Sir Stuart Etherington heads up new format National Air Ambulance Conference Agenda

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Organised by the AAA; the National Conference has become a firm fixture on event calendars across the European air ambulance community and is open to all members and non-members. It aims to inspire, inform and incite debate, providing a platform for the air ambulance industry to come together, share ideas and build partnerships.

Following feedback from delegates; a new streamlined structure to the event’s agenda will focus on the key subjects: Quality, Innovation, Resilience and Horizon. In addition to the popular Key Note address, experts within the key colleges of Clinical, Air Operations and Charity sector will deliver presentations on the respective topics, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

Jane Gurney, AAA Board Member comments: “Following three highly successful conferences, this exciting new look format brings together our three colleges of charity, clinical and operations, ensuring the funding, patient treatment and how we operate as organisations share an equal footing on our four chosen subjects. In the coming months further speakers will be announced, joining Sir Stuart in this premier event.”

Sir Stuart Etherington is Chief Executive of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). He is also a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, Chair of London United, Chair of Trustees for the Patron’s Fund and chaired a cross party review looking at the structure of the regulation of fundraising.

Throughout his career, Sir Stuart has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them. As such he has become a leading commentator, both through his writing and his media profile. His government appointments have included the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, serving on the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit’s Advisory Board on the Voluntary Sector and HM Treasury’s Cross Cutting Review on the role of the voluntary sector.

Stuart was knighted in 2010 for services to the voluntary sector.

Last year’s National Conference saw 90% of the UK Air Ambulance operations attend with a sell-out 275 delegates. The event has grown year on year and has become the pinnacle event to attend within the sector.

The conference is followed by the prestigious Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner held during the evening. Nominations for this year’s awards will open on 1st June 2016.

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