Meet the Trustees
Paul Barrett is the managing director of a family owned motor dealership group in Kent. The group was founded in 1902 by his great grandfather as a cycle repair business and adding motor car sales & repairs in 1904. He is the fourth generation of the family to be involved.
Paul was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Canterbury in January 2015 and is a Kent Ambassador. He is actively involved with a number of local organisations and is also a trustee of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust and Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
Paul is an enthusiastic cyclist and founder member of the Canterbury Velo Club. In 2012 he was part of a group who cycled from Olympia in Greece to the Olympic Stadium in London to raise funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Helen Bowcock, Chair
Dr Helen Bowcock OBE, DL served as High Sheriff of Surrey in 2013/14. Through a family charity, The Hazelhurst Trust, she supports a number of local causes, is a member of the Council of Surrey University and a Governor of St Catherine’s School. She is author of a report entitled Hidden Surrey: Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities published in 2009. She was a founding director of a family software company and managed its HR through a period of rapid growth. As a mature student she completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent and is originally a graduate of Durham University.
David originally trained as an accountant and became a professional NHS manager, finally holding the post of District General Manager of the Brighton Health Authority from 1975 until 1991. He was President of the Institute of Health Service Management in 1988/1989. He left the NHS in 1991 to establish and become Chief Executive of an international clinical risk management consultancy. On his retirement in 2000, David became Chairman of the ‘Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals’ and held this position for 6 years. In 2006, he was elected as a Board Director of Sussex County Cricket Club and is now the President of Sussex Cricket. He is also Chairman of the Sussex Cricket Foundation and Secretary of the Spen Cama Cricket Foundation, both of which are registered charities. David became a Trustee of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust in 2011 and is Chairman of its Sussex County Board.
Andrew Farrant is the Senior Partner of White & Sons, an independent firm of Surrey based estate agents and surveyors, founded in 1817. He is responsible for the management, direction and development of the firm, supported by five Partners and over sixty staff. Andrew’s involvement with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance started in 2006 as a sponsor and organising committee member of the Air Aid Ball, and he is now Chair of the Surrey Board Committee of the charity in addition to his role as a Trustee. From 2006 onwards he has also been a dedicated fundraiser, taking part in 10k runs and half marathons for the charity. Andrew has always lived in Surrey and is married to Louisa with two teenaged children.
James Loudon was employed by Blue Circle Industries PLC for 25 years, with the last 14 as Group Finance Director. Since then he has been Chairman of Caledonia Investments PLC and a non-executive director of two other public companies in the industrial sector. He has also been Deputy Chairman of the Governors of the University of Greenwich and Chairman of its Finance Committee. He is currently a Trustee of a number of charities and is on a prison Independent Monitoring Board. He was High Sheriff of Kent in 2004/5. He is Chairman of the Finance and Resources Committee of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Surgeon Captain Stuart Millar
Stuart Millar is currently the Regional Clinical Director (South) for Defence Primary Healthcare having taken up the appointment in August 2015. He is responsible for oversight of the delivery of primary care, including occupational health, mental health and rehabilitation services, to military personnel and entitled civilians in Hampshire. There are 20 medical facilities that provide care to a population of approximately 25,000 people. He and his team provide direction, guidance and support to the medical staff while also holding them to account, all with the sole aim of providing the safest and most effective patient care possible.
Tim Oakes, a qualified Chartered Accountant, worked for Unilever for 30 years in a broad array of roles in Finance, IT, Supply Chain and General Management. A career spanning the UK, Australia, and Singapore culminated in a final position as Managing Director of Unilever Korea based in Seoul. He subsequently ran a Private Family Office for 6 years with responsibility for finances, investments and staff. Since 2010, as MD of Red House Foods, he has been developing and growing a gluten-free food company which supplies national supermarkets. He enjoys his golf and continues to play cricket locally in Surrey, albeit with a little less pace than in his earlier years.
Wendy Simkins has spent the last twenty years living in Kent. She has three grown up daughters, one of whom ran the Flora London Marathon for the Kent Air Ambulance, as it was known then, in 2001. Wendy worked part time for a company specialising in maritime security where she was responsible for the training of security officers on cruise ships. She has worked with a number of charities and was a governor of a grammar school in Ashford. Wendy considers it a privilege to have been appointed to the Board of Trustees where she has special responsibility to the volunteers.