Published on April 30th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


New Board Appointments at Irish Community Air Ambulance

The Irish Community Air Ambulance, formerly Irish Community Rapid Response, has made a number of new appointments to its Board, including Tim Shattock, an experienced aviation executive.

Tim has 35 years of experience in the aviation industry, with more than 23 years at senior management/board level. He was CEO of Irish-based Parc Aviation (former Aer Lingus subsidiary) and part of the senior team that acquired the company in an MBO from Aer Lingus in 1995. He spent two years in Bahrain as CEO establishing Gulf Aviation Academy. He also spent four years as Managing Director of Babcock Mission Critical Services based in the UK operating 30 plus specialist helicopters across the UK and Ireland. He has an MBA from Dublin City University. He is currently working as an independent aviation consultant and is married to Adrienne with two grown up children.

CEO Mícheál Sheridan

Mícheál Sheridan has been appointed CEO of the Irish Community Air Ambulance. Mícheál has worked in the not-for-profit sector in Ireland for 24 years, most recently as CEO of the Mercy University Hospital Foundation, a position he held for thirteen years. The Cavan man is a board member of Charities Institute Ireland and is a former Chairperson of Fundraising Ireland. He has an MSc in Business and Leadership from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He is married to Claire and a dad to four boys.

There have also been a number of appointments to the Board at the Irish Community Air Ambulance:

  • Kieran McGeary, CEO of Cork’s 96FM and C103 one of Ireland’s biggest and most successful local radio operations. 
  • Sharon Looney, a C-Level HR Strategist with extensive experience in large-scale organisational  transformation.
  • Colm Eustace, former CEO of Glanbia Agribusiness.
  • Dr Lisa Cunningham, an emergency doctor who specialises in pre-hospital emergency medicine.

The Irish Community Air Ambulance was tasked to 490 incidents across 13 counties in 2020. In 2020 it cost €1.5M to provide this vital service. There have been 175 taskings already in 2021. A priority for the Irish Community Air Ambulance is to work with other partners to ensure everyone on the island of Ireland is within 30 minutes of an air ambulance service either provided by the charity or the Irish Air Corps.

The Irish Community Air Ambulance can bring casualties to the hospital that best suits their life-saving needs, not just the closest geographically. From the base in North Cork, the charity-funded Air Ambulance can put a 25,000km2 area within 30 minutes of the service. The Community Air Ambulance is staffed by advanced paramedics and EMTs from the National Ambulance Service.

The Irish Community Air Ambulance currently has two helicopters at its base at Rathcoole Aerodrome, County Cork, only one of which is operational at any one time, the other acting as a backup.  A new faster helicopter with larger fuel capacity is due to be delivered later in the year.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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