Thames Valley Air Ambulance is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a small team of dedicated employees.

Take a look below for a snapshot of the team and how to contact them.

Our Trustees
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We have ten trustees who govern the Charity split into three Committees - Fundraising, Operations and Audit & Risk. Below we have detailed the Committee Chairs and listed all the other members of the Board of Trustees.

Sir Tim Jenner KCB, FRAeS, RAF
Chairman of TrusteesSir Tim Jenner

Sir Tim was an operational helicopter pilot in the RAF before progressing to senior staff roles in the Ministry of Defence, eventually retiring as Chief of Staff of RAF Strike Command at High Wycombe.

After leaving the RAF he worked in the industry for ten years, joining TVAA in 2011 as an opportunity to use his experience to benefit the wider community.

Amanda Poole
Fundraising Committee ChairAmanda Poole

Amanda specialises in strategic evaluation, market entry assessment and business plans. She has strong analytical, creative and communication skills and brings invaluable business experience to the team.

Amanda joined us a Trustee in 2014 and chairs the Fundraising Committee which oversees the fundraising strategy, as well as working to maintain the strong brand and reputational integrity of TVAA.

Keith Ifould
Operations Committee ChairKeith Ifould

Keith Ifould has been involved in the heritage and charity sectors at both management and trustee levels, since leaving the RAF in 2001. He has overseen a number of major projects,
and gained a considerable amount of experience in the fundraising sector.

Keith joined us as a Trustee in 2010 and oversees all aspects of the Charity's helicopter and medical activities.

Chris Bannister
Audit and Risk Committee ChairChris Bannister

Chris has had held a variety of roles in Financial Markets and Treasury, in both London and Sydney, Australia. He has extensive Board experience in the position of Chair, Non-Executive Director and Executive Director.

Chris joined us as a Trustee in 2014. He has a passion for governance and was keen to use his skills and experience in the Charity sector. TVAA was an attractive proposition given it’s life-saving role in the community and being local to Chris’s home in Buckinghamshire. Chris also Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee which has oversight, amongst other responsibilities, of risk management, investment management and financial management within the Charity.

Other members of our Board of Trustees
Claire Dobbs - Fundraising
Vicki George - Fundraising and Audit & Risk
Roland Lawrence - Operations and Audit & Risk
Tim Pollock - Operations
Sue Thomas - Fundraising
Dr Mike Ward - Operations

Our Charity Team
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Amanda McLean
Chief Executive Officer
amanda.mclean@tvairambulance.org.uk

Amanda McLean joined as CEO in 2016. Before joining the Charity, Amanda was the UK Director at WCRF UK (the cancer prevention charity) and prior to that has been Chief Executive at both Prostate UK and the Institute of Fundraising. Amanda is always keen to take a hands-on approach to the Charity and hopes to work closely with communities and partners to achieve the best.

John Wilcox
Head of Finance
john.wilcox@tvairambulance.org.uk

John looks after many of the back-office functions of the Charity, including Finance, Tax including Gift Aid & VAT compliance, HR, IT and various other things that make the charity work effectively. John has been with the charity since 2013, and has held Finance Director roles with various organisations, and had a six year spell working overseas in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Sarah Williamson
Head of Fundraising and Marketing Communications
sarah.williamson@tvairambulance.org.ukSarah Williamson

As Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, Sarah heads up the Fundraising team, leading on the development and implementation of the Charity's fundraising strategy. TVAA has a diverse and wide ranging selection of income lines. We pride ourselves in ensuring that all supporters and donors enjoy the best experience when fundraising for our vital life-saving service.

Sarah is also responsible for TVAA's brand, marketing and PR. She has been with TVAA since 2012.

Rachael Hunter
Major Gifts Fundraiser
rachael.hunter@tvairambulance.org.ukRachael Hunter

Rachael is the Major Donor Fundraiser for the charity, she works closely with local and national Charitable Trusts, developing long term relationships, applying for grants and maximising income streams. Rachael is also the Legacy Manager. Gifts in Wills really make a crucial difference to our Charity and we understand we only receive these wonderful gifts because of someone’s loss. Rachael works closely with the families and executors with sensitivity and compassion. She has been with TVAA since 2005.

Katie Whelpdale
Volunteer Fundraising Manager
katie.whelpdale@tvairambulance.org.ukKatie Whelpdale

Katie’s role is to recruit and support volunteers to act as ambassadors and fundraise for the Charity. She is on hand to ensure our volunteers are well informed, safe, and have all the right tools to maximise their efforts for TVAA in their community. Katie has been working for TVAA since 2010, volunteers for us in her spare time, and has even made sure her family are signed up too.

Katie has a true understanding of what our volunteers do and we as a charity, have a huge appreciation for the incredible gift our volunteers give through donating their time and talents.

Bekki James
Corporate Fundraising Manger
bekki.james@tvairambulance.org.ukBekki James

Bekki’s role involves working with corporate organisations across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to create mutually beneficial partnerships that allow employees to really engage with our cause.  Whether you're interested in employee engagement, giving back to the community, brand alignment or company events, Bekki would love to discuss your ideas to reach your CSR goals.  

Kate Martin
Events Fundraising Manger
kate.martin@tvairambulance.org.ukKate Martin

Kate has worked for TVAA since 2014. Her role includes organising fundraising activities in the UK and overseas. Kate recruits fundraisers and encourages people to take part in adrenaline fuelled events such as the Reading Half Marathon, climbing Kilimanjaro, skydives and more. Kate adopts the ‘get involved’ attitude and regulary takes part in the fundraising herself.