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ICP Board of Trustees

Andy Newton QAM, FCPara BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Independent Consultant and Visiting Professor, Edgehill University

Manchester, United Kingdom


Andy is an independent consultant specializing in emergency healthcare transformation and modernization programs. He is a visiting professor at Edgehill University in Manchester, supporting the new Professional Doctorate Program in Emergency Services. He is also a visiting professor at Queensland University of Technology. Andy is an experienced leader, clinician, educator and researcher, and has been recognized in the UK and beyond as an advocate for paramedics.


He was among the first paramedics to be trained by the London Ambulance Service and served the London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). He has chaired the College of Paramedics, a professional body for paramedics and the ambulance profession in the United Kingdom. He also served on several Department of Health and other working groups, including co-chairing the National Education Standards Steering Group with Health Education England and both Trauma Network and Urgent Care. Andy had been a visiting professor at the University of Surrey, chair of Health Practice Associates, the UK registry for emergency medical providers, and a partner in the Health and Care Professions Council and lead contributing author to the development of the original Standards for Paramedic Practice.

Marcus Ong, MBBS, FRCS, MPH

Associate Professor, Senior Consultant, Director of Research, and Clinician Scientist, Department of Emergency Medicine in Singapore General Hospital

Republic of Singapore

Dr. Ong is an associate professor, senior consultant, Director of Research, and clinician scientist, at the Department of Emergency Medicine in Singapore General Hospital. He also heads the Data Analytics, Health Services Research Center, Singhealth Services; is the associate professor and associate director of Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Medical School. He also serves as Medical Director of the Unit for Prehospital Emergency Care and Senior Consultant, Ministry of Health, Hospital Services Division, and is Chairman of the Pan Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study.

Dr. Ong's research studies focus predominantly on prehospital emergency care, medical devices, and health services. His research has addressed issues, such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, improving ambulance deployment, acute myocardial infarction care and emergency care. He has obtained more than S$13 million in research grants for geospatial diseases mapping, clinical drug trials, resuscitation and cardiovascular sciences, prehospital emergency care, and biomedical engineering. He is the principal investigator for an international, multicenter cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest across the Asia-Pacific. This clinical research network has published more than 36 articles in peer-reviewed journals since 2009. In total, Dr. Ong has published more than 170 articles in international and local journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Resuscitation, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. He has also patented inventions using Heart Rate Variability for risk prediction of acutely ill patients and cooling solutions for therapeutic hypothermia and is a scientific advisor for a company providing medical cooling solutions.

Jerry Overton, MPA

Chair, International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED)

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


Jerry chairs IAED, the organization charged with setting standards, establishing curriculum, and conducting research for public safety dispatch worldwide. He previously, served as chief financial officer for the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, an organization dedicated to the global improvement of prehospital and emergency healthcare, public health, and disaster health and preparedness. He has provided expert technical assistance in countries across the globe, including the design for an Emergency Medical Transport program in Central Bosnia and an EMS assessment for the country of Lebanon.


Jerry is a past President of the American Ambulance Association and was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System. His career also includes work at Road Safety International, Inc., Surrey Ambulance Service, and the American International Health Alliance. He serves on the editorial boards of leading prehospital care journals, has received numerous recognitions, and was named one of the 20 most influential leaders in EMS by JEMS magazine.

Chris Hood, Paramedic

Executive Director/Registrar of the Self-Regulatory Licensing Body for paramedic practice in New Brunswick, Canada; and President of the Paramedic Association of Canada

New Brunswick, Canada


Chris Hood is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has been involved in the paramedic field for 30 years. During that time, he has been a practitioner, educator, operational manager, a senior government bureaucrat, and is now a regulator of paramedic practice. His career has taken him from the East Coast to the West Coast of Canada and back.

He has been awarded the Governor General EMS Exemplary Services Medal with First Bar, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the provincial 30 year-long service award for his work in the paramedic profession.


Chris has led and/or  been active on a number of Local, Provincial, and National Paramedic Committees including the Canadian Paramedic Profile Steering Committee, the Defense Research Development Canada Paramedic Community of Practice Committee, the Physician Assistants Certification Council of Canada, and various Standards development Working Groups and Steering Committees for the Canadian Standards Association.

Freddy Lippert, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Emergency Medical Services and Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Lippert is the CEO of EMS Copenhagen (CPH), an independent emergency medical services organization that provides emergency care for 1.75 million people in Denmark. He is also a professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Copenhagen.
Dr. Lippert oversees all functions of EMS CPH: ground an air medical dispatch, physician-manned mobile emergency critical care units, a prehospital psychiatric mobile care unit, physician home visits for patients, a medical call center for referral and admission to emergency departments, admission to hospitals and medical advice services for all citizens, and coordination of medical preparedness of hospitals and EMS. Under his leadership, EMS CPH is a member of The new Leadership Net in Europe and the Global Resuscitation Alliance. EMS CPH also founded and in 2017 hosted the 2nd European EMS Congress in Copenhagen. Dr. Lippert serves as chair of its International Steering Committee and is also one of the authors of the European Trauma course, which provides state-of-the-art training in the care of trauma patients.

Lee Alan Wallis, MBChB, MD, Dip IMC RCS Edin, Dip Sport Med, FCRS Edin, FRCP Edin, FRCEM, FCEM(SA), FEMSSA, FIFEM

President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine;
Professor and Head of Emergency Medicine for the Western Cape Government;
Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town; and
Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stellenbosch University

South Africa

In the Western Cape, Dr. Wallis is responsible for clinical governance and training within the government EMS system and 40 hospital Emergency Departments. He has led the redesign of 12 new Emergency Departments. His division comprises undergraduate medical students, 50 residents, 100 Masters students and 25 PhD students.
Dr. Wallis took over as President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine in April 2016. He was Founder and President of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine from 2009-2016. He is Editor in Chief of the African Journal of Emergency Medicine, and has authored several book chapters and over 150 journal articles. He edited the Oxford University Press AFEM handbook of Acute and Emergency Care, has been involved in the development of emergency care systems in several Africa countries, and consults widely for academic institutions and governments in the region.


After graduating MB ChB from Edinburgh University in 1993, he undertook his training in the Royal Navy. He moved to Cape Town in January 2002, then completed his specialist training with qualification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (London) in 2003. He graduated with a Doctorate in pediatric disaster triage in 2006.

Rafael Augusto Suárez Ramirez, MD

Operations Manager, SISMEDICA LTDA, a prehospital medical training provider;

Consultant (Major) to the Air Assault Division of the National Army

Colombia, South America
Dr. Suárez is the Operations Manager for his company, SISMEDICA LTDA, and also a medical surgeon, graduating from the Universidad del Norte in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia, with a focus on emergency medicine. He began his prehospital career as a physician with a private ambulance company. He became specialized in Hospital Administration and promotes a structured and ordered process to optimize the resources during prehospital emergency response. He also trained as a professional firefighter in New Jersey and acquired higher level organizational emergency management training.
Dr. Suárez entered the Colombian Military Forces as an Official Reserve Officer of the National Army. His training as a medical officer in the Aviation School of the National Army led him to become a crew member of the Medevac and Casevac missions of the Colombian Army. He organized the Aeromedical Evacuation team, designed the Manual of Aeromedical Evacuation of the National Army, the Clinical History of medical attention in flight, and wrote the chapter of the Manual of Combat Nurses that talks about the maneuvers of Aeromedical Evacuation. He is still a consultant to the Air Assault Division of the National Army as a Major.
Since 1999, Dr. Suárez has been an instructor in the civil and military field on care maneuvers in the prehospital area, including trauma pathology. He became an assistant at the New Granada Military University and the University Foundation of Health Sciences in the doctrines of Medicine and Technology in Prehospital Care. He also led the initiative to set up a private ambulance system in Colombia, which is considered to be the first private ambulance company in Colombia.