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New Finance Director at Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) has appointed Chartered Accountant Dave Hawes as its new Finance Director, replacing Steve Tupper who is retiring after 12 years in the role.

Thirty-three year old Dave has previously worked in Sydney for top 10 accountancy practice BDO after qualifying in London with H W Fisher and for the past 5 years has been working in Exeter for Capita Asset Services.

Heléna Holt, DAAT Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to welcome Dave to the Charity. He brings a wealth of experience with him having worked at a high level in several distinguished firms.

“Steve will be a hard act to follow as he has overseen the Trust’s finances during a period of considerable expansion, which involved growing from a 5 day a week single aircraft operation to a 7 day a week, two aircraft operation with self-owned and operated Air Ambulances under our own Air Operator’s Certificate, for which Steve was our first Accountable Manager.

Dave Hawes said: “Joining DAAT is a challenge but it allows me to do a job that combines doing something very worthwhile for an organization which makes a tangible difference to people’s lives with a senior management role where there are opportunities to influence and contribute to DAAT’s continuing success.

“Heléna and her team have built an exemplary model of charity governance and transparency and, with my background in audit, I am very proud to be able to play a role in the continuing effectiveness of DAAT’s model of financial control and prudence as well as directing its ongoing financial strategy.”

Heléna added “On behalf of the Charity and the Trustees I would like to wish Steve all the very best for a long and happy retirement.  He will be greatly missed.”

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