A lawyer and a City worker have been appointed trustees of an air ambulance charity.

Claire Smith and Andy Tunningley were made trustees of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust at a recent board meeting.

The pair step in for Clare Dobie who stood down after nearly ten years’ service.

Ms Smith, director of her own business and company secretary for a family farming business, has supported the charity since a critical care team helped her baby Milli at a day old.

Mr Tunningley works for BlackRock Asset Management and is already a member of the charity’s investment advisory committee.

Andy Tunningley

Claire Smith

He said: “Having raised money from sporting endeavours for other charities and children’s hospitals, I was looking for an opportunity to get more involved.

“I am delighted to be a part of the EHAAT family and support them in the best way I can”.

Ms Smith added: “I am deeply passionate about seeing EHAAT flourish in the future, having had direct experience of the amazing work of the charity in the past, when they attended our home to treat my daughter - the service is a vital community resource”.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust chief executive officer Jane Gurney said: “I would like to thank Clare Dobie for all her hard work and support during her time as a trustee. Her input from a financial and marketing perspective has been invaluable.

“I’m delighted to welcome both Claire Smith and Andy Tunningley to our board of trustees and look forward to working with them. They each bring with them a wealth of business experience and a real passion for the work of the charity.”