Nick Tindal will join the charity in February 2021, in the new role, which will enhance the charity’s current management team. From managing military operations, commanding ships to running a complex airbase, Nick brings with him a wealth of experience in operational management and aviation.
Nick commented: “I am very excited to join and help manage a charity that clearly does so much to save lives across a vast swathe of the West Country.”
Nick’s recent post was Commanding Officer at RNAS Yeovilton, the largest military helicopter base in Europe, where he was responsible for delivering critical aviation capability for UK warships and military operations across the globe. A helicopter pilot by profession, Nick started his career flying Sea Kings and Lynx from warships across the world. Previous roles span across the Ministry of Defence, Navy Command, where he led planning for cutting-edge future Royal Navy aircraft, and multiple tours at sea.
Bringing focus to the charity’s operations
As well as his extensive career, Nick has also given a lot of his time to charitable services, acting as Trustee for many organisations, including Chairman of Fleet Air Arm Museum Advisory Committee and Royal Navy (Roman Catholic) Trust.
Vice-Admiral Keith Blount said of Nick: “A naturally generous and charitable individual, the ethos and ethics of what the charity seeks to achieve will quickly become second nature. He will bring a natural energy, sense of humour and purpose to the role. In sum, you have found a cracker in Tindal that will do much to ensure that the great work of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity continues and grows! I wish him and the charity every success going forward.”
Anna Perry, CEO of GWAAC, added: “We are delighted to welcome Tindal to Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. We are a small team, doing what we can with charitable funding, and the demands on our clinical crew have never been greater. Tindal will bring focus to our operational management, allowing us to work more effectively with other organisations, and help us save even more people in need.”
Providing leadership for safe operations
GWAAC was formed in 2007 and is the youngest air ambulance in England and Wales. Over the last 13 years, the charity has seen many clinical advances, and operations have increased year on year, meaning the management has become more complex and challenging, developing the need for increased management capacity and expertise.
Nick’s new position of Head of Operations at the charity will provide leadership for operational crew and ensure that operations and premises are safe, compliant, effective, efficient and sustainable. Nick will seek to develop strategic change and implement initiatives to improve service delivery – helping to achieve GWAAC’s strategic goals and continue to fulfil the charity’s core focus of delivering the best pre-hospital emergency medicine to those in urgent need in GWAAC’s region.
Recently, Critical Care Doctor Phil Cowburn, of the GWAAC, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honors list for his services to pre-hospital emergency care, most recently during the Covid-19 pandemic.