An experienced Managing Director who received the highest honour from the Red Cross for attending the Grenfell Tower fire on the day of the 2017 tragedy has been appointed CEO of CRITICAL, Ireland’s leading emergency medical charity.

David Tighe has more than 30 years experience in media and communications in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He spent seven years at Limerick’s Live 95 as Programme Director and CEO. Since then he has held senior positions at Global Media and Entertainment, Bauer Media Group and was named Belfast Chamber Business Leader of the Year 2021. David graduated with a MSc in Senior Leadership from De Montfort University in 2022.

He was a volunteer with the British Red Cross’ Fire and Emergency Support Service for four years and received the Dunant Award for attending the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. He also volunteered as an emergency responder with the Irish Coast Guard.

CEO, David Tighe standing at a CRITICAL Emergency Response Vehicle outside of CRITICAL HQ, Co. Limerick.

David Tighe, CEO of CRITICAL said, “It is an honour to be appointed CEO of CRITICAL and I am committed to expanding our network of emergency responders to even more communities across Ireland. Collaboration is at the heart of pre-hospital emergency medicine. It is most effective when the emergency services, critical care doctors and first responders work closely together. The care a person receives in the minutes after they fall ill or get seriously injured can ultimately be the difference between life and death. It’s incredible to see the impact that volunteer responders can have in an emergency. I saw it in Grenfell and we witnessed it in Creeslough when our volunteer doctors raced to the scene. Every day our volunteers are responding to cardiac arrests, collisions and other life threatening emergencies. Their equipment is entirely funded by donations and fundraisers carried out by members of the public and we are very grateful.”

Pictured is David Tighe, new CRITICAL CEO, outside of CRITICAL headquarters, Croom , Co. Limerick

CRITICAL was first established in 2009 as Irish Community Rapid Response. Today it has a growing network of volunteer responders operating in 20 counties in cities, towns and villages.

The charity’s volunteers include Consultants in Emergency Medicine who have been provided with emergency vehicles and the equipment necessary to care for the sickest and most seriously injured patients.

CRITICAL has more than 70 medical responders made up of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics and other qualified personnel. A partnership with the National Ambulance Service sees NAS Staff Off-Duty Responders volunteering with CRITICAL to respond to potentially life-threatening emergencies in their local communities.

The charity also has a Community First Responder (CFR) group in Limerick with plans to add additional groups in Tipperary, Cork and across the country this year.

The chair, board members and all those working for CRITICAL have welcomed David aboard and are looking forward to an energetic and exciting future.

Critical's West Limerick CFR Group demonstrate lifesaving CPR Techniques at a recent fundraising event in Limerick
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The CRITICAL network of volunteers includes consultants, specialists, and GPs with significant experience in emergency medicine. These doctors are based in Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Dublin, Wicklow and Waterford.  It costs an average of €25,000 to establish an Advanced level Volunteer Doctor in the community; and €120,000 to put a new Critical Care response vehicle on the road.