Job Description

The Air Ambulance Service provides two very important functions, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and The Children’s Air Ambulance which provides paediatric transfers across the UK.Our objective is to save lives, utilising specialist pilots, doctors, and paramedics and with our work centred on saving lives, improving clinical outcomes and being able to react quickly and efficiently to emergencies.

We are at the forefront of innovative clinical care and we challenge boundaries.None of this can be achieved without a hugely dedicated team of colleagues, volunteers and the general public.

The role holder will hold the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity.The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives.He or She will act as an ambassador and public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.

Principle Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership to the charity and its Board, ensuring that the charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries
  • Ensures that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides clear strategic direction for the charity
  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, manage and mitigate risks
  • Ensure that Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability


  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the charity
  • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees
  • Encourage positive change where appropriate
  • Address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
  • Appraise the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis
  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience to govern and lead the charity effectively, and which also represents the wider population
  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the charity

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and charity
  • Maintain close relationships with key policy makers and with key influencers
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders

Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensure that Trustees are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long term interests of the charity and that the Board takes collective ownership
  • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the Trustees
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policy making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees
  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented

Relationship with Chief Executive and wider Management Team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, ensuring he/she is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
  • Ensure regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries or challenges
  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs, providing support as necessary
  • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees
  • Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support

Additional Information

The Vice-Chair acts for the Chair when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chair.

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive.The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional roles as are reasonably commensurate with the role.