London, Greater London
Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire
c£60,000 plus benefits and pension
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

CEO – Air Ambulances UK

Would you like the opportunity to lead the national Charity supporting, representing and advocating the lifesaving work of the nation’s air ambulance charities and the wider air ambulance sector?


Air Ambulances UK is a national charity, originally founded in 2015, to support the 21 air ambulance charities across the UK. Its activities have been focussed on raising funds from the types of national fundraising partnerships for which the individual ‘local’ charities are not eligible. The funds raised are then distributed amongst the ‘local’ charities.


In January 2020, the Association of Air Ambulances Ltd (AAA), the long-standing professional trade body of the UK’s air ambulance sector, was merged into Air Ambulances UK, the national charity. This has formed one single nationwide organisation for the UK’s air ambulance charities, as well as for the wider air ambulance services community which brings huge benefits and opportunities to the sector.  Not only does it provide a more streamlined and effective way to achieve the joint overall aim of improving pre-hospital care for patients, it also creates just one single national entity with which other organisations and the public can more easily engage and support.


The new organisation will retain its charitable status and continue its fundraising work while taking on the important remit and activities of the AAA.  Our unified aim is to bring together global-leading clinical and aviation expertise and world-class businesses and organisations to drive innovation, development and funding of pre-hospital emergency care, enabling air ambulance charities to save even more lives every day across the UK. 

Appointment of a Chief Executive

For the first time the charity intends to appoint a CEO.  The CEO will provide leadership and management to the new organisation and will work closely with the Chair and the Board of Trustees to set the strategic direction.  As well as being responsible for the effective day to day management of the charity, the CEO will act as an ambassador, developing and brokering strategic partnerships and collaborations with other stakeholders and working to ensure that AAUK offers an invaluable service to its Members and the wider air ambulance community.


The CEO will have strong strategic leadership and operational management ability, excellent communication skills and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Experience of and the ability to transform strategy into delivery with clarity and accuracy, and a demonstrable capacity to develop relationships with a variety of stakeholders, will be key attributes for this post.  


We are incredibly excited about the opportunities that the unification of AAA and AAUK brings to the lifesaving work of the nation’s air ambulance charities and the wider air ambulance sector and the potential for this role.

If you want to play a leading part in shaping the future of our services across the UK, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

The location of the role is flexible – there will need to be a decision about whether/where any office is located and the role is likely to be home based with travel required initially (AAA office is currently in Henley in Arden and the lease expires in July, AAUK staff are currently home based)

Eastside Primetimers is supporting us in recruiting for this role. Please download the candidate information pack for further information before you apply. Application is by CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements.  If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Paul Venning on +44 (0) 77 71 99 71 24.

The closing date for applications is Monday 24th Feb with shortlisting interviews taking place that week and the week after.  Interviews with Air Ambulance UK will take place week commencing 16th March.


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Refreshed on: 10 February 2020
Closed date: 24 February 2020
Job ref: AAUK - Charity Jobs
Tags: Senior Management, Management

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