Photo: Tony Monteuuis and Dr Helen Bowcock
The Chairman for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Tony Monteuuis, has stepped down after serving the Charity for nearly 12 years and yesterday officially handed his responsibilities to Trustee Dr. Helen Bowcock OBE.
Tony Monteuuis, a former High Sheriff of Kent, spent most of his business life running his own printing company in London. When Tony joined the board as Chairman in 2004 the charity operated one helicopter, serving Kent, during daylight hours only. During his time as Chairman, there have been many important milestones reached – the introduction of Doctors on board, expansion of the service into Surrey and Sussex with a second aircraft and base at Dunsfold Park, the subsequent move to Redhill Aerodrome, the introduction of blood on board both the charity's helicopters and the implementation of night operation.
The charity has also come a long way in this time and throughout significant operational development and change, has continued to raise the funds needed to support ongoing service delivery under Tony's leadership.
The milestones reached have not only seen more lives saved by the air ambulance but also improved the quality of survival for these patients. The best interests of patients have always been at the fore of Tony's actions and decisions.
Dr. Helen Bowcock OBE served as High Sheriff of Surrey in 2013/14. Through a family charity, The Hazelhurst Trust, she supports a number of local causes, is a member of the Council of Surrey University and a Governor of St Catherine's School. She is author of a report entitled "Hidden Surrey: Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities", published in 2009. She was a founding director of a family software company and managed its HR through a period of rapid growth. As a mature student she completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent and is originally a graduate of Durham University.
Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Trust and new Chairman Dr. Helen Bowcock OBE, along with all at the charity, extend their grateful thanks to Tony and wish him all the very best for the future. Adrian Bell said: "Tony has been an outstanding Chairman and we are all hugely grateful to him for all he has done – especially for patients. We are all sorry to see him go but the Trust is delighted to welcome Helen as our new Chairman and I look forward to the charity developing further under her leadership."