Dr Tony Golding-Cook DD003

Tony developed an interest in pre-hospital emergency medicine whilst still a medical student at Southampton in the 1980s.  This interest developed further when he worked as a junior doctor within the Emergency Department of Derriford Hospital in 1990.

He went on to co-found a BASICS scheme in Plymouth (PLIMS) the following year and has been assisting the ambulance service at serious emergencies ever since.

Tony is a GP in Plymouth and has also worked for many years within the Derriford Hospital Emergency Department.

He lives on Dartmoor, so responds across a large geographical area.  His emergency medicine qualifications include the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care and, as a BASICS/Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) instructor and assessor, he teaches pre-hospital emergency medicine to doctors, paramedics, nurses and many other healthcare professionals.


Dr Marc Epps DD011 - Secretary 

Marc is a GP partner at Southway Surgery in Plymouth and is the immediate past Chairman of Basics Devon.  He has been a Pre-hospital 'Ambulance Doctor' in and around Plymouth and the South Hams since 1999, initially through PLIMS and now with BASICS Devon.  

He is also a Senior Racecourse Medical officer at Newton Abbot and Exeter racecourses and cover other and equestrian events.  He is keen for BASICS Devon to continue to expand, ensuring as much as possible of Devon has a well trained and equipped Ambulance Doctor service.  

Qualifications: MB ChB BSc MRCGP DipIMC RCS Ed 

Dr Ross Hemmingway DB19

Dr Ross Hemingway is a GP who served 16 years as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy where he provided pre-hospital emergency medicine to the Royal Marines in remote and hostile environments across the globe. After completing his Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine  training with the Yorkshire Medical Response Team as independent responder in 2008, he gained the diploma in immediate medical care and in 2013 completed the London Air Ambulance HEMS course. He is an instructor for a number of pre hospital courses.

Ross currently works at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines and lives with his Wife and family in Topsham and responds from home to cover the East Devon area for BASICS.  

Dr Ian Higginson DD009

Ian is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Derriford Hospital.  He trained as a GP before specialising in Emergency Medicine.

He has been an active BASICS doctor since 2007. Along with his pre-hospital interest he has additional expertise in paediatric emergency care.


Dr Tim Nutbeam DD021

Tim is a consultant in emergency medicine at Derriford Major Trauma Centre and the lead doctor for the Devon Air Ambulance. He has worked regularly in prehospital care since 2004, working with West Midlands Care Team, WMAS MERIT team and the Midlands Air Ambulance. He is an examiner for the Diploma in Immediate Care and put together the ABC of Prehospital Emergency Medicine. He is keen to support BASICS devon in providing critical care at the roadside. 

Glenda Cooper

Glenda is our treasurer.  Glenda also provides regular resuscitation training and updates, along with technical support and advice around resuscitation equipment. She is an instructor on various life support courses. 

Robert Horton

Rob works as a senior paramedic for South Western Ambulance Service where he manages the community engagement team.  He has been a long standing involvement with BASICS in Devon.  

He responds on a regular basis for the ambulance service and provides invaluable support and advice for BASICS. 

Dr Simon Scott-Hayward DD016 - Chairman 

Simon is a GP with a specialist interest in Emergency and Urgent care.  He works with the Acute GP Service at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and as Primary Care Medical Director for South Western Ambulance Service. He has had a long standing interest in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, he co-founded BASICS Cornwall and is now Secretary for BASICS Devon. He is keen to develop the valuable service that BASICS members offer in Devon.  He is also sits on the BASICS South West Comittiee. 

He lives with his family in Chudleigh and responds on a regular basis for BASICS Devon with the support of his family. 


Dr Alex Rowe DD010

Alex lives and works as GP in Brixham, He has recently started responding for BASICS devon but has a long standing interest in pre-hospital care. He works as part of the RNLI Life boat crew on the inshore and all weather life boats in Brixham. 

Chris Weekes

Chris takes on the website.  He has previous experience volunteering for non-profit organisations such as Engineers Without Borders UK.  Aspects of his role at EWB-UK as National Student Network Co-ordinator have provided him with good experience in the sector.  In his spare time, he is also a Highways Engineer, husband and father.

Amie Bull

Amie's biography to follow 

Dr Angus Macdonald CD003 

​​Previously secretary to BASICS Cornwall, Angus is a GP working across the North Devon-Cornwall border. He has had previous experience in hospital trauma and orthopaedics and continues to work as a locum in the local Emergency Department at the North Devon District Hospital. He also works with the Bude RNLI lifeboat crew and closely with local paramedics with whom he has set up an Prehospital Emergency Medicine educational scheme (@NCPhem).

Dr Lauren Weekes DD001

​Lauren is a senior registrar in anaesthesia, currently working at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital  She developed an interest in pre-hospital medicine whilst working in Southampton General Hospital Emergency Department, when she spent many hours as an observer with the team from Hampshire BASICS as well as paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).
After relocating to the southwest in 2008, Lauren joined BASICS Devon where she is now the education lead. Lauren responds from home (also in Chudleigh) when time and children allow!  
Lauren’s other interests include motorsport; she is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Thruxton Motorsports Centre in Hampshire. 

Dr Dave Hillebrandt DD006

Dave Started to take an interest in remote area first aid as a mountaineer in the 1970s.  Experience of dealing with the London Bombings as a medical student fired his interest in BASICS and he felt he was fortunate to get a job as a GP in Holsworthy in 1980.  Being an hour away from the nearest Emergency Department this surgery always had a pre-hospital care ethos.  With the ambulance station directly under his consulting room, many a call out was initiated by a shout up the stairs.

Things are now more sophisticated with radios and bleeps. Being semi retired, he spends a lot of time away in the UK and abroad lecturing on 'mountain and remote area medicine' but keeps his skills up to date when at home with his BASICS work.

He loves working on winter nights in the snow and rain by the light of his head-torch.