Major General Sir William Cubitt, Chairman (2015-), Norfolk

Sir William Cubitt was appointed a trustee in September 2015. He retired from the Army in 2011 having served for 34 years in various roles and locations. He now runs a rural estate and farming business in North-East Norfolk and is Norfolk President of the Royal British Legion.  He was High Sheriff of Norfolk in 2016/17 and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk.

Christopher Dicker, FCA DChA DL, Company Secretary, (2014)

Christopher is EAAAs Company Secretary advising the charity on financial and charity issues. As well as his work with us, he is also a Chartered Accountant, retired Senior Partner of Lovewell Blake, has a Diploma in Charity Accounting, involvement with over 100 charities and won the East of England Business in the Community ‘Individual Volunteer Award’ in 2010. Christopher is a former trustee of various Norfolk based companies such as Norfolk Community Foundation and the Norfolk Norwich Festival Trust, and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk in 2005.

Tom Wells, Trustee (2017)

Tom has been a trustee of EAAA since June 2017. As well as his work with us Tom has been a Director at South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership since 2011. He is also Chairman of various companies such as Oakley Properties Ltd, Charles Wells Pension Scheme and Director of Leawood Manufacturing, Sutton in Ashfield. Before this, Tom joined Charles Wells Ltd, Bedford, as an Order Processing Manager in 1981, heading up various roles before becoming a Director in 1989 and Vice Chairman in 1998-2013. Tom has a keen interest in classic cars, aviation and various charities such as Sharnbrook Mill and of course, EAAA. He has three children, one grandson and has held a private pilot licence for 15 years. Tom’s wealth of knowledge and substantial expertise in many different areas makes him a great attribute to the board.

Duncan Astill, Trustee, (2014) Cambridgeshire

Duncan works in Cambridge for Mills and Reeve Solicitors and is a partner in the healthcare and regulatory team. He advises and supports healthcare organisations in respect of compliance with a wide range of statutory requirements such as those enforced by the Care Quality Commission; the Police; the Health and Safety Executive; and the Information Commissioner. He helps organisations through very difficult times, often following serious incidents where there has been a fatality. Duncan believes passionately in improving patient safety and regularly helps clients to develop and improve their risk management structures.

Stephanie Bourne, Trustee (2009), Cambridgeshire

Stephanie previously played an active role in government while living and working in Hong Kong. She heard about East Anglian Air Ambulance through supporters of the charity on her return to Cambridge and decided to become involved herself. Stephanie enjoys being part of the local community and is delighted to be able to play a role in ensuring the future of such a vital local charity. Stephanie lives in Newmarket with her husband, Stephen. They have a daughter and a son.

Lord Iveagh, Trustee, Suffolk

Since leaving the House of Lords, Edward Iveagh has taken an active role in the East of England chairing his family’s diversified farming business at Elveden, as a director of various private companies and as a member of the Brecks Partnership Core Management Group. Edward was also a Rural Board Member of EEDA and a director of East of England Tourism until their closure in 2012. He feels it’s a privilege to play a part in supporting the charity accomplish its tasks.

Nigel Savory DL, Trustee, (2015) Norfolk

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and was formerly a partner with both KPMG and Grant Thornton. He is now Chairman of AF, the farmer’s buying Co-operative and the R C Snelling Charitable Trust, a charity that owns the Snelling Group of businesses. He is a Director of Barratt and Cooke Limited and Colleague Software Limited. He was honoured to be High Sheriff of Norfolk between 2006 and 2007 and remains Treasurer of the High Sheriff Association. Nigel is a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, is a director of Fakenham Racecourse and a Trustee of The Lady Hind Charitable Trust, a grant giving settlement, The Norfolk Rivers Trust and Music in Country Churches . He lives on the family farm near Fakenham.

Penelope Walkinshaw DL, Trustee (2014), Cambridgeshire

Mrs Penelope Walkinshaw DL is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire in 2012. She read Politics and French at Sussex University and founded her first business, Born to Spend, in the 1980s. She worked in the bespoke travel business as a cultural guide and developed a market from the USA. In 1990 Penny, an experienced artist-enameller, founded Chelsea Enamels which specialised in making specially commissioned hand painted enamel boxes. In 2007-2010 Penny worked for Mallett, dealers in rare English and Continental furniture, paintings and decorative objects, project managing their ground breaking contemporary collection. She lectures to Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s MA Course on Contemporary Art. Penny has been involved in many local charities and is a council member of The Order of St Etheldreda at Ely Cathedral, a trustee of a local RDA group and a member of the fundraising committee for the National Horse Racing Museum.