Ian Howick (left), Chair of Heathrow AOC and former Director at British Airways, has been appointed by independent charity, Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) as Executive Director of Corporate Services. He succeeds John Lack, Director of Finance and Support, who retires at the end of September after seven years at KSS.
Ian will be responsible for overseeing the finance, HR, IT, estates, facilities, governance, compliance and risk management functions at KSS. As a member of the charity’s Senior Leadership Team, he will report directly into CEO, David Welch.
Ian brings a wealth of senior expertise to KSS in safety management, frontline customer operations, engineering, finance, treasury and employee relations. His career includes over twenty years at British Airways (1995-2017) where he progressed from Air Safety Investigator through to Head of Treasury, Director of Integration and Director of Heathrow. He was a member of the BA Management Committee (Leadership Team) from 2013-2017.
He subsequently supported business consultancy, Newton Europe as a Senior Advisor and in September 2019, was appointed Chair of Heathrow AOC, an industry body which represents the airlines operating at Heathrow Airport.
David Welch, CEO, KSS, said, “Ian has an impressive track record in cross functional insight and delivering maximum value to stakeholders. He will be an asset to KSS and we are delighted to welcome him to our team. We would also like to thank John for his dedication and achievements at KSS and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Ian Howick said, “I am delighted to be joining such an innovative and professional organisation. KSS is a wonderful charity doing great work and I will strive to help the team improve the service further in the coming years.”
Operating out of Redhill Aerodrome and headquartered in Rochester, KSS provides world-leading pre-hospital emergency care and plays an important role in supporting the NHS and wider health services. Its crews of pilots, doctors and paramedics fly over 2500 missions a year.