A CLYDEBANK man who led and delivered a life-saving charity’s biggest project in history is in the running for a national award.

David Craig is “delighted and honoured” to be shortlisted for his work as chief executive of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

The 46-year-old from Clydebank, but now a resident in Livingston, joined the SCAA in 2015, and is one of seven hoping to be named Charity Leader of the Year at the Charity Times Awards next month.

David said: “It’s very humbling to be judged one of the UK’s outstanding charity leaders but recognising my achievements is a reflection of the excellent work done by everyone at SCAA - charity staff, crew, trustees and volunteers - who have made it such a success in its seven years of service and established us as a vital life-saving component in the country’s emergency response network.”

After being appointed, David immediately saw the potential of the charity and has helped it grow into the vital frontline national emergency service it is today.

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He was charged with the biggest project in the charity’s history - doubling the service with the creation of a second operational airbase, complete with helicopter air ambulance and crew - which was launched in April 2020.

David led not only a £6 million capital appeal, but also the sourcing, development and delivery of a new additional operational centre and its many components for the effective doubling of SCAA’s life-saving service.

He added: “I’m extremely proud of everything SCAA has achieved and the way we continue to resonate with the people of Scotland, who fund our life-saving service entirely.

“The most important element of SCAA is the lives we continue to save and improve and the vital resources we bring to the people of Scotland.

“Any recognition my work brings is a recognition for SCAA and the people of Scotland who make it all possible through their generosity and support.”