Occupation: Appeal Board
Barbara is an ex Managing Director of The Body Shop International and of Dorling Kindersley Publishing. A former trustee of The Body Shop Foundation and International charity Children on the Edge. More recently Barbara ran her own very successful consultancy business. She is a passionate supporter of women in business and mentored the founder of The Aspire Foundation helping women and girls globally to achieve more business, social and economic freedom. Barbara has also held non executive advisory roles. She is now delighted to be a trustee of C.A.A.T.
“The appeal we have launched is the next chapter in the charity’s history. A next generation helicopter which will save more time and save more lives. It will reach more people and improve the quality of care that patients receive. I feel incredibly proud to be a trustee of this charity and to now Chair the appeal board as we deliver the next chapters legacy to the people of Cornwall now and for future generations to come. The people, businesses & organisations of Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly have always generously supported this charity and I know will join us on our mission to raise £2.5m."
Owner of the Talland Bay Hotel near Looe, Dr Kevin O'Sullivan is keen to encourage tourism businesses of all sizes across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to support the New Heli Appeal.
Dr O'Sullivan says: I have learned that the Cornwall Air Ambulance responds to a disproportionately large number of incidents involving visitors to Cornwall and that the Tourism sector provides a disproportionately small quantum of the funds required to provide the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
"I strongly believe that, armed with that knowledge, our visitors would wish to correct that imbalance. It is our job to provide that knowledge and the conduit for their generosity. One day the life they save may be their own."
A previous Chairman of the Cornwall Federation of WI's, Barbara is a stalwart of the local community and is focused on encouraging community groups from all across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to support the New Heli Appeal.
Chris was born in Truro in 1982 and raised in Fraddon in the heart of Clay Country. He was educated at Newquay Treviglas before attending the University of Bristol, where he read Biochemistry. He returned to Cornwall and worked for the Inland Revenue in St Austell before relocating to London, where he retrained as a journalist and began working in local newspapers. He is now the night editor at The Sun Online, Britain's biggest news website as well as being an active member of the London Cornish Association. He lives in Coulsdon, Surrey, with his wife Elena and son, Nicholas. His interests include rugby, family history, and gardening.
"I'm a proud Cornishman so to have the opportunity to help a great Cornish charity like the Air Ambulance Trust is a real honour for me. There's a significant diaspora of modern day 'Cousin Jacks' in London so I'll be leveraging my contacts to raise as much cash as I possibly can for the New Heli Appeal. We have a challenging fundraising target to meet but I know that the people of Cornwall - with some help from those of us living 'up country' - will deliver, as they have done ever since this fantastic charity took off. Kernow bys vyken."
Jonathan works for Cornwall Council within the Public Protection service. However he is also a volunteer fundraiser for a number of Cornish charities and organisations. He has, so far, raised over £165,000 for these organisations. Jonathan has been a keen advocate for the Cornwall Air Ambulance for a number of years, and as he rides horses feels passionately that the new air ambulance must be delivered in 2020. Jonathan is also a Justice of the Peace and Chairman of St Allen Parish Council. In his spare time he enjoys gardening and the countryside.
I am supporting the New Heli Appeal as I believe that a new generation helicopter will make an immeasurable difference to the lives of those who live in and visit our beautiful county. I am proud to do what I can to support a charity that anyone of us could need at any time, which offers such a vital service to our community. I know the pride I will feel when the new helicopter takes off on its maiden mission in April 2020, knowing that I helped made this possible; I urge you to join me and help to bring the new helicopter to Cornwall.