Trustees

Dean Gillespie, Chair of Trustees

Dean is a former Australian politician and banker who has been involved as a trustee with many community groups. Dean holds a pilot’s license and was drawn to support Lucy Air Ambulance for Children as it involves both of his passions – aviation and helping children in need.

I believe Lucy Air Ambulance for Children is an amazing charity. I am incredibly proud of the work we do transferring children to hospitals across the UK. You only have to see the smiles on the faces of the families we have helped to see the impact our service has had. I’d urge anyone who is passionate about helping children to get involved and help us continue to provide these life-changing flights.

Emma Earl, Treasurer

Emma became a Trustee in 2016 having recently completed the University of Reading’s Flying Start Degree Programme, graduating with a first in BA Accounting and Business and is an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

I am delighted to be working with such a dynamic team of staff and trustees to help address one of the problems facing paediatric care teams in getting young patients safely and quickly to locations where they can receive the best possible care and treatment. The support that Lucy can provide to the families of these young people at such a distressing time is invaluable and I am very proud to be playing a part in ensuring the ongoing success of this charity.

Mitali Wroczynski

Mitali Wroczynski has 20 years of experience in healthcare-related roles in the public, private and charity sectors, with experience across primary and secondary care, as well as advocacy and policy. Mitali now works in global health and manages relationships with multilateral funders, donors and partners and in her role as Head of Strategic Partnerships for Global Health and Global Health Security at BMJ, where she leads an award-winning initiative that has been recognised by the UN, to improve the detection, diagnosis and management of infectious diseases.

Lucy provides an essential service to families and I am excited to join the team. I hope to use my experience to make a lasting impact, so that we can continue to make a difference to the lives of families and children everywhere.

Patrick Schoennagel

Patrick Schoennagel is a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey. He has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry, specifically in the debt capital markets, as both an investor and advisor. He became aware of Lucy in 2018 through one of its fundraising events and was immediately drawn to its child-focussed mission. Patrick lives in West London and spends most of his free time with his wife, Melissa, and their two young children, John and Emilia.

I am thrilled to have connected with Lucy AAC and joining as a trustee. Sadly, my family has first-hand experience with childhood medical issues, so the charity’s mission really hits home with me. I am excited to help the charity become even more impactful across the U.K.

Peter Lukac

Peter has spent his career in strategy and finance roles working with companies across Europe. The most exciting one brought him into the world of medical aviation. This sector grew on him even after he moved on with his career. Peter lives in Surrey with his wife Ivana and 3 young kids (Ema, Nina and Adam), who bring him all the joy and take up most of his free time.

As a parent and admirer of medical aviation, I was very excited when I first heard about Lucy Air Ambulance for Children. I hope I will be able to support the charity on its path to make long distance air transfers available for any child needing one.

Tim Younger

Tim has over 28 years experience working in the Financial Services sector. Having worked in the City for nine years he became a regulator and working within Supervision has covered various financial sectors and is currently managing the Retail Banking Thematic Team.

Since becoming a Trustee of Lucy in 2013 I have been keen to ensure the long-term viability of the Charity. We have come a very long way during this time and it is both satisfying and inspiring to see the valuable support we are now able to provide to babies, children and their families.

Will Tyler

Will has spent the last 21 years in London working with some of the largest and well known household names helping them deliver exceptional customer service, cost effective property strategies and effective facilities management solutions. He has been involved with Lucy AAC for over 6 years having previously been part of the team during the charity’s inception.

Will lives in Surrey with his wife Louise and 2 daughters (Jemima and Tiggy), he loves nothing better than long muddy walks with the family and the dog Archie.

I am exceptionally proud to be on the board of trustees for such an amazing charity. Its work with seriously ill babies, infants and children is incredibly heart warming and worthy of recognition. My goal is to help make Lucy AAC the charity of choice for donors across the country