Our Patron and Trustees

Our Patron and Trustees

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Charity is regulated by a Memorandum and Articles of Association, and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Lady Montagu is Patron for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and David Drew is currently the acting Chairman of Trustees. You can meet them and find out more about all of our trustees, below.

Lady Montagu - Our Patron

Lady Montagu

Our Patron

Lady Montagu settled in Hampshire in 2005 when she married Hon Ralph Montagu, heir to the Beaulieu Estate.

Born and raised in The Netherlands, she read languages at Oxford University and has worked in Belgium, the Netherlands and London as an editor, journalist and translator.

She is also Archives Officer to the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), the UK’s only all-woman military unit and part of the city of London’s emergency response team.

‘Being a member of the FANY has in some ways prepared me for involvement with the Association of Air Ambulances. Both are voluntary organisations, both are permanently on call and both bring together people from all walks of life who are resourceful and ready to be of service.’

Ailsa has been Patron of HIOWAA since the service first began operating on 1 July 2007. Both the Charity and the first flight were launched from Beaulieu with her involvement. ‘Like most people, I assumed that the Air Ambulances were state-funded, and was amazed to learn that they get no government or even lottery support. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance relies entirely on public donations. Yet the service it provides is something we absolutely can not do without if we want to save lives.’

‘When I was part of a group being taught First Aid, we were taken through various life-saving treatments. But the most important thing we were told was that speed was of the essence. Speed is what the Air Ambulance is about. Whether it’s a congested town centre or a remote rural area – and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have both – there are some incidents that only a helicopter can get to quickly enough. Not only this, but with our team of paramedics and doctors, we are literally able to bring the hospital to the patient.’

‘The fact that Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been steadily expanding its service to the community since the start of flying operations just eleven years ago is a tribute to the commitment of our volunteers and to the generosity of the public. With your support we will continue to save lives and provide emergency medical support where and when it is needed most.’

Lady Montagu settled in Hampshire in 2005 when she married Hon Ralph Montagu, heir to the Beaulieu Estate.

Born and raised in The Netherlands, she read languages at Oxford University and has worked in Belgium, the Netherlands and London as an editor, journalist and translator.

She is also Archives Officer to the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), the UK’s only all-woman military unit and part of the city of London’s emergency response team.

‘Being a member of the FANY has in some ways prepared me for involvement with the Association of Air Ambulances. Both are voluntary organisations, both are permanently on call and both bring together people from all walks of life who are resourceful and ready to be of service.’

Ailsa has been Patron of HIOWAA since the service first began operating on 1 July 2007. Both the Charity and the first flight were launched from Beaulieu with her involvement. ‘Like most people, I assumed that the Air Ambulances were state-funded, and was amazed to learn that they get no government or even lottery support. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance relies entirely on public donations. Yet the service it provides is something we absolutely can not do without if we want to save lives.’

‘When I was part of a group being taught First Aid, we were taken through various life-saving treatments. But the most important thing we were told was that speed was of the essence. Speed is what the Air Ambulance is about. Whether it’s a congested town centre or a remote rural area – and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have both – there are some incidents that only a helicopter can get to quickly enough. Not only this, but with our team of paramedics and doctors, we are literally able to bring the hospital to the patient.’

‘The fact that Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been steadily expanding its service to the community since the start of flying operations just eleven years ago is a tribute to the commitment of our volunteers and to the generosity of the public. With your support we will continue to save lives and provide emergency medical support where and when it is needed most.’

David Drew
Acting Chairman – David Drew

Acting Chairman – David Drew

David is a local councillor and has previously worked for both the BBC and British Aerospace in an engineering capacity.

At the BBC he worked as both a TV studio engineer and latterly in sales, travelling to the Americas as well as the Far and Middle East. He worked as part of a small team at British Aerospace refurbishing Egyptian Air Force MiG21s. David is a governor at a County special school as well as a trustee for an Independent school in Andover. He served with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force during the 1980’s which is where he met his wife. They have two children and live just outside Andover. He became a trustee in February 2016.

David Drew

David is a local councillor and has previously worked for both the BBC and British Aerospace in an engineering capacity.

At the BBC he worked as both a TV studio engineer and latterly in sales, travelling to the Americas as well as the Far and Middle East. He worked as part of a small team at British Aerospace refurbishing Egyptian Air Force MiG21s. David is a governor at a County special school as well as a trustee for an Independent school in Andover. He served with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force during the 1980’s which is where he met his wife. They have two children and live just outside Andover. He became a trustee in February 2016.

Andy Cheesewright

Andy Cheesewright

Andy is a chartered accountant, having worked in practice for PWC and in the financial services  sector for Barclays and HSBC.  Since retiring in 2013 Andy and family split their time between homes in the New Forest and on the Isle of Wight.

He is a keen yachtsman and golfer, having been a member at Stoneham Golf Club in Southampton for over 20 years. He became a Trustee in February 2016.

Andy is a chartered accountant, having worked in practice for PWC and in the financial services  sector for Barclays and HSBC.  Since retiring in 2013 Andy and family split their time between homes in the New Forest and on the Isle of Wight.

He is a keen yachtsman and golfer, having been a member at Stoneham Golf Club in Southampton for over 20 years. He became a Trustee in February 2016.

Ben Rogers
Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers is a solicitor and Partner in a litigation only law firm, with offices in London and Leeds. He specialises in representing claimants who have suffered catastrophic personal injury and has particular expertise in spinal cord, brain, amputee, complex orthopaedic and burns injuries. He has a special interest in technology and was the first lawyer to secure landmark damages for the purchase and replacement of REX Bionics and Ekso Bionics exoskeletons.

He is married and lives with his wife and their three children near Petersfield, Hampshire.

Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers is a solicitor and Partner in a litigation only law firm, with offices in London and Leeds. He specialises in representing claimants who have suffered catastrophic personal injury and has particular expertise in spinal cord, brain, amputee, complex orthopaedic and burns injuries. He has a special interest in technology and was the first lawyer to secure landmark damages for the purchase and replacement of REX Bionics and Ekso Bionics exoskeletons.

He is married and lives with his wife and their three children near Petersfield, Hampshire.

Cathy Wilson
Cathy Wilson

Cathy Wilson

Cathy worked for 20 years in security and intelligence, with experience in senior leadership, operational roles, strategic planning, risk management and HR. During a career break she studied agriculture, got wet and muddy with cattle, worked for community arts organisations and volunteered with homeless people. She later ran a charity developing young professional musicians and was a Governor of St George’s, University of London.

Cathy lives near Alton, where she is a Governor of Amery Hill School and a Food Bank volunteer. She is a keen walker, amateur botanist and lover of classical music.

Cathy Wilson

Cathy worked for 20 years in security and intelligence, with experience in senior leadership, operational roles, strategic planning, risk management and HR. During a career break she studied agriculture, got wet and muddy with cattle, worked for community arts organisations and volunteered with homeless people. She later ran a charity developing young professional musicians and was a Governor of St George’s, University of London.

Cathy lives near Alton, where she is a Governor of Amery Hill School and a Food Bank volunteer. She is a keen walker, amateur botanist and lover of classical music.

Dan Townsend
Dan Townsend

Dan Townsend

Dan Townsend is the Head of Operations for Guernsey and Alderney Airports in the Channel Islands. He has spent the last 10 years in charge of operations at Southampton Airport after having started his aviation career at various airports in London.

He is kept busy with his young twin boys and when any spare time appears he enjoys learning new languages and heading off to experience cultures in foreign climes.

Dan Townsend

Dan Townsend is the Head of Operations for Guernsey and Alderney Airports in the Channel Islands. He has spent the last 10 years in charge of operations at Southampton Airport after having started his aviation career at various airports in London.

He is kept busy with his young twin boys and when any spare time appears he enjoys learning new languages and heading off to experience cultures in foreign climes.

David Wakeham
David Wakeham

David Wakeham

David was selected to be a trustee in June 2021 – he is a young property developer working across both commercial and residential sectors. His focus is to encourage his generation, amongst others, to support HIOWAA in any way possible. David has always lived near Alresford and where he is often found on a bicycle! He is married with a young daughter.

David Wakeham

David was selected to be a trustee in June 2021 – he is a young property developer working across both commercial and residential sectors. His focus is to encourage his generation, amongst others, to support HIOWAA in any way possible. David has always lived near Alresford and where he is often found on a bicycle! He is married with a young daughter.

Dr Andy Eynon

Dr Andy Eynon

Andy was the first director of the neurosciences intensive care unit at University Hospital Southampton, one of the country’s leading units for the care of patients with severe brain and spinal injuries. He subsequently led the development of the Wessex Trauma Network and was the director of the major trauma centre at Southampton. With Prof. Charles Deakin and Dr. David Sutton he led the successful development of the helipad at UHS. He was a founder member of the Department of Health Clinical Advisory group for the development of trauma networks and has recently been part of a national review into the provision of care for patients with spinal cord injury.

He lives with his wife, two children and a cocker spaniel on the border of Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Andy was the first director of the neurosciences intensive care unit at University Hospital Southampton, one of the country’s leading units for the care of patients with severe brain and spinal injuries. He subsequently led the development of the Wessex Trauma Network and was the director of the major trauma centre at Southampton. With Prof. Charles Deakin and Dr. David Sutton he led the successful development of the helipad at UHS. He was a founder member of the Department of Health Clinical Advisory group for the development of trauma networks and has recently been part of a national review into the provision of care for patients with spinal cord injury.

He lives with his wife, two children and a cocker spaniel on the border of Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Graham Hill

Graham Hill

Graham is a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in the Royal Navy. He has had extensive experience in managing trauma in conflict zones and has spent six months in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. He is presently engaged in managing Medical Operational Capability for the Royal Navy and has been involved with the UK response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and more recently the hurricane relief effort in the Caribbean.

Married with four grown up children, he is a keen cyclist and often takes part in charity cycling events around the country.

Graham is a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in the Royal Navy. He has had extensive experience in managing trauma in conflict zones and has spent six months in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. He is presently engaged in managing Medical Operational Capability for the Royal Navy and has been involved with the UK response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and more recently the hurricane relief effort in the Caribbean.

Married with four grown up children, he is a keen cyclist and often takes part in charity cycling events around the country.

Gwen Moulster
Gwen Moulster

Gwen Moulster

Gwen has extensive experience of working with people who have learning disabilities, families, advocates, health professionals and others to improve the quality of health experiences and outcomes.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and people with learning disabilities. She now works as an independent Consultant Nurse and Honorary Senior Fellow with Kingston University & St George’s University of London.

Gwen lives in the New Forest with her husband Steve and their dog Penny.

Gwen Moulster

Gwen has extensive experience of working with people who have learning disabilities, families, advocates, health professionals and others to improve the quality of health experiences and outcomes.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and people with learning disabilities. She now works as an independent Consultant Nurse and Honorary Senior Fellow with Kingston University & St George’s University of London.

Gwen lives in the New Forest with her husband Steve and their dog Penny.

Liz Brown

Liz Brown

Liz Brown has held senior leadership roles in charities, spanning health and social care and criminal rehabilitation, as well as supporting the armed forces community. Liz has experience of transformation, governance and fundraising and wants to use her experience to benefit HIOWAA. She lives on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border with her husband and two dachshunds, and is a keen amateur singer.

Liz Brown has held senior leadership roles in charities, spanning health and social care and criminal rehabilitation, as well as supporting the armed forces community. Liz has experience of transformation, governance and fundraising and wants to use her experience to benefit HIOWAA. She lives on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border with her husband and two dachshunds, and is a keen amateur singer.

Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor is a Chartered Accountant, trained in London, who ran his own practice on the Isle of Wight, which he sold 15 years ago.  He was the last chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Magistrates Courts Committee until its demise and was a magistrate for 25 years.  Peter was also a Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust for 7½ years until 2014.

He has been the Clerk to the Governors of Ryde School for the last 20 years and lives on the Isle of Wight.

Peter Taylor is a Chartered Accountant, trained in London, who ran his own practice on the Isle of Wight, which he sold 15 years ago.  He was the last chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Magistrates Courts Committee until its demise and was a magistrate for 25 years.  Peter was also a Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust for 7½ years until 2014.

He has been the Clerk to the Governors of Ryde School for the last 20 years and lives on the Isle of Wight.

Becca Brackwell-Slade
Rebecca Brackwell-Slade

Rebecca Brackwell-Slade

Rebecca joins the Board of Trustees with a wealth of experience in Executive leadership, Operations, Transformation and Strategy. Having started her career in the Army, she deployed on a number of operational tours of duty, before leaving to pursue a career in professional services. Most recently, she has worked in Executive Leadership roles for technology companies in Hampshire, leading operations and strategic programmes.

Rebecca lives on the south coast in Hampshire with her partner and young family. A passionate supporter of HIOWAA, she enjoys a wide range of sports, and can be regularly found on outdoor adventures running around after her 3 young boys!

Becca Brackwell-Slade

Rebecca joins the Board of Trustees with a wealth of experience in Executive leadership, Operations, Transformation and Strategy. Having started her career in the Army, she deployed on a number of operational tours of duty, before leaving to pursue a career in professional services. Most recently, she has worked in Executive Leadership roles for technology companies in Hampshire, leading operations and strategic programmes.

Rebecca lives on the south coast in Hampshire with her partner and young family. A passionate supporter of HIOWAA, she enjoys a wide range of sports, and can be regularly found on outdoor adventures running around after her 3 young boys!

Steve Vear
Steve Vear

Steve Vear

Steve works for AQA examinations board as a member of the Operations Senior Leadership team. Prior to joining AQA, he spent 17 years in IT distribution in a number of leadership roles. Outside of work he is a passionate volunteer serving as Chairman of the Southern Premier Cricket League, a school governor for a special needs school, sits in both the adult criminal and family courts as a Magistrate and is listening volunteer at Samaritans. He was previously chairman of trustees for his local Samaritans branch and took responsibility for training in the region.

He is nearing the end of an eight year term as a trustee for Winchester University’s Student Union. Steve was made an MBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honors’ List for his voluntary service in Hampshire and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Living in Andover, when not working or volunteering he can be found enjoying a cruise holiday or a cricket match in the sun.

Steve Vear

Steve works for AQA examinations board as a member of the Operations Senior Leadership team. Prior to joining AQA, he spent 17 years in IT distribution in a number of leadership roles. Outside of work he is a passionate volunteer serving as Chairman of the Southern Premier Cricket League, a school governor for a special needs school, sits in both the adult criminal and family courts as a Magistrate and is listening volunteer at Samaritans. He was previously chairman of trustees for his local Samaritans branch and took responsibility for training in the region.

He is nearing the end of an eight year term as a trustee for Winchester University’s Student Union. Steve was made an MBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honors’ List for his voluntary service in Hampshire and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Living in Andover, when not working or volunteering he can be found enjoying a cruise holiday or a cricket match in the sun.