A FORMER helicopter pilot who served with the Royal Air Force is now chairman of the area’s air ambulance charity.
Tony Nicholson has taken up the role with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), succeeding Barry Lipscomb.
He has been a trustee of the charity since 2010 and has previously worked in both the public and private sectors.
Tony said: ‘Very simply, HIOWAA exists to save lives and help people and it’s a privilege to contribute to that.
‘We couldn’t do it without the support we get from across our communities, the air crews themselves, and our own small team and the volunteers who stand behind them.
‘In following Barry as chairman, I also know how much we owe him for helping set us on such firm foundations.
‘There are exciting new opportunities ahead, and I look forward to working on them with our partners in South Central Ambulance Service and NHS Foundation Trust and Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.’