Lady Mary Holborow appointed chairman of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Lady Mary Holborow as chairman of its board of trustees.

Lady Mary, who joined the board as a non-executive director earlier in the year, was elected as chairman at the charity Annual General Meeting, held earlier this month.

The charity trustees were unanimous in their decision, which follows three years of close support from Lady Mary Holborow during her service as the former Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall, and more recently since retiring from that position.

Former chairman Harold Chapman, has stood down from the position he has held since 2002. He was appointed in 1997, initially as Hon Treasurer, and has devoted more than 15 years in a voluntary capacity to Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Both Mr Chapman and wife Pamela remain on the board as trustees, but are planning their retirement to join other family members in New South Wales, Australia.

Mr Chapman said: “I am delighted that Lady Mary Holborow has agreed to take over the role as chairman and I am certain that under her leadership, the board will continue to take the charity forward and ensure that this valuable emergency service continues for many years to come.

“I have enjoyed my time with the charity immensely and indeed feel very honoured and privileged to have played a small part in its continued success. This could not have been achieved without the support of all trustees, volunteers, and fundraisers in the community, both past and present.

“I would like to thank the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who have, and continue to support the Charity. The fact that the Air Ambulance has been able to celebrate its 25thAnniversary during this year, is a tremendous achievement and a tribute to them all.”

In April of 2011, Lady Mary Holborow cut the first turf on the site of the new operations facility for the Cornwall Air Ambulance, and was present at the official opening in July, where she read out a citation to Harold, before Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall presented Mr Chapman with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lady Mary Holborow said: “It is an honour for me to take over the chairmanship of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, although it will be a very hard act to follow the leadership and dedication of Harold Chapman, and I wish him a long and happy retirement in Australia.

“It’s a challenge to make sure the quality service the trust provides for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly continues, particularly in this time of recession, but I have every confidence that this will be achieved with the leadership of Paula Martin as chief executive, the staff and wonderful volunteers that work with her, and the board that are so committed to the Trust.”

Chief executive Paula Martin said: “The relationship between the chief executive and the chairman of the board is so important, for any charity to succeed.

“Lady Mary Holborow will be a wonderful mentor and role model, and we are very lucky indeed that she has agreed to give her time to this very special Cornish charity.”

Another trustee, Mr Alister Pilling, stepped down from the board at the AGM. Mr Pilling had been a trustee for more than four years, and has reluctantly relinquished his place on the board due to time pressures.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust will be recruiting new trustees later this year, and anyone interested should contact charity headquarters on 01637 889926.