Institute Directors


Dr. Gareth Grier

Institute Director and Education Lead

As Institute Director and Education Lead, Dr. Grier works closely with the clinical leadership of both The Institute and London’s Air Ambulance to define The Institute’s overall medical strategy. He also defines both The Institute’s education strategy and the clinical research agenda, supervises all research projects, and manages The Institute’s Fellows.

In addition, Dr. Grier is a Consultant with London’s Air Ambulance, and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care at Barts Health NHS Trust/The Royal London Hospital. He has published on the use of hi-fidelity scenario training in pre-hospital medical education, and studied medicine at University of Wales College of Medicine.


Dr. Gareth Davies

Institute Director and Innovation Lead

As Institute Director and Innovation Lead, Dr. Davies defines The Institute’s clinical innovations agenda, and works closely with London’s Air Ambulance operations to design and supervise in-field tests.

He is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Pre-Hospital Care and Emergency Preparedness at Barts Health NHS Trust/The Royal London Hospital and has over 25 years experience in the air ambulance industry. He joined London's Air Ambulance as a registrar in 1993 and served as the Medical Director from 1996 to 2019 and a Trustee of the charity from 2006 to 2019. 

He has developed standards in pre-hospital medical care and a number of innovative procedures, including resuscitative thoracotomy (open-chest surgery), and rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia with intubation. Dr. Davies has been the lead consultant at many of London's major incidents, including the Paddington Rail Disaster and the 7th July 2005 Bombings. He is also Director of EMSC, a company formed to provide clinical governance to a number of UK Air Ambulances, and an honorary consultant at Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. 

Jonathan Jenkins

Institute Director and Chief Executive Officer of London's Air Ambulance

After a distinguished career in the City, Jonathan comes to London's Air Ambulance and The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care from Social Investment Business, where he dealt with charity and social enterprise investment as the company's CEO. He has a lifelong commitment to charity work, serving as a Trustee for a number of third sector organisations including Bright and Ethex. In his spare time he has also managed to run 11 London Marathons and the 2016 Marathon des Sables, raising vital funds for London's Air Ambulance in the process. 

Charles Newitt

Institute Director and Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of London's Air Ambulance

Charles joined London's Air Ambulance in August 2014 and as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for aviation, helipad operations, finance, HR and PR & Communications. He is the charity's Air Operations Certificate (AOC) Accountable Manager and it is in this capacity that Charles assumes responsibility for all aspects of our aviation function, ensuring our compliance with the UK and European regulatory frameworks. 

Charles held various senior positions during his time with the British Army including Chief of Staff at the NATO Training Mission in Iraq where he directed a team of 250 multi-national personnel. Towards the end of his military career he was heavily involved in the operational delivery of Army training and developing Aldershot Garrison's strategy and planning to meet the Army's restructuring programme. 

Deployed to help London's Air Ambulance to pursue its strategic goals, Charles' experience of inspiring and motivating mixed teams is a huge asset to the charity and The Institute. 

Louise Robertshaw

Institute Director

Louise is Director of Fundraising and Marketing at London's Air Ambulance. After a high-profile career as a national newspaper journalist, Louise is passionate about helping charities and not-for-profit organisations to tell their stories.   Louise joined London's Air Ambulance in 2018 to lead the service's newly combines marketing and communications function, focussing on strategy and helping the charity to achieve its goals over the next three years. She joined the charity from Guide Dogs where she increased public awareness and engagement with the charity through her leadership of its marketing communications.