Adam Lloyd


Adam is a Registered Nurse with a background in clinical academia. His research focussed on leadership in emergency resuscitation with a specific interest in theories of shared leadership. Adam completed his doctoral work with the Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Edinburgh and the Emergency Medicine Research Group in NHS Lothian.

Having worked for several years as a University Lecturer and Lead Research Nurse, Adam is now the National Research and Innovation Manager at the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Alasdair Corfield


Alasdair trained as an Emergency Physician in Scotland & Australia and has an interest in critical care in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care settings. He currently works as an Emergency Medicine Consultant and as a Consultant in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with ScotSTAR, delivering critical care transport with the Scottish Ambulance Service. He holds an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor post at the University of Glasgow and leads research and development activity within ScotSTAR. His research interests are in trauma care, early warning scores and public health aspects of emergency care. In a broader context, he continues to be involved in global health initiatives in these research areas. In his spare time, Alasdair is a keen skier, cyclist and novice triathlete.

Alberto Hernández Tejedor


Alberto Hernández Tejedor, MD, PhD, Specialist in Critical and Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Physician in SAMUR-Civil Protection. Head of Department.

ICU physician at Hospital 12 de Octubre, Quirón Madrid and Fundación Alcorcón (2003-2017).

Magister in Bioethics and Biolaw by UNESCO Chair. Magister in Medical Direction and Expert in Healthcare Maganement and Transplant procurement management.

Large experience as CPR/Advanced Life Support instructor (ERC) and contributor in several postgraduate programmes on Emergency and Ultrasonography. Participation in UE projects NO-FEAR and COVINFORM.

Tens of scientific works published in peer-reviewed journals and communications in congresses.

Dozens of courses including Crisis Resource Management, Combat Advanced Life Support, ECMO and many others.

Alison Moggach


RGN, BA, PgDip Advanced practice, currently Interim Lead for Advanced Practice North of Scotland with the Scottish Ambulance Service. I have been nursing in Grampian for 32 years, the last 18 years, as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, in a variety of clinical/leadership roles and settings. I have a special interest in pre-hospital Urgent/Primary care and advanced practice education. I am an active board director/Instructor for BASICS Scotland, Resuscitation Council UK & ALSG, as well as an associate lecturer at Robert Gordon University. After 32 years, I still enjoy all aspects of my work and proud to be a nurse.

Alison Walker

United Kingdom

She is the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) Medical Director and has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. She is also a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and the National Ambulance Service Medical Director lead on the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) Prehospital Emergency Medicine Professional Advisory Group.

She chairs the NHS England (NHSE) “Frontline Clinical Cell” made of representatives from the Royal College of GPs, National Ambulance Service Medical Directors (NASMeD) group, College of Paramedics, RCEM, 111 and NHSE, which was set up in response to the pandemic and continues to work across the NHS frontline urgent and emergency care systems.

She is an examiner for the Fellowship and Diploma examinations for the Faculty of Prehospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  She has a regional National Institute of Clinical Research network lead role in Trauma and Emergency Care and has authored journal publications on ambulance service clinical pathways and other prehospital topics.

She has also been a member of the JRCALC (Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee) national committee since 2005, becoming the Chair in January 2020 and is a member of the UK Trauma and Audit Research Network Committee (TARN).

Allan Paarup


Paramedic and tactical emergency paramedic at mobile emergency care unit (MECU) in the Capital Region of Denmark.

Amanda Mansfield

United Kingdom

Amanda Mansfield BSc (Hons), MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Supervision of Midwives, RN, RM, FPOS. I have worked as a Consultant Midwife for the past 14 years leading service improvement in all maternity settings and have a passion for pre-hospital maternity care. I work for the London Ambulance Service three days a week and have established multidisciplinary training with midwives and ambulance clinicians across London. I am committed to team working to promote safety in care delivery and the improvement of outcomes. I represent the Royal College of Midwives on the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee, and am an instructor on the Pre Hospital Obstetric Emergencies training course. I love the outdoors and participate in open water swimming, triathlon and diving.

Andreas Cleve


Andreas Cleve is Corti’s co-founder and CEO.

Corti is the world’s first automatic quality assurance platform for telehealth consultations, powered by artificial intelligence. Corti’s voice assistant Audia helps medical professionals triage patients faster and more accurately during voice and video consultations, lower costs, and improve patient outcomes. Corti’s peer-reviewed technology is helping global governments to alleviate the universal doctor shortage, and Audia is currently augmenting more than 300.000 patient consultations a month.

While serving as CEO of Corti, Andreas also founded Nordic.AI and now sits as chairman of the board. Nordic.AI was created to expand the Nordic machine learning community and bring great minds from Scandinavia to solve hard problems. Premier media outlets worldwide have covered Andreas’ work, and he was one of MIT’s Innovators under 35 list in 2020. Andreas has a background from Copenhagen Business School, where he studied business administration.

Andy Thomas

United Kingdom

Andy is the managing director of CIPHER Medical Consultancy Limited and the company provides consultancy services, bespoke clinical and education solutions and provision of clinical EMS. Prior to this he served in the RAF working as a paramedic and his last role was as an academic research fellow and he completed multiple deployments on the Medical Emergency Response Team. Clinically he currently works as a Critical Care Paramedic within the North East Ambulance Service. This involves providing advanced paramedic and multi professional care to cardiac arrest, trauma and critically ill medical patients. He chairs various groups including the paramedic advisory group for the faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and a regional BASICS scheme.

Angela Lewis

United Kingdom

Angela Lewis is the founder of PSA, delivering training in the principles and practice of Crew Resource Management and post incident support in the UK/Europe.  Serving 16 years in the RN’s Fleet Air Arm, as an Aircraft Commander in Sea King Helicopters, much of her military life was Search and Rescue with over 550 call outs.  With a specialised interest in mitigating the impact of traumatic incidents on teams, Angela has trained extensively in Critical Incident Stress Management and resilience with ICISF in Baltimore, as well as TRiM with the Royal Marines.  Instructing others in these fields (many UK health boards and Trusts), she leads a Critical Incident Response team to provide support in the aftermath of traumatic events.

Ann Doll

United States

Ann Doll, MPA is the Secretariat for the Global Resuscitation Alliance. She is also the Executive Director of the Resuscitation Academy Foundation, an organization created in 2008 as a way for Seattle and King County to share best practices for improving cardiac arrest survival. Her background includes 25 years of program management and patient education.

Anne Lippert


MD, CHPE, FERC, simulation expert

Anne Lippert has been Head of Unit at CAMES (Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation) in the Capital Region of Denmark for 15 years. CAMES is the largest simulation centre in Denmark and one of the largest in the world. Anne is trained as a specialist in anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine and has worked with simulation-based education and research for more than 25 years. Anne has been involved with the ERC courses in Denmark since their introduction in 2004 and is educator for the Danish courses. Anne has been the chair of the Championship committee for the EMS congresses in Copenhagen in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Madrid.

Annemarie Silver

United States

Annemarie Silver, Ph.D. is Vice President of Clinical and Scientific Affairs at ZOLL Medical Corporation.  Dr. Silver was trained as a Cardiovascular Physiologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Integrative Physiology.  She continued her training with a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University and, prior to joining ZOLL, spent a year teaching Anatomy and Physiology as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Assumption College.  Since joining ZOLL 15 years ago, Dr. Silver has been involved in a range of clinical, simulation, and preclinical studies and has been an active participant in a variety of product development efforts.  Dr. Silver leads a skilled team of clinical affairs professionals and scientists that are working to develop and test innovative technologies, with a goal of improving outcomes for patients with critical illnesses.

Bert Dercksen


Bert Dercksen currently works as an anesthesiologist/HEMS physician and has been appointed as one of the Medical Directors of three Dutch EMS services in the northern part of the country.

He started his emergency care career in the 1980s as an EMS nurse. After medical school, he specialised as an anesthesiologist. For 22 years, he has been one of the medical specialists crewing the HEMS helicopter for the northern part of the Netherlands. In addition, he has been a Medical Director for about seven years.

Currently, he is working on PhD research into cognitive reasoning processes and decision-making strategies of ambulance care professionals.

Bodil Thorsager


Bodil is employed at HEMS, Denmark, Herlev Hospital and as supervising physician in medical dispatch center Copenhagen EMS. She is specialised in Anaesthesiology and work at the physician staffed mobile intensive care unit capital Region. She has more than 12 years experience with teaching in medical simulation.

Brendan Lloyd

United Kingdom

Brendan’s clinical background is in General Practice but he has worked as Medical Director of WAST since 2014. In 2015 Brendan led the development and implementation of the new Welsh Ambulance Clinical Model, which revolutionised the ambulance response with an emphasis on clinical care rather than time-based targets. The impact of the new model was recognised in 2017 when Brendan and the clinical team picked up the awards for “Improving Health and Wellbeing and Reducing Inequalities” and the “Outstanding Contribution to Prudent Healthcare” at the NHS Wales Awards.

He has represented NHS Wales as the Regional Lead on the Council of the Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management (FMLM) and was awarded Founding Senior Fellowship (FSFFMLM) in 2016.

Brett Williams


Professor Brett Williams is Head, Department of Paramedicine, Monash University, Austalia, and Registered Paramedic.

Brodie Paterson


Brodie Paterson is an Emergency Medicine Consultant in Scotland. He has been part of pre-hospital medicine since 1994 and flew with East Anglian Air Ambulance from 2011 to 2020.

Brodie Paterson and Dave Bywater continued to teach MIMMS throughout lockdown using an innovative virtual and hybrid approach. This ensured education continued through a difficult time and was fully supported by ALSG. Brodie is looking forward to meeting kindred spirits and engaging in an interactive review of current and future triage strategies.

Bryan McNally

United States

Bryan McNally, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, & Executive Director of the CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) –  a CDC/Emory founded QI program to increase survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in the US. Help establish the Pan Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study (PAROS) through sharing the CARES software platform for data collection, reporting and technical expertise. A Board member of the Asian EMS Council and Visiting Professor at the Duke NUS in Singapore and at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam.  He has been fortunate to work on a USAID grant to advance EM in the Republic of Georgia training the first residency class.

Calvin Lightbody


Calvin has been an A&E Consultant at University Hospital Hairmyres in Lanarkshire, Scotland since 2009. This year he has also started work as a Hospice Doctor in Glasgow.  He developed Treatment Escalation Plans  (TEP) for use in the Emergency Department and acute hospital setting prior to the recent global pandemic. He is also the host of the “Talking Mortality” podcast series and a Professional Coach in his spare time.

Carolina Malta Hansen


MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Copenhagen EMS, Cardiology Fellow at Rigshospitalet, Denmark.

Area of interest: Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation, bystander defibrillation, AED placement, accessibility and implementation of AED networks, implementation of volunteer responder programs, schoolchildren training (e.g. Kids save lives campaign).

Cathal O’Donnell


Prof Cathal O’Donnell is the Clinical Director of the National Ambulance Service in the Republic of Ireland.

A medical graduate of University College Cork, Cathal completed his Emergency Medicine training in a number of Irish hospitals in Cork and Dublin, and subsequently completed a Clinical Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services at the University of Toronto in 2005. During this time, he worked with Toronto EMS and the Ontario Air Ambulance Base Hospital Programme and also worked in St Michaels Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the city.

On completion of this, he returned to Ireland to take up a post as Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Limerick.

Cathal became NAS Medical Director in 2011 and NAS Clinical Director in 2019. Cathal has completed an MSc in Leadership at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

In 2017, Cathal was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor in Emergency Medicine at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick.

Christoffer Ericsson


Combining clinical experience from the prehospital field, the university educational sector and applied psychology, I have a special interest in developing and understanding acute healthcare teamwork and team cultures through simulations and reflections. Known for using Legos, balloons, colorful flags and blindfolds to emphasize teams’ non-technical skills.

I work as Degree Programme Director for the Emergency Care bachelor-level programme at Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland and also as Director for Arcada Patient Safety and Learning Center, the university-affiliated simulation center. Currently doing my PhD at University of Helsinki.

Claas T. Buschmann


Claas T. Buschmann, MD, PhD, is a Forensic Consultant and has been working in Forensic Medicine for nearly thirteen years at the Charité – University Medicine Berlin / Germany. Since 2021, he is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Legal Medicine at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein with its two campi in Lübeck and Kiel / Germany. He worked before for nearly ten years as a paramedic in the public ambulance service; his main scientific interest is the interface of emergency and forensic medicine, i. e. post-resuscitation injuries and the preventability of trauma-related deaths. The dead teach the living, and we can learn a lot from each other!

Claire Greenhill


Claire is the East of Scotland Special Operations Response Team (SORT) manager with the Scottish Ambulance Service based in Edinburgh.  She has 22 years experience in the Scottish Ambulance Service working as a Paramedic in both rural and urban areas of Scotland.  Her current role allows Claire to ensure that high quality patient care is provided in the challenging and high-risk environments in which SORT clinicians operate, including multi- casualty incidents, HAZMAT, CBRN, MTA, water incidents, working at heights and confined space.  In her spare time, Claire shares a passion for motorsport with her two children and enjoys providing medical cover at her local racing circuit as a Motorsport UK registered Paramedic.

Clayton Kazan

United States

Dr. Clayton Kazan is an Emergency and EMS physician and the Medical Director of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  His department is the 4th busiest EMS provider agency in the United States, serving a population of 4.1 million people and  providing care for more than 360,000 EMS patients annually.  He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Academy of EMS, and he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

David Anderson


David is the Medical Director of Ambulance Victoria, an intensivist at The Alfred Hospital and an adjunct senior lecturer in the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University. He has trained and worked as a paramedic in Auckland and as a doctor in Auckland, Sydney and Toronto before settling in Melbourne. In addition to his intensive care fellowship he has spent time training in anaesthesia, prehospital and retrieval medicine and palliative medicine. He has a diploma in palliative medicine and is currently undertaking a masters in bioethics. His clinical interests are prehospital and retrieval medicine, trauma, EMCO and bioethics. He has an embarrassingly large collection of Lego.

David Bywater


Dave joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 1996, qualifying as a Paramedic in 2001. He has experience working in remote and rural as well as urban areas across Scotland. He has had previous roles as a Paramedic Practitioner, Special Operations Paramedic, Clinical Advisor, Practice placement and Consultant Paramedic, he is currently the lead Consultant Paramedic for the Scottish Ambulance Service. Dave is also responsible for Paediatric care within the Scottish Ambulance Service.

David Lowe


Emergency Medicine Consultant (NHS GGC)

WoS Innovation Clinical Lead

Co – Clinical Lead TraumaApp

Clinical Director Scottish Health Industry Partership (Scot Gov)

David Waters

New Zealand

David has held various positions throughout his career. He is currently the Chief Executive of Ambulance New Zealand, Acting Chief Executive of the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) and the President of the Aeromedical Association of Australasia (ASA). Prior to this, David held a number of positions at Standards New Zealand including; Standards Development Consultant – Health, Safety and Environment, Senior Project Manager – Health, Safety and Environment, and also General Manager – Standards and Development.

Dawn Hewat


Dawn is an Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care, based in Edinburgh with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Previous roles have included advanced practice in primary care and an ambulance paramedic for 12 years, including time with the 3Ru cardiac arrest team.
Dawn teaches regularly with BASICS Scotland on their adult & paediatric courses & is an honorary lecturer in Paramedic science at Stirling University. Outside of work, Dawn has 4 children and 3 grandchildren which keep her busy. She has a passion for cycling and running, as well as whisky.

Dawn Kerslake

United Kingdom

Originally trained as a nurse and worked in ED and then left to train as a midwife (someone has to!) I have been working for the NHS for 30 years now and my husband will tell you I’m wed to it…..

Prior to joining the ambulance service i had many roles within maternity but left 3.5 years ago (whilst working as a labour ward matron) to broaden my scope and join the ambulance service. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my skills and knowledge with my new colleagues and yes i have had two babies of my own before you as.

Douglas Chamberlain

United Kingdom

Resuscitation has been my major clinical interest for more than 50 years.

Currently I am a Medical Advisor to SECAmb.

Elizabeth Layden


Dr Elizabeth Layden MBChB, DLM, MRCOG. Elizabeth trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK and New Zealand. Her main interests are medical education, global health and medical ethics. She works for the University of Edinburgh, with clinical sessions as a senior O&G registrar in NHS Scotland. She has been one of the obstetric consultants supporting the RCPCH’s maternal and newborn health improvement programmes in Rwanda for several years, including remote support during the pandemic. Elizabeth was part of the guideline development teams for the 2020 Rwanda National Obstetric Care Guidelines and the latest RCOG/RCM COVID-19 guidance. She is particularly interested in multi-professional teaching and simulation. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys outdoor swimming and reading.

Ervigio Corral Torres


Head of Training, Research and Quality Care Department of SAMUR Protección Civil– Madrid (Emergency Medical Services from Madrid) Manager of SAMUR Protección Civil– Madrid during 11 years (2003 – 2014) 31 years experience as emergency physician. Magister in Safety Administration. Honor Medal of the Royal Academy of Medicine of the University of Valladolid (Spain). More than 100 scientific works published or communicated to congresses. Experience in the management of several terrorist attacks of the terrorist band ETA Person in charge of the Prehospital Medical device in the terrorist attack of March 11 in Madrid in 2004, and the Barajas Airplane Crash at 2008. Author of the first prehospital thoracotomy in Spain.

Federico Semeraro


Consultant in Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Maggiore Hospital, Bologna, Italy. Chair-Elect European Resuscitation Council.

Area of interest: innovative CPR training (serious games, virtual reality), schoolchildren training (e.g. Kids save lives campaign), out-of-hospital system approach, first responder apps, cardiac arrest registry, post-resuscitation care.

Fernando Rosell


MD, Ph.D., Emergency Physician from more than 25 years. Member of the steering committee of EuReCa (European Registry of Cardiac Arrest) from the beginning. Coordinator of the Spanish Registry of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHSCAR).

Fionna Moore

United Kingdom

Dr Fionna Moore has more than 40 years’ experience in the NHS. She is currently the Executive Medical Director of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb).

Fionna has a wealth of experience in emergency care and the ambulance sector having spent many years with London Ambulance Service as Medical Director and latterly, as Chief Executive. She has also been an A&E consultant for 30 years.

François Braun


After medical studies at the University of Lorraine, Dr. B. quickly specialized in emergency and disaster medicine. Initially as emergency physician at the Verdun hospital, he contributed to the development of the emergency health response in rural areas, becoming one of the pioneers of the regional organization of emergency medicine. Head of the emergency division in Metz, he continued to develop an extended vision of emergency medicine by integrating primary care with response. On the front line during the health crisis, he is one of the architects of the organization and realization of interregional transfers of patients by air and by train.

President of Samu-Urgences de France, the national representation of emergencies, he contributes to the development of emergency medicine.

Freddy Lippert


Freddy Lippert is a medical doctor and associate Professor University of Copenhagen and for 10 years CEO of the Emergency Medical Services in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a founding member of The European EMS Leadership, The European EMS Congress and Founding member of the Global Resuscitation Alliance. His work and research focus at solving clinical challenges with a system approach using data, research and new technology. One of the results is a fourfold increase in survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest Denmark.

Fredrik Folke


Fredrik Folke is Associate Professor and Head of Research at the EMS Copenhagen, Denmark, with focus on prehospital emergency care, out- of-hospital cardiac arrest, public access defibrilation, and acute cardiac care. He has worked with epidemiology for more than a decade with a special focus on cardiac arrest and resuscitation. Besides reasearch, Fredrik is working as a senior cardiologist at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Denmark.

Gareth Clegg


Gareth Clegg is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University where he leads the Resuscitation Research Group (RRG). He also works as an Honorary Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh and Associate Medical Director for the Scottish Ambulance Service. RRG research interests include the management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, non-technical skills in time critical resuscitation, and the national implementation of the ‘Chain of Survival’. The group is the home of the national ‘Save a Life for Scotland’ partnership and the ‘Language of Resuscitation’ social sciences collaboration.

Gary Rutherford


Gary is the Patient Safety Manager and a paramedic for the Scottish Ambulance Service. He has an interest in human factors, which originated from crew resource management training during a period with the air ambulance service in Scotland. Gary has edited a book on human factors which pulls together specialist contributions on some key principles from across the breadth of the discipline of human factors, and applies them in paramedic practice context. Gary has also completed a PgC in Patient Safety & Clinical Human Factors.

Gillian MacLeod


Gillian is the National Advanced Practice & Non-Medical Prescribing Lead for the Scottish Ambulance Service with responsibility for strategic development and delivery. Her background is as an Advanced Paramedic and Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience working across a range of healthcare settings in both urban and rural areas. In recent years focusing on the development of Advanced Paramedics, AHPs and Nurses within SAS, Primary care and OOH, utilising their skill set to support improvements in patient experience and outcomes while optimising the patient journey within the healthcare system. This currently involves the continued embedding of the AP rotational model within SAS and the successful utilisation of Advanced Practitioners in providing remote consultation, to appropriately triaged patients, calling 999 with urgent care presentations.

Gitte Linderoth


Specialist in anesthesiology and prehospital emergency care. Physician on the mobile critical care unit at Copenhagen EMS. PhD within the prehospital care investigating the use of live video streaming from a bystander’s smartphone to the medical dispatcher. Work in-hospital at Copenhagen University Hospital – Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg, Denmark.

Hayleigh Haggerty

United Kingdom

Hayleigh is a Senior Vascular Clinical Affairs Manager at Teleflex and is responsible for overseeing their clinical and procedural education for vascular access and emergency medicine across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hayleigh is a critical care nurse by background with experience in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Critical Care Outreach, as well as being qualitied to insert PICCs and Midlines.  Hayleigh continues to practice as a nurse alongside her Teleflex role within the ICU, regularly teaches as an Advanced Life Support Instructor, and is passionate about developing high quality healthcare education that empowers clinicians and supports optimum patient care.

Helene Marshall

United Kingdom

Helene has been a midwife for 38 years and has recently retired as the Director of the Scottish Multi professional maternity development programme after over l2 years in post. Providing essential education for all professionals throughout Scotland who may attend a woman in labour either planned or unplanned, Helene is very interested in the pre-hospital setting and education for remote and rural practitioners.

Henrik Alstrøm


Senior consultant anaesthetist, prehospital physician and tactical emergency physician at mobile emergency care unit (MECU) in the Capital Region of Denmark.

Humza Yousaf


Humza Yousaf is the SNP MSP for Glasgow Pollok, and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Yousaf attended the University of Glasgow, earning an MA in politics. In 2011, he became the youngest MSP elected to the Scottish Parliament, at age 26. Yousaf served in numerous junior ministerial roles including Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Minister for Europe and International Development, and Minister for Transport and the Islands from 2016 to 2018.

In Nicola Sturgeon’s 2018 cabinet reshuffle, Yousaf was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Justice, making him the first non-white and first Muslim cabinet minister in the Scottish Government. In 2021, he succeeded Jeane Freeman as Health Secretary and since has been leading the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.

James DuCanto

United States

James (Jim) DuCanto, M.D. is an Anaesthesiologist in private practice for the past 23 years in Wisconsin who is, for lack of a better description, is obsessed with airway management innovation and teaching. His recent innovations include the SALAD technique and Simulation System for airway decontamination, the SEADUC, a portable manual suction solution for both hospital and prehospital applications and the SSCOR DuCanto Suction Catheter, a large bore hyper curved rigid suction catheter intended for routine and Emergency Airway Management.
Jim teaches airway management practice and procedures both clinically as well as in simulation for a wide range of caregivers, from respiratory therapists and paramedics to physicians. In addition to his clinical practice, he serves as a consultant to multiple medical device companies, and recently accepted the role of Medical Director of the Mid-State Technical College EMS Program.

James Short


James is an experienced Paramedic with a passion for evidence-based medicine, team development, leadership and inter professional working. He is currently seconded to Glasgow Caledonian University from The Scottish Ambulance Service lecturing to undergraduate Paramedics alongside clinical work. He can often be found on weekends on chasing petrol and electric powered motorsport or looking after his Wowzer puppy Gizmo.

James Ward


Dr Jim Ward, Medical Director of Scottish Ambulance Service, is Chair of the EMS European Congress 2022, being hosted in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jim has been Medical Director since 2014 and has responsibility for SAS programs of work including OHCA, Major Trauma, Stroke Care, and Scotland’s ‘Redesign of Urgent Care’ program.

Jamie Macpherson

BSc, PGCE (Medical Education)

HCPC registered Operating Department Practitioner

Jamie is a registered Healthcare professional and University Lecturer. He has extensive clinical experience within the Trauma and resuscitation domains of critical care and peri-operative practice; both in military and civilian medical environments.

Jason Leitch


Jason has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board. He is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland.

He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

Jason was the 2011 UK Clinician of the Year.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI, in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation.

Jason is also a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in southeast India.

He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, an MPH from Harvard and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jason was appointed to NHS England review group led by Don Berwick looking into the patient safety elements of the Francis Inquiry

Jan-Thorsten Gräsner


Prof. Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, MD, is the Director of the Institute for Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He is the principal investigator of EuReCa ONE, TWO and THREE and the head of EuReCa, the European Registry of Cardiac Arrest. He is the head of the new German Resuscitation Academy program. Besides research, JT is  working as an emergency physician on ems cars and EMS helicopter.

Jason van der Velde


Dr. Jason van der Velde is a Prehospital Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Retrieval Physician working as the Clinical Lead for the Irish Health Service Executive’s National 24 hour Emergency Telemedical Support Unit, MEDICO Cork. Based in the Emergency Department in Cork University Hospital, he has a Masters Degree in Disaster Medicine and over 25 years experience providing Prehospital Critical Care around the world. He’s the Medical Director of West Cork Rapid Response and Assistant Medical Director of the Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care course. He is the Vice Chair of the Prehospital Emergency Care Council of Ireland.”

Jean O'Sullivan


Professor Jean O’Sullivan is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Dublin.

In 2003 Prof O’Sullivan was awarded a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and in the same year was awarded the Membership Examination in Accident and Emergency Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Prof O’Sullivan became a Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine, London in 2008 .In 2008 Prof O’Sullivan founded an international charity, Global Emergency Care Skills and has worked extensively throughout Africa. In 2021 Prof O’Sullivan was awarded the William Rutherford Humanitarian Award by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Jerry Overton


Jerry Overton serves as president of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, the organization charged with setting standards, establishing curriculum, and conducting research for public safety dispatch worldwide.

Previously he served as the Chief Executive of the Richmond, Virginia, Ambulance Authority, internationally recognized for its innovations in EMS system design, and the Kansas City, Missouri, EMS system.  He is involved in multiple humanitarian projects worldwide.

Jon McCormack


Jon is a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. He completed his Anaesthetic training in South East Scotland and a Paediatric Anaesthetic Fellowship in Vancouver. He is a Clinical Lead for Paediatric Trauma in the South-East Scotland Trauma Network and a member of the Scottish Trauma Network Paediatric Core Group and the national Mass Casualty-Major Incident planning group. Jon is also the Deputy Lead Examiner for the Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine (RCSEd) and is on the EMRS organising committee of the annual Retrieval Conference. His three children, generally keep him busy out of work but whenever time allows Jon is a keen cyclist and whenever snow allows, a very keen skier.

Joseph Branton

United States

Joey is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. He oversees and is responsible for National, Regional, and State sales initiatives. He works with the Executive Leadership Team on product management, governmental affairs, and strategic planning.

Joey started his career as a Firefighter/EMT-Paramedic in 1983. After a 13 year career in municipal emergency medical services, he joined the staff of a statewide emergency physician staffing company in Louisiana. He served as risk manager, critical care education coordinator, and information systems architect leading the company into electronic medical records development with deployment in hospitals around the state.

From 2006 to 2009 Joey served as the Chief Intelligence/Operations Officer for the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN: trauma and time-sensitive illness patient transportation coordination network). He was responsible for research, planning, development, and implementation of technical operations for LERN Communication Centers for coordination of patients to definitive care resources. He also provided data analyst services for research, development, and implementation of LERN Call Center and Network data systems. Those systems included software applications necessary for LERN operations, an enterprise-level statewide EMS electronic patient care record, and a hospital trauma registry.

From 2009 to 2019 Joey served as the Director of Technology at Acadian Companies. His responsibilities included Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD), telecommunications services, software programming services, network services, mobile computing, radio communications, Cybersecurity services, Continuity of Operations for 2 data centers, 4 Secondary PSAP Centers in 3 states, and IT Service Desk Services upporting over 5000 employees.

Joyce Kong


Joyce (So Yeon) Kong, MPH, PhD, is a Senior Scientist at Strategic Research, Laerdal Medical (Stavanger, Norway). She is trained as an epidemiologist and her research studies focus predominately on resuscitation (out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and CPR training), trauma, data science, and global health. Joyce has previously worked with World Health Organization (IARC), US Naval Health Research Center, and Seoul National University Hospital, where she actively involved in Pan-Asian Trauma Outcomes Study (PATOS). She is currently coordinating the GlObal Access to Lifesaving Skills training (GOALS) project.

Joshua Hartman

United States

Joshua Hartman, MBA, NRP is the Sr. Vice President of the Emergency & Mobile Medicine Department and President, HMP Europe, at HMP Global. In his role at HMP, amongst his responsibilities, Josh is responsible for the EMS World brand including, EMS World Magazine and EMS World Expo, the largest EMS-centric conference in the world. Josh is also a paramedic in multiple states, currently practicing in New York City and in New Jersey where he is a tour chief and paramedic at Englewood Health. Josh did his undergraduate work at New York University where he graduated with honors in 1996. Josh then became a paramedic at St. Vincent’s Institute of Emergency Care where he graduated at the top of his class in 1998. Josh received his MBA in 2014 in Global finance and entrepreneurship. Over his career, Josh has taught at multiple paramedic programs and has trained hundreds of paramedics.

Julia Williams

United Kingdom

Professor of Paramedic Science at the University of Hertfordshire, Julia has extensive experience of undertaking research in a variety of healthcare settings as well as being involved in the development and delivery of Higher Education courses both for already qualified paramedics and, also, for students on pre-registration Paramedic Science programmes.

Julia has a secondment two days per week to South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust where she undertakes clinical research as well as clinical practice as a paramedic, which she considers essential to enhance the currency of her clinical research as well as her teaching.

As Head of Research for the College of Paramedics (UK), she is committed to increasing the capacity and capability of paramedics within clinical research, and she takes every opportunity to inform other organisations about the rich talent that exists within the paramedic profession in relation to clinical research, highlighting the positive contribution paramedics can make to the health care research agenda. These are exciting times for the paramedic profession and research as a career option is becoming well established; the future is bright for paramedic research!

Karen Smith


Prof Smith is the Director of the Centre for Research and Evaluation at Ambulance Victoria. She is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in the epidemiological analysis of patients accessing ambulance care and in the design and implementation of clinical trials. She holds Adjunct Professorial positions with the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the School of Primary Health Care, Monash University. Prof Smith is a Chief Investigator on two Centres for Research Excellence (CRE)-the CRE in Prehospital Emergency Care established in 2016 and the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (AUS-ROC) CRE established in 2012.  Prof Smith co-founded and chairs the Victorian Cardiac Arrest Registry. She also co-founded the Victorian State Trauma Registry and the Victorian STEMI Quality Improvement Registry.

Kate Prior


Surgeon Captain Kate Prior is a consultant anaesthetist in the Royal Navy and at King’s College Hospital in London.

In recent years, her operational military role has taken her to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis, working for the United Nations in South Sudan and as the Clinical Director of the Role 2 Afloat medical team for the Carrier Strike Group deployment in 2021.

Outside of the hospital walls, she provides pre-hospital care for the military, for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and for mass participation sporting events.

Kevin Seaman


Kevin G. Seaman, MD, FAEMS is the Medical Director of the Maryland Resuscitation Academy. As Executive Director of MIEMSS, the state EMS agency in Maryland, in 2016, he implemented the first statewide performance measure with patient outcomes using CARES – improving survival from cardiac arrest. After attending the Resuscitation Academy (RA) in Seattle, WA, Dr. Seaman successfully implemented techniques to improve survival in Maryland, the mid-Atlantic region and the East Coast of the United States.

Kimberley Humphreys MSc

United Kingdom

Kimberley works as an advanced clinical practitioner in emergency medicine in the West Midlands. She has a passion for clinical education and works in addition to her clinical commitments as a freelance clinical educator, Kim has a PG Cert in Medical education.

He career has predominantly centred around Acute care having worked in trauma & orthopaedics, intensive care, emergency medicine and as a resuscitation officer.

Larry Doll

United States

Lawrence Doll is a firefighter/paramedic working with Seattle Fire Department/ Medic One for the past 16 years. He is involved with training and education for paramedics in training as well as continuing education.

Laura O’Callaghan


Originally from the pharmaceutical industry, Laura O’Callaghan has worked in Paramedicine for over 14 years. She is currently working as a Critical Care Paramedic with the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Service in Ireland, and is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Prehospital Emergency Care Council of Ireland.

Lee Wallis

South Africa

Professor Lee Alan Wallis is Lead: Emergency Care at WHO Headquarters, Geneva.

Before taking up this post. he was Head of Emergency Medicine for the Western Cape Government, and Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at both the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Lee is past president of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. He was Founder and President of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine. He is Editor in Chief of the African Journal of Emergency Medicine, and has authored many book chapters and around 300 journal articles. He edited the Oxford University Press AFEM handbook of Acute and Emergency Care.

Lillian Bonsignore

United States

Chief Bonsignore is Chief EMS, Fire Department of the city of New York (FDNY). She was promoted to the highest ranking EMS Chief in May 2019. Her EMS carrier started when she was appointed as a New York City EMT in 1991 and initially assigned to EMS Station 14 at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. Chief Bonsignore was an instructor in the CFR program during the terror attacks on September 11th, and responded from Fort Totten in a convoy of EMS members to the World Trade Center, and spent many days taking part in our rescue and recovery efforts. She moved up the ranks becoming a Lieutenant in 2005, serving in the South Bronx, later becoming a paramedic in 2007. After being promoted to Captain in 2010, she served as Station Commander of two EMS Stations in Brooklyn and was promoted to Deputy Chief in the EMS Academy, in 2013.

She was appointed Chief of EMS Academy at Fort Totten in 2016, where she was responsible for the continuing education and EMS recertification of nearly 13,000 members of the FDNY. In addition, Chief Bonsignore was responsible for all FDNY EMS Officer training and commands the FDNY EMS Probationary School.

Chief Bonsignore graduated from the FDNY Fire Officers Management Institute (FOMI) and has completed several leadership programs including the Naval Post Graduate School-Executive leadership, FDNY Officer’s Management Institute, FDNY/USMA Counterterrorism Leadership- Combating Terrorism, TEEX –EMS Operations and Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction and multiple National Incident Management systems courses.

Linn Andelius


Linn Andelius is a physician and PhD student at Copenhagen EMS, Denmark. Her primary research field is out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and smartphone app-based citizen responder programs. Last year she received the Young Investigator Award and the Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award at American Heart Association, Resuscitation Science Symposium for her work with activation of volunteer citizens to increase CPR and AED use in both public and residential cardiac arrests. She just completed a research fellowship at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Lisa Curatolo


Lisa has worked in the Scottish ambulance service as a paramedic for over 20 years and has trained in both urgent and critical care. She currently works in the ScotSTAR division for the adult retrieval service (Emergency Medical Retrieval Service).

Lisa MacInnes


Lisa is the Director of Save a Life for Scotland, a national campaign which sits at the heart of Scotland’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, aiming to equip and support the people of Scotland to be CPR ready with a wide range of partners.
She is the Lead Research Nurse of the Resuscitation Research Group (RRG) Edinburgh with specific interests in partnership working, health inequalities and aftercare support for those involved with OHCA.

She has a dogged pursuit of ways to enable others to save lives, have fun and be awesome in all they do

Lucy Powls

United Kingdom

Lucy has been a midwife for 36 years. She has recently retired as the educational lead for Scottish Multi professional Maternity Development Programme. She travels around Scotland providing essential education to all health care professionals who may provide care to a pregnant woman.

Marcus Ong


Prof Marcus Ong is a Senior Consultant, Director of Research, and Clinician Scientist, at the Dept of Emergency Medicine in Singapore General Hospital.  He is also the Director of Health Services Research Center, SingHealth Services; Professor and Director, Health Services and Systems Research in Duke-NUS Medical School. Prof Ong also serves as Medical Director, Unit for Prehospital Emergency Care and Senior Consultant, Ministry of Health, Hospital Services Division. Finally he is Chairman, Pan Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study.  His research studies focus predominantly on pre-hospital emergency care, medical devices, data science and health services research. His research has addressed issues such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, improving ambulance deployment, acute myocardial infarction care and emergency care. He is a leading researcher in Health Services Research and use of Data Science in Healthcare.

Markku Kuisma


Markku Kuisma, M.D., Associate Professor, is medical director of Helsinki Area EMS. He works for the Helsinki University Hospital (Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa). His background speciality is anaesthesiology and he has 25 years experience in emergency medicine. He has passed European Masters in Disaster Medicine and he has a degree in Quality Management. He has been active in scientific research focusing on cardiac arrest, stroke and EMS system performance.

Mark Wilson

United Kingdom

Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon (Imperial College London) and Pre-Hospital Care Specialist (Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance). He is also Clinical Professor of Brain Injury at Imperial College. He established the Neurotrauma Centre at St Mary’s Hospital 12 years ago and his research interest is the hyperacute management of traumatic and hypoxic brain injury. He has worked extensively overseas.

He is co-founder and medical director of GoodSAM (, a platform that provides a plethora of functions including crowdsourcing resuscitation for cardiac arrest, is the NHS Volunteer platform (with ~800,000 volunteers helping locally for covid) and provides advanced instant-on-scene video to emergency services nationally and internationally.

Martin Bender


Assistant Medical Director at Emergency Medical Services in Berlin. Internist and emergency physician with experiences in rural as well as metropolitan emergency medicine. Previously consultant at the emergency departments at Saint Joseph Hospital Berlin-Tempelhof and Franziskus Hospital Berlin as well as in prehospital emergency medicine.

Martin Esposito


Martin is the Consultant Paramedic for Major Trauma for the Scottish Ambulance Service. He has worked within ambulance services in the UK for over 25 years gaining a wealth of experience in a variety of roles. Since qualifying as a paramedic in 2000 he has worked as an Emergency Care Practitioner as well spending time as a flight paramedic for London’s Air Ambulance. He has also spent a number of years in education and is an examiner on the Diploma in Immediate Care. Martin has a special interest in pain management and in 2018 completed an MSc in pain management at Cardiff University and has since become an Honorary Tutor on the Pain Management programme at Cardiff.

Martin Smeekes


CEO EMS North Holland North, Netherlands

Martin went to Medical School in Amsterdam and was trained to be a GP and a Doctor in Occupational Medicine. In 2007 he completed his Master of Crisis and Disaster Management.

Martin worked in Occupational Medicine and combined working as a Doctor with being the CEO in Arbodienst Flevoland in the eighties and nineties. In 1996 he switched to EMS and Medical Disaster Management as CEO in Flevoland. From 2001 to 2006 he combined this with being the Chief Fire Commander in Flevoland. In 2007 Martin switched to North Holland North, a region with 650.000 inhabitants as CEO of EMS and Medical Disaster Management. From 2015 he is CEO of the total Safety Region North Holland North. Martin joined the EMS Leadership program in 2019 as board member of Ambulancezorg Nederland.

From 2008 Martin works close together with Rudy Koster, cardiologist of the AMC in Amsterdam in the Arrest Studies. Together with Rudy he developed the model of citizen AED. He is a author and co-author in many scientific papers.

Martin won the Public Safety Award in 2010 with Citizen AED in North Holland North; he won the Dutch Business Intelligence Award in 2015 for dashboarding in Call to Balloon.

Martins team went to Kopenhagen in May 2017 to do a workshop on Dashboarding and Citizen AED.

Matt Batten

United Kingdom

Matt is a Clinical Specialist for Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine at Teleflex and is responsible for overseeing their clinical and procedural education for the emergency medicine portfolio across the United Kingdom which includes the cadaveric procedural laboratories. Matt is a Paramedic by background with vast experience in the prehospital setting. Matt continues to practice as a Paramedic alongside his Teleflex role with both London and South Central Ambulance Services. Matt is passionate about developing high quality healthcare education that empowers clinicians to improve patient outcomes.

Mattia Sello


Mattia has been a teacher responsible for training paramedics in French-speaking Switzerland for six years. “Teaching is not about demonstrating what you know, but about sharing the experience with students and always learning something new and innovative.”

He has extensive experience of 18 years in the field as a paramedic and senior paramedic in Italian and French-speaking Switzerland. A short experience in Ireland brought even more value to his career.

Mattia has a qualification in teaching pedagogy, a certificate in simulation teaching, a diploma as a laboratory technician in microbiology and a qualification as a debriefer in psychotraumatology.

Being part of the big EMS family is an opportunity to continue to evolve in the wonderful world of emergency care in all its aspects.

Maxine Power

United Kingdom

Maxine is an improvement leader with over 30 year’s experience leading improvement in the NHS. Her significant achievements include leading the breakthrough improvement at Salford Royal NHS Trust which reduced harm and saved an estimated 1000 lives, the delivery of improvements in stroke care across the NW of England (Stroke 90:10) and leadership of the QIPP safe care national programme (Harm-free Care & NHS Safety Thermometer) . Maxine has over 20 peer reviewed publications in Improvement . Maxine is currently the Executive Director of Quality, Innovation and Improvement at the North West Ambulance service and is an Honorary Professor with the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Michael Levy

United States

Michael Levy M.D, FAEMS, FACEP, FACP, is an EMS physician based in Anchorage Alaska.  He is the Chief Medical Officer for Anchorage Areawide EMS and the Medical Director for the Anchorage Fire Department, EMS Medical Director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Medical Director for Emergency Programs for the State of Alaska, and he proudly serves as the medical director for a number of other Alaska EMS agencies. He is the President of NAEMSP (2021, 2022) He is the Chief Medical Advisor for Stryker Emergency Care and the Alaska Division medical advisor for the National Ski Patrol. He is the Medical Director for the AMR IMSA motorsport safety team.  He has been involved in EMS from from Chicago to the Navajo Nation and for the last two decades in Alaska. He has numerous medical publications with a professional focus on resuscitation.  His goal in EMS is to enable providers to improve the outcome of their patients through personal empowerment via education, training, and evidence-based practice.


His undergraduate degree was from the University of Colorado Boulder and his M.D. from Northwestern University followed by residencies in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine with board certifications in both as well as subspecialty boards in EMS Medicine. He is Affiliate Associate Professor with the University of Alaska Health Sciences and practices community-based emergency medicine.

Michael Sayre

United States

Michael Sayre is the Medical Director for Seattle Fire Department and its Medic One program. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington and an emergency medical services physician with a long standing interest in improving survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest. He was co-chair of the BLS task force for ILCOR during the 2010 Guidelines cycle.

Michelle Murphy


Michelle is an Intensive Care Paramedic with 27 years’ experience across Metropolitan & Rural Regions in front line & senior management roles. Michelle holds dual roles currently as the Advocacy & Government Relations Lead for the Australasian College of Paramedicine and Operations Manager at Adult Retrieval.

Throughout her career she has contributed to research, presentations, and publications focusing on Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation and improving health outcomes in vulnerable people.

Michelle is a strong advocate for diversity & inclusion recognising there are barriers to women and culturally diverse members of the community in leadership roles. She has facilitated the inaugural Women in Leadership Forum for the Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Australian New Zealand College of Paramedicine and presents regularly for Leadership Victoria in their programs designed for Police Officers, Fire Personnel and Women.

Michelle sits on the Council of Ambulance Authorities Women in Leadership Working Group is the Co-chair of the Medical Advisory Board for Life Saving Victoria.

Neil McDonald


I joined the ambulance service in 1997 and have been a qualified paramedic since 2002. Over my 25 years I have worked operationally in both rural and urban settings. In 2010 I joined the Special Operations Response Teams (SORT) as the East SORT manager. My current position is the Head of Specialist Operations. This role has a focus on ensuring the 3 SORT teams across Scotland are equipped and trained to deliver care to patients in hazardous areas including MTA, Mass casualty and CBRN response. Away from work my hobbies include playing golf badly, Rugby and playing on powerboats.

Neil Sinclair

United Kingdom

I am currently the Assistant Clinical Director (Paramedicine) with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, where I have been in post for 18 months. I have 20 years experience of pre-hospital care, through my career I have progressed through EMT, Paramedic, Advanced Paramedic and Consultant Paramedic roles. I have specialist interests in resuscitation, use of big data and generally improving all things pre hospital care. I live in County Down with my wife and young family, mountain bike and snowboard when possible!

Ng Yih Yng


COL (Dr) Ng is the Chief Medical Officer of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs. He provides medical oversight of the national emergency ambulance services, supports the ministry of health in EMS policy and legislation. Together with Ong, they drive the national EMS strategy and development of the EMS system. Ng also runs the SCDF myResponder mobile app, which allows 995 to alert nearby CPR trained volunteers to cardiac arrest victims and the national public access defibrillator registry to map AEDs and public education of CPR/AED.

Noor Baig


Dr Noor Baig is an emergency physician and currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Karachi, Pakistan. His major interest is in resuscitation specifically in training community members in bystander CPR in case of an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Dr Baig is the physician in lead of the Pakistan Life Savers Program (PLSP) which is a flagship project of the Center of Excellence in Trauma & Emergencies at the AKUH. PLSP is a national movement to make Pakistan a nation of life-savers by training 10 million citizens in the life saving skills of CPR & Bleeding Control.

Dr Baig is currently a PhD scholar at the Aga Khan University and the recipient of JHU Pak-Afg ICTIRT scholarship award. Dr Baig is also interested in deliberate application of creativity to tackle challenges faced by individuals and organizations in their day to day matters. He has earned a graduate certificate in creative studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC), SUNY , Buffalo.  He is the proud recipient of the Parnes-Noller Award in 2019 and Mary Murdock Creative Spirit Award & the Firestien Family Creative Achievement Award in 2021.

Paul Aitken-Fell

United Kingdom

Paul is the lead Consultant Paramedic in the north east of England, he has a special interest in improving cardiac arrest outcomes and has been the driving force for the specialist cardiac arrest response in the north east. Paul chairs the college of paramedics’ consultant paramedic group and promotes the profession at every opportunity.

Paul Gowens


Paul Gowens is the Associate Director for Research Development and Innovation with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and is accountable for strategic leadership across the research development and innovation portfolio. Paul’s previous roles include SAS Lead Consultant Paramedic, the most senior paramedic in the service, professional advisor at Scottish Government for EMS provision in Zambia, and Senior Clinical Advisor at the Healthcare Quality and Strategy Unit in the Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorate. Within these roles, Paul has developed extensive political, strategic and board level experience and has most recently held the positions of the SAS Strategic Commander during Covid-19, and a gold level commander on a number of occasions such as Glasgow European Championships. As well as speaking at this years congress Paul is delighted to be the Chair for the EMS 2022 Championships.’

Paul E. Pepe

United States

Dr Paul Pepe serves as the Emergency Medical Services/Public Safety Medical Director for Dallas County (TX, USA) and also as Medical Director for Research/Education/Special Operations for numerous south Florida public safety agencies and S.W.A.T. / counter-terrorism teams. He is also the lead coordinator of the metropolitan EMS medical directors’ global alliance, its day-to-day networking, and the renowned Eagles EMS State-of-the-Science conferences and weekly global webinars.

Before retiring in 2019 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Dallas) and affiliated Parkland Trauma Center, he was the academic/administrative Professor and Chair for two medical school-affiliated Emergency Medicine (EM) programs and served as a tenured Professor of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, EM, Public Health and the Riggs Family Chair in EM. He also has served as Director of the City of Houston EMS system (1982-1996) and Commonwealth Emergency Medical Director for Pennsylvania (late 90s) as well as an on-scene responding physician for the medical directors of Seattle’s EMS / Medic-One (1970s).

Currently a Professor of Management, Policy and Community Health at the University of Texas Public Health School (Houston), and volunteer Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami, he remains a prolific, award-winning researcher whose 4-decade long track record in critical care encompasses >500 peer-reviewed papers and many landmark publications including the “Chain of Survival” (Circulation 1991), “Auto-PEEP” (ARRD 1982), sepsis as a “systemic inflammatory syndrome” (Am J Surg 1982, NEJM 1984), “permissive hypotension” in trauma (NEJM 1994), re-appraisal of mouth-to-mouth breathing (Circulation 1997), the Chicago airport public-use AED study (NEJM 2002), and now markedly-improved clinical outcomes with “Neuroprotective (heads-up-bundle) CPR” (Crit Care Med 2019 and 2022).

Pauline Howie


Pauline Howie is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service; a position she has held since 2009.  The Service provides emergency, unscheduled and scheduled care services to a population of 5.4m people across all of Scotland and its Islands.  It employs 6,000 staff, works with 1,500 volunteers and has 2.2m patient contacts each year.  Pauline has held a variety of roles in the NHS and Scottish Government over the last 30 years.

Pauline was educated in Scotland and started her career in London where she qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.  She returned to Scotland and worked in Greater Glasgow in a variety of senior finance roles. After a secondment to the Scottish Government as Head of NHS Trust Finance, in 1996 she was appointed as Finance and Planning Director to the State Hospital at Carstairs.  She joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 2000 as Director of Finance, Planning and Performance.  In 2006, she became Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive in 2009.

Since then, she has worked collaboratively to transform service delivery, improve outcomes and patient experience, adopting innovative practice and technology and investing in staff skills and development.

She was awarded an OBE in 2015 and the Institute of Directors Scotland and UK Public Service Director of the Year 2019.

Pauline is also an Honorary Air Commodore of the 612 RAAF and also chairs the Scottish Veterans Care Group.

She is married and has a teenage daughter.

Paul Watson


Macmillan Partnership Programme Lead: End of Life Care

Joining the Scottish Ambulance Service in 2012 and qualifying as a Paramedic in 2015 Paul enjoyed working across multiple urban ambulance stations before taking up a position in a dedicated student training station. During this mentorship role of both Technician and Paramedic students Paul developed a keen interest in End of Life Care and Quality Improvement. In 2019 Paul had the opportunity to work alongside partners in Macmillan to pilot improvements in the care Paramedics can deliver to End of Life patients. Since then, Paul has continued working to improve End of Life Care including the role of digital solutions.

Pete Thomson


Pete currently works in the Edinburgh region as an Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care with Scottish Ambulance Service. This role combines both autonomous practice and working in combination with a PHEM Consultant as part of Edinburgh’s Medic One team. Pete originally qualified as a Nurse and has over 20 years’ experience of caring for critically ill patients. Over this time, he worked his way up to a Charge Nurse in Intensive Care and worked for several years in Australia and New Zealand, again working within tertiary Intensive Care Units that also provided prehospital critical care services.

On returning to the UK, he was amongst the first in Scotland to complete the FICM accredited Advanced Practice training and subsequently worked for ten years as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner within the two tertiary Intensive Care Units in Edinburgh. As well as having an active role in developing Advanced Practice within Scotland, he has a keen interest in the use of ultrasound in critical care and teaches on local Level One ultrasound courses.

Beyond his working life, he is a keen cyclist and lover of the outdoor and is happiest spending time with his family and drinking nice beer with his friends.

Pierre Carli


Pierre Carli is professor and chairman of the EMS of Paris (SAMU de Paris) and the Anesthesiology and Critical Care Department of Hospital Necker. Pierre Carli is an expert in the area of the prehospital care, cardiac arrest, emergency and disaster medicine. He is President of French Resuscitation Council and Vice-President of SAMU- Urgences de France (the French EMS). Pierre Carli has furthermore been involved in the management of Paris terrorist attacks, the H1N1 outbreak, and the Ebola pandemic. In 2009, he was appointed Chairman of National Board of Hospital Emergencies by the Minister of Health

Richard Lyon


Prof Lyon is a recognised international leader in Emergency Medicine & Pre-hospital Care. He is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Clinical Lead for pre-hospital care in southeast Scotland. He is Associate Medical Director of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Professor of Pre-hospital Emergency Care at the University of Surrey. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the UK College of Paramedics and awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in the 2017 Birthday Honours. He is an active member of the UK International Search & Rescue Team and has previous experience in the British Armed Forces. Richard is a current member of the Resuscitation Council (UK) Executive Committee and author of several international pre-hospital guidelines.

Ron Brendel


Drs. Ron Brendel is Executive Director @ METS Center in the Netherlands. METS Center is a simulation centre focussing on human factor training in acute healthcare situations. Ron has worked with simulation-based education since 2000. He started as head of a small educational department at RAVU, the regional ambulance service in Utrecht, and constructed a firm bases for simulation based education in emergency medical field. Ron developed METS Center, one of the-state-of-the-art healthcare simulation centres in Europe that opened her doors in 2008. He is also active for the EuSim Group. Since 2010 he is also the educational director for the Academy of Ambulance Care, a nationwide education institute for all ambulance professionals in the Netherlands.

Rudolph Koster


Dr Ruud Koster (1946) was clinical cardiologist at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. He retired from clinical work in 2014.

He initiated in 2005 a registry of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the Netherlands (ARREST) with randomized studies on AED use by police and on safety of mechanical chest compression devices. Current focus is on lay rescuers with AEDs and value of biomarkers in patients resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

He was member of the Board of the European Resuscitation Council and co-chaired the ILCOR Basic Life Support Task Force in 2010 and the writing committee of the ERC BLS Guidelines 2010 and 2015. He is a Honorary Member of the ERC.

Sandra Campbell

United Kingdom

Consultant Nurse in Palliative Care with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Since qualifying in 1981, I have gained experience in a variety of care settings and developed a passion for cancer and palliative care with a particular interest in the value and power of good communication. The strategic role of Nurse Consultant  allows me to fulfil a vision of really making a difference to patient care – by working with many teams providing leadership on initiatives in cancer and palliative care at local and national level. I was privileged to be the UK Clinical Lead for End of Life Care on an RCN project in 2014-15 and to perform the role of National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland for two years, one day per week between 2017 and 2019.

I also studied at Doctorate level for five years and served on the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) Board for six years from 2014-2020. I was also on the Board of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC- 2019-2022) and currently on the Committee of the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum. I believe strongly that kindness and compassion are at the heart of the human connection.

Throughout the pandemic, I have been so touched by the despair I see in bereavement and the impact of this disease and lead on the development of bereavement pathways in Forth Valley. I believe strongly that those of us in health and social care can be the voice for those whose lives have been so damaged by this tragedy.

Simon Carley

United Kingdom

Professor Simon Carley MB ChB, PGDip, DipIMC (RCS Ed), FRCS (Ed)(1998), FHEA, FAcadMed, FRCEM, MPhil, MD, PhD is Creator, Webmaster, owner and Editor in Chief of the St Emlyn’s blog and podcast. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Consultant in adult and paediatric Emergency Medicine at Manchester Foundation Trust. He is co-founder of the BestBets website, St.Emlyn’s social media learning platforms and the MSc in emergency medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an Education Associate with the General Medical Council and is an Associate Editor for the Emergency Medicine Journal. He is the lead for CPD at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. He is a BASICS doctor working in prehospital care with CSI BASICS in the North West of England. His research interests include diagnostics, Medical Education, Major incident management & Evidence based Emergency Medicine. He is verified on twitter as @EMManchester

Siobhan Masterson


Siobhán is National Ambulance Service Lead for Clinical Strategy and Evaluation, and an Honorary Research Senior Lecturer with the National University of Ireland Galway. Siobhán started her career as a Community Dietitian in Donegal, Ireland, moving to Public Health where she worked on diabetes related projects. From 2007 to 2015 she was the manager of the national out-of-hospital cardiac arrest register, until she started her PhD fellowship. In January 2017 she joined NAS as Project Manager for the National OHCA strategy. She is a member of the EuReCA Study Management Team and has recently joined the ILCOR BLS Task Force.

Sophia Dyer

United States

Dr. Sophia Dyer, MD has been with Boston EMS since 1999. She served as Assistant Medical Director and Associate Medical Director before being named the City’s first female Medical Director in March 2009. In this role, Dr. Dyer is charged with providing medical oversight. As Medical Director, she is also the supervising physician of Boston EMS’ Research, Training, and Quality Improvement (RTQI) team. Dr. Dyer is an active Emergency Medicine physician at Boston Medical Center with a specialty in toxicology and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. She serves as the Co-Medical Director for the Boston Marathon.

Dr. Dyer is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, MD, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, BS, and received a Certificate in Environmental Management from the Tufts University School of Engineering.

Stefan Poloczek


Stefan Poloczek has been Medical Director of the Emergeny Medical Services in Berlin since 2011. Prior to this and during medical studies, he worked as an EMT.Stefan Poloczek is an anaesthesiologist and emergency physician and has extensive practical experience in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Stefan Poloczek holds a Masters degree in Public Health from 2003, with a thesis about the correlation between socioeconomic factors and the utilisation of EMS. Stefan Poloczek has worked in management of ADAC Air Rescue, a big HEMS operator, for several years and as head of the division for Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine and Emergency Preparedness in Health Care in the State Ministry of Health in Berlin. While undertaking this function, Stefan Polczek also acted as Head for the H1N1 pandemic task force. In 2011 he returned to Emergency Medical Services, where he was responsible for a system performing around 400.000 missions per year.

Stephanie Jones


I have worked within SAS for 15 years starting within the Ambulance Control Centre as a call handler and then dispatcher, and becoming a paramedic before being lucky enough to be involved in the Clinical Response Model project. This led me back into a clinical role within the Ambulance Control Centre and then on to a Clinical Lead position last year!

I have a real passion and love being able to piece together and influence the whole patient journey from 999 call to definitive care and everything in between

Stephen Hearns


Stephen is a consultant in emergency and aeromedical retrieval medicine. He works with Scotland’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service.

He led the team establishing the Diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He developed and contributes to the organisation of the annual UK retrieval conference. Stephen is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow.

He has been an active voluntary member of Arrochar mountain rescue team for 20 years and holds the Mountain Leader Award. Stephen acted as medical officer on seven international expeditions in mountain, desert, jungle and arctic environments before establishing the first expedition medicine course in the UK.

Stephen is attracted to the challenges of emergency medicine in demanding remote environments with limited resources. Stephen’s main interest is optimising team performance in high pressure situations. He researches, writes and speaks on both of these topics and provides advice to a wide range of commercial and government organisations. His book, Peak Performance Under Pressure, was published in 2019.

Stephen Sollid


Head of the prehospital services at Oslo University Hospital in Norway. Professor of prehospital critical care at the University in Stavanger. Anesthesiologist with 20 y experience from HEMS and prehospital critical care.

Steven Short


Steven qualified as a registered nurse in 1998, going on to gain experience in various critical care specialties including coronary care, high dependency and emergency medicine. During this time he developed a keen interest in the management of cardiac arrest and so then spent 10 years a Resuscitation Officer. During this time he helped to develop Scotland’s national DNACPR policy and maintains a keen interest in ensuring the avoidance of inappropriate resuscitation attempts on those that would not benefit from CPR. He was also one of the founder members of the Resuscitation Research Group in Edinburgh where his work includes improving outcome for those that suffer out of hospital cardiac arrest. All this was instrumental in leading to his current position as the clinical effectiveness lead for the Scottish Ambulance Service responsible for the Service’s clinical commitments to “OHCA – a Strategy for Scotland” where he continues to be a key stakeholder in the development of Scotland’s system of OHCA response, which has now seen survival doubled in only four years. He is an active Resuscitation Council (UK) and British Association on Immediate Care Scotland instructor.

Tom Steele


Tom Steele was appointed as Chair of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board on1st June 2018.

Previously, Tom was a non-executive Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee at NHS Lanarkshire and a member of the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board.  He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and spent much of his career in the IT industry. For 20 years he was a senior executive with Fujitsu UK where he was responsible for a variety of large businesses providing IT systems and professional services to major public and private sector clients throughout the UK and in Europe. Prior to joining Fujitsu, he was a management consultant with KPMG in Scotland. Tom has wide leadership experience of large, complex, customer-facing businesses. His expertise includes strategy development, implementing change programmes and managing organisations employing high numbers of skilled professionals.

Tom is co-chair of NHS Scotland’s Health and Social Care Innovation Steering Group and also chairs the National Group for Volunteering in NHS Scotland.

Tore Lærdal


Tore Laerdal is Executive Director of the Laerdal Foundation, chairman of Laerdal Medical, and managing director of Laerdal Global Health. In recent years he has focused on helping reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low resource settings. For this purpose Laerdal Global Health has partnered with USAID, NIH, Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in the Helping Babies Breathe alliance and the Survive & Thrive alliance.

Zoë Smeed

United Kingdom

Zoë is an Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine Consultant.  She works as an Emergency Medicine Consultant in the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley and as a Consultant for the Emergency Medicine Retrieval Service in Glasgow.  She has been a BASICS Scotland Instructor since 2014 and is the Scottish Representative for the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care.  Zoë has also enjoyed working for a variety of pre-hospital and retrieval services including East Anglian Air Ambulance, Magpas Air Ambulance (in East Anglia) and MedSTAR Retrieval Service (in Adelaide, Australia).  She also has experience working in Johannesburg, Nepal, and Norway.