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An update from Annette King

Hi all,

The time has come for me to announce my replacement as the Life Flight Chair, as I am moving to Canberra to take up an appointment as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia.

It has been an absolute honour to be part of an organisation making such a positive difference for our community. I have loved my time working alongside such a passionate, highly-skilled team that is dedicated to helping people and saving lives. 

We are very fortunate to have Richard Stone stepping up as Life Flight’s new Chair in February. Richard is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Jackson Stone & Partners, a Wellington-based executive search and human resources consulting firm. He has worked extensively in the aviation, emergency management and public health environments. He has also held roles as the President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, a Council Member of Business New Zealand, a Director of Workbridge and Chairman of UNICEF New Zealand.

Richard says of his Life Flight appointment, “I have had a longstanding admiration for Life Flight and personally know individuals for whom the intervention of Life Flight has played a critical role in their survival and recovery. I have a strong sense of the high regard in which the organisation is held. It is a great honour to be appointed Chair, and I look forward to working with my fellow Directors, the staff and affiliated organisations.”

We are thrilled to have you join us as Chair, Richard. 

We are also looking forward to Dr Alex Psirides joining us as a Life Flight Trustee. Alex is the Medical Director for Aeromedical Retrieval at Capital and Coast DHB, among other roles including advising the Ministry of Health, national District Health Boards and the NZ Standards Committee on aeromedicine. He has personally performed hundreds of interhospital transfer flights and will be a valuable member of the Trust. 

Alex says, “I believe Life Flight has an essential and often under-appreciated role to play in keeping patients safe. I hope I can bring some clinical expertise to governance and high-level decision making to help provide timely expertise in supporting those who rely on our services every day. I’m very aware that I have large shoes to fill and am very much looking forward to working with the Board.”

Thank you again for the opportunity to be part of this remarkable organisation. I wish you all the very best in the vital work you are doing for our community.  

Kind regards,

Annette King
Chair