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The Team

Our Team that provides the Heartstart Courses is made up entirely of volunteers. Some of our Heartstart Team have been, or are still, part of Knutsford First Responders’ Team. Others have joined the Team and “learnt on the job”. Meet the current Knutsford Heartstart Team:

Adrian Rees Adrian Rees
Having recently retired from my business interests, I joined Knutsford Heartstart in October 2013 to take over the role of Course Coordinator. My responsibilities include planning & organising the courses, booking in applicants, organising the documentation, liaising with the BHF, maintaining sufficient stock of course disposable equipment, managing our new Heartstart web-site… I am also a member of the Trust Executive Committee.
Being the Heartstart Coordinator is a rewarding role which I thoroughly enjoy, working with a fantastic team of like-minded volunteers providing an invaluable service to our community
Sylvia Thomas Sylvia Thomas
I’m the current Heartstart Trainer. I am also a founder member of the Knutsford Community First Responder, an active First Responder and became the Heartstart Trainer in 2005. I am passionate about First Aid and firmly believe that everyone should learn the skills, which is why I happily give my services as a Trainer for free. Outside the Trust my job is one of a professional First aid Instructor and Event Medic at public events, gaining practical experience which enhances the training I give.
Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson
I’ve been a First Responder since 2008 and a member of the FCFRT Executive since 2010. I’m currently the Chairman of the Trust and outside of Heartstart I’m an IT Project Manager for the NHS. I’d like to see a world where everyone has the skills to save a life, so that all patients have the best chance of survival.
John Mills John Mills
I was a founding member of the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and trained as a First Responder with the original team when the scheme was launched in 2002. I was an active First Responder until 2012 and have been a Volunteer for the Heartstart initiative since its start in 2003. I have been a Trustee of the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust since 2006 and I take an active role in fundraising activities.
Ronnie Mills Ronnie Mills
I was a founding member of the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and trained as a First Responder with the original team when the scheme was launched in 2002. I was an active First Responder until 2008 and have been a Volunteer for the Heartstart initiative since its start in 2003. I take an active role in fundraising activities.
Hayley Willis Hayley Willis (nee Dunn)
I’ve been working with the Heartstart Team for 5 years as a fundraiser and assisting on the courses, where I assist the trainer in demonstrating CPR and recovery positions. My day job is working in the Pharmacy at Boots Knutsford as a Dispenser, where I’ve worked for 20 years! I’m also married to Stuart Willis.
Jane Gibbons Jane Gibbons
I’ve been a Knutsford First Responder since 2010. I have a nursing background and had always wanted to become a doctor but my parents said a secretarial course would be more useful! I know run a catering company called Foodies which has been going since 1995. I love being a First Responder!
Stuart Willis Stuart Willis
I joined the Team 7 years ago as a First Responder and am currently the deputy coordinator for the Knutsford First Responder Team. I’m also involved in fundraising and am a member of the Trust’s Executive Committee. In my spare time I’m a volunteer with the Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service and am in charge of a Cadet Unit. My “day job” is working for the Cooperative Group.
Robin Gerrard Robin Gerrard
I was a founding member of the Knutsford First Responders Trust and trained as a First Responder with the original team when the scheme was launched in 2002. I was an active First Responder until 2013 and have been a volunteer for the Heartstart initiative since its start in 2004.
Sal Thompson Sal Thompson
I’m a happily married Knutsford mum of two self-sufficient, moved away from home, boys. I’ve worked as an Occupational Therapist, mainly in the community, for over 30 years. I’ve been involved with KCRFT since its creation as a First Responder, fundraiser and Executive Committee member. It is great to be part of this worthwhile, life changing organisation.
Phil Sharman Phil Sharman
I was one of the original members of the Knutsford First Responders Trust and trained as a First Responder with the original team when the scheme was launched in 2002. I was an active First Responder until 2008 and a volunteer “helper” with the Heartstart initiative since its start in 2004, I’m still continuing in this role + fundraising events. I was also the Heartstart Coordinator with my wife Linda until Adrian took over late last year.
Linda was also an original member and trained as a First Responder at the start of the Trust. She continues her involvement in fundraising and Heartstart.