Alan joined the team in November 2016 as a van driver. Day to day, he is in the van, driving around to meet people throughout Cornwall, collect furniture and deliver it to the store. Speaking to local people in their homes, he is often one of the first faces the public meets and can give information as well as an informal chat. He has lived in St Austell all his life, and has previously worked for a local removal firm for 13 years. Alan is a big music lover, and in his spare time enjoys local bands. He is also a member of the St Austell Band Club.
Becky joined the fundraising team in April 2013. With a background in fundraising that began at university in Leeds, she enjoys supporting individuals in their fundraising and organising the challenge events for Cornwall Air Ambulance. As someone who loves the outdoors, Becky is well aware of the importance of the helicopter in the county and loves involving the community in fundraising to keep this important part of Cornish life flying.
When not at work Becky enjoys travelling (especially visiting her sister in New Zealand), doing yoga and stomping along the coast path. Having taken up the challenge of running Plymouth Half Marathon for the charity in 2014, Becky found she actually enjoys running and still runs regularly. She also loves the Great British Bake Off and says she’ll do anything for a slice of cheesecake.
Ben is one of the newest members of the team and his role is to provide a service to Cornwall Air Ambulance customers by collecting and delivering donations. His background is in theatre as he spent eight months working at the Minack Theatre and has also been involved in shows that took him across England and Europe. Ben and his wife moved back to Cornwall to start a family and while he is still interested in the theatre his most important pastime is time spent with his family.
Craig joined the team at Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust in 2012 and is one of our two regular pilots. His flying experience includes flying for Trinity House, serving the lighthouses from South Wales to the Channel Islands.
Craig enjoys running, and has competed in many running challenge events - including the London and Paris marathons - for charities including the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Doug joined the Army Air Corps in 1992 and spent the first seven years as a Signals Detachment Commander stationed all around the world.
After being awarded his Army flying wings in August 2000 he converted to the Lynx helicopter. He was posted to Northern Ireland (NI) where he led multi-aircraft/multi-type formations down to ground level at night.
Doug left the Army in 2007 after 15 years of service with more than 2000 flying hours and a commercial licence. He then flew with Bond Air Services in South Wales for six years, flying approximately 1200 hours and being awarded with two Superintendent's Commendations.
Chris spends his time driving the width and breadth of Cornwall collecting and delivering charity donation jars. He visits camp sites, holiday parks, pubs, garages and shops in different regions every day. He enjoys the stunning scenery and now has an extensive road map of the county in his head!
Chris moved from Salisbury to Cornwall in 1999. He had spent the majority of his career in the motor trade work as an auto-electrician but decided that he’d like a more balanced work and home life. He and his wife have two young boys and the family enjoy taking advantage of the beaches and generally being outside in this lovely part of the world.
Chris has over 30 years of experience in the food industry having worked for Unilever, primarily in frozen foods and ice cream, since 1971 in the UK, Trinidad, Brazil, France and the Netherlands. Over this period, Chris held a number of positions largely in marketing and general management with global, regional and national responsibilities. He left Unilever in 2004 in order to focus on a number of other interests and runs his own Marketing and Sustainability consultancy firm.
Chris was Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, appointed in early 2011, and an Advisory Board member of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (part of the University of Exeter Medical School).
He was appointed a Trustee of CAAT in late 2012.