Corrected and updated 8 December 2016:
The European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI), an air ambulance membership organisation and accreditation body, recently held its annual general meeting at ITIC Global in Berlin, Germany. During the meeting, three members of the six-strong board stepped down, and an election was held to select replacements. Prior to this, a motion was passed to amend the Institutes statues to allow board members to serve for four years instead of two, as was previously the case. Lisa Humphries (Capital Air Ambulance) and Dr Cai Glushak (AXA Assistance USA) replaced outgoing board members Anne Rodenburg (AirLink Ambulance) and Sean Culligan (Awesome Air Evac). Philipp Schneider of Quick Air Jet Charter took over from Mark Jones of Air Ambulance Worldwide as treasurer.
The new members, who won out against fellow candidates David Fox (Fox Flight Air Ambulance), Mike Vallee (Air Ambulance Worldwide) and Brian Weisz (reva), join Dr Laurent Taymans of International SOS and Pascaline Wolfermann of United Healthcare Global, who under the new rules continue in the roles of president and vice-president respectively for a further two years. Franziska Hollenstein of Prime Nursing Care also continues to serve as a board member.
Taymans, whose term as president now runs until 2018, told AMR that while the standard term for a board member has increased from two to four years, board elections will still take place each two years as before, with three places being up put to the vote each time. This ‘staggered’ election schedule will allow for greater continuity, he said.
Schneider last served on the board as interim EURAMI president after Michael Weinlich (Med Con Team) stepped down from the role in August 2012, before Taymans was elected as president the following November.
The Institute’s revised standards have been submitted to the courts in German for the required validation.