Simon is a GP with a specialist interest in Emergency and Urgent Care. He works with the Acute GP Service at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and as Medical Director Primary Care for South Western Ambulance Service. He has had a long standing interest in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. He chaired the 2016 BASICS and Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Conference Committee. He co-founded BASICS Cornwall and is now Chairman of BASICS Devon, responding on a regular basis. He also works with the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust supporting Paramedic Development. Simon holds the Diploma of Immediate Care and regularly teaches on BASICS education courses.
Anna is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and joined Cornwall Air Ambulance in 2012. She works at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and has a special interest in Pre-Hospital Care. She is also an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Advanced Paediatric Life Support.
Anna has previously worked in Australia at Royal Perth Hospital and also in the country's critical care aeromedical response and rescue service. She has also worked for Bristol Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and is experienced in managing the additional challenges faced when working in the pre-hospital environment.
She has accompanied trips as the Expedition Medic to Peru, China, Iceland, Kilimanjaro, Vietnam, Cambodia and Morocco as well as being involved in High Altitude Medicine research on Mount Everest. She was also the Chief Medical Officer for the Amazon Jungle Ultramarathon.
As an outdoor pursuits enthusiast, Anna loves spending time with her family on the beaches and cliff paths of Cornwall.
Schooled right here in Cornwall it was inevitable that Ryan would return to work here. His majority role is primary care, although ever since starting in medicine he has had an interest in pre-hospital emergency care. He's experienced this all over the world from MedicOne in Seattle, Johannesburg Emergency Dept, and eagerly following London HEMS as a medical student. He also still responds as a voluntary emergency doctor, always on call for Cornwall BASICS. Cornwall Air Ambulance is a great team, a great challenge, and Ryan likes giving the kind donors of Cornwall a service to be proud of.
Gary is a consultant anaesthetist in Truro. He is married to a consultant anaesthetist, with two children; they have experienced the challenges of successfully balancing two consultant professional careers and a family, and are committed to delivering and developing health systems in Cornwall.
He spent a large part of his anaesthetic career in the Royal Navy, including time deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) Gary trained and delivered aviation pre-hospital care in non-permissive environments.
He has perspective on the challenges of working for two employers simultaneously, the Navy and the NHS, and of the transition from military to civilian career.
Gary enjoys all aspects of clinical medicine, with a recent particular emphasis on bringing harmony to the clinical and managerial juxtaposition within the NHS. He has completed an MBA at Warwick Business School, which he began during a three year NHS ‘sabbatical’ working as a Director in the private sector.
Gary has an interest in organisational leadership and patient safety and recognises the importance of staff-well being and resilience in an environment of increasing professional scrutiny and financial challenge.
He has experience of clinical governance, incident investigation, risk management and change management. As the years pass, Gary is trying to maintain outdoor pursuits that he can share with his family. The boat aspirations are smaller, but the children seem to take pleasure in the paddle board, and he is scoring equally with left foot and right foot in the back garden.
Gary enjoys mentoring and coaching trainees and consultants through interview preparation, career development hurdles and change barriers. He is qualified at Masters Level as an Executive Coach. He is an educational supervisor to medical students, foundation doctors and anaesthetic trainees.
Gary enjoys being part of the team of the wonderful organisation that is the Cornwall Air Ambulance, and hopes to support the delivery of immediate care to the region.
Dr Dave Ashton-Cleary is our Lead Airbase Doctor and has been flying as part of the team for four years, building on career-long involvement with the Ambulance Service as a BASICS emergency response Doctor. Dave is a consultant anaesthetist and intensive care physician at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and has sub-specialist interests in Transfer medicine and Intensive Care Ultrasound. That said, he would happily trade an ultrasound machine in the hand for the smell of jet fuel in his nostrils! A self-confessed spotter and want-to-be pilot, Dave is fortunate to love the flying as much as the opportunity to work with the team, delivering high-quality trauma and medical care to the people of Cornwall. A crucial element to this is the ongoing professional development of the Aircrew paramedics through MSc and BSc programmes and Dave is proud to be able to deliver that training and support to his paramedic colleagues through this process.
When he's not working, Dave is either teaching himself cabinetry or tinkering with his self-built kitcar. Increasingly, however, garage time gives way to spending time with his wife, Gemma and young daughter, Elowyn, enjoying everything that life in Cornwall has to offer.