The People Involved
Grew up in Buckinghamshire (Princes Risborough, High Wycombe, Aylesbury). Investment Banker 1985 to 2010. Travelled extensively and worked for various top tier players in London, New York, Europe, Far East. Currently, Consultant and Mentor to several businesses and Managing Directors helping them to expand and improve. MD Princes Risborough Golf Club and No10 Restaurant. Now focused on trying to improve community resiliance and quality of life within the local community and the UK.
Paul is a founder member of RCDG – a retired civil engineer, he served on Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council (latterly as Cabinet Spokesman for Health) until 2014 representing rural constituencies. Paul has lived in Speen for nearly 40 years and is active in his local area of Speen and Lacey Green where he volunteers in Lacey Green Community Store and is Treasurer of the Speen Fete. He also enjoys golf and is a member of Princes Risborough Golf Club.
Paul is married to Jill with two grown up sons, one living in Australia. Paul and Jill’s daughter Jenny suddenly died in April 2014 of heart failure aged 38, leaving four sons. The lack of a defibrillator in Speen was highlighted by this sad event and Paul became interested in providing Public Access Defibrillators in rural areas where Ambulance Services are stretched to meet targets.
Coordinator of 'Risboro' 1st Responders
Retired from RN, then RAF, then MOD. Trained as a community first responder in Sep 2010. Current Coordinator of ‘Risboro’ 1st responders’ (R1r); volunteer community first responders supporting the South Central Ambulance Service( SCAS) in and around the Risborough area. Community first responders (CFRs) are trained by the NHS, are part of SCAS for RED 999 emergencies, and are funded by the community; CFRs are not funded by the tax-payer. RCDG role: liaison with SCAS and coordination of ‘defibrillators and CPR’ training for the communities in and around the Risborough area.
Cllr. Carl Etholen
Conservative County Councillor
Conservative County Councillor for the Ridgeway West division. Ridgeway West covers the parishes of Bledlow cum Saunderton, Bradenham, Lacey Green, Stokenchurch and Radnage. Carl has now left RCDG due to new work commitments having arisen.
Managing Director at Risboro Garage
Started his business in Princes Risborough in 1988, a local businessman who now lives in Ashendon with his wife and daughters.
Sean and the team at Risboro Garage were proud that in March 2015 they were able to donate Risborough First Responders with a purpose 4 x 4 Ambulance for the benefit of the community.
“We seek to support and fund raise where possible in the local area”
At present Defibrillators are not available locally within many Parishes surrounding Princes Risborough and ambulance response can be in excess of 12 minutes. It is a recognised fact that if treatment to stabilise a patient’s heart is provided quickly then the patient has a much improved chance of making a full recovery.
The Rural Defibrillator Project seeks to provide equipment for public use that can lessen the danger to life or life-changing consequences of heart failure. The charity was initially sponsored by Princes Risborough Golf Club and subsequently further local companies have joined us to help our cause. For example Risboro Garage have funded a defibrillator sited at the Fire Station in Princes Risborough, are funding an ambulance for the “Risboro First Responders” and are raising money for further defibrillators alongside of us.
We are looking for other local Companies and Individuals who want to put something back into the local community to join us. We are grateful for all of the help we can get.