The Air Television Team
Back row: Andy Joynson, Simon Casson, Joe Foley, Ian Cundall, Bob Bradley, Warren Baxter, Matt Richards,Lesley Sayers, Tom Vallance, Daniel Green
Front row: Jenny Ramsden, Holly Pywell, John Anderson, George Kiedrowski
Ian Cundall has won two prestigious national Royal Television Society Awards – both as a series editor and executive producer.
From using a remote submarine to discover a lost shipwreck off the coast of Iceland to shooting Britain’s biggest underground cavern for the first time or safely recording the exhumation of a victim one of the world’s most lethal viruses, he has specialised in managing filming in difficult environments and controlling risk.
As well as execing eight series of Helicopter Heroes, he won commissions for its Down Under spin-off and BBC TWO’s emotive documentary series Children’s Emergency Rescue, with Fiona Bruce, as well as a long list of one-off documentaries.
Ian has assisted with aviation sequences on a wide variety of projects from ITV’s Emmerdale to the BBC’s Crimewatch, Countryfile, Panorama and the BAFTA-nominated Saving Britain’s Lives: the NHS in a Day.
He’s a former Editor Network Television at BBC English Regions and Deputy Head of BBC North. He’s a qualified pilot and air ambulance crewman.
For seven years, Andy Joynson helped manage British TV’s only full-time team of filming aircrew – flying and shooting daily on air ambulances in the UK and in Australia for the BBC’s Helicopter Heroes series and its Down Under spin-off.
He has worked successfully with emergency services, hospitals and patients in a highly sensitive arena, managing complex ethical, access and consent issues.
Working in a scorching Australian summer, he led a team of young programme makers flying on a variety of aircraft and helicopters over some of the most hostile terrain on earth with no safety incidents – except for a camera which melted!
During a varied career he has worked as a series producer in current affairs, launched BBC ONE’s football show, Late Kick Off, and has worked with presenters as varied as rock legend Rick Wakeman and Richard Hammond.
He worked in radio for the BBC and British Forces Broadcasting before making the switch to television as health correspondent for BBC North.
Matt leads our team making the Helicopter ER and 999 Rescue Squad series for UKTV. He previously worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, starting as a news reporter and video journalist for BBC News before moving into programme making as an Assistant Producer and Producer/Director.
From filming in Syrian refugee camps, to following car rallies across the Sahara and scrambling with Australia’s flying doctors, Matt has filmed in some pretty challenging and unpredictable situations.
Much of his work has been with the emergency services including Helicopter Heroes Down Under, the BBC’s Break-in Britain and Children’s Emergency Rescue with Fiona Bruce.
He’s a qualified air ambulance Technical Crew Member and a licensed drone pilot. Matt also runs an outdoor adventure charity and is a qualified mountaineering and rock climbing instructor.
Harrogate-born Holly is a local who must now qualify as one of Yorkshire’s most regular hospital visitors, dropping by to meet our contributors and interview them about their rescues.
Holly also looks after the technicalities of our mini “fixed rig” camera system for Helicopter ER as well as filming on operational shifts for 999 Rescue Squad.
She’s worked for the BBC and Sky and also did a stint on Dickinson’s Real Deal for ITV.
Jenny works with Holly to be the main point of contact for all the patients and other contributors who appear on our medical emergency programmes.
She’s always traveling the length and breadth of Yorkshire, speaking to patients about their recoveries and often interviewing them for the programme.
Jenny is a graduate of the University of Leeds and is from Wetherby.
Shooting Assistant Producer
Joe is officially the “One to Watch” for 2017 after picking up a coveted award as the most promising newcomer at the Royal Television Society’s Yorkshire Centre Awards.
He’s one of our regular APs on the popular 999 Rescue Squad programme.
Originally from Blackpool, Joe landed his first job in television with the BBC after graduating from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Joe is now one of Air Television’s qualified aircrew, able to fly and film missions on one of the country’s busiest air ambulances. He also shoots a lot of the ground based footage and patient interviews which feature in the Helicopter ER series.