Patrons

Angus Campbell - LL of Dorset

ANGUS CAMPBELL ESQ

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Dorset

Angus Campbell was raised and educated in North Dorset and Devon.  He emigrated to New Zealand in 1970 to work for the Auckland Herd Improvement Association where he gained his Private Pilot’s Licence. After two years, Angus returned to the UK and was commissioned into the Army as one of the first direct-entry Army Air Corps Pilots serving in West Germany, United Nations Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Canada and finally as Second in Command of 16 Flight Army Air Corps in Cyprus.  After retiring from his Short Service Commission, he returned to the family farm to focus on his interests of farming and local politics. He served as Leader of both North Dorset District and Dorset County Councils, standing down from the latter in 2013. Whilst serving within Local Government in Dorset, Angus  chaired the Strategic Leaders Board for the South West and represented the South West on the Local Government Association’s Executive Board.   He was also Chairman of the Dorset Olympic Board (2006 - 2012) with responsibility for the delivery of the Olympic Sailing Events in Weymouth and Portland in Summer 2012.  Angus lives with his wife Carola in Iwerne Minster and has two daughters.

“It is a great honour and a privilege to be a Patron of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  This is a life-saving organisation that is there for people when they are desperately vulnerable and in need of immediate help.  As an ex-military pilot, I have the greatest respect for the versatility of the helicopter and its adaptation for casualty evacuation, having been part of a team that ran a very basic service in Cyprus, and indeed, on one occasion in Canada.  The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service has gone from strength to strength and has a brilliant and well-deserved reputation which is recognised and supported by communities across the region.   It is splendid to be associated as Patron with the determined and dedicated people who make this service the success that it is.”

Picture taken from the Western Gazette

Picture taken from the Western Gazette

ANNIE MAW

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Somerset

Annie Maw, 67, was a State Registered Nurse who trained at Westminster Hospital. Since 1999 she has been a guide in Wells Cathedral.  In 2002 she had a riding accident resulting in paraplegia.  Despite life in a wheelchair, in 2008 she was High Sheriff of Somerset after which she chaired the Somerset Crimebeat Trust for 1 year.  Annie is a trustee of charities supporting young athletes in Somerset; supporting those with disabilities; and specifically supporting those with spinal injuries in the West Country.  She is a Director and Council Member of the Royal Bath and West Society; Vice-President of the Friends of Wells Cathedral; and particularly close to her heart, she is Chancellor of the Children’s University of Somerset.  Annie and her husband, Richard, ‘Dickie’ live near Shepton Mallet having formerly lived in the Chew Valley for many years. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

“I have the highest regard for the Air Ambulance services in this country but none more than the Dorset and Somerset who rescued me from the top of the fog bound Mendip Hills when I broke my back.  There are few words which could express my boundless gratitude.  I feel certain that they contributed to my survival on that fateful and life changing day.  What an honour to now have the privilege of being a Patron of this organisation.”