Andrew Marsden is a retired consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine. He was consultant at Pinderfields Hospital Wakefield (1979-1992 and Medical Director of the Scottish Ambulance Service (1992-2006). He was an early member of the Community Resuscitation Advisory Council; between 1984 and 1988 Chair of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and, in 1988, Founding Member of the European Resuscitation Council. He helped to produce early guidelines on BLS and ACLS and developed probably the first UK advanced (cardiac) life support course. He has been interested in all aspects of pre-hospital care including first aid, disaster medicine, transport medicine and ambulance aid with responsibilities for training paramedics and other immediate care providers. In his retirement he enjoys walking, motoring, cycling, travel and the piano. He volunteers with the Slow Food Movement and as a Friend of the Pentlands being on the boards of both charities.