Ireland Air Ambulance

Statement by Ireland Air Ambulance (the company)

Posted in Uncategorized by bproject on April 14, 2010

Ireland Air Ambulance

Tuesday 13th April 2010

Business and community leaders to direct Northern Ireland air ambulance charity

A new company has been formed with the ambition to operate a helicopter emergency medical service in Northern Ireland.  The company, Ireland Air Ambulance has recruited a board of directors with considerable business experience and cross community representation.

At the same time the association, Ireland Air Ambulance will cease operations transferring its assets to the new company.

The company aims to establish a world-class clinical service organisation to provide emergency and trauma care complimentary to existing ambulance services and in line with Northern Ireland’s health commissioning plans.  The board is conducting a series of engagements with key stakeholders to ensure that the feasibility of such a service is fully explored and that there is a strong business case and the public support to generate the sums of money that will be required to operate such a service on a sustainable basis.

The board is appointing an auditor to ensure that the assets and liabilities of the previous association are fully understood.  The board is made up of people from Ireland, all highly respected in their communities and in the field of business.  They believe they have the capability and capacity to deliver this project.

Roy Orr, a Northern Ireland business owner, who has helped put the board together said: “our board is fully committed to exploring the feasibility to put an emergency helicopter into service.

“The board is representative of the community and has considerable business expertise that demonstrates to our stakeholders and public that we have the credibility to deliver what is a sizeable business undertaking that will need to attract significant support and monies.

“The project is all about improving health care in the fields of emergency and trauma medicine and we need the public to get behind us and support what we are doing.”

The company is proposing to undertake a feasibility exercise to determine an evidence base for a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in the north of Ireland and to ensure that such a service is congruent with commissioning plans and priorities such as the modernisation programme, secondary care targets, health efficacy and expenditure challenges.

The company will also set out a proposed charitable governance structure. It will develop the clinical model including standards, performance measures, standard operating procedures, risk management and detailed aspects such as resourcing, dispatch and overall clinical governance.

It will establish the operational aspects such as landing infrastructure and consider the level of public support and ability to source the funding for such a service through charitable giving.

The charity is relying on continued public support and will communicate more details of its plans in the near future.


THIS STATEMENT IS AUTHORISED UNDER THE COLLECTIVE AUTHORITY OF THE IAA BOARD.  All enquiries to their appointed agent and professional adviser Nick Taylor 07846 428580 who is also authorised and available to conduct broadcast interviews.

Notes in support of the statement

The association, Ireland Air Ambulance (IAA) previously known by the name Alpha 5 will cease trading under a legal process of dissolution and the three existing trustees will stand down.  Ireland Air Ambulance (company number NI074051) is an incorporated company limited by guarantee with eight board members also acting as trustees.  The trustees are non-executives and not remunerated for undertaking that role.  IAA is recognised as a charity by the HM Revenue and Customs registration number XR98095.  The legal instruments to make this change are being enacted and due formalities are in the process of being completed.

The board of directors of IAA is appointing an independent auditor, securing legal advice and specialist business and clinical advisory support to undertake this process.  An introduction to the board of directors and their advisers is set out below.

Jerry Carr, co-founder and director of IAA is to stand down and will no longer be an employee.  The three existing association trustees stand down.  The new company will be appointing a small number of employees to take the work forward.  However, a number of other employees will be leaving as a result of this change.

Ireland Air Ambulance – Directors

Trevor Tate is a retired business-man who was a director of Calor Gas and the Chairman of C&C Group plc a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of beer, cider and spirits brands in the Scottish, Irish and wider international markets.

John Hutchinson is the co-owner of Medilink Services who are a highly successful healthcare services company, that supply and service all types of medical equipment; from basic first-aid items to the most up to date innovative and advanced products in the fields of diagnostics, electrocardiography and patient monitoring equipment.

Liam Creagh is a broadcaster and the owner of Red Box Media a company that makes features and documentaries and provides news and current affairs cover for local and international outlets

Peter Fearon works in construction and is the Chairman of Dromentee St Patricks GAA in South Armagh.  Peter and Helen Fearon have worked to raise a significant sum of money to support the air ambulance following the death of their son Gerald in a road accident and in their desire to ensure that other families that experience severe trauma are able to access a helicopter emergency medical service.

Aidan Rice is a financial adviser and one of the people who worked with Peter and Helen Fearon to raise money to establish an air ambulance.

Roy Orr is the owner of Successful Security Ltd a company that specialises in retail fraud security.  Roy has interests in helicopter aviation and has long supported the need for air ambulance.  He has led the work to create the company and form the board in his determination to see an air ambulance become a reality.

Michael Montogomery Michael Montgomery is active in the community and within the local motorbike charity fundraising scene. He has been a long-­-time supporter and fund-­raiser for the air ambulance.

Mal McGreevy is Translink NI Railway’s General Manager of Rail Services and has played a central role in the renaissance of NI Railways, including the introduction of a new train fleet and a major culture change programme.  Mal is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a fellow of the Institute of Railway Operations. He had an early career in the aerospace, tobacco and paper industries.

External advisers and secretariat (non directors)

Bill Megraw is the company secretary.  He is an experienced charity trustee having served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Society.  Bill is a qualified Chartered Secretary and Law graduate, with over thirty years’ experience in various NI industrial, commercial and public sector accounting / company secretarial posts.

Nick Taylor is the owner of Bodyproject Ltd a company that helps organisations manage their reputation.  He is highly experienced in the third sector and at present a director of three charities including the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, Chairman the Citadel Arts Centre and Chairman of the North West Air Ambulance.  Nick acts as a consultant adviser to the board during the formation of the company

Lowry Grant (J L Grant) is the company’s auditor and operates one of the largest independent firms of Chartered Certified Accountancy firms in Northern Ireland that offer a wide range of services to the small to medium sized businesses, having particular expertise in the voluntary sector.


Statement by Ireland Air Ambulance (the association)

Posted in Uncategorized by bproject on April 14, 2010

Statement to all staff, creditors and supporters of Ireland Air Ambulance

Ireland Air Ambulance (the Association) announces that it is to dissolve with immediate effect.

All staff employment will cease without notice on Tuesday 13th April, and other costs such as premises, utilities and other contracts will be ceased as soon as practicable.

It is hoped that Ireland Air Ambulance (the Company) – registered in Northern Ireland, number NI074051 – will take the dream of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service forward from this point onwards.

The Trustees would like to thank all staff, supporters and suppliers for their faith in the project – of particular note is Jerry Carr, a co-founder of the Charity, who is moving on to pursue other interests. The Trustees sincerely wish the Company well in their endeavours to make their dream a reality, and both they and Jerry remain convinced of the value of this project to both the statutory stakeholders, and the ordinary people, who so generously supported the cause.

In line with the Association’s constitution, all assets from the Association on dissolution will be handed over to the Company to take the work forward.

Revenue collected from this point onwards will be unconditionally gifted to the Company to continue the project.

We sincerely thank our loyal and dedicated members of staff who have tried under Jerry’s leadership to keep the HEMS concept successfully in the public eye, but without further support at this stage, the Trustees simply cannot continue.

It is hoped that with courageous leadership from the directors of the Company, real and meaningful progress can be made without undue delay.

Further communication from the Company will be issued in due course, but the Trustees can confirm that it is their intention to fully satisfy all liabilities of the Association, prior to full dissolution as soon as possible.

Further information can be obtained from our adviser – Nick Taylor at Bodyproject Ltd –

Trustees voting in favour of a resolution to dissolve the Association:

Dierdre Blyberg

Carol Retreage

Donna Carr

Date: 8th April 2010.

Embargo until 13th April 2010.