Meet the Team

Our Air Ambulance and Emergency Response Vehicles are crewed by Specialist Critical Care Paramedics, HEMS doctors and highly skilled pilots. Some of our team include:

Amy Warne - HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Amy Warne

HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Amy left college in 2011 after studying Biology, Chemistry, French and Maths. She worked as a Junior Secretary at a charity in Winchester, before starting work at a local zoo. Amy joined South Central Ambulance Service in 2014 working in the PALS department before qualifying as an Emergency Call Taker in June 2015. In January 2017 Amy joined the HEMS team as a HEMS Emergency Dispatch Assistant. She has a keen interest in emergency medicine and hopes to study medicine at university in the coming years.

Amy left college in 2011 after studying Biology, Chemistry, French and Maths. She worked as a Junior Secretary at a charity in Winchester, before starting work at a local zoo. Amy joined South Central Ambulance Service in 2014 working in the PALS department before qualifying as an Emergency Call Taker in June 2015. In January 2017 Amy joined the HEMS team as a HEMS Emergency Dispatch Assistant. She has a keen interest in emergency medicine and hopes to study medicine at university in the coming years.

Ben Burke - Specialist Paramedic

Ben Burke

Specialist Paramedic

Ben Siggers - Doctor

Ben Siggers

Doctor

Ben is a consultant anaesthetist in Salisbury. After beginning his medical training in Bristol, he joined the military, serving with airborne and commando forces around the world for 18 years. He trained in pre-hospital medicine with the Surf Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter in Sydney, Australia and subsequently worked on the Medical Emergency Response Team helicopter in Afghanistan. He joined the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2013.

Ben is a consultant anaesthetist in Salisbury. After beginning his medical training in Bristol, he joined the military, serving with airborne and commando forces around the world for 18 years. He trained in pre-hospital medicine with the Surf Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter in Sydney, Australia and subsequently worked on the Medical Emergency Response Team helicopter in Afghanistan. He joined the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2013.

Bentley Waller - Doctor

Bentley Waller

Doctor

Casey Pennington - HEMS Paramedic

Casey Pennington

HEMS Paramedic

Casey started training with the ambulance service in 2010, whilst studying Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes University. She then undertook further training within South Central Ambulance Service and qualified as a Specialist Paramedic (Urgent Care) in 2016.

After working in the Urgent Care side of healthcare for a couple of years, Casey sought a different challenge and joined the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). This included regular major incident training, managing patients in dangerous environments as well as solo working on rapid response vehicles.

In 2021 Casey joined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as a HEMS Paramedic and will be commencing university training this year towards becoming a Specialist Paramedic (Critical Care).

In her spare time, Casey enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, open water swimming, CrossFit and walking her dog.

Casey started training with the ambulance service in 2010, whilst studying Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes University. She then undertook further training within South Central Ambulance Service and qualified as a Specialist Paramedic (Urgent Care) in 2016.

After working in the Urgent Care side of healthcare for a couple of years, Casey sought a different challenge and joined the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). This included regular major incident training, managing patients in dangerous environments as well as solo working on rapid response vehicles.

In 2021 Casey joined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as a HEMS Paramedic and will be commencing university training this year towards becoming a Specialist Paramedic (Critical Care).

In her spare time, Casey enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, open water swimming, CrossFit and walking her dog.

Chris Hill - Doctor

Chris Hill

Doctor

Job title: Consultant in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine.

Chris joined HIOWAA in 2014 and also works for University Hospital Southampton as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and is the current clinical lead for the service.

Chris said: “After completing my training in Emergency Medicine I knew that Air Ambulance work was something I wanted to do, in addition to my hospital career and at the time there was no dedicated training program so over a two year period I worked in Australia for the Sydney Air Ambulance and then back in the UK for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. This gave me a great head start in the professional world of Air Ambulance work.

I worked in Sydney, Australia for almost a year. Their service is very different to ours, being a mix of roles of what our Coast Guard helicopter, Air Ambulance and also land based transport teams do in the UK. This meant we trained for a number of scenarios like winch operations, canyon rescue, as well as complex inter-hospital transfers.

I am part of the training team at HIOWAA and help to look after our doctors in training, keeping an eye on their progress and mentoring them as required.

My proudest moments working for HIOWAA are the patient stories. Every time I hear of a life saved or time when we made a difference makes me feel incredibly proud of the team.

The standout moments, for me, are the little moments. Landing at Thruxton after a long day with a beautiful sunset, or taking off in a snow covered field. Times that reinforce what a privileged position we have, working for an Air Ambulance.

Outside of work, my family and cycling keep me on my toes and fit!

My top tip: Always tuck your shoelaces in, you never know when they might get snagged!”

Job title: Consultant in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine.

Chris joined HIOWAA in 2014 and also works for University Hospital Southampton as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and is the current clinical lead for the service.

Chris said: “After completing my training in Emergency Medicine I knew that Air Ambulance work was something I wanted to do, in addition to my hospital career and at the time there was no dedicated training program so over a two year period I worked in Australia for the Sydney Air Ambulance and then back in the UK for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. This gave me a great head start in the professional world of Air Ambulance work.

I worked in Sydney, Australia for almost a year. Their service is very different to ours, being a mix of roles of what our Coast Guard helicopter, Air Ambulance and also land based transport teams do in the UK. This meant we trained for a number of scenarios like winch operations, canyon rescue, as well as complex inter-hospital transfers.

I am part of the training team at HIOWAA and help to look after our doctors in training, keeping an eye on their progress and mentoring them as required.

My proudest moments working for HIOWAA are the patient stories. Every time I hear of a life saved or time when we made a difference makes me feel incredibly proud of the team.

The standout moments, for me, are the little moments. Landing at Thruxton after a long day with a beautiful sunset, or taking off in a snow covered field. Times that reinforce what a privileged position we have, working for an Air Ambulance.

Outside of work, my family and cycling keep me on my toes and fit!

My top tip: Always tuck your shoelaces in, you never know when they might get snagged!”

Claire Pond - HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Claire Pond

HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Claire Fitchett
Clare Fitchett - Specialist Paramedic

Clare Fitchett

Specialist Paramedic

Clare graduated as a paramedic in 2011 having undertaken her student paramedic training with South Central Ambulance Service.

She commenced her Specialist Paramedic (Critical Care) training in 2018 with Thames Valley Air Ambulance before joining HIOWAA in March 2022.

She holds the Diploma in Immediate Medical care (DipIMC) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and is completing an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Clare also volunteers as an Expedition Medic with the British Exploring Society and has been lucky enough to travel around the world including spending time in the Peruvian Jungle and Iceland.

Outside of work Clare enjoys cycling, running and triathlons – though is yet to learn how to swim properly! She also loves exploring new places and is always looking for the next fun adventure.

Claire Fitchett

Clare graduated as a paramedic in 2011 having undertaken her student paramedic training with South Central Ambulance Service.

She commenced her Specialist Paramedic (Critical Care) training in 2018 with Thames Valley Air Ambulance before joining HIOWAA in March 2022.

She holds the Diploma in Immediate Medical care (DipIMC) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and is completing an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Clare also volunteers as an Expedition Medic with the British Exploring Society and has been lucky enough to travel around the world including spending time in the Peruvian Jungle and Iceland.

Outside of work Clare enjoys cycling, running and triathlons – though is yet to learn how to swim properly! She also loves exploring new places and is always looking for the next fun adventure.

Pilot Dave is sitting in the helicopter wearing his blue flight suit and a flight helmet and is giving you a thumbs up!
Dave Nicholls - Pilot

Dave Nicholls

Pilot

Dave joined the Army in 1984. He served first on ceremonial duties and then as a helicopter ground crewman/refueller. In 1988 he attended an Army Pilot Course.

As a pilot he served in various places from the Arctic to the Equator, working as an instructor on both helicopters and aeroplanes. He left the Army in 2006 and joined Bond Air Services.

Dave flew Air Ambulances and Police helicopters for Bond (now Babcock) all over the UK until he joined HIOWAA in October 2015. He is also qualified as a Captain, including in night HEMS.

Pilot Dave is sitting in the helicopter wearing his blue flight suit and a flight helmet and is giving you a thumbs up!

Dave joined the Army in 1984. He served first on ceremonial duties and then as a helicopter ground crewman/refueller. In 1988 he attended an Army Pilot Course.

As a pilot he served in various places from the Arctic to the Equator, working as an instructor on both helicopters and aeroplanes. He left the Army in 2006 and joined Bond Air Services.

Dave flew Air Ambulances and Police helicopters for Bond (now Babcock) all over the UK until he joined HIOWAA in October 2015. He is also qualified as a Captain, including in night HEMS.

Dave Zaple - HEMS Paramedic

Dave Zaple

HEMS Paramedic

Dave graduated as a paramedic in 2012, taking up a voluntary role on a charity expedition down the Missouri River, before starting with South Central Ambulance Service.
Dave spent five years working in the Hazardous Area Response Team, where he was also deployed to South Sudan as a paramedic for the UN.
Prior to starting with HIOWAA, Dave graduated alongside colleague Lou Wigmore from University of Southampton with a BSc in Clinical Practice.
Outside of work Dave enjoys cycling, climbing, stand up paddle-boarding and making DIY look difficult!

Dave graduated as a paramedic in 2012, taking up a voluntary role on a charity expedition down the Missouri River, before starting with South Central Ambulance Service.
Dave spent five years working in the Hazardous Area Response Team, where he was also deployed to South Sudan as a paramedic for the UN.
Prior to starting with HIOWAA, Dave graduated alongside colleague Lou Wigmore from University of Southampton with a BSc in Clinical Practice.
Outside of work Dave enjoys cycling, climbing, stand up paddle-boarding and making DIY look difficult!

Dolly McPherson
Dolly McPherson - HEMS Specialist Paramedic

Dolly McPherson

HEMS Specialist Paramedic

Job title: Advanced Clinical Practitioner / HEMS Paramedic

I joined HIOWAA 2020 and I also work at University Hospital Southampton as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. I worked in South Central Ambulance Service for 7 years before.

I trained as a paramedic doing a FDSc degree at UWE, worked in SCAS as a paramedic then as a specialist paramedic in urgent care. I completed by MSc in advanced practice along with a 3 year national training program to become an ACP. I then joined HIOWAA part time in addition to continuing as an ACP.

Outside of work, I enjoy running and hiking with my dog and wife.

Dolly McPherson

Job title: Advanced Clinical Practitioner / HEMS Paramedic

I joined HIOWAA 2020 and I also work at University Hospital Southampton as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. I worked in South Central Ambulance Service for 7 years before.

I trained as a paramedic doing a FDSc degree at UWE, worked in SCAS as a paramedic then as a specialist paramedic in urgent care. I completed by MSc in advanced practice along with a 3 year national training program to become an ACP. I then joined HIOWAA part time in addition to continuing as an ACP.

Outside of work, I enjoy running and hiking with my dog and wife.

Ewan McMorris - Doctor

Ewan McMorris

Doctor

Ewan has been a member of the team since 2008. Pre-hospital medicine is very important to him, and he has been part of providing it in Hampshire since 2004 through the Charity BASICS of which he is currently chairman.
Ewan is also a consultant in Emergency Medicine for Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust in Winchester and Basingstoke. The father of three is kept busy beyond medicine by his children.

Ewan has been a member of the team since 2008. Pre-hospital medicine is very important to him, and he has been part of providing it in Hampshire since 2004 through the Charity BASICS of which he is currently chairman.
Ewan is also a consultant in Emergency Medicine for Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust in Winchester and Basingstoke. The father of three is kept busy beyond medicine by his children.

Dr Frances Dolman is wearing a black polo Doctor polo shirt with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance logo. She is stood in front of a HIOWAA emergency response vehicle.
Frances Dolman - Doctor

Frances Dolman

Doctor

Frances attended and graduated from the University of Liverpool medical school and then worked in Merseyside for a further two years as a junior doctor. In 2008 Frances headed for the sun and began working in Gosford Hospital, NSW followed by Liverpool Hospital, NSW, Australia. In 2017 she completed her emergency specialist training and began working as an emergency consultant. This opened up the opportunity for Frances to work for Sydney HEMS.

In 2019 Frances returned to the UK and began flying with HIOWAA. For her, each patients’ story is unique and if she can help make their bad day a little better, it’s been worthwhile. Her standout moment for HIOWAA was the team building Lego challenge: “Everyone still has an inner child,” says Frances.

She enjoys being outdoors: running, country walks, stand up Paddle boarding (SUPing), listening to live music, enjoying good food and drinks with friends. And wants to give a special mention to her parents, who have supported her ambitions and adventures and waited patiently for her to return to the UK!

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Dr Frances Dolman is wearing a black polo Doctor polo shirt with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance logo. She is stood in front of a HIOWAA emergency response vehicle.

Frances attended and graduated from the University of Liverpool medical school and then worked in Merseyside for a further two years as a junior doctor. In 2008 Frances headed for the sun and began working in Gosford Hospital, NSW followed by Liverpool Hospital, NSW, Australia. In 2017 she completed her emergency specialist training and began working as an emergency consultant. This opened up the opportunity for Frances to work for Sydney HEMS.

In 2019 Frances returned to the UK and began flying with HIOWAA. For her, each patients’ story is unique and if she can help make their bad day a little better, it’s been worthwhile. Her standout moment for HIOWAA was the team building Lego challenge: “Everyone still has an inner child,” says Frances.

She enjoys being outdoors: running, country walks, stand up Paddle boarding (SUPing), listening to live music, enjoying good food and drinks with friends. And wants to give a special mention to her parents, who have supported her ambitions and adventures and waited patiently for her to return to the UK!

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Gordon Craig - Doctor

Gordon Craig

Doctor

Gordon is a consultant in critical care and anaesthesia at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth having previously worked in Australia and Baltimore Shock Trauma. Having served with regular and TA airborne units he helped develop the helicopter emergency retrieval system currently used in Afghanistan. He has also worked with an International Red Cross Field Surgical Team covering the Afghan conflict.

Gordon is a consultant in critical care and anaesthesia at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth having previously worked in Australia and Baltimore Shock Trauma. Having served with regular and TA airborne units he helped develop the helicopter emergency retrieval system currently used in Afghanistan. He has also worked with an International Red Cross Field Surgical Team covering the Afghan conflict.

Hania Ward - Doctor

Hania Ward

Doctor

Hania is a consultant anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton who specialises in major trauma and vascular anaesthesia. Her medical training started in Poland where she worked for the Polish Ambulance Service while obtaining her degree and completed her training at King’s College Hospital in London. She also spent a year working full time for Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance. Since completing her speciality training, Hania has gained a postgraduate degree in medical education and has organised and taught on many medical courses in the UK and abroad.

Hania enjoys voluntary and charity work and has participated in several international aid and training events in Vietnam, Iraq, Kenya, Malta and Egypt. In the UK she often provides medical support at major sports events such as marathons and Tough Mudder races.

Hania is an active member of UKMED: an organisation which provides rapid medical help to areas impacted by natural disasters across the world.

In her spare time, Hania sails competitively and enjoys Latin dancing.

Hania is a consultant anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton who specialises in major trauma and vascular anaesthesia. Her medical training started in Poland where she worked for the Polish Ambulance Service while obtaining her degree and completed her training at King’s College Hospital in London. She also spent a year working full time for Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance. Since completing her speciality training, Hania has gained a postgraduate degree in medical education and has organised and taught on many medical courses in the UK and abroad.

Hania enjoys voluntary and charity work and has participated in several international aid and training events in Vietnam, Iraq, Kenya, Malta and Egypt. In the UK she often provides medical support at major sports events such as marathons and Tough Mudder races.

Hania is an active member of UKMED: an organisation which provides rapid medical help to areas impacted by natural disasters across the world.

In her spare time, Hania sails competitively and enjoys Latin dancing.

Hannah Lawless - HEMS Operations Manager

Hannah Lawless

HEMS Operations Manager

Iain Beardsell - Doctor

Iain Beardsell

Doctor

Pilot Jamie Anderson smiles to camera mid-flight
Jamie Anderson - Pilot

Jamie Anderson

Pilot

Jamie joined the Army in 1998 and, after a short deployment to Kosovo, started his flying training in 1999. He flew initially as a pilot and then became an instructor in 2005, where he taught all aspects of Army flying world-wide, on peacetime and operations. In 2010 he transferred to the Air Force to continue his flying career. He taught mainly on the Puma but was lucky enough to be attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force for three years to help train their new helicopter instructors. Jamie has only recently left the Air Force and is now finding his feet in the HEMS world operating between HIOWAA and TVAA.

Outside of work Jamie has a busy family life and runs his own small business conducting virtual reality flying training and development.

Pilot Jamie Anderson smiles to camera mid-flight

Jamie joined the Army in 1998 and, after a short deployment to Kosovo, started his flying training in 1999. He flew initially as a pilot and then became an instructor in 2005, where he taught all aspects of Army flying world-wide, on peacetime and operations. In 2010 he transferred to the Air Force to continue his flying career. He taught mainly on the Puma but was lucky enough to be attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force for three years to help train their new helicopter instructors. Jamie has only recently left the Air Force and is now finding his feet in the HEMS world operating between HIOWAA and TVAA.

Outside of work Jamie has a busy family life and runs his own small business conducting virtual reality flying training and development.

Dr Jamie Plumb is crouched in front of the HIOWAA emergency response vehicle and smiling to the camera. He is wearing the full flight suit.
Jamie Plumb - Doctor

Jamie Plumb

Doctor

Job title: Consultant in Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.

I started with HIOWAA in 2019. I was appointed as a PHEM (Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine) trainee after I had finished my anaesthetic training. I also work at University Hospital Southampton as a Consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. My next major goal is to complete my PhD.

Prior to working with HIOWAA I worked in New Zealand with their HEMS service (Helicopter Emergency Medicine).

One of the most rewarding things working with HIOWAA is when we receive thank you letters or cards from patients or their relatives.

Life outside of work is very busy. I have a beautiful wife named Rachel and 3 kids Freya, Theo and Reuben. My passion is cycling of all kinds! I’m also a big fan of the sport and want to progress into coaching youngsters.

My favourite quote: “Your head matters more than your legs” the late Marco Pantani and “Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill” Fausto Coppi.

Dr Jamie Plumb is crouched in front of the HIOWAA emergency response vehicle and smiling to the camera. He is wearing the full flight suit.

Job title: Consultant in Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.

I started with HIOWAA in 2019. I was appointed as a PHEM (Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine) trainee after I had finished my anaesthetic training. I also work at University Hospital Southampton as a Consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. My next major goal is to complete my PhD.

Prior to working with HIOWAA I worked in New Zealand with their HEMS service (Helicopter Emergency Medicine).

One of the most rewarding things working with HIOWAA is when we receive thank you letters or cards from patients or their relatives.

Life outside of work is very busy. I have a beautiful wife named Rachel and 3 kids Freya, Theo and Reuben. My passion is cycling of all kinds! I’m also a big fan of the sport and want to progress into coaching youngsters.

My favourite quote: “Your head matters more than your legs” the late Marco Pantani and “Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill” Fausto Coppi.

Janice Shepherd - Dispatch Assistant

Janice Shepherd

Dispatch Assistant

Jason Butler - HEMS Specialist Paramedic

Jason Butler

HEMS Specialist Paramedic

Jason moved to Oxford from Devon in 2010 to study Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes. After graduating in 2012 he started working with SCAS as a Paramedic based in Oxford, where part of his role was to mentor and develop students. Having always been interested in critical care he was successful in joining HIOWAA in October 2016 as a HEMS Paramedic. Outside of work he enjoys swimming, the coast and attempting to surf.

Jason moved to Oxford from Devon in 2010 to study Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes. After graduating in 2012 he started working with SCAS as a Paramedic based in Oxford, where part of his role was to mentor and develop students. Having always been interested in critical care he was successful in joining HIOWAA in October 2016 as a HEMS Paramedic. Outside of work he enjoys swimming, the coast and attempting to surf.

Doctor Jen Hine
Jen Hine - Trainee PHEM Doctor

Jen Hine

Trainee PHEM Doctor

Doctor Jen Hine
John Gamblin - HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

John Gamblin

HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

John joined the Air Ambulance in 2010 and continues to fly as a part time member of the team, having left this year to join Portsmouth’s emergency department as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).

He started his paramedic career in the Royal Navy before joining the London Ambulance Service and then moving to Hampshire in 2008, completing his BSc in Paramedic Practice at Portsmouth University. He is now studying towards an MSc at Southampton, and when not working or studying, you’ll find him teaching his two year old daughter to paddleboard- so far, so good, he tells us!

John joined the Air Ambulance in 2010 and continues to fly as a part time member of the team, having left this year to join Portsmouth’s emergency department as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).

He started his paramedic career in the Royal Navy before joining the London Ambulance Service and then moving to Hampshire in 2008, completing his BSc in Paramedic Practice at Portsmouth University. He is now studying towards an MSc at Southampton, and when not working or studying, you’ll find him teaching his two year old daughter to paddleboard- so far, so good, he tells us!

Julian Hannah - HEMS Trainee Specialist Paramedic

Julian Hannah

HEMS Trainee Specialist Paramedic

Julian joined HIOWAA in December 2018 to pursue a career in critical care.
After qualifying from Monash University as a Paramedic in 2014, he moved from Australia to London to work for the London Ambulance Service. Working in Westminster Julian gained a large amount of experience, including developing and mentoring international paramedics and paramedic students, as well as providing further support to colleagues in the role of international liaison.
In Julian’s spare time he enjoys travelling and surfing. He is also hoping that this year the ashes will be brought home.

Julian joined HIOWAA in December 2018 to pursue a career in critical care.
After qualifying from Monash University as a Paramedic in 2014, he moved from Australia to London to work for the London Ambulance Service. Working in Westminster Julian gained a large amount of experience, including developing and mentoring international paramedics and paramedic students, as well as providing further support to colleagues in the role of international liaison.
In Julian’s spare time he enjoys travelling and surfing. He is also hoping that this year the ashes will be brought home.

Keely Harrison - HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Keely Harrison

HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Lee Barnicott - Doctor

Lee Barnicott

Doctor

Liz Shewry - Doctor

Liz Shewry

Doctor

As well as working for HIOWAA as a pre-hospital doctor, Liz Shewry is an anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton (UHS), specialising in patients with Major trauma. After studying medicine in Cardiff Liz went to work in Perth, Western Australia. On her return Liz worked in South Wales but missed the beach and hence moved down to Dorset to study anaesthetics. In 2010 she moved to Sydney, Australia to train in pre-hospital medicine and enjoyed working there so much she stayed for an extra year. She’s been with HIOWAA since her return in 2012 and is excited by all the great changes to the service over the past few years.

Liz is interested in education and training and is part of the HIOWAA training group, helping to develop the new base training suite and pre-hospital training for junior doctors, starting in August. At UHS, when not looking after patients, she also works in education in major trauma and training using simulation technology to improve patient care. She has an interest in global health and regularly runs training courses in West Africa. She enjoys music, travelling and being outdoors (especially if it’s sunny).

As well as working for HIOWAA as a pre-hospital doctor, Liz Shewry is an anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton (UHS), specialising in patients with Major trauma. After studying medicine in Cardiff Liz went to work in Perth, Western Australia. On her return Liz worked in South Wales but missed the beach and hence moved down to Dorset to study anaesthetics. In 2010 she moved to Sydney, Australia to train in pre-hospital medicine and enjoyed working there so much she stayed for an extra year. She’s been with HIOWAA since her return in 2012 and is excited by all the great changes to the service over the past few years.

Liz is interested in education and training and is part of the HIOWAA training group, helping to develop the new base training suite and pre-hospital training for junior doctors, starting in August. At UHS, when not looking after patients, she also works in education in major trauma and training using simulation technology to improve patient care. She has an interest in global health and regularly runs training courses in West Africa. She enjoys music, travelling and being outdoors (especially if it’s sunny).

Louisa Chan - Doctor, Medical Lead

Louisa Chan

Doctor, Medical Lead

Specialises in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM).
Based in Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she is the current Clinical Director of Unscheduled Care. Has flown with HIOWAA since 2005. Previously worked in London with the Physician Response Unit and London HEMS.
Strong education interest – is the PHEM training program director for Wessex HEE, examiner for the DIMC held at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and HIOWAA medical training lead.

Enthusiastic runner, expert shopper, chocolate connoisseur, will sleep when she is dead.

Specialises in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM).
Based in Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she is the current Clinical Director of Unscheduled Care. Has flown with HIOWAA since 2005. Previously worked in London with the Physician Response Unit and London HEMS.
Strong education interest – is the PHEM training program director for Wessex HEE, examiner for the DIMC held at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and HIOWAA medical training lead.

Enthusiastic runner, expert shopper, chocolate connoisseur, will sleep when she is dead.

Louise Wigmore - HEMS Specialist Paramedic

Louise Wigmore

HEMS Specialist Paramedic

Louise joined Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service in 2000 as an Ambulance Technician and was based at Newbury and Reading, qualifying as a Paramedic in 2005. She completed a year-long secondment  as an Advanced Care Paramedic in Australia for Queensland Ambulance Service in 2008. She  returned to Reading for a short while before becoming part of the newly formed Hazardous Area Response Team within South Central Ambulance  Service in 2011, up until joining Hampshire ad Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Louise is currently studying part-time at the University of Southampton for a BSc in Clinical Practice.

Away from work she participates in many sports, but especially enjoys white water kayaking, cycling and surfing.

Louise joined Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service in 2000 as an Ambulance Technician and was based at Newbury and Reading, qualifying as a Paramedic in 2005. She completed a year-long secondment  as an Advanced Care Paramedic in Australia for Queensland Ambulance Service in 2008. She  returned to Reading for a short while before becoming part of the newly formed Hazardous Area Response Team within South Central Ambulance  Service in 2011, up until joining Hampshire ad Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Louise is currently studying part-time at the University of Southampton for a BSc in Clinical Practice.

Away from work she participates in many sports, but especially enjoys white water kayaking, cycling and surfing.

Lucy Cameron - HEMS Paramedic

Lucy Cameron

HEMS Paramedic

Lucy started training with the ambulance service in 2012, whilst studying Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes University. Having qualified as a paramedic, Lucy joined South Central Ambulance Service where she undertook further training to allow her to work as a Specialist Paramedic in Berkshire. Lucy also teaches Paramedic students at Oxford Brookes University, and is an instructor for the Resuscitation Council around the UK.

Outside of work, she has a keen interest in sustainable living and cycling and she regularly practices yoga.

Lucy started training with the ambulance service in 2012, whilst studying Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes University. Having qualified as a paramedic, Lucy joined South Central Ambulance Service where she undertook further training to allow her to work as a Specialist Paramedic in Berkshire. Lucy also teaches Paramedic students at Oxford Brookes University, and is an instructor for the Resuscitation Council around the UK.

Outside of work, she has a keen interest in sustainable living and cycling and she regularly practices yoga.

Marcus Doyle - Pilot

Marcus Doyle

Pilot

Marcus joined the RAF from university in 1991.  Having completed pilot training, he spent 9 years flying the Chinook helicopter on operations and exercises worldwide.  After leaving the RAF in 2005, he was a director of a commercial aviation company for 10 years, while continuing to fly as both a rotary and fixed-wing commercial pilot.  In 2015 Marcus joined Bond Air Services as a HEMS pilot, initially flying at various HEMS locations around the UK, before joining the HIOWAA team permanently in November 2015.

Marcus joined the RAF from university in 1991.  Having completed pilot training, he spent 9 years flying the Chinook helicopter on operations and exercises worldwide.  After leaving the RAF in 2005, he was a director of a commercial aviation company for 10 years, while continuing to fly as both a rotary and fixed-wing commercial pilot.  In 2015 Marcus joined Bond Air Services as a HEMS pilot, initially flying at various HEMS locations around the UK, before joining the HIOWAA team permanently in November 2015.

Mark Durell
Mark Durell - Specialist Paramedic

Mark Durell

Specialist Paramedic

Mark Durell
Matt Kerton - Doctor

Matt Kerton

Doctor

Matt is a senior registrar in anaesthesia based at University Hospital Southampton and started training in pre-hosptial medicine in August 2017. Matt has completed most of his training in Bristol and spent time working in Western Australia. He moved into the region specifically to work with HIOWAA.

Matt spends his time away from work with his wife and two children and enjoys mountain biking, kite-surfing and skiing.

 

Matt is a senior registrar in anaesthesia based at University Hospital Southampton and started training in pre-hosptial medicine in August 2017. Matt has completed most of his training in Bristol and spent time working in Western Australia. He moved into the region specifically to work with HIOWAA.

Matt spends his time away from work with his wife and two children and enjoys mountain biking, kite-surfing and skiing.

 

Michael Bradfield - Paramedic Clinical Lead

Michael Bradfield

Paramedic Clinical Lead

Michael’s ambulance career began in 2005 at Oxfordshire Ambulance Service (now part of SCAS), where he trained as a Technician and Paramedic before moving to London Ambulance Service, completing a secondment with London’s Air Ambulance.

In 2011 he joined South East Coast Ambulance Service, and worked as a Critical Care Paramedic, Clinical Manager with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex and finally as a Consultant Paramedic, before moving to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2020.

He holds an MSc in Advanced Paramedic Practice (Critical Care), the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (RCSEd) and a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

He has previously worked as a part-time university lecturer and still enjoys teaching where time allows, including on adult and paediatric Advanced Life Support courses in the region.

Michael’s ambulance career began in 2005 at Oxfordshire Ambulance Service (now part of SCAS), where he trained as a Technician and Paramedic before moving to London Ambulance Service, completing a secondment with London’s Air Ambulance.

In 2011 he joined South East Coast Ambulance Service, and worked as a Critical Care Paramedic, Clinical Manager with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex and finally as a Consultant Paramedic, before moving to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2020.

He holds an MSc in Advanced Paramedic Practice (Critical Care), the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (RCSEd) and a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

He has previously worked as a part-time university lecturer and still enjoys teaching where time allows, including on adult and paediatric Advanced Life Support courses in the region.

Mike Funge - HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

Mike Funge

HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

Mike joined our HEMS team in June 2015, having begun his career as a student Paramedic with East of England Ambulance Service in 2007. He  qualified as a Paramedic in 2010, joining South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 and going on to become a Clinical Mentor to one of the teams at Bletchley Ambulance Station.  Throughout this time he provided clinical support to a wide variety of staff members and helped develop and build the practices of a number of students.  He is the father to two young boys, and prior to joining the Ambulance Service, he completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

Mike joined our HEMS team in June 2015, having begun his career as a student Paramedic with East of England Ambulance Service in 2007. He  qualified as a Paramedic in 2010, joining South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 and going on to become a Clinical Mentor to one of the teams at Bletchley Ambulance Station.  Throughout this time he provided clinical support to a wide variety of staff members and helped develop and build the practices of a number of students.  He is the father to two young boys, and prior to joining the Ambulance Service, he completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

HEMS Paramedic Nick Gray is leaning on the bonnet of the Emergency Response Vehicle
Nick Gray - Specialist Paramedic

Nick Gray

Specialist Paramedic

HEMS Paramedic Nick Gray is leaning on the bonnet of the Emergency Response Vehicle
Nick Maskery - Doctor

Nick Maskery

Doctor

Nicola Hawkes - HEMS Paramedic

Nicola Hawkes

HEMS Paramedic

Nicola moved to Hampshire from Somerset and Joined the Ambulance Service in 2000 as an Ambulance Technician. She qualified as a paramedic in 2004, later studying Emergency Care Practice at Portsmouth University and graduating in 2009. Since then she has worked in North Hampshire in various roles, including Clinical Mentor, Team Leader and more recently finished a secondment as Emergency Services Manager, thoroughly enjoying the experiences and challenges each role offered. She first flew with Helimed 56 as a paramedic in 2010 and since then has had a keen interest in joining the team. She has also been proud to represent the crew and attended charity events with the last being the Great South Run in 2015. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, walking and running with her two little dogs who are great training buddies and will be completing some more exciting challenges for the charity this year.

Nicola moved to Hampshire from Somerset and Joined the Ambulance Service in 2000 as an Ambulance Technician. She qualified as a paramedic in 2004, later studying Emergency Care Practice at Portsmouth University and graduating in 2009. Since then she has worked in North Hampshire in various roles, including Clinical Mentor, Team Leader and more recently finished a secondment as Emergency Services Manager, thoroughly enjoying the experiences and challenges each role offered. She first flew with Helimed 56 as a paramedic in 2010 and since then has had a keen interest in joining the team. She has also been proud to represent the crew and attended charity events with the last being the Great South Run in 2015. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, walking and running with her two little dogs who are great training buddies and will be completing some more exciting challenges for the charity this year.

Nigel Harley - HEMS Paramedic

Nigel Harley

HEMS Paramedic

Nigel joined Dorset Ambulance Service in 2004 as a technician and qualified as a Paramedic in 2007. He then progressed to become a Specialist Practitioner in 2010 and worked within the Emergency and Urgent Care sector in the Southwest region whilst also lecturing in Paramedic Science at various universities in the country.

During his time with South Central Ambulance Service as Education Manager he was seconded to HIOWAA to assist the HEMS operations Desk and as a Medical Passenger. He enjoyed the experience with the team so much that he decided to join the team permanently and begin his HEMS Paramedic pathway in 2018.

Nigel joined Dorset Ambulance Service in 2004 as a technician and qualified as a Paramedic in 2007. He then progressed to become a Specialist Practitioner in 2010 and worked within the Emergency and Urgent Care sector in the Southwest region whilst also lecturing in Paramedic Science at various universities in the country.

During his time with South Central Ambulance Service as Education Manager he was seconded to HIOWAA to assist the HEMS operations Desk and as a Medical Passenger. He enjoyed the experience with the team so much that he decided to join the team permanently and begin his HEMS Paramedic pathway in 2018.

Nigel McCoy - Doctor

Nigel McCoy

Doctor

Oliver Saddler - HEMS Paramedic

Oliver Saddler

HEMS Paramedic

Oliver joined the HIOWAA Critical Care Team in October 2016. He started his career with the London Ambulance Service in 2009 as a Student Paramedic, qualifying in 2012. He moved to the Peak District in 2013 to work in Manchester (and cycle/rock climb more!) and joined the Hazardous Area Response Team in 2014 – this included regular major incident training, managing patients in dangerous environments and operational ambulance and response car shifts. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Prehospital Critical Care and despite not being willing to admit it, quite likes studying. Away from work he spends his time rock climbing, cycling, planning his next ski trip, watching rugby and avoiding housework. He is married with three pairs of skis and two bikes.

Oliver joined the HIOWAA Critical Care Team in October 2016. He started his career with the London Ambulance Service in 2009 as a Student Paramedic, qualifying in 2012. He moved to the Peak District in 2013 to work in Manchester (and cycle/rock climb more!) and joined the Hazardous Area Response Team in 2014 – this included regular major incident training, managing patients in dangerous environments and operational ambulance and response car shifts. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Prehospital Critical Care and despite not being willing to admit it, quite likes studying. Away from work he spends his time rock climbing, cycling, planning his next ski trip, watching rugby and avoiding housework. He is married with three pairs of skis and two bikes.

Pat Andrews - HEMS Trainee Specialist Paramedic

Pat Andrews

HEMS Trainee Specialist Paramedic

Pat has had a varied career working for the Ambulance service. He joined the service an Ambulance Technician in 1997 and started his training in Bromley. On completion of his basic training he was posted to Brixton Ambulance station, where he stayed for the next 3 years. Much of his experience was gained here. In 2001 he took up a position with London Ambulance Service and qualified as an IHCD state registered Paramedic in 2003. During this time he enjoyed two years of patrolling the west end of London responding to 999 calls. From 2006 – 2007 he served as a Paramedic for Yorkshire Ambulance station, in a small town called Kirkbymoorside in the Yorkshire Moors. He began working for HIOWAA in 2007. He is married and a father of two young boys.

Pat has had a varied career working for the Ambulance service. He joined the service an Ambulance Technician in 1997 and started his training in Bromley. On completion of his basic training he was posted to Brixton Ambulance station, where he stayed for the next 3 years. Much of his experience was gained here. In 2001 he took up a position with London Ambulance Service and qualified as an IHCD state registered Paramedic in 2003. During this time he enjoyed two years of patrolling the west end of London responding to 999 calls. From 2006 – 2007 he served as a Paramedic for Yorkshire Ambulance station, in a small town called Kirkbymoorside in the Yorkshire Moors. He began working for HIOWAA in 2007. He is married and a father of two young boys.

Pete Owen - Specialist Paramedic

Pete Owen

Specialist Paramedic

Rachel Leaman - HEMS Care Group Manager

Rachel Leaman

HEMS Care Group Manager

Rob Summerhayes - Doctor

Rob Summerhayes

Doctor

Rob is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Southampton General Hospital and started working at HIOWAA in August 2017.

Since qualifying from medical school in 2004 in Cardiff, Rob has worked in South Wales, the south coast of England, South Africa, Iceland and Rwanda.

He is married to a wonderful wife called Polly and the father of 3 little girls. He enjoys sleeping under canvas, making dens, cooking over a fire, running and cycling with his most extreme bike ride being his wife’s idea; cycling unsupported from South Africa to the UK!

His favourite quotes are: ‘Just keep swimming’ Dory in finding nemo. ‘Nothing beats kindness’ said the horse ‘it sits quietly beyond all things’. Charlie Mackesy, The boy the mole, the fox and the horse.

Rob is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Southampton General Hospital and started working at HIOWAA in August 2017.

Since qualifying from medical school in 2004 in Cardiff, Rob has worked in South Wales, the south coast of England, South Africa, Iceland and Rwanda.

He is married to a wonderful wife called Polly and the father of 3 little girls. He enjoys sleeping under canvas, making dens, cooking over a fire, running and cycling with his most extreme bike ride being his wife’s idea; cycling unsupported from South Africa to the UK!

His favourite quotes are: ‘Just keep swimming’ Dory in finding nemo. ‘Nothing beats kindness’ said the horse ‘it sits quietly beyond all things’. Charlie Mackesy, The boy the mole, the fox and the horse.

Ruth Sheppard - HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Ruth Sheppard

HEMS Dispatch Assistant

Ruth joined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as a Dispatch Assistant in December 2016.

She began her ambulance service career in 2011 with South East Coast Ambulance Service as a call taker before joining South Central Ambulance Service as a Resource Dispatcher.

Outside of work she loves photography, DIY and spending time with her husband and three-year-old son.

Ruth joined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as a Dispatch Assistant in December 2016.

She began her ambulance service career in 2011 with South East Coast Ambulance Service as a call taker before joining South Central Ambulance Service as a Resource Dispatcher.

Outside of work she loves photography, DIY and spending time with her husband and three-year-old son.

Sam Jerman - HEMS Care Group PA

Sam Jerman

HEMS Care Group PA

Scott Sheldon - Dispatch Assistant

Scott Sheldon

Dispatch Assistant

Simon Hughes - Doctor

Simon Hughes

Doctor

Simon is a Consultant Anaesthetist. He spent sixteen years with the RAF and has been working in helicopter prehospital care since 2006 including in Afghanistan (RAF), Australia (Careflight) and in the UK first with Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance since 2012. Away from work he is married with two children and when time allows he loves skiing and flying light aircraft as a private pilot.

Simon is a Consultant Anaesthetist. He spent sixteen years with the RAF and has been working in helicopter prehospital care since 2006 including in Afghanistan (RAF), Australia (Careflight) and in the UK first with Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance since 2012. Away from work he is married with two children and when time allows he loves skiing and flying light aircraft as a private pilot.

Sophia Rozario - HEMS Paramedic

Sophia Rozario

HEMS Paramedic

I began my training with South Central Ambulance Service in 2010 and since qualifying as a Paramedic and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of frontline work whilst being based at both Alton and Petersfield. In this time I have gained my degree and completed a three month secondment on HIOWAA’s dispatch desk which really help me understand the challenges the team can face.
When not at work, I enjoy scuba diving, cooking spicy food and running.

I began my training with South Central Ambulance Service in 2010 and since qualifying as a Paramedic and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of frontline work whilst being based at both Alton and Petersfield. In this time I have gained my degree and completed a three month secondment on HIOWAA’s dispatch desk which really help me understand the challenges the team can face.
When not at work, I enjoy scuba diving, cooking spicy food and running.

Thomas Nickisson-Richards - HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

Thomas Nickisson-Richards

HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

Thomas began working for the ambulance service in Hampshire in 2008. He is from Hampshire originally, and has mainly worked in the north of the county as a graduate Paramedic, Clinical Mentor and Team Leader. He is currently studying at university towards qualification as a practitioner, whilst working on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as a HEMS Paramedic.

Thomas began working for the ambulance service in Hampshire in 2008. He is from Hampshire originally, and has mainly worked in the north of the county as a graduate Paramedic, Clinical Mentor and Team Leader. He is currently studying at university towards qualification as a practitioner, whilst working on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as a HEMS Paramedic.

Dr Tim Nicholson Roberts is smiling to the camera. The helicopter is behind him.
Tim Nicholson Roberts - Doctor

Tim Nicholson Roberts

Doctor

Tim is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, working mainly in the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit in Southampton. Prior to working at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, his principal Pre-hospital Care practice was in Afghanistan in the Army.

Aside from trauma, Tim has an interest in Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Medicine with research experience of lung damaging agents and caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone during the 2014 outbreak.

Outside of work Tim enjoys amateur Entomology and is an avid beetle recorder with a passion for identifying insect pictures sent to him by his colleagues.

Dr Tim Nicholson Roberts is smiling to the camera. The helicopter is behind him.

Tim is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, working mainly in the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit in Southampton. Prior to working at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, his principal Pre-hospital Care practice was in Afghanistan in the Army.

Aside from trauma, Tim has an interest in Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Medicine with research experience of lung damaging agents and caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone during the 2014 outbreak.

Outside of work Tim enjoys amateur Entomology and is an avid beetle recorder with a passion for identifying insect pictures sent to him by his colleagues.

HEMS Paramedic Tom Maxwell smiles to camera whilst leaning on the bonnet of the Emergency Response Vehicle
Tom Maxwell - HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

Tom Maxwell

HEMS Senior Specialist Paramedic

Tom left the British Army in 2008 and joined the London Ambulance Service (LAS) as a trainee Paramedic. He qualified in 2011 and spent the next two years working in west London before joining the LAS central operations department.

After two years in central operations, he joined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2015. He took 18 months away from full time employment with the us to train as a Surgical Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Birmingham but returned full time in 2021.

He is currently completing his dissertation to obtain a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice with Southampton University. He also holds a PGcert in Advanced Clinical Practice from Warwick University and his non-medical prescribing qualification from Coventry University. He is also an instructor in both advanced life support and advanced paediatric life support with the Resuscitation Council and Advanced Life Support Group, respectively.

His spare time is spent with his three young children and taking on overly ambitious carpentry projects.

HEMS Paramedic Tom Maxwell smiles to camera whilst leaning on the bonnet of the Emergency Response Vehicle

Tom left the British Army in 2008 and joined the London Ambulance Service (LAS) as a trainee Paramedic. He qualified in 2011 and spent the next two years working in west London before joining the LAS central operations department.

After two years in central operations, he joined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2015. He took 18 months away from full time employment with the us to train as a Surgical Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Birmingham but returned full time in 2021.

He is currently completing his dissertation to obtain a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice with Southampton University. He also holds a PGcert in Advanced Clinical Practice from Warwick University and his non-medical prescribing qualification from Coventry University. He is also an instructor in both advanced life support and advanced paediatric life support with the Resuscitation Council and Advanced Life Support Group, respectively.

His spare time is spent with his three young children and taking on overly ambitious carpentry projects.

Wayne Goudie - Pilot

Wayne Goudie

Pilot