Gemma Alcock is an award-winning innovator and respected thought-leader in the use of drones for emergency response and public safety. Ms. Alcock serves as the Director of Air Operations for Lowland Rescue – a UK charity that searches for missing vulnerable people on behalf of police forces. Gemma leads the Air Operations Department, ensuring that all SAR volunteers can work effectively, safely and legally with drones. Gemma recently created a new national standard for Lowland Rescue that has sped up creating a key safety document from 18 months down to 2 hours.
Ms. Alcock also serves as the founder and CEO of SkyBound Rescuer where she has spearheaded several cutting-edge drone research projects specializing in best practice for public safety drone operations. Her research into drones for maritime SAR greatly informed the Future SAR Innovation programme at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and her Drone Procedure Optimisation Study improved the overall accuracy of Essex Police’s drone procedures by 31%, saved 14 hours per annum, and received a Commendation from DRONERESPONDERS for its impact on public safety.
Gemma was selected in a prestigious competition as the woman making the most difference in drones for search and rescue (SAR) around the world, receiving the title of the ‘Woman to Watch in UAS 2018’. Through Gemma’s tireless focus and commitment to the advancement in the use of drones for public safety, she is truly committed to and passionate about creating a future in which drones will routinely be a tool for saving lives.