David Garman Sitting in chair with a hat

Inventor & businessman David Edmund Talbot Garman OBE has been inducted into The Ambulance Service Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the integrity, professionalism and reputation of the ambulance service in the UK.

Ambulance News Desk’s Hall of Fame celebrates the individual successes and achievements, past and present, of those whose actions have helped shape, enhance and improve the ambulance service, with David joining 13 other individuals in 2019 praised for their contributions.

A well-liked and respected figure in the industry, David was the inventor of a number of innovations that would transform the mobility and care industry, including the world’s first portable powered bath lift.

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Founding Mangar International Ltd with his wife Francesca in 1981, David would go on to receive numerous awards and honours, including being awarded the prestigious British Healthcare Trades Association Lifetime Service Award for his contribution and dedication to the rehabilitation industry in 2007.

In 2015, he was also celebrated in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours and awarded an OBE for services to healthcare.

Passing at the start of 2019, David was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously on 22 October 2019 “for his individual contribution to the safety and well-being of patients.”

His eldest son, Rupert Talbot-Garman, commented: “I believe my father would have been extremely pleased. His professional focus was always on the end-users of the equipment he invented or co-invented so to be inducted into The Ambulance Service Hall of Fame for his individual contribution to the safety and well-being of patients would have gratified him enormously.”

David and his wife successfully ran Welsh-based Mangar well into his 90s before selling the company in 2014. At the end of 2018, Mangar was acquired by French-manufacturer Winncare.

His family also founded David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd in 2013, which continues to be run by Rupert, supplying David’s last invention to the industry, the AIR CRADLE Patient Transfer System.

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