Executive Board of Directors – Biogs

Catrina Hewitt

Dr Catrina Hewitt – Chairperson

Catrina is a part time GP in Dunkeld and is an BASICS Scotland Instructor.  At the weekends, Catrina can be found walking, running, cycling and socialising with friends and family.

Dave Bywater

Mr Dave Bywater – Vice Chairperson

Dave joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 1996. He has extensive experience working in remote and rural as well as urban environments. Dave has worked across all areas of the service. In his current role as Consultant Paramedic, he is the lead for the Scottish Ambulance Service Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy. Dave is an experienced pre-hospital emergency care instructor, teaching regularly on both adult and paediatric courses.

John Pritchard

Mr John Pritchard MBE – Treasurer

John Pritchard is a paramedic based in Crieff.  As well as being Treasurer for BASICS Scotland, John is currently seconded to Helimed 76, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) crew as Paramedic Lead. He is an active BASICS Scotland instructor on PHECC, PHPLS and IMC courses. A BASICS Scotland Responder, Regional Rep for the West of Scotland and a member of the College of Paramedics. Outside of work, John enjoys running, hill walking, rugby and can often be found on Loch Earn in his boat.

Ewen McLeod

Dr Ewen McLeod – Secretary

Ewen is a GP in Ballater and has been actively involved in BASICS Scotland for many years. As well as being past chairman, Ewen is the Scottish Ambulance Service lead and medical consultant for the Sandpiper Trust.

Stuart Swanson

Mr Stuart Swanson – Director

Stuart is an Advanced Practitioner with NHS Highland. His background is nursing in Emergency Care, Critical Care and Resuscitation training. He went on to become a nurse practitioner in both out of hours and hospital at night with NHS Grampian. He spent a year with EMRS as a critical care practitioner and has many years experience in Scottish Mountain Rescue. Now a night nurse practitioner in Raigmore Hospital, Stuart is part of a small team devoted to developing Pre Hospital Care in the Highlands through BASICS Scotland. Stuart likes nothing better than being outdoors especially with his young family.

Duncan Tripp

Duncan Tripp – Director

Duncan spent 35 years in the RAF in various roles mainly as a Winchman Paramedic on the UK SAR Force.  During this time he was a Qualified Helicopter Crewman Instructor and Winchman Training Officer responsible for the training and standards of UK SAR Winchman both in their operational and medical roles.  As a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service he took part in various worldwide expeditions, some as Medical Director or Expedition Leader.  This included one to Lesotho supporting a medical NGO carrying out AIDs, HIV and TB testing and education using field medicine in isolated locations.  He has a long standing involvement with BASICs going back to 1996.  Duncan is a BASICs instructor, Responder and a member of the Clinical Governance Working Group.  With the responsibility of the UK SAR Force transferring to the MCA in Apr 15, he left the RAF and joined Bristow Helicopters who operate the UK SAR helicopters on behalf of the MCA. He continues as a Winchman, Technical Crew Instructor and is the Medical training coordinator based at Inverness Airport.  He is married to a very tolerant and forgiving wife