London’s Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

laa-jonathan-jenkinsLondon’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers a 24/7 advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Jenkins (right) as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role, Jonathan will provide strategic leadership and direction for the charity, continuing to ensure it is well administered and builds on growth in both operational capability and revenue.

Jonathan will join the charity in April from Social Investment Business where he led a number of successful programmes, which resulted in over £250m of investment into charities and social enterprises. He also has considerable frontline experience, serving as a trustee for a number of charities, including mental health specialist Bright and the Ethex positive investment platform.

London’s Air Ambulance Chairman Mark Vickers said, “With Jonathan at the helm, our charity is in a strong position to build on the momentum of our existing success. We look forward to seeing Jonathan use his impressive talents to act as an inspirational leader, a key spokesperson and a passionate advocate for our organisation, generating strong and long-lasting relationships with various stakeholders.”

Jonathan’s experience includes strategy formulation and operation delivery in complex environments. Throughout the organisations he has worked in, he has a strong track record in improving core financial, HR, and IT processes. Jonathan’s entire career has been defined by an ability to fundraise in different arenas: from the public, from institutions, for private companies and for charities. Jonathan also brings with him a wealth of contacts in both Government and the City.

Before applying for this role, Jonathan already had a keen interest in London’s Air Ambulance. He has previously raised £17,000 for the charity by taking part in the 250km Marathon Des Sables desert ultra-marathon and volunteers for bucket collections.

Commenting on his new role, Jonathan Jenkins said, “I have followed the extraordinary progress of London’s Air Ambulance over the past few years as it became one of capital’s most iconic charitable brands. The Charity has already achieved so much, but I am excited to push it even further. I look forward to working alongside both the fundraising and operational teams to take this inspirational charity to new heights.”