About the AssociationHow we operate around the UK

The Association is a charity comprised of Trustees elected from its member teams, and Operational Officers who develop standards and governance.

These Officers are appointed from member teams and outside agencies, and comprise experts in pre-hospital medical care, search, flood response and safety. The Association produces governing standards for its 36 teams, and is a member of the UK Government’s UKSAR Operator’s Group – the official group which governs all of the UK’s onshore and offshore search and rescue operations.

The UKSAR Operator’s Group comprises:

  •             HM Coastguard (MCA)
  •             The Ministry of Defence (RAF)
  •             National Police Chief Council lead for SAR England and Wales
  •             Police Scotland
  •             Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA)
  •             Association of Ambulance Chief Executives
  •             Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
  •             Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS)
  •             Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR)
  •             Mountain Rescue Council for England and Wales (MREW)
  •             Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMC)
  •             British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC)
  •             Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  •             Police Services Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  •             Department of Justice Northern Ireland
  •             Association of Air Ambulances

 

Trustees & Executive Officers

 


Teresa Archer

Chairperson


Sean McCarry

Acting Vice-Chairperson

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Andy Harrison MBE

Acting Secretary

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Noel Kerr

Acting Treasurer

 

Senior Leadership Team

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Search co-lead

Colin Hope
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Search co-lead

Paul Lewis MBE
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Search Dogs

Jon Bromley
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Water Lead

John Needham
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Air Assets

Gemma Alcock
 
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IT Development

Kris Manning
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Medical Director

Dr Amelia Weaver
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Public Relations

Neil Balderson
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Service Assurance

Geordie Canavan
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Communications

Adam Webster
 
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Branding

Andy MacAuley