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Life Flight Chairman Re-Appointed

Life Flight Chairman Re-Appointed

Bill Day was re-appointed Chairman of The Life Flight Trust last week. Mr Day has been closely involved with the Trust since meeting its founder, the late Peter Button, soon after the service was established in 1976.

"Bill has lead the Trust through major initiatives in recent years including building its dedicated air rescue centre in Wellington, purchasing its own helicopter and establishing an Auckland-based air ambulance service to support Starship Children's Health." said Kevin Allan, the Trust's General Manager.

Catherine Taylor was re-elected Deputy Chair. Mrs Taylor is a Deputy Director at Maritime New Zealand and has a long association with the aviation sector. Deborah Battell, Director of the Fair Trading Branch at the New Zealand Commerce Commission, and Stephen Ward, partner with the law firm, Simpson Grierson, have been re-appointed as Trustees.

"The Trust is fortunate in having such a strong, experienced board to guide its development." Mr Allan said. "Their vision and leadership helps to ensure that we are able to provide a world class air ambulance and air rescue service for people who need our services."

Life Flight is the operator of the Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Life Flight NZ fixed wing air ambulance service.

2006 marks the 30th anniversary of the rescue helicopter service started in Wellington by the late Peter Button. Since then the service has helped over 14,000 people.

A full list of Life Flight's Board of Trustees is attached.



W R (Bill) Day JP Chairman

Catherine Taylor Deputy Chair, Senior Manager, Maritime NZ

Peter Adamson Retired Air Vice Marshall, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Deborah Battell Director, Fair Trading Branch Commerce Commission

Murray Gough Company Director

Dr Peter Hicks Medical Director, Intensive Care Service, Capital & Coast Health

Peter Mairs OBE Former Director, Life Flight Trust Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police

Andrea Pettett Chair, Wellington Free Ambulance Board

Trevor Taylor Chief Executive, Outward Bound Company Director

Stephen Ward Senior Partner, Simpson Grierson, Solicitors

Dr Russell Worth OBE Retired Neurosurgeon, Co-founder of The Life Flight Trust

June 2006


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