New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Managing Director Annabel Toogood has been working in the air ambulance sector for over 7 years and has extensive experience in mission management, logistics, inter hospital transfers and coordinating international retrievals and repatriations. Annabel leads a passionate team of professionals who are committed to providing the highest standard of aeromedical care.
Mike Toogood (QSM)
Skyline Aviation Managing Director founded and established New Zealand Air Ambulance Service along with his daughter Annabel in 2005. Mike has a 30 year history in aviation bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to NZAAS.
In 1992, he established the dedicated rescue helicopter service in Hawke’s Bay and remained as the voluntary Chief Executive of the Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust for the following 15 years. In 2007 Michael was named by Rotary International as a ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ in recognition to his services to the air rescue services in Hawke’s Bay, In the 2008 Queens Birthday Awards, Michael was bestowed with the Queens Service Medal for his contribution to air ambulance services.
He is a founding member of the Aviation Industry Association Air Rescue Air Ambulance Division and served a term as Chair of that division and is currently an active member with Ambulance New Zealand.
Dr. Shay McGuinness (MBChB, FFICM, FRCA, FANZCA)
Dr Shay McGuinness is the Clinical Director for NZAAS and a specialist in intensive care at the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Units (ICU) at Auckland City Hospital, one of the busiest ICUs in Australasia.
He has been the Medical Director for NZAAS since 2015 and provides clinical oversight for patient transports performed via dedicated air ambulance or commercial airlines and clinical advice via telemedicine to hospitals throughout the South Pacific.
Outside of medicine, Dr McGuinness is a qualified aeroplane and helicopter pilot and has a keen interest in boating, fishing and scuba diving.
Dr. Ross Freebairn (MBchB, Dip Obst, FANZCA, FRCPE, FCIM)
Ross Freebairn is a full time Intensive Care Consultant and the Associate Dean (Otago University) at Hawke’s Bay Hospital; Medical Director of NZ Air Ambulance Service; Past President of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (of Australia and New Zealand). Dr Freebairn serves as vice President on the Council of the Asian and Pacific Association of Critical Care Medicine. He is a founding member of the BASIC steering group and is actively involved in courses running in NZ, Australia, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific and Europe.
Director of Flight Nursing
Qualifications / Experience: Angela is the Director of Flight Nursing for New Zealand Air Ambulance in Auckland.
Angela has been a flight nurse for the previous nine years, with the past seven years being full time in Darwin, Australia and more recently in New Zealand. Angela has completed post graduate studies in critical care and aeromedical retrieval
Angela is involved in training of NZAAS flight nurses and forms part of the ICU retrieval flight team in addition to flying on commercial airlines caring for their patients throughout the world.
Quality & Safety Manager
Dylan Robinson is the Group Quality and Safety Manager
Dylan started his career as an Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer with Air New Zealand before becoming an Auditor / Investigator for the Airline’s Operational Integrity Team. After 10 years with Air New Zealand, he then spent some time as an Auditor / Investigator within New Zealand’s rotorcraft sector.
Dylan is passionate about aviation safety and ensuring we have a positive and engaged safety culture along with a co-ordinated SMS that is always looking for improvements.
Outside of his role he enjoys classic car restoration and getting out and exploring New Zealand’s scenery with family and friends.
Tom Bridgeman (CA)
Tom Bridgeman is the Group Finance Manager and a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Tom has been with the company since 2018. He started his career with BDO in Wellington, before spending 2 years living and working abroad in Edinburgh.
Tom has an analytic and critical eye, and heads up an enthusiastic admin division which keeps the finances operating smoothly.
He is always on the lookout for improvement, and brings this positive change mindset to the role.
Outside of finance, Tom is a keen mountain biker and enjoys getting into the outdoors.
Katrina Wright is the Group Manager for Skyline Aviation, New Zealand Air Ambulance and MedAssist NZ.
Katrina has been with the company since 2018 providing operational oversight of the aircraft and coordinating patient movement. With over 10 years of experience working in the rehabilitation and medical field Katrina ensures clients and patients a safe, effective, and efficient planning of all aeromedical missions whether air ambulance or commercial medical escort.
Outside of coordination, you will find Katrina peddling the cycle pathways enjoying all that Hawkes Bay has to offer.