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Charity Volunteer Staff

Voting Positions

Dr. Theo Weston MBE

Dr. Theo Weston MBE


Having been a GP at the Birbeck Medical Group, Penrith since 1992 Theo has now retired from this Practice at the end of June 2015. He was instrumental in launching the Penrith BASICS Scheme. Theo helped start up BASICS NW in 2013 and has been Chairman since then.

He is also a Trustee/Executive Member for the National BASICS Organisation. Medical Officer for the Outward Bound UK & International, Risk Management Committee as well as being a Medical Officer on the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, since 1993 and since 2005 he has been a regular doctor working for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, flying with them approximately two days per week. He has recently been employed by the North West Ambulance Service as a major incident doctor (MERIT) and has attended 4 major incidents in the last 10 years. Theo was also awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list in January 2014 for services to trauma care.

Dr. John Oates

Medical Vice Chair

Mr. Martin Ball

Mr. Martin Ball

Paramedic Vice Chair

Martin is a paramedic with the North West Ambulance Service, who has supported the charity for many years.

In his spare time, as well as responding voluntarily for NWAS, he manages the equipment for BASICS North West as well as chairing the sub-committee on equipment and drugs. He also manages our website and is an advisor to the other schemes within the North West area. Martin is also Chair of an emerging BASICS scheme covering the Manchester and Lancashire areas.

Mr. Mark Turner

Non-Medical Vice Chair

Ms. Vanessa Smith

Ms. Vanessa Smith


Vanessa is the BASICS North West Secretary, she minutes all of our meetings and assists with document holding for clinical governance. Having joined the ambulance service in 2012 she is currently the MERIT Project Officer for the ambulance service and provides a vital link between the ambulance service and the charity.

She strives for excellence, is passionate about charity work, as well as being a mother!

Dr. John Ferris

Clinical Governance Officer

Dr. Michael Stewart

Dr. Michael Stewart


Michael is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, based in the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Preston Hospital.
He responds for NWAS as a MERIT and BASICS doctor.
Dr. Douglas Davies

Dr. Douglas Davies

Education Officer

Doug has been involved in pre-hospital care since 2001 in mountain rescue teams, the ambulance service, event and expedition medicine, and most recently BASICS.

He also holds a first class honours degree in paramedic practice having worked in a variety of settings for both the NHS and private providers. He left the ambulance service to study medicine at Brighton. Now a qualified Doctor and is working towards a career in anaesthetic and critical care.
Dr. Scott Beattie

Dr. Scott Beattie

FPHC Representative

Scott comes from an Emergency Medicine background and having completed his EM training he is now undertaking formal pre-hospital sub specialty training in the West Midlands.

Previously he has enjoyed completing the West Midlands CARE team training and the Bangor PHEM Clinical Fellow post. He has also worked on the North West Air Ambulance and served as their educational lead. He has helped establish CSI:BASICS and now responds as much as young family life will allow him!


Fundraising Lead

To continue our vital work we are looking for an enthusiastic individual, with experience in community and corporate fundraising, to sit on our committee

Advise on:

  • New funding streams
  • Community engagement events
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Corporate fundraising

This is a voluntary position, with full voting power on the committee. As a fundraising lead you will be expected to have:

  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Interest in supporting the work of the charity
  • Team spirit
  • Positive approach to meeting new people
  • Ability to professionally represent the charity at all levels

If this sounds like the role for you then please send your details to for an informal chat!

Non-Voting Positions

Mr. Craig Hooper

Mr. Craig Hooper

NWAS Link Officer

Having worked within the medical sphere for over 16 years Craig has undertaken a wide range of clinical, educational and managerial roles. Between 2000 and 2006 Craig was employed as a forces medical technician of which his main responsibilities consisted of the clinical management of surgical, medical and psychiatric patients by arranging specialist care according to needs. Additional to this, he also became a medical instructor for various unit's specialising in clinical practice within austere environments.

He left the MoD in 2006 having had completed a number of operational deployments to pursue a career in the NHS. In 2009, Craig graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Paramedic Practice and gained further clinical experience in the Cheshire & Mersey region before being selected to join the Liverpool based Hazardous Area Response Team. In 2010 he was seconded to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Resilience department where he designed and developed the North West’s first Tactical Medicine Operations Framework which later became the national standard. In 2012 he completed an Advanced Clinical Practice M.Sc. from the University of Chester and is completing a Professional Doctorate (Ph.D) specialising in Organisational Development in Health Services. Currently Craig manages the NWAS Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT).


Nigel Robinson


Ed Dennison-Davies


Ed is a consultant in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at Royal Preston Hospital, the Major Trauma Centre for Lancashire and South Cumbria.

During his training he also worked as a pre-hospital doctor with Kent, Surrey, Sussex Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) as well as South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) for Children. He is also currently a MERIT doctor for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).
Dr. Graeme Spencer

Dr. Graeme Spencer


KK Chan


Mark Turner


Steve Bell


Steve is a Consultant Paramedic with the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Steve is also a HEMS Paramedic with the North West Air Ambulance Charity and undertakes regular operational shifts responding to high acuity incidents across the NW region.

Steve’s professional interest lies within resuscitation and critical care and he represents NWAS as the Clinical Lead within the Lancashire & South Cumbria Major Trauma Network. Steve is keen to support the delivery of high quality pre-hospital care across the region.

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