Jack O’Hern FCA is a Director of Wright Vigar Limited, a local firm of Chartered Accountants with offices in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and London. He works primarily in Lincoln and London, specialising in owner managed businesses.
Jack was asked to join the Trust at the end of 2014 and was keen to support the Charity; he’s very happy not to have required its services to date! Living off the beaten track and also being a keen cyclist, he can appreciate the lifesaving advantage that the rapid response from the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance professional team provides in a large rural county.
Jack says: “When I read the operational reports, it brings home just how essential the service that the crew, backed up by an impressive team of LNAACT team and volunteers, provide. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Charity has to raise £4m every year to keep the helicopter flying: to be able to help support the team at HQ, the volunteers and the flying crew is a privilege.”
Jonty Pearson has been a trustee since 2013. He is a solicitor at Wilkin Chapman LLP based in Lincoln specialising in commercial property and agricultural law. He finds that doing this kind of work means that he’s often out and about seeing a great deal of the area and community that the Charity serves, which gives him further perspective as to just how important the Charity’s work is.
As is the case for so many of us, this Charity is one that is very close to his heart and one he is extremely passionate about. Jonty believes: “The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Charitable Trust provides an absolutely vital service to our community and reaches out and benefits each and every one of us.”
He lives in the Lincoln area and enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Jonty continues: “I very much look forward to supporting the Charity going forward. I have no doubt that with the continued support of its excellent staff, tireless volunteers and community at large the Charity will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Andrew Pearce has been a Trustee of the Charity since 2006. He is a Director of Savills; an international property company with over 80 offices throughout the UK employing more than 3,000 professionals. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and is responsible for the Northern Region Rural Agency division ranging from the Midlands up to the Scottish border.
The Charity is also very close to his heart and during the last 20 years he has undertaken a number of challenges and has used these to raise funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and other charities including Help for Heroes, MacMillan Cancer Support, Save The Rhino and Lincolnshire Rural Stress amongst others. These challenges include running marathons , 10ks, The 100,000 foot challenge (climbing, parachuting and running) and “The Polar Grand Slam” skiing to The Geographic North and South Poles, Arctic’s Highest Mountains first winter ascents and Antarctica and the islands of South Georgia, South Shetlands following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton!
Andrew says: “In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife Catherine at our seaside house in Cornwall and our house in Fulbeck with our myriad of animals. I look forward to continuing to support the Charity in the future and working along side the Charity’s dedicated staff and volunteers.”
Pictured with Andrew is his dog, Rocky.
Paul Croft has been a Trustee since the Charity’s infancy. He joined the Charity’s Board of Trustees in the early 1990s at a time when the helicopter used to be grounded due to lack of finance and he was instrumental in helping to lift the Charity’s public profile.
Paul is a public relations consultant, journalist and former newspaper editor. He has been active in the business life of the county and its media since the 1980s and is a former chairman of the Institute of Directors Lincolnshire Branch, was a founder member of the Princes Trust’s Lincolnshire Board and is a Prince’s Trust volunteer helping disadvantaged young people. A past Lincolnshire Enterprise board member he was chairman of the Lincolnshire Enterprise Innovation and Enterprise Committee. He is also a past governor of Lincoln Minster School and is chairman of New Jazz 5, a not for profit organisation which brings contemporary jazz to Lincoln and the county. He plays the trumpet and flugelhorn in various bands and orchestras. His wife Janet is a retired primary education adviser and they have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.
Graham Secker had a 35 year career with Cargill in Senior Leadership Roles in commodity marketing, industrial processing and food ingredient manufacturing. He became Managing Director of Cargill PLC in 1996 and led the company for 12 years, during which time he also assumed responsibility for Cargill’s European McDonalds supply chain businesses.
In 1998 he was appointed as a governor of the University of Lincoln and served on Finance and Resourses, Governance and Nominations and Remuneration Committees. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2009, a position he held for 4 years and he currently continues his involvement with the University as Pro Chancellor, Member of the University Court and Non Executive Chairman of Riseholme Park Farms Ltd. In recognition of his contribution to the University, Graham was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2013.
Graham says: “Having been residents of Lincolnshire for almost 20 years, my family and I think of ourselves as locals and joining the board of LNAACT provides a unique opportunity for me to contribute to an organization held in very high regard by the communities within the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.”
DR ALAN SAGAR
Dr Sagar became a trustee shortly after the foundation of the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance. He was a Consultant Anaesthetist at Pilgrim Hospital Boston for 20 years and is now a Consultant Anaesthetist at Oxford University Hospital Trust. Over the years Dr Sagar has been involved in immediate care and trauma management as an active doctor responding to assist the ambulance service and a Chairman of LIVES. This includes development of the first responders in Lincolnshire. He set up the trauma team approach to managing patients in Pilgrim hospital.
Dr Sagar was chairman of the paramedic Steering Committee in Lincolnshire, training and examining paramedics, and also Co-Chair at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Training The Paramedic Trainers Annual Meeting. He trained with the first batch of air paramedics and has flown many missions on the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance including a case where the helicopter was unable to land and he disembarked whilst it hovered! He has helped with advice in terms of the choice of Air Ambulance and purchasing the Trust headquarters building and many other aspects of the Charity.
He lives in Wainfleet and returns from Oxfordshire at weekends where he is on call for LIVES, assisting the ambulance service. His car is fully equipped.
Dr Sagar says: “At their inception, Air Ambulances were not thought to be ‘politically correct’ as many in the health service management felt the money should be used for other purposes. There was therefore much need for public talking and debate to win the case for the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance. I attended the summer meeting of the Royal College of nursing at Hull university with Mike Gillon where we put the case for the benefits of the Air Ambulance service against much opposition.”
Dr Sagar continues: “Throughout my time in Lincolnshire from August 1987 I have endeavoured to improve immediate care for local people and part of this includes an Air Ambulance service complemented with paramedics, LIVES and trauma team management approach within ULH. I enjoy being a trustee and helping the local community.”
Penny is a Lincolnshire woman. Apart from a period in her youth, she has always lived within the county.
Trained as a Registered Nurse, Penny has worked in Accident and Emergency at Louth County Hospital until launching a business and career in developing and operating nursing and residential homes as well as sheltered housing complexes.
Penny has always enjoyed charity fund raising, which started in the late 60s with the Grimsby Ladies Blind Committee, but more recently, she has helped raise funds for Linkage Community Trust, Chaired a Lincolnshire committee for major fund raising events for Help for Heroes, as well as continual fund raising for her local village heritage group.
With more than a decade of Board and Committee experience, Penny is delighted to have joined the Board of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. “Our local air ambulance is a vital, life-saving resource for the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and I am delighted to join the Board to offer my skills, experience and enthusiasm to this fantastic charity”.