At the Annual General Meeting on 20 March of The Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII), Wayne Pontin was appointed chairman.
Pontin was a member of the AMII executive committee from 2007 to 2010 and is currently Sales Director (West) of Jelf Employee Benefits. He succeeds Andrew Tripp, who has been AMII’s chairman for the last two years.
Tripp also steps down from the executive committee having been a member since March 2007, including serving as AMII’s treasurer.
Other AMII changes include the appointment of Brian Walters from Regency Health as vice chair and two new committee members, Stuart Scullion from The Private Health Partnership and Sue Smith from Health Care Plus.
Debbie Kleiner Gaines from Best HealthUKremains treasurer for a further year. Also, continuing on the Executive Committee are Lindsey Joseph from LEBC Corporate Healthcare Solution; Hazel Gregory from Medical Insurance Services; and Graeme Godfrey of Best Go Private. Michael Payne continues in his role as General Secretary.
In addition, Liz Naulls, business relationship manager of Aviva Health joins the executive committee for a two-year period as the insurer representative.
Mike Wagg from Simplyhealth has stepped down from the role of Insurer Representative after completing his two year term, and John Miller from Bell Healthcare and Isobel Skeates from Direct Healthline have stepped down as executive committee members after completing their three-year terms of office.
Following his appointment, Pontin said, “AMII must be the accepted voice of the healthcare industry both within trade circles and the political environment, and to achieve the latter the Association has to work alongside BIBA. It is also vitally important that the relationship with the PMI providers is strong and I will develop this throughout my term of office”
“AMII must also be a recognised standard of excellence which is representative of the whole industry from the self employed adviser to the global intermediary involved in health protection insurance and related products.
“Working closely with the CII, we will continue to raise the bar through the introduction of accredited CII examinations and qualifications similar to those that exist within the financial planning industry.
“The benefit of membership must also be clearly defined by using the economy of scale that the membership represents, be that in terms of additional value or trade discounts. This will be a very exciting period for AMII and I look forward to championing its position and beliefs.”