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Trading Company Directors

Martin Bell Director

Martin Bell

Executive Director of Retail & People Development

My background is in retail management, profit protection, audit, HR and Learning and Development. I joined Devon Air Ambulance in May 2012. I am responsible for developing and implementing the Retail income strategy for the trust and I oversee the retail performance of the Charity. I am also responsible for the oversight of our HR functions, recruitment practise and People Development across all departments of the Devon Air Ambulance.
Nigel Hare

Nigel Hare

Executive Director of Operations & CQC Registered Manager

Nigel has worked in Pre-hospital Care since 1985, joining Devon Air Ambulance as an Aircrew Paramedic in 1997. As Operations Director and our Registered Manager with the Care Quality Commission, Nigel is accountable for the ‘safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led’* delivery of our Patient Services as an Independent Healthcare Services Provider. This includes:
• Ensuring we are deployed to the patients who will benefit most from the Enhanced and Critical Care our service provides.
• The welfare, training, development and quality assurance processes of our doctors, paramedics and support staff.
• The delivery of high quality clinical care to patients.
• Post incident support to patients, their relatives and carers through our ‘Patient Support Service’.
• Collaboration the NHS and other emergency services.

Nigel is part of our Senior Leadership Team and a Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company Limited.

*as required by The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014

Finance & Infrastructure Director

Dave Hawes

Executive Director of Finance & Infrastructure

I joined the Charity in November 2014. I have previously worked in London and Sydney for top 10 accountancy practice BDO and for the past 5 years have been working in Exeter for Capita Asset Services.
Joining DAAT is a challenge but it allows me to do a job that combines doing something very worthwhile for an organisation which makes a tangible difference to people’s lives with a senior management role where there are opportunities to influence and contribute to DAAT’s continuing success.
As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, I am part of the team responsible for the strategic oversight of Devon Air Ambulance, with a focus on the financial elements. This includes overseeing the Finance Team and a broader responsibility for the infrastructure across the organisation. It's a varied and interesting role, taking in legacies, cash forecasting and controls while interacting with other Charities, businesses and organisations.
Dr Ross Hemingway

Doctor Ross Hemingway

Non-executive Director

Dr Ross Hemingway worked in as a naval medical officer in the Royal Marines for 17 years, with extensive experience of front-line PHEM and helicopters.

In the later stages of his naval career, he was a senior medical officer/clinical director for counter-terrorism, and now works as a medical practitioner at the Commando training centre.

Ross has an interest in sports medicine, and has a particular love of rugby, having worked with the England, Premiership and Exeter Chief squads.

Helena Holt CEO

Heléna Holt

Executive Director, Accountable Manager & Caldicott Guardian

I became Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance in October 2007 after returning to my home county of Devon after many years in London. Prior to this I was Director of the Attlee Foundation and before that St James’s House, a mental health charity in North London. I have served as a trustee, holding positions as Chair and Treasurer in the councils for voluntary services for both Camden & Tower Hamlets, and I am currently Treasurer of Exeter based charity CEDA.
As the Caldicott Guardian I act as the 'conscience' of the organisation' and I am responsible for protecting the confidentiality of people's health and social care information and making sure it is used legally, ethically and appropriately, and that confidentiality is maintained. The need for confidentiality extends not only to patients, but to their relatives and to staff. Read more about the responsibilities of the Caldicott Guardian by typing this page into your browser:
Ryan Bebbington

Ryan Bebbington

Trading Company Non-executive Director

Ryan is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Advisor and also holds the CIOT’s Advanced Diploma of International Taxation with a specialisation in Transfer Pricing. Ryan currently works as Director of Tax at Jisc, a charity that provides digital, data, and technology services to the further and higher education sectors.

Ryan trained as an accountant at PKF-Francis Clark in Exeter starting out in corporate audit before moving into corporate taxes. At which point, Ryan specialised in corporate transactions such as management buy-outs, and the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions. After leaving PKF-Francis Clark, Ryan worked for a clean technology company and then joined Jisc.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys weightlifting, playing water polo and eating fish & chips by the beach.

Trustee Tony Gramp

Tony Cramp


Tony served for 19 years in the Royal Navy as navigator, diver, Lynx helicopter pilot and instructor. He commanded 815 Naval Air Squadron and a Warship and served as the media spokesman for overseas military operations.

He joined Shell Aircraft in 2003 as an Aviation Advisor and has gained global experience working with aircraft operators supporting oil and gas operations, undertaking assurance, air accident investigations and providing specialist advice to Shell’s extensive business stakeholder group. Championing initiatives to enable safe and efficient operations in some of the most diverse and challenging environments, he has worked closely with OEMs on aircraft design specifications, represents the Company on several industry and national regulatory bodies and is the Chair of the energy industry’s IOGP Aviation Sub Committee. Tony was appointed as Shell’s VP Aircraft and Managing Director Shell Aircraft in May 2016.

Most at home pursuing a range of outdoor activities across the South West with his wife, family and friends, he’s now also committed to supporting DAAT in achieving its goals and ambitions for the community.

Ollie Dismore, Trading Company Non-Executive Director

Ollie Dismore

Trading Company Non-Executive Director

Following a naval flying and ship-driving career spanning 36 years, I was involved at all levels of police aviation from 1997 to 2021, culminating in being the Accountable Manager delivering the National Police Air Service from 21 bases across England and Wales.

Since retiring from that role, I have been helicopter Chief Pilot and drone Accountable Manager for Heli Ops at Portland and am delighted to join Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company Board as a non-Executive Director.

My interest in aviation safety and the health of the industry extends beyond day-to-day operations as a Council Member of the British Helicopter Association, Chair of its Emergency Service Committee and a Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow.

No stranger to Devon, having lived in Plymouth for several years, I currently live over the border in Newquay with wife Jo and Tog the dog.

Louise Lucas

Louise Lucas

Trading Company Non-executive Director

I have always had an interest in aviation and safety, starting out as cabin crew flying for a charter airline from London Gatwick in 1999 before moving to Heathrow and Virgin Atlantic in 2004. Here I held a range of ground safety-based roles from Aircraft Dispatcher to Procedural Author, Ground Safety Investigator and Operational Manager. I was responsible for undertaking regulatory compliance audits and ground safety investigations. I completed the Aviation Safety & Security Programme at the University of Southern California (USC) where I specialised in Air Accident Investigation, Aviation Safety Management Systems, Aviation Security Programme Management, and Human Factors in Aviation Safety.

I transferred my skills to Rail in 2016 and as Safety & Assurance Lead for a train operator, I was able to continue my passion of promoting safety through engagement, education and positive encouragement. My current role sees me delivering security compliance, business continuity and emergency planning for the railway.

I love to travel, both overseas and within the UK. I enjoy spending time with family, visiting the cinema and walking. After returning home to Devon I am proud to be able to utilise my knowledge and experience to support the Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company in continuing to deliver its vision and mission for the people of Devon and the surrounding areas.

Jill Nye Trustee

Jill Nye

Trading Company Non-Executive Director

Jill holds 30+ years working within travel & tourism for TUI Group, where she has a passion for leadership development, improving customer experience and commercial performance.
She has held a range of senior roles with TUI and is currently within the aviation division as Director of Customer, Cabin Crew, and Inflight services. She gained vast experience working in a pan-European environment, holding accountability for cultural and transformational change, operational delivery, incorporating regulatory compliance.

Jill loves to travel, exploring new cultures as well as living in Devon with her husband, walking the Jurassic coastline.

TCL director David Prowse

David Prowse

Trading Company Director

David was born and educated in North London. After35 years in the RAF, mostly as a Chinook operator and qualified helicopter instructor, he joined the RAF Association as Membership Director. In 2017, he gave up work to care for his mother and has recently moved to Launceston. Since taking up his care duties, he has also volunteered with Veterans Aid, been an advisor to the RAF Club and supported a local Air Training Corps Squadron.

Nicola Steevenson

Trading Company Non-executive Director

Nicola (Nic) served for 10 years in the RAF as a Tornado Navigator. She specialised in Air Defence and became a highly qualified instructor. Latterly she flew with test pilots on a developmental missile firings team.

In addition to her military experience, Nic worked as Chief Ground Instructor for Flybe. Here she had oversight of and instructed pilot ground school training.

Fascinated by human performance she went on to set up her own company, Human Performance Solutions. Through this she provides consultancy for Baines Simmons, specialists in Aviation Safety, as well as Atrainability who work closely with the NHS providing Human Factors training.

She is also a Crew Resource Management Trainer and provides CRM training to Devon Air Ambulance Crews.

Nic has two young daughters and enjoys escaping with the family to explore Dartmoor and the local beaches.