Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. We have no paid members and give our time up freely for the benefit of our patients.
Check out our team members profiles below by selecting the images.
Dr Graeme Spencer
Graeme qualified from Liverpool Medical School and is now a General Practitioner and GP trainer along with running minor surgery and child development clinics.
He has been involved with BASICS schemes since 1997 and is the founding chair of NWPCCC (Formerly CSIBASICS).
Graeme also teaches on Advanced Life Support courses.
John is a Critical Care Paramedic for the North West Air Ambulance Charity.
He has a wealth of pre-hospital experience which he has gained from his background in both Mountain Rescue and his time overseas with the Military. John comes from an instructional background, teaching on Paramedic courses as well as being an instructor for the Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course.
He holds the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care from the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care and is an active examiner for the exam in Edinburgh.
Dr Matt Quarmby
Dr Matt Quarmby is a Specialty Doctor in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. He is a founding member of the organisation.
Dr Tim Smith
Tim is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine based at Leighton Hospital as well as being a Trauma Team Leader at Aintree University Hospital Major Trauma Centre and a HEMS doctor.
Alongside his professional responsibilities, Tim is one of the Strategic Medical Advisors for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and is an active responder for ourselves and BASICS North West.
Dr Scott Beattie
Having graduated from medical school at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester Scott has gone on to complete training in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.
He works as a Consultant in Salford Royal Emergency Department. He also works as a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Doctor for the North West Air Ambulance. Another role involves being a Senior Medical Advisor for North West Ambulance Service.
He lives in Lymm and responds locally as and when family life allows!
Dr Richard Smith
Richard qualified from the University of Southampton, undertook specialist training in Wales and responded in South Wales with the local BASICS scheme during this time.
He has also worked for the Greater Sydney Area HEMS in Australia featuring in the first series of BBC documentary Helicopter Heroes Down Under.
He now works as a Consultant Trauma Resuscitation Anaesthetist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and is also a regular HEMS doctor on HELIMED54 & HELIMED72. Richard also works as a MERIT Doctor for the North West Ambulance Service. He is an Instructor on both the European Trauma Course and the European Paediatric Advanced Life Support courses.
Dr Mike Hughes
Mike qualified from Liverpool Medical School in 2010 and completed Higher Surgical Training in the North West. Mike is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Upper Limb & Major Trauma surgery, and a MERIT Doctor with NWAS. In addition to his normal day job Mike keeps his airway skills up by frequently swapping seats and working a list as an Anaesthetic SHO, much to the confusion of new starting staff!
Mike was born and bred in the Northwich area and works in Liverpool. Outside of work he is active with Cheshire Search & Rescue Team and attends frequent Search & Rescue and Mountain Rescue callouts, as well as overseeing the team medical training. When he gets the chance, he is a keen climber and certified petrolhead who can usually be found elbow-deep in anything mechanical, from sports bikes to tractors! Mike is very proud of his Class 1 HGV licence.
Mike is married with 3 young children and responds regularly around Northwich/Mid-Cheshire. Mike lives in our busiest area and attends an average of 1-2 incidents per week.
Dr Jon Taylor
Jon graduated from Liverpool Medical School in 2010. After completing his foundation training he went on to train as an anaesthetist.
In 2015, Jon completed a year-long fellowship in simulation and medical education, with a focus on human factors and non-technical skills.
He has been a member of Cheshire Search and Rescue since 2016 and helps to coordinate their medical training. He is an instructor for Advanced Life Support and Advanced Paediatric Life Support and has also instructed and examined other Mountain Rescue and anaesthetic courses. He is a regular motorsports medic at Oulton Park and Trac Môn in Anglesey.
Dr Simon Carley
Simon is a consultant in Emergency Medicine.
He works at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children’s hospitals where he is an active Trauma Team Leader and Major Trauma Consultant.
Simon brings decades of experience in research and education to the team. Amongst his many roles, he is visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is regularly invited to conferences across the globe to teach resuscitation excellence.
Dr Adrian Marsh
Dr Adrian Marsh has worked for the NHS for 19 years and is presently a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the West Midlands.
His extended NHS Roles: Foundation Year 2 Training Program Director, Honorary Clinical Tutor for Year 5 Emergency Medicine, Keele University and Quality Lead for Emergency Medicine, Health Education West Midlands.
Adrian has been involved in the pre-hospital environment since 2003 following working single-handed in rural Australia for 2 months. Adrian was one of the initial members involved in setting up the CSIBASICS team which later became the NWPCCC. We are proud to have Adrian on board as one of our Trustees.
Adrian also teaches Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Outside Interests: Running and Cycling
Darren is one of the Trustees of the Charity, as well as being our Fleet Manager.
Darren has a wealth of experience in the ambulance sector, in roles held with both Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North West Ambulance Service.
He has held roles including Dispatcher, Paramedic, Community Resuscitation Development Officer and Senior Paramedic.
Darren now shares his time between the emergency services in a variety of roles.
Carl has spent the last 5 years owning a small group of companies, Riqueza Group operates in business finance; payroll, interior design and luxury products. Prior to that, Carl worked within construction products environments fulfilling sales & marketing roles for manufacturing and distribution companies.
Carl has helped out with a number of charities over the last 10 years, holding non-executive Director roles for non-league football clubs; disability awareness charities and community interest companies. He understands the importance of businesses aligning with charities to ensure corporate and social responsibility efforts of companies assist charities with their funding requirements.
Carl has been with his wife Rachel for 18 years, they have a Daughter (Harriet) and a Son (Joshua).
Rob qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2004 and has since worked in a variety of acute medical and emergency care settings. He currently works as an Emergency Department Advanced Clinical Practitioner for the HEFT.
Rob has been heavily involved in the delivery of prehospital care since becoming a full member of the West Midlands CARE Team in 2006 and continues with this role regularly. He has a keen interest in multi-disciplinary education and teaches regularly on Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Advanced Trauma Nursing (ATNC) courses.
You will have probably come across Rob’s voice as part of the excellent Resus Room podcasts. If you’ve not listened in, we highly recommend you do!
Pat is one of our fundraisers. Pat has been dealing with our responders for years in her role within the North West Ambulance Service as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Our responders can certainly blame Pat for those early morning calls to attend those in need of our extended skills and expertise.
Martin is one of our Nurse team member and has been qualified as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years.
The majority of his career being within Accident & Emergency / resuscitation / education environments or a combination of all three.
Martin is currently employed as a full-time University Lecturer in Nursing.
An experienced Registered Nurse, Clinician, Lecturer and Instructor who has had extensive experience and a specialist interest in resuscitation / pre-hospital care being previously involved in medical rescue in addition to former roles as medical lead to Mountain Rescue / Search & Rescue and Water Rescue Teams.
Experience has also been gained whilst working as a pre-hospital care nurse / medic in night clubs / sporting events and also as an Ambulance Technician.
Martin is also a ‘Practitioner’ Member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in addition to being a nurse representative on their Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Advisory Board.
Numerous qualifications have been gained over the years which include having ALS / GIC / PHTLS Instructor status.
Martin enjoys the outdoors and has been an expedition medic in the Arctic Circle and has achieved FRGS and FAWM status.
Mike Van Gordon
Hi, I’m Mike, or ‘Vanny’ if you prefer. My unofficial title for NWPCCC is ‘Fleet Support’, a catch-all for any car stuff the team need. My expertise and the reason I became involved in the group are installing covert blue light and siren systems for the fleet of volunteers vehicles.
Why do the NWPCCC vehicles need blue lights?
Getting to the scene of an incident rapidly can be the difference between life and death for a patient. The blue light systems fitted to the NWPCCC volunteers’ private vehicles help them get on site quicker and safer than they might otherwise manage in a regular car. Much like an ambulance.
And with NWPCCC being able to respond to call-outs rapidly, they can often be onsite before other emergency services. In this case, the blue lights can alert other road users and the public of their presence. Perhaps not vital in a car park, potentially lifesaving on a motorway.
The installed safety systems must be completely reliable. As the blue lights go into privately owned vehicles, the installation needs to be done without damage to the car. Being covert avoids drawing unwanted attention when the cars aren’t on call.
What motivates you to support NWPCCC in this way? The service the team provide is vital to the communities they support. Being able to apply my skill set to help the team is incredibly important to me. It would cost around £1000 to have the lights and siren system fitted, and that’s just the labour. Knowing I can save the charity that money to fund attending incidents and equipping vehicles with medical equipment is very satisfying. It makes the hours spent installing the system worth every minute.
Any highlights over this time?
The first time you get the lights flashing is always satisfying. I think I’m just a little kid on the inside. Those first flashing lights will always make me grin like a fool! The guys in the team usually keep me motivated with Haribo and Maoam, and I can’t say no to that. Getting the first system installed was probably the most satisfying. But getting a whole system installed in sub-zero temperature was a definite highlight.
Piers is a Critical Care Paramedic currently working with the North West Air Ambulance. As well as bringing experience from Royal Liverpool A&E and Ambulance HART, he has also embarked on charitable missions in the Balkans as part of Operation Florian. He is currently completing an MSc in Advanced Practice.
Martin is an Advanced Paramedic with the North West Ambulance Service, and has over 20 years pre-hospital experience. Along the way, he has done a bit of teaching, spoken at conferences, and gained his MSc in Advanced Practice. New to the team, Martin is keen to get going and assist this fabulous scheme and charity. Outside interests include spending time with his wife and three children, walking, and food.
Dr Eimhear Quinn
Eimhear qualified as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine from the University of Liverpool and currently works in Salford Royal Major Trauma Centre and as a Pre-hospital Care Doctor for North West Air Ambulance Charity. She is the only Irish team member so far.
She lives in the Salford area and will be responding locally as well as on the team car.
Clare has joined the team as our Fundraising Lead. As an Emergency Department Nurse by background, Clare now works for the North West Ambulance Service as an Urgent Care Practitioner (Nurse) splitting her time between working in the Urgent Care Hub and responding as a solo responder.
Adam is a Critical Care Paramedic for the North West Air Ambulance Charity.
Adam has a wealth of experience in the pre-hospital setting, including 14 years in the private events sector and 8 years as a paramedic, 3 of which have been spent on the air ambulance.
Adam operates his own medical business and holds a teaching qualification. In his spare time, he supports a local lowland rescue team and responds to emergency calls on our behalf.
Charlotte is a Senior Paramedic with North West Ambulance Service and qualified from Liverpool John Moores University 4 years ago. She has a keen interest in advanced practice and in critical care and is currently studying a master’s in this subject at Warwick medical school.
Rhys is an Adult & Paediatric Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary & the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.