Swindon entrepreneur steps up to Wiltshire Air Ambulance role

By Ben Carey on April 04, 2019

An entrepreneur from Swindon is continuing his support of one of Wiltshire’s most vital resources, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

James Phipps, a long-term supporter of the charity, will help to promote the organisation’s work after being appointed a trustee with Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust.

The charity recently revealed that the largest number of missions it undertook last year were in the Swindon area. The critical care team was called out 182 times, on average every two days, to respond to serious incidents, including cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions, strokes and sporting accidents. For the first three months of 2019 the number of call outs in the Swindon area was 57.

James has supported Wiltshire Air Ambulance for a number of years, including in his role as Chief Executive of Excalibur Group, a communications and IT business based in Swindon.

Excalibur was one of the founding members of the charity’s business networking group The 100 Club, which was initially set up to support the fundraising for the new airbase at Semington, near Melksham.

James said, “I think there are businesses in Swindon which don’t appreciate the relevance of Wiltshire Air Ambulance because they are not aware of its phenomenal work.

“But as the call out figures show, Swindon was the town that Wiltshire Air Ambulance went to the most last year when responding to serious medical emergencies. I’m excited at becoming a trustee for the charity and using my skills and experience to help it grow its base of supporters, including among businesses.”

David Philpott, chief executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said, “It has been my privilege to have known James for a number of years now, so I was delighted when he accepted our invitation to join the Wiltshire Air Ambulance board.  James’ broad business knowledge and contacts in commerce will add to the vast array of expertise that we have on our trustee board.”

Pictured: James Phipps, who has been appointed a trustee of Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust.