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A NEW chief executive has been appointed for an air ambulance charity.

Alex Lochrane will take over the reins from John Perry as head of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) service.

Mr Lochrane spent 25 years in the Royal Navy before retiring as a commander in 2007. He has since used his military experience to achieve the turnaround and growth of two charitable companies in the past seven years.

Chairman of trustees Marcus de Ferranti said: ‘These are exciting times for HIOWAA as we steadily expand our service to the community.

‘Alex has the strategic vision and commercial acumen that we need to take charity to the next phase on our path of continuous development.

‘I am confident that his well developed skills and experience honed over two very different careers will benefit the charity enormously.’

Mr Lochrane is due to start his role tomorrow.

Mr Perry has stood down after five years in the role.