New Trustees Appointed To MAAC Board

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) is responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances, today announces the appointment four new Trustees to the Board.

As an independent charity* the new Board of Trustees continues to bring a wealth of expertise and experience. Today’s announcement to recruit four new trustees who bring with them financial, business, and commercial and aviation acumen along with a drive and determination, further reinforces the Board’s commitment to the charity's long term sustainability.

The four new trustees are:

Tim Rice from Gloucestershire

Tim lives in Winchcombe in Gloucestershire and studied Mechanical Engineering at Coventry University. He subsequently went on to complete an MBA at the University of Warwick and is a chartered engineer, and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Tim has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry moving from stress engineer through to general management positions including  managing director of Vector Aerospace – a business maintaining the MoD’s helicopters. Previous positions include Managing Director/Head of Airbus at Messier Dowty, Managing Director of Messier Services UK, Executive Vice President of Spirent Systems, and Commercial and Product Support Manager at Dowty Aerospace Wolverhampton.

Following the successful career in industry, Tim now operates in non-executive/advisory roles, focusing on business strategy development, stakeholder engagement and partnership, and facilitating the development of high performing teams.

Tim is married with two children (aged 20 and 17) and has an active interest in rugby - he and his wife are season ticket holders at Gloucester Rugby Club. He also enjoys sub aqua diving, cooking and walking. Tim is currently vice chair and trustee of the Gloucestershire County Association for the Blind.

Tim said: “I am thrilled to take on the role of trustee for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, I strongly believe in investing in our society so I know I will find the position very rewarding. I hope that my aviation background and business experience will add value to the service, and believe this will also enable me to assist with the decisions we face.”

Ian Graves, from Claines near Worcester

Ian initially studied electrical engineering in Sheffield University and went on to study in Manchester, Warwick and London studying, management, leadership and development. Ian started his management career in the Worcestershire area, where he was responsible for the electrical distribution network in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. He held a number of senior posts in E.ON, before joining the Board of a Warwickshire-based business, Promanex (now a wholly owned part of Costain).

Ian currently holds the position of Power Sector Director for Costain, responsible for delivering engineering solutions and innovation for power and energy customers such as SSE, National Grid and UKPN.

Ian is an active sports supporter, following in particular, football (West Ham United season ticket holder), NFL (American Football) and Worcestershire county cricket.

Ian Graves said: “It’s a great honour to be a trustee for such an excellent charity. My family have always been terrific advocates for the cause and I personally wanted to take my support one step further by becoming a trustee. I look forward to supporting the dedicated staff and fundraisers, who work tirelessly to help save lives.”

Nicholas Whale from Walton

Living in Walton in Warwickshire, Nick has developed his career around the motor trade, working with BMW in the UK during the 1980s, Nick then became a director of Ryland Group in 1988. Having successfully steered the company through the recession he then oversaw the company floatation on the UK stock market in 1996. At the end 1998 he left the original family business in order to pursue a life-long ambition to start up on his own.

Nick Whale Toyota Ltd was established in March 1999 and went on to sell the group to Listers PLC.  In 2002 he opened a highly-successful Porsche business in Solihull and Nick Whale Sports Cars in Bromsgrove specialising in Lotus cars. Also in 2002, in partnership with 1996 Formula One World Champion Damon Hill, Nick opened a BMW / Mini business in Leamington Spa which was eventually sold to Rybrook Holdings Ltd 2008.

Nick has run successful UK franchises for a variety of UK manufactures including Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, BMW, Mini and Audi. Nick continues to own Nick Whale Sports Cars in Warwickshire, and started the very successful Silverstone Auctions in 2011, selling over 300 classic cars in 2012 and in the process raising over £90k for BBC Children in Need  at Chris Evans’ Carfest events.

Nick is married to Sally with five children and enjoys motor sport at all levels, competing at circuits both in the UK and Europe on a regular basis.

Nicholas Whale said: “Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is such a worthwhile cause and I’m delighted to be named as a trustee. As I work in the motor trade, it’s an organisation very close to my heart as road traffic accidents make up approximately 50 per cent of the incidents the service attends.”

Robert Fulton from Stourbridge

Rob lives in Stourbridge in the West Midlands, was educated at Stockport Grammar School and studied law at the University of Sheffield and went on to complete his professional exams at Chester Law College.

Since 1990 Rob has developed extensive experience and knowledge of the aviation sector. Rob currently holds the position of Director European Legal Affairs at UTC Aerospace Systems, providing advice on general commercial and legal matters and most recently on the sale of UTC’s Power Systems business and supporting the sale of the 50 per share in the Engine Controls joint venture with Rolls-Royce plc. Rob is also a member of the Product Safety Review Board.

Other positions include; Chief European Counsel - Goodrich Corporation, chairman of the Goodrich UK Pension Scheme, solicitor at TRW Limited and in 1990 supported the divestment of the TRW Aeronautical Systems business to Goodrich. Between 1992 and 1996 he was a Solicitor for Lucas Aerospace Limited and acted on a number of acquisitions and divestments including the acquisition of the engine controls business of Dowty Engine Controls.

He has a keen Interest in golf, gardening, walking, reading, travelling with his wife and daughters and watching sport.

Rob Fulton said: “I am now at a point in my career where I feel I would like to give something back to society, which is why I decided to apply for the position of trustee. I have an extensive background in the aviation and legal sectors which I believe will stand me in good stead for making a worthy contribution to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.”

Brendan Connor, Chairman of MAAC, commented: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the four new trustees onto the Board of MAAC. The trustees will introduce a huge amount of expertise and knowledge to the charity, particularly in areas that will aid our future success.

“I would also like to extend my thanks and very best wishes to our departing trustees, Anthony Arrowsmith, Tony Murrell and John Lancaster. As non executives of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, they continued to support and advise Midlands Air Ambulance Charity when if first became an independent Charity in 2011.

They played an instrumental part in leading MAAC to independence, their experience and knowledge has been invaluable over the last 18 months, assisting, developing and strengthening the partnership between MAAC and WMAS.”


* Following the move in October 2011 that saw MAAC undertake a transfer of all assets, liabilities and undertakings previously under the Trusteeship of the West Midlands Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS), the last 18 months have seen a smooth transition into the new independent charity, whilst continuing to deliver a world class life saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) to the people in the regions it serves.

Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.