The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) has announced that Hanna Sebright was appointed as the new Chair of the association at their Annual General Meeting held on 7 March 2016.
A large gathering of representatives from across the European HEMS sector attended the AGM, which saw former Chairman Bill Sivewright hand over his reign to Hanna after a three-year period in charge.
Before signing off, Bill highlighted some of the association’s achievements and explained how 2015 had been a great year for patients due to amazing developments in pre-hospital care, the procurement of more advanced equipment, better governance and the sharing of knowledge of members. He subsequently described how the association had become a conduit in representing the sector and listed the numerous successes, making it the most successful year yet.
Bill Said, “Over the past four years, it has been my privilege to hold the position of Vice Chair and then Chair. Although I cannot claim the credit, I look with pride on what we have achieved during that time. We have seen our association truly come of age and the recognition by key Government departments has helped us secure funding and significant influence with both national and international regulatory bodies.”
Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief of West Midlands Ambulance Service, was also appointed Vice Chair, with Paula Martin, CEO of Cornwall Air Ambulance and Andy Moir, Head of Air Ambulance Service of Scottish Ambulance Service, being appointed to the Board of Directors of the AAA. Clive Dickin, National Director, commented, “The AAA represents the majority of air ambulance charities and NHS ambulance services in the UK, this representation is possible through democratic process and it’s a real privilege to have such a dynamic and influential Board to work with.”
￼Following the AGM, the association held its quarterly Members’ Forum and provided attendees with important updates on a range of key topics.
Nigel Hare, Vice Chair of the AAA Operational Subcommittee gave a thorough and detailed review of the scheduled roll out of the ESMC/Ambulance Radio Programme and explained the importance of member’s engagement with all parties involved. Nick Campion, Independent Secretary to the Judges, provided some informative hints and tips on how to submit a good entry into the AAA Awards of Excellence and encouraged people to think about their entries now.
Clive Dickin, AAA National Director, talked about the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA), giving key dates for 2016 and providing an update on the lobbying of Government. Other topics covered included the benefit of membership affinities, structure and personnel changes within the AAA Subcommittees and future plans for National Air Ambulance Week.