 2000 he was the founding Chief Executive of Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government's inward investment and export promotion agency, and in 2007 he became Dean of Glasgow Caledonian University's business school. Since 2010 he has concentrated on non-executive roles and has served on the boards of CogBooks, an Edinburgh-based e-learning company, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and Skills Development Scotland, and as a trustee of the Scottish Waterways Trust. As well as acting as a business mentor, he currently serves on the board of the Scottish Ambulance Service.