Meet the Paramedics
Ben Clarke, Critical Care Paramedic
I joined Surrey Ambulance Service in 2000 and progressed from patient transport to become a paramedic, qualifying in 2003. In 2010 I completed my Critical Care Paramedic course and was working in the Chertsey area. It has been a long held ambition to work for the charity and it is an honour to now be working full time alongside such a dedicated team of charity staff, pilots and clinicians. It is an environment of constant challenges and learning, to ensure the best possible care is delivered when needed most. I live locally with my wife and two children. Outside of work I’m kept busy with my young children and renovation of our home!
Richard de Coverly, Assistant Director of Operations
I joined the London Ambulance Service in 1996 as an Ambulance Technician. I qualified as a Paramedic in 1999 and transferred to the Kent Ambulance Service in 2001. Before being selected to join the Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) program, I was a Paramedic Team Leader at Tunbridge Wells. As part of my CCP development, I have been very fortunate to be seconded to the crew of the Air Ambulance. This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside the specialist doctors and as a result, increase my ability to care for the critically ill and injured patients. Like my colleagues, I am also aware of the hard work that goes into fundraising for the charity and I am looking forward to being able to assist with this essential function and promote the vital role of the Air Ambulance. I live in Cranbrook with my wife Sarah, sons Harry and Thomas and our dog and cat.
Charlie Leahy, Paramedic Practitioner
I joined the London ambulance service in 2001 becoming a paramedic in 2004. In 2008 my family moved to Australia where I worked as a Paramedic for Ambulance Victoria. In 2011 we returned the UK where I joined the south east coast ambulance service on the Paramedic Practitioners Program, studying at St Georges University.
I feel privileged being selected to the unit, an ambition I’ve held since becoming a Paramedic. I have seen first hand the dedication clinical and charity staff put into maintaining such an important service.
I live in South West London with wife and daughter whose support pursuing my ambition has been invaluable.
Ben Macauley, Paramedic
I began my career with South East Coast Ambulance service in 2002, I qualified as a Technician in 2003, then Paramedic in 2006. Before I was fortunate enough to join the team of the Air Ambulance, I was a Clinical Team Leader at Horsham Ambulance Station. It has been an ambition of mine for a number of years to be a part of the dedicated and proactive HEMS team. I have witnessed throughout my career, the significant value that is placed on the ability to not only treat critically injured patents, but to rapidly transport them to the best specialist hospital.
I have learned a great deal about the advanced clinical interventions that we can perform on scene, but have been amazed by the effort and dedication of the charity staff and members of public involved in raising enough funds to keep both helicopters flying 365 days a year.
I live in Warnham with my wife Becca, we have two cats and some chickens. When I am not at work I enjoy working on my motorbike, gardening and socialising.
Allan McHenry, Lead Paramedic
I am extremely fortunate to return to work for the charity again (having been here as a HEMS Paramedic previously) this time as one of the Clinical Managers having spent several years as the programme lead for SECAmbs Critical Care Paramedic programme.
I have had sixteen years experience working in NHS ambulance services and prior to that have worked as a Registered Nurse, mainly in Accident and Emergency and Acute Medical settings both in the UK and Australia. I was fortunate to be selected to train as a Nurse whilst serving as a Combat Medical Technician in 1990.
As the Lead Paramedic for the charity I believe in constantly striving to improve the service through robust education, training and development of all staff and in striving to match and exceed international best practice whenever possible.
I am married with two children, keen on the great outdoors, and feel privileged to be part of an organisation that is totally committed to putting the patient at the heart of everything that we do.
Adam Ormrod, Paramedic Practitioner
I joined the ambulance service in 2000 qualifying as a paramedic in 2003. I have been lucky enough to have worked in many roles in the ambulance service including the motorbike team and being based in control as a clinical adviser. For the past 4 years I have enjoyed working as a paramedic practitioner in the Maidstone area but I am now enjoying the new challenge of working as a HEMS paramedic. Already I have had the privilege of meeting a number of the fundraisers and "behind the scenes staff" who work incredibly hard to keep the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulances flying. I feel very lucky to be part of the team. I live near Maidstone with my wife Julie and two young sons Harry and Sam. Prior to children when I had spare time I used to love playing and watching rugby, sailing and mountain biking.
Craig Prentice, Paramedic Practitioner
I began my career with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in 2002 working at Redhill Ambulance Station, qualifying as a Paramedic from St. Georges University in 2011. I then undertook a further period of study to become a Paramedic Practitioner between 2013 and 2015 and am currently studying towards an MSc in Advanced Practice.
Having gained experience within SECAmb and a local Emergency Department, I decided to apply for the HEMS Paramedic role with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. I feel genuinely humbled and privileged to be working with the paramedics, doctors and pilots, and alongside the trustees, charity staff and volunteers who are all so dedicated to providing this incredible service to the people of the South East. Not forgetting of course, all those who are kind enough to donate in so many inspiring ways.
I am married to a paramedic, Jemima, and we have a dog called Leo. When I am not working, walking the dog or seeing friends I enjoy making use of my private pilot licence, flying around the country.
Caroline Rose, Paramedic
I started my career with South East Coast Ambulance Service in 2005. I qualified as a Paramedic from St. Georges University in 2011 and worked as a Clinical Team Leader in Horsham. Over the years I have been exposed to the work of KSS HEMS and it has been a long ambition of mine to join the team. It is a privilege to work alongside such highly skilled clinicians and pilots who help make a significant difference to the lives and long-term outcomes of those we treat. But it is the dedication of the charity staff, volunteers and the public, who are so generous and committed to raising funds that keep this vital service operating 24 hours a day. I live in Horsham with my husband Duncan. When not at work I enjoy the outdoors and travel when possible.
Mike Rose, Paramedic
I started my career as a Paramedic in 2009 with the London Ambulance Service, and prior to that I served as a Royal Marines Commando being deployed abroad. I have a keen interest in pre-hospital trauma care and it has been my ambition since becoming a Paramedic to work for the charity. I feel privileged to be working among such dedicated and enthusiastic operational and charity staff who all make such a significant difference to the lives and outcomes of the patients we treat. But this cannot be achieved without the unwavering, fantastic support of the public through donations and fundraising. I live in South London with my wife and in my spare time I am kept busy with my young daughter and dog, occasionally finding time for a run or round of golf.
Gary Wareham, Operational Support Manager
I joined North Yorkshire Ambulance Service in 1987 after serving for 10 years in the Royal Air Force. In 1996, after moving back to the Kent area, I was fortunate enough to be selected to become a crew member of the Kent Air Ambulance when the aircraft was based at Rochester Airport. Over a six year period I flew as a Paramedic and Team Leader and was involved in the introduction of the Explorer aircraft and the move to the current base at Marden. I am now very happy to be back as a Clinical Manager and to be working with such a great team!
David Wright, Operational Clinical Manager
After a career as a Chartered Surveyor working in central London, I joined the ambulance service in 2002, qualifying as a paramedic in 2006. Before joining the Air Ambulance I was based at Redhill ambulance station, where I worked as a Clinical Team Leader. Recently, I completed the Critical Care Paramedic programme, and am now studying part time for an MSc in Paramedic Science. Becoming part of the Air Ambulance is a long-held ambition, and I am delighted to be part of such a skilled and dedicated team of fund-raisers, charity staff, pilots, doctors and paramedics. The public go to great lengths to raise funds for the charity, and to see how it is used to make a real difference to our patients is a constant reminder of how generous people are to keep the helicopter flying. I live in Reigate with my wife, Sarah, and two children, Alice and Ben. I can usually be found playing golf in my spare time.