Following the announcement that 37 year old, Daryl Brown, had been awarded an MBE in June last year, the Magpas Air Ambulance charity CEO received the award from HRH The Princess Royal on 15th March 2022 at Windsor Castle.
Cambridgeshire resident, Daryl Brown, has held a number of charitable, NHS and local authority positions in the county. Last year, on top leading local lifesaving charity, Magpas Air Ambulance, for his 12th year, Daryl was also appointed by Her Majesty The Queens Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire as a Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire and awarded an MBE in Her Majesty The Queens 95th Birthday Honours List for service to Magpas and the Air Ambulance Sector.
As Daryl has worked with Magpas Air Ambulance for over a decade, he’s seen many milestones in that time; from the service becoming the first 24/7 air ambulance service in the region and training generations of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine doctors as the leading training provider in the UK, to procuring a state of the art AW169 helicopter and futureproofing the service by investing in a new Air Base, Training Centre and HQ to better serve patients across the region and ensure the charity can continue to save lives for the next 50 years. The Magpas Air Ambulance Future 50 Campaign will be raising the funds in the coming year to complete the building by 2023.
As well as his commitment to Magpas Air Ambulance, Daryl currently holds Trusteeship and Directorship of Air Ambulances UK, the membership body and charity representing the United Kingdom’s Air Ambulance Charities. He is also a serving Director of the British Helicopter Association (BHA) and supports Anglia Ruskin University serving on its Alumni Board.
Daryl previously served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Huntingdon, where he lives, and was also Executive Councillor for Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) part of the Councils Cabinet. Daryl served for 6 years on the Governor Board of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including as Lead Governor. He was also the first lay member of the Intercollegiate Board for Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and served as voluntary Chairman of NHS Cambridgeshire LINK, representing views on healthcare in Cambridgeshire. As well as serving on the NHS East of England Major Trauma project board which established the East of England trauma network.
After receiving his MBE, Daryl explains, “It was a real surprise to receive an Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honour list. The investiture at Windsor Castle was amazing, it was so nice to receive the award from Magpas Air Ambulance’s Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and to meet so many incredible people who have done such wonderful things and been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen, especially in her Platinum Jubilee year. The success of Magpas Air Ambulance and the thousands of patients lives it has impacted is down to the thousands of doctors, paramedics, trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters over the past 50 years, I am a small part of an extraordinary legacy that the Charity has built over 5 decades, I really would like to share this award with everyone who has passionately supported the charity and especially helped us keep going over the past 2 years through COVID, I am so, so proud to be part of the Magpas family.”