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

Gareth is a consultant in prehospital care at Barts Health NHS Trust. He was medical director of London’s Air Ambulance for 25 years, until 2019. Gareth is recognised as one of the most internationally renowned prehospital medicine experts, having led the innovation of new concepts, techniques and governance processes in multiple air ambulances over this extended period of time.

From his early days as an emergency medicine registrar, Gareth developed a passion for the professionalisation of the care given to patients in the prehospital phase of their management, taking on a lead role for the London HEMS service in his early days as a consultant. He conceptualised the concept of clinical governance in a specialty where the delivery of care was not formalised and based on the enthusiasm and dedication of a small number of individuals. As a result, the idea that doctors and paramedics with bespoke training would attend the scenes of accidents in the very early stages was contagiously adopted as a standard model of care throughout the UK. The policies, standard operating procedures that Gareth developed for London HEMS have been used for the foundations of care delivered in a huge number of air ambulance and land based prehospital services across the world. Gareth was a vanguard for the welcoming of international doctors into the London service so that ideas for excellent care could be shared and adopted. As a result, several hundred of our doctors are now leading prehospital services serving diverse population groups and communities nationally and internationally.

Gareth has authored and contributed to a broad range of academic papers that have described the impact of interventions and processes in air ambulance services, including the subject areas of prehospital anaesthesia, thoracotomy, REBOA, and major incidents. On the latter, Gareth has held senior medical roles at the scene of multiple major incidents in London over 25 years, dating back to IRA bombings and the July 7th attacks.

Gareth pioneered the initial HEMS Crew Course during his time at the Great North Air Ambulance and has delivered hundreds of lectures and presentations across the world. He has created multiple courses and educational events, including as the co-founder of the London Trauma Conference in the UK, stepping aside to focus on his work at the Institute of Prehospital Care in 2019. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University. Since the creation of the Institute of Prehospital Care in 2013, Gareth has contributed to all our major courses and events, giving countless hours to our education programme.

It is widely recognised that Gareth’s passion for innovation has led to the key landmark projects that have been adopted by prehospital systems. Most recently these have included REBOA and Prehospital ECMO but his contribution has impacted much more widely.

Gareth’s focus within The Institute is on innovation, but with a contribution to the overall clinical strategic direction of our work. 

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.