Jonathan Jenkins appointed new CEO of London's Air Ambulance


Thursday 15th December 2016

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Jenkins as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role, Jonathan will provide strategic leadership and direction for our charity, continuing to ensure it is well administered and builds on growth in both operational capability and revenue.

Jonathan will join us in April from Social Investment Business where he led a number of successful programmes, which resulted in over £250m of investment into charities and social enterprises. He also has considerable frontline experience, serving as a trustee for a number of charities, including mental health specialist Bright and the Ethex positive investment platform.

Speaking about the appointment London’s Air Ambulance Chairman Mark Vickers said: 

“With Jonathan at the helm, our charity is in a strong position to build on the momentum of our existing success. We look forward to seeing Jonathan use his impressive talents to act as an inspirational leader, a key spokesperson and a passionate advocate for our organisation, generating strong and long-lasting relationships with various stakeholders.

“The Charity undertook a rigorous search and selection process for this position and we received a pool of exceptionally strong applicants. Jonathan’s impressive skillset and experience, along with his obvious passion for the charity, convinced us that he was the right person to enhance our impact and profile locally, nationally and internationally.”

His experience includes strategy formulation and operation delivery in complex environments.  Throughout the organisations he has worked in, he has a strong track record in improving core financial, HR, and IT processes. Jonathan’s entire career has been defined by an ability to fundraise in different arenas: from the public, from institutions, for private companies and for charities. Jonathan also brings with him a wealth of contacts in both Government and the City.  

He serves as a Panel member on a variety of investment and advisory panels for funders and key sector stakeholders, including government departments, the Big Lottery, the British Council, ACEVO, the Design Council and the innovation charity Nesta. He carried out a secondment with Nesta to formulate investment process for the creation of the £400m Big Society Capital.

Before applying for this role, Jonathan already had a keen interest in London’s Air Ambulance. He has previously raised £17,000 for the charity by taking part in the 250km Marathon Des Sables desert ultra-marathon and volunteers for bucket collections..

Commenting on his new role as Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Jenkins said:

“I have followed the extraordinary progress of London’s Air Ambulance over the past few years as it became one of capital’s most iconic charitable brands. The Charity has already achieved so much, but I am excited to push it even further. I look forward to working alongside both the fundraising and operational teams to take this inspirational charity to new heights.” 


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