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 – Vice Chairperson

Duncan TrippDuncan 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. He has a long standing involvement with BASICS Scotland going back to 1996. Duncan is a BASICS Scotland Instructor, Responder and a member of the Clinical Governance Working Group. He is married to a very tolerant and forgiving wife.

Mr John Pritchard MBE – Treasurer

John PritchardJohn 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.

Dr Ewen McLeod – Secretary

Ewen McLeodEwen 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.

Dr Catrina Hewitt – Director

Catrina HewittCatrina 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.

Mr Dave Currie – Director

Dave is a Winchman Paramedic on Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 199, the Base Clinical Lead for Prestwick and sits on the Bristow SAR Clinical Governance team. He began his aviation and clinical career in the RAF, leaving in 2015 to join Bristow Helicopters under the HM Coastguard UKSAR contract. Initially flying out of Stornoway on Lewis, Dave acted as the Base Medical Coordinator and Technical Crew Instructor and was the Medical Officer for the island’s Mountain Rescue Team before moving back home to the central belt. He is a BASICS Scotland responder and sits on the Scottish Mountain Rescue Medical Sub-committee. Dave now lives in Ayrshire with his wife Alex, a community nurse, and their two boys Harris and Reuben.

Alison Moggach – Director

moggie_pic_for_basicsAlison (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.