The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

Executive Biographies




Chairman : Professor David Lockey 

  • Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Bristol
  • Honorary Professor in Trauma and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at Bristol University, Hon. Clinical Professor Queen Mary University of London and Visiting Professor at the University of Stavanger. Author of over a hundred publications and book chapters mostly related to pre-hospital Care and trauma.
  • National Director for the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) in Wales
  • Clinical Director of the Severn Major Trauma Network. 
  • Consultant at London’s Air Ambulance.
  • Past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine.
  • Board member Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN).
  • As a military reservist for many years he has deployed to a number of overseas conflicts.
  • Holds the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care and is a previous examiner for MRCS and a current examiner for DipIMC / FIMC.



Secretary : Dr John Hall 

  • General Practitioner and PHC responder in Worcestershire for over 30 years
  • A founding BASICS doctor in the West Midlands region in 1981 setting up the pre-cursor to the Mercia Accident Rescue Service in 1983 of which he has been Chairman and Clinical Director. Was involved in setting up the Birmingham CARE Team with Professor Sir Keith Porter in 1989
  • Involved in teaching and advising on Immediate Medical Care at all levels with strong links with the Police and Fire Services and a long history of support to the Ambulance Service being involved in the first Paramedic Training programmes
  • He has provided material for publications both on his own and collaboratively
  • He holds the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care and is an examiner
  • Specific Interests include Clinical Governance and Operational Medicine
  • Holds an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturers Post in Emergency Care at the University of Birmingham and has been involved in teaching undergraduates and post graduates Pre-Hospital Care for 20 years

Doctor Co-Vice Chair: Dr Pam Hardy

  • Lead Consultant in Emergency Care at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin. Pam is a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine having trained in paediatrics and emergency medicine and previously worked in consultant posts in the East Midlands and as an ambulance service medical director
  • Clinical Lead for Trauma at Dr Gray’s Hospital and representing the North of Scotland on the Pre-Hospital Group of the Scottish Trauma Network
  • HEMS Doctor for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and still commutes back to the East Midlands to do shifts and provides remote Clinical Supervision
  • A founder member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care
  • Chair of the Regional Faculty Groups and until recently the Chair of the Scotland Region and runs an active multi-disciplinary educational programme in Moray
  • She holds the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care and is a member of the Faculty of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as an examiner for the DipIMC and FIMC and a member of the Pre-hospital Examinations Advisory Board
  • FPHC Representative on the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine and as a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health formerly represented them on the IBTPHEM. 
  • Member of BASICS Scotland, and set up the Moray Immediate Care Scheme. Pam has previously received a BASICS Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Chief Constable’s Commendation for her work in pre-hospital care.
  • Pam now loves living in rural Scotland and spending time running on the beach, cycling in the Outer Hebrides and being at sea, visiting the Scottish Islands.

Non-Doctor Co-Vice Chair: Mr Andy Thomas

  • Managing Director of CIPHER Medical Consultancy Limited. Providing consultancy services, bespoke clinical and education solutions and provision of clinical EMS.
  • Critical Care Paramedic on the Critical Care Ambulance Response Unit (CARU) within the North East Ambulance Service. Provides advanced paramedic and multi professional care to cardiac arrest, trauma and critically ill medical patients.
  • Prior to this he served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) where he worked as a paramedic and his last role was as a academic research fellow for defence at James Cook University hospital. During this period he published various publications and has continued to develop his academic portfolio.
  • Joined the RAF in Oct 1998 and attained 18 years of dedicated service. He has been posted to RAF Lyneham, Sealand, Valley and Overseas to RAF Akrotiri. 
  • In addition to spending time as a pre-hospital care instructor at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre he has undertaking many medical roles.
  • He has also spent time employed on the Deployable Aeromedical Response Teams (DARTS) based at Headquarters Tactical Medical Wing. Completed 8 operational deployments including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Falkland Islands and Africa
  • He has operated on various helicopter platforms including multiple deployments as a member of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) in Afghanistan and part of the Immediate Response Team (IRT) in Iraq.
  • He has also deployed in a Combat Medical Support Role and worked on aeromedical evacuation around the world.

Treasurer: Dr Richard Steyn

  • Biography to follow. 

Patron: Professor Myles Gibson OBE

  • He laid the foundation of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine as a medical sub-speciality through the creation of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care in 1996 based on all the work he did in the previous 10 years to develop the idea. He was the first Chairman of the Faculty and held the post for 6 years
  • OBE in 1992
  • Has been heavily involved in developing the medical structure of the Football League
  • He helped to create the Glasgow Coma Scale
  • In 1991 he received the BASICS award and in 1995 he received the The Asmund S Laerdal Award
  • He is still actively involved in the ‘Save a limb Save a Life’ Project internationally

Patron: Professor Sir Keith Porter 

  • Consultant and Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham working closely with Military patients transferred to the hospital
  • He was knighted in 2010 for his work coordinating trauma care for British troops injured in Afghanistan
  • Past Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital care for six year
  • He has been involved in Pre-Hospital Care from 1989 and he was a founder of the Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team in the West Midlands
  • He holds the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care and is a past examiner
  • He has been Chairman of the Research Committee within the Faculty, Convenor for the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care examination and has held appointments within the College Committee infrastructure. 
  • He was the Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine.
  • He has been involved in the establishment of a Regional Faculty Infrastructure as well as a successful training program for Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. 
  • He is committed to developing and promoting the roles of non-medical practitioners to include nurses, paramedics, rescue service workers as well as first aiders.

Chair of Training and Standards Committee: Dr Andy Smith 

  • He holds the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. A Yorkshire Ambulance BASICS doctor, examiner for Dip IMC and FIMC, Educational Chair for the Yorkshire Branch of the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care and FPHC Crowd Doctors Course Director.
  • He holds the Diploma, Masters and Fellowship of Sports & Exercise Medicine being the Field of Play Clinical/Immediate Care Lead at Twickenham Stadium, RFU England Counties Doctor and Yorkshire County Doctor. Previous 12 years experience medical care for club rugby.
  • He has been the Immediate Care Lead for the Rugby World Cup England 2015, Junior World Championship Manchester 2016 and the Women's World Cup 2010. Also was field of play team leader for the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • He is the programme director of the RFU Immediate Care in Sport Course, WRU Immediate Care in Rugby and Technical Director and Senior Medical Educator for World Rugby Immediate Care in Rugby being a member of the immediate Pitch Side working Group. He is the clinical governance advisor to Premiership Rugby. 

Chair of Clinical Standards Committee: Mr Andy Thurgood

  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Emergency Medicine
  • Deputy Clinical Director - West Midlands CARE Team
  • Immediate care practitioner - Hereford & Worcester BASICS scheme - MARS
  • Medical Director - West Midlands Fire Service
  • Chair of Clinical Standards Committee - FPHC
  • Crowd Medical Officer Birmingham City Football Club and Alexander Athletics Stadium Birmingham, 
  • Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care RCSEd (Awarded without examination)
  • Examiner for the Diploma & Fellowship of Immediate Medical Care and the new Diploma in Urgent Medical Care
  • FPHC Examinations Standard Setting Group 
  • Andy was one of the first non-doctors to join the FPHC and is committed multi-disciplinary PHEM
  • Author D13 module for police officers in specialist role, FPOS (basic/intermediate), Author - core material FPHC
  • Co-founder and trustee of citizenAID charity
  • Trustee of Trauma Care

Chair of PHC Examinations Committee: Dr Jon Birks

  • Consultant in Anaesthesia & PHEM
  • Jon has worked with EMRTS Cymru since 2016. He is an educational supervisor for PHEM trainees in the Wales deanery.
  • He is the Critical Care Transfer Lead for his Trust and sits on the Transfer Group for the Midlands Critical Care and Trauma Network 
  • Jon previously worked with Magpas Air Ambulance since 2010, including 1 year full time as a PHEM trainee. He was awarded the FIMC by examination at the end of his sub-specialty training year and spent 6 months in Australia with GSA HEMS following completion of his PHEM training post. 
  • Prior to HEMS work, Jon was a member of both the British Superbike and Mallory Park Medical Teams
  • Past member of the Training and Standards Committee, FPHC

International Development Lead: Dr David Bruce

  • Ex RAF Medical Officer involved in BASICS and pre-hospital care since 1990
  • RAF Adviser in pre-hospital care 1993 – 2014
  • Deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world
  • Chair of the military Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) Steering Cttee
  • Taught in Ecuador and Jordan
  • Quality assurance activity on operations and overseas military bases
  • Diploma in Immediate Care 1992; Fellowship in Immediate Care 2001
  • Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes (DMCC) Examiner
  • MBE 1993; OBE 2015

Elected Doctor Representative: Dr Caroline Leech

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Coventry 
  • Deputy Clinical Lead & HEMS Doctor with The Air Ambulance Service
  • Associate Editor of Emergency Medicine Journal
  • Fellowship of Immediate Medical Care by Examination
  • Examiner for the Diploma and Fellowship of Immediate Medical Care, RCSEd
  • Caroline is committed to providing multi-disciplinary education and collaborative patient care in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

Elected Paramedic Representative: Mr Dan Cody

  • Biography to follow. 

Elected Nurse Representative: Chris Shaw

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine.
  • Professional background is in acute-sector healthcare.
  • Experience in specialty roles within the public, private and third sectors; spanning emergency medicine, critical care, prehospital and retrieval medicine, resuscitation practice, public health, research, clinical education and high-fidelity simulation.
  • Primary area of clinical interest is prehospital emergency medicine.
  • Diverse range of operational experience across [helicopter] emergency medical services, lowland search & rescue, maritime/offshore, industrial sites and event & mass gathering medicine settings; with specific experience across incident command and delivery of clinical care in less permissive environments (confined spaces, work at height, and remote settings with prolonged extrication & transport times).
  • Critical Care Practitioner, EMRTS Cymru
  • Immediate Care Practitioner, Medserve Wales
  • Clinical Support Member, West Midlands CARE Team
  • Assistant Medical Director, Association of Lowland Search and Rescue
  • All Wales PHEM Specialty Training Committee Member
  • Examiner, Diploma & Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care
  • LinkedIn:
  • Twitter: @ChrisShaw

Elected Non-Healthcare Professional Representative: Nigel Hinson

  • Nigel is a former Police Officer.
  • He was involved in the development and delivery of a Trauma and Casualty Care capability to Counter Terrorism units.
  • He is currently concerned in the “med” training element of UK Police Firearms and other specialist units and within corporate Hostile Environment Training.
  • He has an interest in developing recognition of the medical potential that exists within the non-healthcare professional community.
  • He is both an MTA Mountain Leader and BSAC Dive Leader.


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