Executive Board of Directors

Mr Dave Bywater – 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.

Duncan Tripp

Duncan Tripp – Vice Chairperson

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.

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.

Catrina Hewitt

Dr Catrina Hewitt – Director

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.

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.


Alison Moggach – Director

Alison (often known as Moggie) is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner for OOH’s in Grampian P/T, also working as Emergency Care Practitioner P/T  at Ardach Health Centre, Buckie. Alison is an active BASICS Scotland instructor on PHECC, PHPLS and IMC Courses. As well as a course director for ALS, APLS and GIC Instructor for Resus Council UK/ALSG, with teaching an obvious interest Alison is also employed P/T  at Robert Gordon University as a visiting lecturer. Alison is our first active BASICS Scotland Nurse Responder in the Grampian area and is also involved with the local Grampian and Moray Immediate Care Groups. Outside of work Alison enjoys relaxing as her work life can be hectic and busy, she enjoys going away with her family and friends in “Martha” the motorhome, amateur dramatics, karaoke and then relaxing in her hot tub.


Luke Regan – Director

Luke is a consultant in Emergency Medicine working at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. He is the clinical lead for the Inverness-based Pre-hospital Immediate Care and Trauma team (PICT) and the co-incidentally also Inverness-based Undergraduate Pre-hospital Care Course. He has current research projects in Pre-Hospital ultrasound and the pre-hospital treatment of sepsis. His wife Claire is a geriatrician and forms the major part of his retirement care plans.