Senior Leadership Team

BASICS is governed by an elected Executive Council, each member serving for 3 years with the option to serve for two consecutive terms. The Executive Council appoints the Senior Officers of the Association for a 3-year term of office who with the Chief Executive’s participation form the senior management team. Each post holder can serve for two consecutive terms with the approval of the Executive Council. The Senior Officers meet formally on a monthly basis by telephone conference and provide oversight for all activities of the Association.

The chairmen of the standing committees report to the senior management team and they in turn report via the chairman’s report to the Executive Council at its quarterly round-table meetings.


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Paul Gates

Paul is a registered paramedic as well as a paramedic tutor. Paul holds and is an examiner for, the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Paul is also a Regional Examinations Advisor for the Diploma with the Royal College. Paul has undergone additional training in pre-hospital critical care enabling him to practice at an advanced level. Paul is a Honorary Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Postgraduate Medical Institute of Anglia Ruskin University and an external examiner for the University of Limerick. Paul is a senior manager with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and was heavily involved in the delivery of ambulance cover to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Paul has extensive experience in event medicine being the ambulance tactical commander at Notting Hill Carnival as well as a number of large events in Central London. Paul was the Ambulance Tactical Commander for HM Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Paul is a Course Director and Instructor with BASICS Education. Paul is the chair of BEARS and led the setting up of the charity.In addition to clinical qualifications, Paul has a Masters degree in Business Administration and he is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. OStJ MBA BSc(Hons) DipIMC RCSEd CMgr FCMI

Vice Chair

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Andy Pountney

Andy Pountney is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine with a special interest in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. He is seconded part time to Yorkshire Ambulance Service where he undertakes the role of the Medical Governance Lead and Medical Incident Commander, giving him a broad portfolio of responsibility. One of Andy’s main interests is planning for the medical response to major and mass casualty incidents, and he works as part of the YAS team developing this area.

Andy is the founding chairman, clinical and governance lead of the West Yorkshire Medic Response Team, as well as being the governance lead for YAS-BASICS. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Yorkshire Critical Care HEMS team, and remains clinical and governance lead. He responds frequently with all three of these teams, providing pre-hospital critical care when required.

Andy has significant experience of Immediate Care in Sport, and has been providing pitch side immediate care in Rugby Union for 19 years as team doctor initially for Yorkshire RFU, and then more recently with Doncaster Knights. He has also undertaken the role of team doctor for England Counties U20’s.

Furthermore, Andy is a member of the Twickenham Pitchside Immediate Care Team, and works as one of a pool of doctors providing cover for all sporting events at the stadium. He has also provided cover at the the Women’s Rugby World Cup (2010), Rugby World Cup (2015), and the Rugby Junior World Cup (2016), and for some of these undertook the role of Medical Advisory Group Medical Officer and Stadium Lead.

He also has experience of providing crowd cover at mass gathering events including the Manchester Commonwealth Games and numerous large music events including Leeds and V Festivals, some of these as a member of St John Ambulance’s County Clinical Team.

Andy holds the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care, and is an examiner in this and the Diploma at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Honorary Treasurer


Rowley Cottingham

Rowley Cottingham was a full-time Consultant in Emergency Medicine from 1995 to 2015 and has responded on a voluntary basis for various ambulance services to any incident including major incidents like the Clapham rail crash and the Bishopsgate bomb since 1983. He established the first doctors on the Kent Air Ambulance helicopter, now KSSAT. He ran the major incident response to the Major Trauma Centre at Brighton for the Shoreham air disaster in September 2015. He has received both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals.

He has a strong research portfolio, including being on the writing committee for the CRASH trial on steroids in head injury, published in the Lancet in 2005.

He has also officiated at all levels of motorsport since 1980 and oversees the medical response to other events such as the Lewes Bonfire celebrations every year where up to 70,000 people gather in a tiny town to enjoy massive firework displays.

He has a large medicolegal practice that also encompasses medical negligence cases, particularly very complex cases.

In 2015 he decided to go part time in the NHS to devote more time to a device that he devised and have helped develop called CAERvest®. It is unique. It is the first unpowered core body cooling device for humans. CAERvest is used to provide instant, early, powerful core body cooling after cardiac arrest or heat illness. Our first two papers have now been published describing development of the device and on saving marathon runner’s lives at the Brighton and London marathons. Clinical trials continue in the UK, US, Australia and the Middle East.