A new chief executive has been appointed at a vital charity operating in Cumbria.
The newly-appointed chief executive of the region’s air ambulance has described his pride in joining the charity.
David Stockton brings decades of experience in the commercial sector to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
The 49-year-old had previously ran his own businesses, focussing primarily on healthcare and retail in the Teesside and Tyneside areas.
Recently, he also spent five years working at board level within a multi-billion pound company.
The father-of-three, from the Chester-le-Street area in Durham, said: “Whether it’s third sector, public sector or private sector, it’s all about getting results through people, aligning our energy and focus, and working efficiently.
“I’m inspired by the work of the air ambulance, and through my interests in motorsport, I know just how vital it is. In the short time I’ve been at GNAAS I’ve also been inspired by the talent and passion that already exists within the charity. I’m proud and honoured to be here.”
Mr Stockton said his immediate focus was on helping the charity emerge out of the coronavirus crisis, which is believed to be costing the charity more than £100,000 a month in lost donations.
Brian Jobling, chairman at GNAAS, said: “This was a hugely sought-after role, and after a very competitive recruitment process we were delighted to appoint David as chief executive.
“It’s a challenging time for all charities – the effect of COVID has been stark on our finances – but David has just the right mix of skills, experience and strength of character to lead this organisation into a bold and bright future.”
Mr Stockton takes over from the charity’s founder Grahame Pickering MBE after the charity announced his departure last month due to health reasons.