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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is the Charity responsible for funding the Air Ambulance  that serves Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. HIOWAA receives no Government or National Lottery funding for operational purposes, and relies solely on the generosity of the public and corporate partners to fund this vital service. They fly on average three missions a day, at an approximate cost in excess of £9,000 per day. The Charity’s purpose is to ensure that it provides everything required to keep this life-saving service operational. The Charity Head Office is located in Southampton, and it handles all fundraising, marketing, communications, operations and charity governance. The Charity maintains close working relations with its partners such as University Hospital Southampton and the Major Trauma Centre, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), Babcock Mission Critical Services (helicopter service provider), and Thames Valley Air Ambulance. They also continue to develop ever more innovative ways of providing this essential service and the use of cutting edge, life-saving technology.

The role and responsibilities of a trustee are extensive, with the main aim of ensuring HIOWAA maintains a strategy with a clear and appropriate direction, operating within all the external regulations and governance. The Charity prides itself on its high standards within this area, ensuring that they have often gone beyond the requirements of the Charity Commission, the Gambling Commission, and the Fundraising Regulator.  

The Charity is now looking to appoint three new Trustees to complement the current Board in its role as governing body; setting policy, strategy and ensuring exemplary governance and fiscal control.  

The Charity is keen to bring additional skills to its Board through the appointment of individuals who ideally have a background in one of the following areas:

  • Provision of emergency services / medicine and prehospital services.

  • Marketing and fundraising experience, ideally in the third sector.  

  • Charity Governance/Management experience

For these roles, the Charity will consider individuals seeking their first Trustee position or those seeking to add to their existing portfolio of Trustee work. The Board has a very collaborative approach and successful candidates will want to be part of a highly committed and creative team, dedicated to the communities which they serve.

Appointments are initially for three years, with the opportunity for re-election, up to a maximum of nine years. Trustees are unpaid, but reasonable out of pocket expenses can be reimbursed. Time commitment is approximately 12 days a year for Board and Sub-Committee meetings, plus availability to support the SMT in their areas of expertise.  

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th February.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is an equal opportunities employer.